I just wanted to start a new thread to discuss Drox Operative, the new space themed game from Soldak Entertainment. It was mentioned in the other thread by Steven that he’d like to have the thread title updated (since at the time it was created we didn’t know the name of the game), so here it is.
For those of you living under a rock, this game is an ARPG set in space. Like most Soldak games, though, it’s not just a standard ARPG - the universe you inhabit is dynamic and evolves as the game progresses. Think of starting up a new campaign of Master of Orion 2 and how in those games you research technology and expand through the stars. That’s what’s going on here as well, but this time around you’re a mercenary living in this expanding and evolving 4X game. AI races will colonize planets, research technologies, build fleet and start wars with each other, form alliances, you name it. How you interact with this 4X backdrop and win a sector is up to you. Do you try to bring peace by uniting the races diplomatically, or do you prefer to wage war for a chosen patron race, annihilating all their foes and turning their homeworlds into molten slag?
At the time of this posting, the game is currently on it’s 27th (!) beta patch. The game is very polished as-is and purchase will get you immediate access to the Beta. I can’t imagine release being too much further away, as the game is very solid and fun right now as it is.