In January, Microsoft launched Skulls of the Shogun, a turn-based RPG from developer 17-Bit Games for Windows 8, RT, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox 360, with cross-platform multiplayer for all four platforms. Today, Microsoft has launched its second cross-platform Windows 8/RT game.
As revealed on the Windows Phone blog, the game is called Galactic Reign and it comes from Slant Six Games, which previously released Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City for Capcom in 2012. Galactic Reign is a turn-based space strategy game that is currently available in the Windows Store for $4.99. A version for Windows Phone 7 and 8 will be released later today and those gamers will be able to play online with their Windows 8/RT counterparts.
You have three alien species to choose from in the full version, or you can play for free with just one of the species. As with many other space strategy games, the player is asked to build ships, create fleets and take over star systems in both solo and multiplayer modes. Microsoft says that the most interesting aspect of Galactic Reign is how it handles its space battles. It states:
These fiery, full-motion combat sequences look like they were created in Hollywood, but their real secret is that they’re actually rendered in the cloud and downloaded to your device. The mini-movies are more than just eye candy: Savvy players can mine the footage for key insights into their opponents’ strategy and strengths. Another plus: You can share them with friends via Facebook.