Silver Lemur Games released their fast-paced turn-based 4X asymmetric grand space empire builder Stellar Monarch 2 in early access on Steam. This sequel comes five years after the indie developer released the original Stellar Monarch in December 2016.
Similar to the original, Stellar Monarch 2 takes a no micromanagement approach to being the ruling leader of the Terran race. From the imperial throne players will find themselves fighting against corrupted officials, traitors, usurpers, rebels, disloyal admirals and of course alien threats.
New concepts such as noble houses, the Great Council, and reforms offer both different and improved gameplay. Several mechanics from the prequel have been altered, redesigned, or removed in an effort to fix the weak parts of gameplay while fleshing out the strong parts. Players can expect to find a fast-paced space empire builder with a very real feudal twist as the focus is on the emperor’s throne.
As the Emperor and Head of the Royal Dynasty players will want to keep in check the other Great Houses to ensure the loyalty and obedience so that they are assets to the empire and not obstacles to overcome. Ministers and Advisors can be appointed from the imperial court. Player’s will want to take into account their appointees competence, loyalty and family connections to maximize their effectiveness.
This space feudal system allows one to build a strong empire that is capable of fending off all threats from the game’s asymmetric AI system that plays by a different set of rules and does not try to win the game.
Early access is expected to last between six and twelve months. All current implemented features will be reevaluated during this development phase. Player feedback will be taken into account when reevaluating these features. Advanced features like the Grand Council are set to be implemented during this period as well as extending others such as the functional yet bare bone warfare system. Lastly the developer would like to add more content in the form of events along with further polishing and balancing of gameplay elements. Players can submit their feedback via the Steam discussion forums.
Stellar Monarch 2 is available as an early access game on Windows PC through Steam for $24.99 USD. A 10% off early access launch special promotion is available until December 13, 2021. For more information on Stellar Monarch 2 visit the game’s page on the developer’s website here.
Silver Lemur Games (@SilverLemur Twitter) is an indie studio founded by Chris (Krzysztof) KoŸmik in 2005. The studio is accompanied by long term contractors and a few volunteers that aim to bring joy and fun to players while specializing in turn-based strategies and RPGs for PC. Previous titles released by the studio include Stellar Monarch, Automobile Tycoon, and Legends of Amberland.