De­vel­oper/ pub­lisher Cloud Im­perium Games For­mat PC Ori­gin UK, US Re­lease TBA

Chris Roberts’ im­pos­si­ble dream made more money through its be­spoke crowd­fund­ing model in 2017 than all videogame projects on Kick­starter com­bined, yet progress on the ac­tual game con­tin­ues to be achingly slow. The newly re­leased al­pha 3.0 – yes, ap­par­ently that’s now an ac­cept­able ver­sion-nam­ing con­ven­tion – adds ex­plorable plan­e­tary sur­faces and a host of sys­temic im­prove­ments. Ev­ery­one seems to be wait­ing for the project to im­plode, but Roberts and team press on un­de­terred. Hav­ing all the fund­ing in the galaxy must help, we sup­pose.

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