The Age of Shadows Approaches!

Arlington, VT, May 10th 2013 – In a couple of weeks, Distant Worlds: Shadows will hit the 4x gaming world!  In the meantime Matrix Games ( is happy to share with you some preview materials from the highly anticipated third expansion to the critically acclaimed 4X space strategy game series Distant Worlds.

Adam Solo composed a preview on his web site SpaceSector where he gives his first impressions about the game. You can read it here.

Youtuber Das24680 also started a series of "Preview Episode" videos about the game. Here you can watch the first episode, but many more are coming! Please take note in this case that Das24680 is using a Beta build, so the final version of the game will be more enhanced and more polished. However, key elements of the gameplay are featured.

And last but not the least, we have just released new screenshots taken from the game, featuring the various Pirate Playstyles available and some Pirate gameplay in action.

Please note: Distant Worlds – Shadows REQUIRES ownership of  Distant WorldsDistant Worlds: Return of the Shakturi and  Distant Worlds: Legends.

Get more information on Distant Worlds: Shadows from its official product page.

About Distant Worlds: Shadows

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!

Please note: Distant Worlds – Shadows REQUIRES ownership of  Distant WorldsDistant Worlds: Return of the Shakturi and  Distant Worlds: Legends.

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About the Slitherine Group

The Slitherine Group is the world’s leading producer and publisher of digital wargames and strategy games. Under the Slitherine (, Matrix Games ( and Ageod ( brands it has published literally hundreds of games, with many award-winning titles in its portfolio and spanning all digital platforms, from home consoles to modern Smartphone’s and Tablets. Slitherine is also involved with book publishing, board gaming and works with a wide array of key licensing partners, such as HISTORY®, MILITARY HISTORY®, Games Workshop®, Horrible Histories™, Showtime, BBC, Osprey, Scholastic, Buzz Aldrin Enterprises and many others to deliver the best blend of historical accuracy in an exciting and entertaining way. Together the Group companies form the world’s largest organization specializing in this important and vibrant niche. The Slitherine Group’s mission over the coming years is to lead the way in innovation and growth in an ever expanding segment of the entertainment industry.



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