Sins of a Solar Empire is often described as a 4XRTS game, or a game that tried to merge the action and tactics packed gameplay of a Real time strategy game with the deep, complex, empire wide strategy of a 4X turn based game. It's up to debate whether Sins succeeded in this goal, but I think all can agree that of the 4Xs of "explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate", Sins is much more focused on the exterminate than on the others. This mod seeks to give more depth to the other 3Xs of the game by adding additional game elements or refining the existing ones to reward players who give more strategic thought to the non-combat side of the game. Combat will still be the center point of the game, but players will find that the non-combat options available will be much more rewarding. Spying, exploring, sabotage, diplomacy, culture, and economic development have all been added or changed in innovative new ways. Regardless of what you think Sins is, this is the 4XRTS it should have been.

Features

  • Faction Diversity - Exploit all new racial and subfaction bonuses and techs to crush your enemies.
  • Hero Units - Lead your race's champions into battle with their powerful new abilities to base your strategies off of.
  • Random Encounters - Keep your eyes peeled when scouting, new challenges and opportunities await you in the distant parts of space.
  • Embassies and Espionage - Adds more depth when dealing with other Empires, and removes some of the annoyances of the old system at the same time.
  • Ship Upgrades - Customize your capitalships and titans with unique upgrades.
  • New Planets - Your Empire will never look the same again with 10 new colonizeable planets. Meticulously balanced for competitive play.
  • New Skyboxes - 12 unique skyboxes provide a fantastic backdrop to your conquest of space.
  • New Artifacts and Bonuses - Your Empire contains great secrets to be found, if you take the time to look...
  • Civics Matter - Almost all civic structures have an impact on your Empire. You must develop your planets wisely to get the most out of them.
  • Culture Matters - The hearts and minds of the galaxy can now assist you greatly in your quest for victory.
  • Customization - Play the game the way you want it with a growing library of optional minimods and enhanced mapmaker support!

For those new to the mod or wanting more details on the features, check out the Beginners Guide.

Details about installing the mod or technical problems can be found here.

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Hello everyone,

It has been a few months since Stardock and Ironclad games surprised us with the Minor Factions DLC and the version 1.93 update. Since then, we've been working hard to figure out all the possibilities with these new features, and are now pleased to give you a highlight of what is in store, with the goal of releasing updates soon after Rebellion is updated to version 1.94.

Why 1.94 you ask? Well while both the Enhanced 4X mod and Star Wars: Interregnum technically run on the current 1.93 version, the new DLC had a bigger effect on the behind the scenes code than previous updates or DLC. As a result, a number of mod features were broken in 1.93, and it was beyond the power of us modders to restore them. These issues are thankfully rectified with the 1.94 update, which you can now access via a public beta on steam. For the best experience, I highly recommend playing the mods right now on Rebellion version 1.92, until the next update is released.

Also, if you did not purchase the Minor Factions DLC, no worries, while most of these changes won't affect you, no features are being removed and a few quality of life improvements will still benefit you.

General Minor Faction Updates

A big goal of my work in modding has been to make the galaxies of Sins of a Solar Empire feel more alive with interesting things to explore and even "random encounter" NPCs to deal with. The new Minor Factions feature is an extremely powerful tool to accomplish this living galaxy, and one this update is largely based on.

One big benefit is that the embassy system in these mods adapts perfectly to the new mechanic of getting Minor Factions to join you via envoy ships. Rather than needing to spam even more envoys, you can just build an embassy at the minor faction world and let it capture the faction for you. This saves fleet supply and makes managing all those worlds a tiny bit easier.

Second, minor factions worlds have been made a bit more substantial compared to vanilla. Each Minor Faction now controls a capitalship or similarly powerful defenders, as well as more tactical structures. This ensures they can better defend your embassy from rival powers, as well as discourage more aggressive players from destroying the minor faction completely. Minor factions also have a greater array of helpful civic structures should you capture them. Each minor faction has at least 2 logistical structures, 1 trade port as well as research labs, culture centers, and refineries that can all help them serve your empire.

Third but most importantly, all minor factions now have at least one unique special ability. The special abilities are the Minor Faction's most interesting feature, and a few of the more boring minor factions now boast the ability to permanently boost mining income at a given planet, build planetary defense weapons on your planets, increase hull regeneration rates, and more. A number of wider ranging balancing changes were also discussed, but since minor factions are so new we ultimately decided to wait for a bit more feedback before implementing more radical changes. However, I'm confident these changes will make each minor faction feel more polished, useful and consistent.

New Minor Factions for Interregnum

While E4X will not be receiving new minor factions (yet), the potential impact of this feature for Interregnum was too great to ignore without jumping in immediately. A number of Star Wars minor factions ranging from resistance fighters from Corellia to a group of Mandalorian Mercenaries trained on Dxun now await you in Interregnum. For now they will coexist with the default minor factions, but once we have an equivalent number of Star Wars minor factions we may remove the original minor factions to make it truly feel that you are in the Star Wars universe. We hope to have 6-10 minor factions done for the next release, and will probably continue to add 1-2 more with each update.

New Models and New Republic Previews

Despite all the Minor Faction excitement, we are continuing our efforts to update the graphical quality of the mod as well as incorporate new models for the New Republic and perhaps a few commonly requested additions to existing factions. The next Interregnum update will feature new and updated models from the likes of such modelers as Maxloef, Jeroenimo, Warb_null, and Dolynick. Dolynick in particular has been a fantastic help of late, and his visual work will be rolling out for many updates to come. In fact he's now making the first new dedicated graphics mod for Sins in years, and is definitely worth checking out.

I hope you as are excited for this update as we are, and we hope to release it to you soon after update 1.94 is released for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion.

-GoaFan77

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ledernierrempart
ledernierrempart

is it compatible with artificial unintelligence mod ?

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GoaFan77 Creator
GoaFan77

Probably not but I'm not familiar with how that mod is set up.

E4X does have its own Enhanced AI minimod you can try however.

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Schavo
Schavo

Is there any way to look up all the changes this mod adds to the vanilla version? Like a changelog that doesnt only display the latest changes ( besides the beginners guide)?

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GoaFan77 Creator
GoaFan77

There is a change log in the readme. It should contain most changes going back a very long time.

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Nuke87654
Nuke87654

Any chance for an E4X Galaxy forge download to share?

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GoaFan77 Creator
GoaFan77

Sorry for the delay, but it will be up shortly. Moddb.com

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pappasmurf1971
pappasmurf1971

great, now just one question, Mini-mods for E4x?

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GoaFan77 Creator
GoaFan77

They're here!

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jk_bonn
jk_bonn

Thank you for the update, good work! :-)

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SSDImperium99th
SSDImperium99th

Hey Goa, last time I attempted to install your mod over Bailknights graphics mod, which I picked up on RicksGalaxy, the new and gorgeous particle effects didn't appear, ‘twas vanilla. Is there a way or an order I can utilize both E4X and BailKnights together?

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GoaFan77 Creator
GoaFan77

As you might see from some of the latest screenshots, the next time the minimods are updated, we will release a version of Bailknights that works fully with E4X. :)

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pappasmurf1971
pappasmurf1971

any idea when the next mini mod release will be ready?

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