About one year after the disaster that was it’s initial launch, Sword of the Stars II gets a much needed expansion just as developer Kerberos Productions declares the game finally fit for play. The Enhanced Edition and End of Flesh DLC, both provided free to current owners of the game adds a new sentient AI race bent on conquest, along with new ships and technologies for all races to use. In addition, the previous racial skinpack DLCs are also being provided free of charge.
While this is a lovely gesture, it leaves out one major issue, all the bugs, especially with the UI, that remain in the game from launch. To Kerberos’ credit they’ve spent the last year hard at work squishing them, but between the problems and the enemy AI, singleplayer is still very much a chore. Multiplayer has certainly been enhanced by abandoning GameSpy for Steam matchmaking, where a human opponent will not have so many issues.
The game itself along with all upgrades is now back on sale at Steam for $20, which could be considered a bargain. While Kerberos has done an excellent job making amends, a game with this many problems could still easily be considered to be in the beta stages. If you have friends to play with, it might be worth it, otherwise I’d wait for more fixes and another price drop. One year later the game is almost where it should be on launch…almost.