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Distant Worlds 2

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Distant Worlds Returns! Distant Worlds, the critically acclaimed 4X space strategy game is back with a brand new 64-bit engine, 3D graphics and a polished interface to begin an epic new Distant Worlds series with Distant Worlds 2.
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Distant Worlds Returns! Distant Worlds, the critically acclaimed 4X space strategy game is back with a brand new 64-bit engine, 3D graphics and a polished interface to begin an epic new Distant Worlds series with Distant Worlds 2.

Distant Worlds 2 is a vast, pausable real-time 4X space strategy game. Experience the full depth and detail of turn-based strategy, but with the simplicity and ease of real-time, and on the scale of a massively-multiplayer online game. The Universe is Yours!

Huge Galaxies with up to 2,000 star systems and tens of thousands of planets, moons and asteroids are yours to explore and exploit, whether peacefully through mining and diplomacy or by conquest! The complex process of generating a galaxy ensures that every new game will be different and the many galaxy setup options ensure incredible replayability as well as the ability to have your game be just the way you like it.

Galaxies are so deep, fun and immersive that you won’t want to finish the game. Choose from seven playable base game factions which cover a wide variety of playstyles. Build, expand and improve your empire while playing through the storylines, with victory conditions or in an open-ended sandbox mode. Each galaxy is packed with life and activity. Encounter other empires, independent alien colonies, traders, pirates and space monsters. Explore star systems, asteroid fields, galactic storms and black holes. Discover evidence of civilizations long since past, uncovering secrets about the galaxy's troubled history...

Intelligent automation allows you to tailor the game to your preferred playstyle and scale. Decide how much you want to control and which gameplay areas suit you best. You can limit your focus to just one ship or expand it all the way up to everything in a vast galactic empire. Let your advisors and the intelligent automation handle the rest!

A Built-in Game Editor allows you to fine-tune your own galaxy, adding or removing star systems, planets, asteroids, ships, star bases, space monsters or anything else. Modify the attributes of any empire in your game for the ultimate custom experience.

Extensive In-Game Help is included. Exhaustive, built-in, context-sensitive help is always only a single key-press away. Press F1 at any time for a detailed explanation of the current game screen, your currently selected item, and so on, or just browse the complete “Galactopedia”
Tutorials are included to quickly familiarize you with all of the game elements and tools.

Best of all, these all combine to let you play the game your way: enjoy a quick, intense game in a crowded sector of space or take your time in an epic game spread across a vast galaxy!

Game Details

Release Date:
March 10, 2022
Developer:
Code Force
Publisher:
Sitherine Ltd.
Supported Languages:
English
Steam Deck Support:
Unsupported
Franchise:
Distant Worlds

Product Requirements

MINIMUM:
OS: Windows 8, 10 (64-bit only) - The game runs on Windows 7 but no support will be provided
Processor: 4+ Core CPU @ 2.5GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVidia GTX 760-equivalent or better, 2+Gb VRAM, DirectX 11 compliant
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 minimum but not ideal for best UI experience
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 20 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 11 compatible sound card

RECOMMENDED:
OS: Windows 8, 10 (64-bit only) - The game runs on Windows 7 but no support will be provided
Processor: 8+ Core CPU @ 3GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVidia GTX 1050-equivalent or better, 4+Gb VRAM, DirectX 11 compliant
Screen Resolution: 1920x1080+ for best UI experience
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 20 GB available space on SSD Drive
Sound Card: DirectX 11 compatible sound card
Mouse: Recommend using a mouse with a scroll wheel

Critic Reviews

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GameWatcher

85 / 100
"There are a lot more intricacies and features we didn’t have the time to go into here, but suffice to say Distant Worlds 2 will keep you interested in its universe for a long...

Multiplayer.it

85 / 100
"If you are a 4x passionate player, you will struggle a little to get into the game, but then you will find yourself kidnapped for months in an exceptional experience in terms...

GameStar

70 / 100
"Space strategy game with massive and vibrant galaxies, enormously motivating - if you can overcome the high entry hurdle."
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80% of users would recommend this.
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Matt
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Great game, the there is a lot of depth to every system and the automation allows you to dive as deep, or not, as you like. Not quite intuitive at the start but you get the hang of it through trial and error or through reading one of the guides. Working with the automation takes some work, mostly when it doesn't do what you expect/want it to do and it can be tricky to troubleshoot the problem. But when you fully automate something, the automation does its job without a fuss and 95% of the time achieves positive results (better than I could do with something that I was not really paying attention to but wanted to reap the benefits of). The farther you progress, the more important that automation becomes. Comparing this to Stellaris, I would say that there are trade-offs between them. Stellaris requires you to pay attention to everything at least at some level, but (for me) has the right level of depth on each system to support that. Stellaris also has better story telling and customizability of races and your population and supports a wide variety of play styles. Distant Worlds 2 has more depth in most systems, and the ability to automate things. Stellaris also has great mod support but that seems lacking in what can be changed in DW2. DW2 is a great game, well worth the time. Price wise, I bought it on sale and am perfectly satisfied.
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Mike Mulligan
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UI lacks some refinement, but there's a great simulation here with depth and unbelievable amounts of customization.
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LoneWarrior68
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The game is very deep and engaging, it is real time 4X strategy at its best. However it needs a high end pc to run properly, and/or some optimization by the developers. Everything can be automated within the game, and the AI is doing a good job most of the time. However the fun is when one decides to do some things manually, mostly ships control and diplomacy is a must. Graphics have improved a lot since the first game Distant Worlds Universe, but some functions and extra content is missing. So in future expansions I expect to see more content and better stability of the game as currently it crashes to desktop after 20-30 minutes of playing.
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Frequently Asked Questions

No, Distant Worlds 2 is not currently playable on Steam Deck.
MINIMUM:
OS: Windows 8, 10 (64-bit only) - The game runs on Windows 7 but no support will be provided
Processor: 4+ Core CPU @ 2.5GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVidia GTX 760-equivalent or better, 2+Gb VRAM, DirectX 11 compliant
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 minimum but not ideal for best UI experience
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 20 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 11 compatible sound card
RECOMMENDED:
OS: Windows 8, 10 (64-bit only) - The game runs on Windows 7 but no support will be provided
Processor: 8+ Core CPU @ 3GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVidia GTX 1050-equivalent or better, 4+Gb VRAM, DirectX 11 compliant
Screen Resolution: 1920x1080+ for best UI experience
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 20 GB available space on SSD Drive
Sound Card: DirectX 11 compatible sound card
Mouse: Recommend using a mouse with a scroll wheel
71% of critics on Metacritic recommend Distant Worlds 2. The Metascore is 77 out of 100.
Distant Worlds 2 was released on March 10, 2022
Distant Worlds 2 is published by Sitherine Ltd.
Distant Worlds 2 was developed by Code Force
Fanatical users tagged Distant Worlds 2 as Strategy, 4X, and Simulation
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Yes, Fanatical users tagged Distant Worlds 2 as 4X
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Distant Worlds 2 as Simulation

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