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XCOM inspired space grand strategy game launches its latest, world-changing update

Blending the international conflict, politics, and grand strategy of Civilization 6 and Crusader Kings 3 with the interstellar exploration of Stellaris, all wrapped within the sinister setting of an XCOM style alien threat, Terra Invicta is one of the interesting early access games on Steam straight away, and it’s just been given a quite literally world-changing update. The latest major patch for the sci-fi strategy game makes an enormous variety of changes across its map, tech tree, and more.

Terra Invicta comes from developer Pavonis Interactive, the creators of the incredible XCOM Long War mod, and indie strategy publisher Hooded Horse. It’s considered one of the more unique and impressive grand strategy games around, starting you as considered one of seven factions, each with its own distinct ideology. Unable to unite on an approach to take care of an imminent alien threat, you’ll must first compete for control over Earth, working from the shadows to spread your political will, before launching out to the celebrities, exploring and colonizing planets as you tackle the intergalactic threat head-on.

The headline feature of Terra Invicta update 0.4 is an entire reorganization of that early game geopolitical layer. The regions across the Earth map have been altered dramatically, with several recent countries reminiscent of Switzerland now making an appearance and other larger nations being broken up into more regions. The game’s tech tree has also been given a considerable overhaul, with similar techs being consolidated to remove potential redundancies.

Spaceships have also been given some additional features, with recent modules and the flexibility to unlock officers. Meeting certain conditions will earn you officers of the corresponding specialty (reminiscent of a gunnery officer for destroying enemy units with gun-type weapons), they usually’ll gain promotions as you fulfill more such tasks. The internal damage mechanics for ships have also been given an update, together with a redesign for particle weaponry.

There are plenty more changes to find within the patch, too. The way greenhouse gas is generated has been reworked, you’ll now discover comets that could be explored and developed very like asteroids, and terrestrial warfare has seen some tweaks as well. That means there are many reasons to leap in, and a giant Steam sale discount signifies that now could be a terrific time to achieve this.

Terra Invicta update 0.4 - A map of northwest Europe, with nations colored in separate hues.

Terra Invicta update 0.4 is out now via Steam, GOG, the Epic Games Store, and the Microsoft Store in early access. Note that due to dramatic changes made within the update, saves from version 0.3 won’t work after the brand new patch, although you’ll have the ability to access the old version via the beta branch menu of Steam indefinitely if you may have a game in progress.

To rejoice the launch, Terra Invicta is out there on sale at a 30% discount until Sunday April 28. That means you’ll pay just $27.99/£24.49 for those who buy it now, down from its usual price of $39.99/34.99. It’s also recently been made available as a part of the Xbox game library for subscribers to PC Game Pass, joining other Hooded Horse names reminiscent of Against the Storm and the upcoming Manor Lords on the service.

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