The holiday specials include the new Polaris Factory Wonder and Oros Gec Faction Hero. The general updates include some faction tweaks and a "no pirates" option. There's also enhancements to the battle AI and automatic battle actions.
Strategy fans should keep an eye out for this game in the upcoming Steam sale.
Amplitude Studios to release yet another free Endless Space add-on: 'Lights of Polaris'
Haarlem, The Netherlands –19 December 2012 – Amplitude Studios is giving their players a very special Christmas gift this season: the 3rd free add-on for their acclaimed 4x space strategy game Endless Space. The new add-on will be made available through Steam later today and will be titled 'Light of Polaris'. The add-on will include new Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud, Holiday Specials and various other exciting new features.
A new pack of screenshots from the Lights of Polaris add-on can be downloaded here.
Background Story for the "Lights of Polaris" add-on:
"There is a strange stillness in the galaxy, a hushed moment when denizens of the many worlds seem to be taking a breath. Perhaps they are preparing themselves for the next phase of work or war, perhaps they are simply relaxing after long toil. In this interlude of unexpected peace, somewhere, far in the northern hemisphere of a great arctic planet, beneath the cold snow and the wailing winds, explorers have made a discovery. Rumbling forever below the glaciers, an old installation of the Endless, still tended by descendants of the original workers, churns tirelessly throughout the frozen nights. Raw materials are collected, goods are produced and packaged, and an endless stream of boxes disappear into ships, portals, and sleds for distribution. What is this unceasing travail? What is the purpose of these strange, colorful, impractical objects that they build? Should you be curious, you must look to Mr Erram Zen Eerbee for an answer. There is an ancient secret there from before the time of space travel; a secret that is hidden behind the twinkle in his eyes..."
Features of the "Lights of Polaris" add-on:
'Lights of Polaris' will bring Holiday Special content as well as new gameplay and Steam features, including Achievements chosen by the community via GAMES2GETHER votes:
• New Polaris Factory Wonder
• New Oros Gec Faction Hero
• Steam Achievements
• Steam Cloud
Community Feedback & Balancing
• Battle Actions in Auto
• Enhanced Battle Action AI
• Refactored Faction Traits
• "No Pirates" Option
• "Hide exploration flags in the galaxy view" Option
Don't just play, play it cool!