It's a double-whammy of 4X news today, and if there's anything I like, it's getting punched in the face twice in quick succession.
Uh, what I meant to say is that Sins of a Solar Empire, Ironclad Games' long-awaited sci-fi strategy title, has finally gone gold. I'm trying to hound the developer for a review copy, but so far Ironclad's been unresponsive. Sins should be of particular interest to 4X fans, as Ironclad has worked with Galactic Civilizations creator Stardock to get the UI and mechanics just right.
Kerberos' Sword of the Stars has proven popular enough to warrant the developer putting together a Collector's Edition, which includes the game's one and only expansion, Born of Blood; The Deacon's Tale, a novel based in the universe and a bonus disc with artwork, screenshots and the like.
Sadly, there's no word on an Australian distributor, so if you'd like to pick either of these up, you'll need to chase them down online.