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Distant Worlds: Shadows

Distant Worlds: Shadows is the highly anticipated third expansion to the critically acclaimed 4X space strategy game. Distant Worlds: Shadows adds incredible new gameplay to the Distant Worlds universe and includes an earlier era in the Distant Worlds timeline, called the Age of Shadows.
TitleDate
[PC] Update v1.9.0.14May 14, 2015
Distant Worlds Modding ManualAug 22, 2013
[PC] Update v1.9.0.14Aug 02, 2013
[PC] Installer v1.9.0.6May 21, 2013

Recent NEWS

Distant Worlds - Shadows Wallpapers!

Sep. 16, 2013 -   Following the many requests from the community, we are happy to provide you a special…

Distant Worlds: Shadows gets a Massive update!

Aug. 26, 2013 -   Matrix Games and Slitherine (www.slitherine.com) are proud to announce the…

Distant Worlds: Shadows Final Teaser!

May. 22, 2013 -   The time has finally come: tomorrow will be the day when the Age of Shadows comes to…

Distant Worlds: Shadows Approaches!

May. 10, 2013 -   A couple of week and the Shadows will hit the 4x gaming world!

The Age of Shadows is coming to Distant Worlds!

Apr. 05, 2013 -   Matrix Games (www.matrixgames.com) is proud to announce the upcoming release of the…

Game SPECS

Code Force
English
Strategic
Sci-Fi
Space
Intermediate
Real-Time Pausable
1
Present
None
Moddable Data Files
PDF E-Book
Company

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Can you survive the Age of Shadows?

Distant Worlds: Shadows is the highly anticipated third expansion to the critically acclaimed 4X space strategy game. Distant Worlds: Shadows adds incredible new gameplay to the Distant Worlds universe and includes an earlier era in the Distant Worlds timeline, called the Age of Shadows. 

Start a new empire before the discovery of hyperspace travel and try to expand into the stars, or play as one of the legendary Pirate factions of the Age of Shadows, competing with new victory conditions to establish an alternate history where the pirates triumphed over the planetary civilizations.  The pirate options alone include four completely new playstyles (ranging from Raiders to Smugglers) and new smuggling and mercenary missions.  Also included are ship boarding actions and ship and base capture, new Ship Captain characters and pirate raids of planets and space stations. 

New gameplay also includes expanded ground combat, with a full new ground combat tech tree, a ground combat resolution screen and multiple different troop types (infantry, armor, planetary defences and special forces).  Ground combat is now animated and resolved from the descent of the first assault pods from orbit to the final battles for planetary control, with new bonuses for combined arms and the effects of the different troop types as well as local space superiority all considered in the outcome.

The expanded tech tree also includes Gravitic Weapons and Tractor Beams as well as additional planetary facilities that allow you more customization on character recruitment.

Distant Worlds: Shadows also includes an updated and improved graphical engine that allows for much better performance in the epic 1,000+ star galaxies that many Distant Worlds fans enjoy.  The AI is also much improved, especially in terms of the economy  and a new comprehensive difficulty setting should mean that even the most experienced Distant Worlds player will find a challenge in Distant Worlds: Shadows.  As usual, modding support has been kept up to date with the new improvements.

With brand new gameplay as well as greatly expanded gameplay for all play styles, Distant Worlds: Shadows is an exciting and essential new addition to the vast, living galaxy of Distant Worlds!

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Editions

Digital Express Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed DVD (with your order number and serial number printed on it) and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.
Standard Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed DVD (with your order number and serial number printed on it), a Printed grayscale manual and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.
Collector's Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed DVD (with your order number and serial number printed on it), a Printed full color manual and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.