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Friday, December 7, 2001
MOO3 First Look
8:41 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Armchair Empire has posted a quick first look at Master of Orion 3, the upcoming turn-based strategy game from Quicksilver and MacSoft. While the preview is not very long, it does give a good rundown of the ability to win the game with diplomacy as well as just military might.

Master of Orion 3 will continue the excellent strategy series with a system that doesn't require intricate micro-management of every detail. Instead, the player will assign leaders to handle tasks based on that character's interest and knowledge in an area. Here's a clip from the article with more:

But these people aren't your lackeys, simply put in place to do exactly what you say. They have their own interests and specialties, some are interested in scientific research, others are career soldiers, and they all have their own agendas, so assigning them to sectors that they have an interest and aptitude in is a must. They're also open to the world of espionage as enemies can bribe them, resulting in bureaucratic nightmares for your empire. With this, diplomacy and politics will play a prominent role in this game. No more waging war, then only needing to make sure the economy recovers and the military is repopulated. Players will have to deal with how their own empire's civilization feels about a war, and how neighboring factions react.
Those who like big battles shouldn't be disheartened though, as the preview also talks about the fighting in the title, as well as the multiplayer mode which allow up to eight people to join in the action at once. Master of Orion 3 is set for release early next year for Mac and PC. MacSoft hopes to publish the title in a nearly simultaneous fashion.

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