Are you an avid gamer looking for a hidden gem in the vast sea of the Steam library? Let me introduce you to Empyrion – Galactic Survival, a game that’s been flying under the radar for quite some time. Despite its low profile and absence on Metacritic, don’t be quick to overlook its quality. Even our database had a blank spot for it until the development studio reached out to share exciting news about their first expansion, Dark Faction.
What initially seemed like a quiet and obscure title, Empyrion turned out to be a bustling hub for an active and dedicated community. It’s a game that has silently captivated players for more than eight years since its early access release and has maintained a strong player base for four years following the official launch. Gamers have been loyally constructing their ships and planetary bases, investing countless hours into the experience.
The true challenge in launching a game isn’t merely in the initial sales figures but in cultivating a community that sticks around for years and craves new content. That’s where Empyrion shines. It may not have commandeered the gaming world’s spotlight, but it’s caught the eye of industry giants like Funcom and Tencent who have decided to invest in the project.
Thanks to this support, Dark Faction, Empyrion’s first paid DLC priced at €9.99, was born. It introduces features that the fanbase frequently requested, such as more immersive hand-to-hand combat, innovative weapons like grenade launchers, and turrets to sabotage enemy ships. However, there is a catch, akin to the Conan Exiles expansions. These new tools and features are relegated to a new game area and aren’t transferrable to the base game nor shareable with others on the same server.
Dark Faction isn’t just an add-on; it brings an entire new galaxy to explore, riddled with corruption reminiscent of the Reapers from Mass Effect or the Plague from Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters. Players will embark on a quest to cleanse corrupted planets and devise a strategy to eliminate the threat once and for all.
If you’re new to Empyrion, you might find it akin to a more control-oriented No Man’s Sky, albeit with less visual flair and a different artistic approach. However, Empyrion doesn’t skimp on content, boasting infinite gameplay possibilities. With an active community on the Steam forums, it’s definitely worth diving into, especially now that Dark Faction is out and Steam is offering a 60% discount on the base game.
Celebrating nearly a decade of adventures, Dark Faction is both a nod to the game’s past and a promise of continued excitement. Eric Lucas, one of the founders of Eleon Game Studios, says, “Dark Faction, our first expansion, aims to give our regular Empyrion players a new kind of experience, one that’s darker, tenser, and poses a challenge even for our veterans. With this expansion, we’re renewing our pledge to keep enhancing the base game with free updates.”
So, if you’re intrigued by a space survival game that offers a wealth of interstellar exploration, base building, and now, even more intense action, Empyrion – Galactic Survival and its Dark Faction expansion are waiting for you. Join a community of passionate explorers and see what hidden depths you can uncover in the cosmos!