Grand strategy with turn-based tactical combat, set in a deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. You are the last of a murdered race, determined to unify or destroy the 8 others.  But you must work from the shadows, using superior technology -- bring your cape and cowl.

Mission Briefing
Greetings, Hydral. I will be your computer for this "grand strategy campaign with turn-based tactical combat." I think that's code for "we're going to die."

Our solar system is vast and complicated, and I sense you are a little dimwitted -- so I tell you what, let's start with the simple stuff. Like escaping with this flagship you just hijacked from a bunch of angry robots. That seems important. I also think we can ingratiate ourselves to other races by bringing them the spacefaring technology they are struggling to develop. Then we'll see from there.

Please excuse my impertinence, but I believe you are the last of a murdered race, yes? My records note you Hydrals were the dictators of the solar system, so basically you had it coming. And by "it," I mean the moon that smacked into your homeworld. Hmm. So people really aren't going to like you until they get to know you. Well, your one advantage is only you can use the scattered remnants of advanced Hydral technology. Now all you need is a cape and cowl, and you're a superhero. Still, they outnumber us tens of trillions to one.

Look, I'm not going to tell you what to do. My understanding is that you're trying to form the solar system's first-and-last unified federation, and that's a noble enough cause. But right now nobody wants that except you, and you've got 8 very diverse, very angry races to either unify or exterminate. So... good luck with that. I'll help how I can.


  • Turn-based tactical combat, with up to 5 factions competing at once.
  • Extremely deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. Even just watching everything unfold in Observer mode is entertaining, as nations rise and fall.
  • New-player-friendly ramp-up of complexity as you play, which you can disable if you're already a veteran.
  • Eight races each have very distinct personalities and attributes. Each one even has its own completely unique political system.
  • Difficulty levels split between the grand strategy and turn-based combat portions of the game, both ranging from quite casual to incredibly hardcore.
  • Save and reload your game with ease any time, or tough it out in ironman mode.
  • Composer Pablo Vega's best soundtrack to date, featuring 54 minutes of music and the vocal finale "Lay Down Your Arms."
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1 comment by cupogoodness on Apr 9th, 2014

The Last Federation is a really unique game in that it is a strategy/tactics game set inside a simulation game.  Check out its game page for details, or swing by the forums for the game.  This is Arcen's largest title ever, and we're really excited to share it with folks.

Alpha Information! Private alpha testing with players is currently in progress, and we will be adding more players throughout the coming weeks leading up to release.  If you're interested in signing up, please see this forum post.

Screenshots for you!  The launch of the game is less than two weeks away, so these are the launch screenshots -- these particular screens aren't going to be changing much in terms of how they look between now and then, although some others are still very much in the process of being polished.


Originally posted by Chris Park on the Games by Design blog.

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vojtailavsky Mar 21 2014, 3:23pm says:

Looks very nice .)

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Guest Mar 11 2014, 11:38pm says:

Looks great! Any chance of seeing a tablet version of this?

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Glandor Jan 13 2014, 8:38pm says:

I love how this looks- BUUUT is there any chance we can see some gameplay?

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HeadClot Dec 12 2013, 1:02am says:


Cannot wait for this! You guys make awesome games!

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Reactorcore Oct 24 2013, 7:37am says:

I wonder if its turn based or real time...

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cupogoodness Oct 25 2013, 4:48am replied:

Pausable real time. :)

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Eomdor Oct 24 2013, 7:07am says:

Looks good, tracking. Really interested in the part about controlling planets.

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d10sfan Oct 23 2013, 11:50pm says:

Looks like fun, thanks for Linux support! :)

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Xangi Oct 23 2013, 10:03pm says:

I really hope you guys aren't taking on too many projects at once, but it's good to see new things.

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tigersfan Dec 9 2013, 1:57pm replied:

At the moment, this is the only thing we are working on, and has been for a while now.

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The Last Federation
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