'Dominion Wars' Goes GoldBy Caillan
June 7, 2001 - 2:20 PM
Simon & Schuster's new strategy game, 'Dominion Wars,' will be available to buy in stores from next week.
A real-time strategy game set during the last few seasons of Deep Space Nine, 'Dominion Wars' has recently 'gone gold.' It is estimated that it will be on sale by the middle of next week, with an approximate retail price of $39.95, and it can already be pre-ordered via Amazon.com.
'Gone Gold' simply means that all beta-testing on the game has been completed, and that it is ready for commercial release. The game is copied to a gold master disc, hence the phrase 'gone gold,' and is then shopped off for duplication.
The game, which was developed by Gizmo Games, was announced in November 1999. The company had been looking for a real-time strategy game to work on when they were approached by Simon & Schuster with the offer of producing 'Dominion Wars.' It was originally intended to be released straight after 'The Fallen,' however it was pushed back so that neither game would affect the sales of the other.
Players can assume the guise of the four major powers involved in the war - the Federation, the Klingons, the Cardassians, and of course, the Jem'Hadar. The game allows players to take part in battles shown, or talked about on the DS9. For example, one of the missions is an attempt to recapture Deep Space Nine itself, as depicted in the episode 'Sacrifice Of Angels.'
The game will consist of very little micro-management in the form of resource collection, rather 'Dominion Wars' focuses on the combat scenarios. Players will have to manage their fleet's activities and personnel, however. "We wanted to focus completely on the combat aspects of Star Trek, and get the player to feel very attached to his or her ships," Gizmo Games president Gary Wagner told Stomped.com.
Gizmo Games has been allowed a lot of latitude in the game design, as several new ships will make appearances. On the Federation side, there's the Achilles class, and the Jem'Hadar have a new carrier that launches fighters. And if you own 'Starship Creator Warp II,' you'll be able to import your own designs into the game.