Sins of a Solar Empire : Real-Time Strategy. Unrivalled Scale.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q: What kind of game is Sins of a Solar Empire?

A: It is a real-time strategy game that is designed to combine the depth of a turn-based game with the speed of real-time. It focuses on letting players build a strategy instead of how fast they can click on things.

Q: What’s the difference between Rebellion, Trinity, Diplomacy and Entrenchment?

A: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is the upcoming standalone expansion to the franchise. It will contain all of the previous content and much more. Trinity is the currently available bundle pack of the original Sins of a Solar Empire and includes the Entrenchment and Diplomacy micro-expansions.

Q. Why make an expansion? Why not a sequel?

A. While the Iron Engine is extremely flexible, there’s certain technologies and features we feel would be required to make a true sequel to Sins of a Solar Empire. Rebellion will certainly contain enough new content and features that it could be a sequel, but we’re calling it an expansion.

Q. Is Sins of a Solar Empire hard to play?

A. Not at all; it’s a simple game to learn but can take a long time to truly “master.” Both the manual and the in-game Tutorials will help new players pick up the basics.

Q. What are the system requirements?

A. The Iron Engine is quite flexible and is able to take advantage of both newer and older hardware.

For Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, the requirements are:

Minimum Requirements -

  • Windows 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2
  • 2.2 GHz Processor or Equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 256 MB DirectX 9.0c Compatible Video Card w/Pixel Shader 3.0 Support (AMD Radeon X1650 / Nvidia* 6800 or Better)
  • DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
  • 5 GB Hard Drive Space
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • Broadband Internet Connection for Multiplayer
  • * Nvidia GeForce users must have driver version 296.10 or later.

Recommended Requirements -

  • Windows 8 / 7
  • Intel Core i5 / i7 Processor or Equivalent
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 512 MB DirectX 9.0c Compatible Video Card w/Pixel Shader 3.0 Support (AMD Radeon 3x00 Series / Nvidia 8x00 Series or Better)

For Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity, the requirements are:

  • Windows 7 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz Processor or Equivalent
  • 512 MB RAM (1 GB for Windows 7 / Vista)
  • 128 MB DirectX 9 Compatible Video Card w/Pixel Shader 2.0 Support (AMD Radeon 9600 / Nvidia GeForce 6600 or Better)
  • DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
  • 3.5 GB Hard Drive Space
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • 4X DVD-ROM Drive (for retail disc version)
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • Broadband Internet Connection for Multiplayer

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Q. What exactly do you mean by the phrase “real-time space strategy?”

A. This means that Sins of a Solar Empire is primarily a real-time strategy game, but incorporates some of the best features of turn-based 4X space strategy games. One could say it’s an “RT4X” game.

Real-time refers to the continuity of play. Most space strategy games are at least partially turn-based, meaning that each player must wait for every other play to complete their turns before the game can continue. Sins of a Solar Empire is played entirely in real-time, so players compete simultaneously and never wait for others.

Q. What do you mean by the phrase “unrivalled scale?”

A. The story and lore of Sins of a Solar Empire begin over 10,000 years before the player enters the game, involve entire civilizations, and are planned well into the future. Gameplay objectives include grand concepts like conquering planets with fleets of starships and taking control of entire solar systems.

Incredible distances and large size differences are used to create a sense of awe to the player and to introduce new strategic elements.

Q. Can players design their own ships?

A. No, ship design would be too time-consuming for a real-time strategy game. However, certain ships (capital ships and titans) gain experience over time and can be leveled-up to unlock other powerful abilities.

Q. Is there ground combat?

A. No, RTS style ground combat is outside the scope of Sins of a Solar Empire.

Q: How can players control their ships?

A: Movement of ships is as simple as selecting the vessels you want to move and right-clicking on their destination. The game’s AI will take care of the rest for you. For players who want finer control over their ships, move orders can be queued up with the shift key and ships can even move to arbitrary positions in 3D space using the ~ key.

Q: Is there a single-player campaign?

A: No, Sins of a Solar Empire encourages players to create their own course of events through a sandbox mode. Scenario maps are also included that set the stage for epic conflicts, along with a random map generator. Players can also craft their own maps in-game or by using the included Galaxy Forge tool.

Q: What kinds of ships are there in the game?

A: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion includes six classes of ships (in order of size/power): titans, capital ships, cruisers, frigates, corvettes and fighters/bombers. There are also starbases and a number of other structures that can be built around planets.

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Q. Does the game include multiplayer? For how many players?

A. Yes, Sins of a Solar Empire can be played with up to 10 players over the LAN or Internet via Ironclad Online.

Q. What’s Ironclad Online?

A. Ironclad Online is Ironclad Games’ free Internet matchmaking and statistics tracking service. All that’s required to make use of Ironclad Online is a valid, registered serial number for Sins of a Solar Empire and a Stardock or Impulse account (http://www.impulsedriven.com).

Q. Is it difficult to get into an Internet game?

A. No, Ironclad Online uses a proprietary system called Alloy to eliminate many of the hassles of setting up your network connection to play. Additional information for those having trouble can be found on our forums - http://forums.sinsofasolarempire.com/174313

Q. Is there an Observer mode?

A. No, this feature hasn’t made it into the game.

Q. I forgot my login/password for multiplayer (Ironclad Online) for Trinity?

A. Visit the password reset page to change your password.

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Q. What engine does Sins of a Solar Empire use?

A. Sins of a Solar Empire is powered by the Iron Engine and Forge Tool Suite. All technology was developed in-house by experienced engine and tool developers.

Q. What are the supported screen resolutions?

A. Sins of a Solar Empire has a minimum resolution requirement of 1024x768 (32-bit color) and a maximum that’s limited only by one’s hardware.

Q. Does the Iron Engine support modding?

A. Absolutely! Ironclad fully endorses the modding of Sins of a Solar Empire for non-profit purposes. The Iron Engine is completely data-driven and is supported by the Forge Tool Suite. For more information on Modding, visit our forums - http://forums.sinsofasolarempire.com/forum/443

Q. Can I record and share my games?

A. Yes, Sins of a Solar Empire comes with a built-in game recording and playback system, allowing you to relive and share your greatest fleet battles or to analyze the strategies of opponents.

Q. Where can I locate saves and settings for the game for Trinity?

Windows 7 / Vista:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire

XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire

Please note these directories may be Hidden by default. To unhide them, go to your Control Panel -> Folder Options -> View and set yourself to view hidden files and folders.

Q. Where can I locate saves and settings for Rebellion?

Documents\My Games\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion\

Rebellion Reviews

The reviews are in!

EDITORS' CHOICE - GameSpy

"Scroll smoothly from a single fighter out to a god's-eye view of a cluster of stars gives an unmatched sense of scale."

4.5/5

EDITORS' CHOICE - PC Gamer

"Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion will happily strip-mine your life of its free time."

86/100

GameSpot

"Rebellion is the best way yet to experience the strategic joys of the Sins of a Solar Empire franchise."

8.5/10

Strategy Informer

"...this is the ultimate version of Sins of a Solar Empire, this is a very good 4X space strategy game..."

8.5/10

Quarter to Three

"Rebellion is nearly as revolutionary with its new subfactions, and it’s easily as revolutionary with its new victory conditions."

5/5


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