This is good. This is very good: 4X is back on the radar, people.
In fairness, Wargaming are the ones putting the spotlight back on the genre today, and that might not inspire a great deal of confidence in some. But they're bringing Master of Orion to the party, and they're going to use PAX Australia as the first chance to reveal some details.
I already wrote about how Wargaming subtly put out feelers for the classic Microprose franchise earlier this year and they're stepping up that effort substantially, announcing today that executive producer Randy King would be hosting a panel at 1pm this Saturday titled, "Master of Orion: Rebirth of a Legend".
"He will be sharing more insights about the upcoming game reboot and will answer questions regarding the resurrection of this legendary title," the press release says.
There isn't a great deal of information known about the reboot just yet, although I can imagine what the first question will probably be: is the game free-to-play?
Fortunately, it doesn't look like that will be the case. The main page lists two separate editions for the MoO reboot, with a Standard Edition and a Collector's Edition to be sold some time in the near future. The Collector's Edition grants Early Access — you can see the Steam listing here — and, as a result, the whole game probably won't be fully released until 2016 some time.
The CE also comes with the first three MoO games, the soundtrack, "retro art Pixel ships" and an extra playable race, while the standard edition features only 10 races.