Karlsruhe, Germany (July 11, 2022) — Today is the day! Gameforge — publisher and developer of popular games such as AION, NosTale, Metin2, Trigon: Space Story, and Swords of Legends Online — is pleased to announce the massive Lifeforms expansion has made its way to their long-running space strategy MMO, OGame. Live as of today, the Lifeforms expansion will bring alien species into the world of OGame, and open up countless new strategies for players to explore with new buildings, technology, and actions specific to each race.
Watch the CGI launch trailer here:
“With OGame turning 20 this year, the team and I are preparing some major updates for the game starting with the release of the Lifeforms expansion today, completely free. We are proud to finally be able to fulfill a long-standing community wish, and soon, the game will also be available on mobile devices so that players can control their fleets anytime, anywhere.” said the game’s Lead Product Manager, Martin Liedtke.
Rediscover OGame with the game-changing Lifeforms update, the biggest content expansion in nearly ten years! Designed as a natural extension to the main game that boosts the core experience, Lifeforms will introduce four species — Humans, Rock’tal, Mechas, and Kaelesh — into the universe, each with their own unique buildings, technologies, and abilities that players can discover and explore. Players will build a diverse civilization, manage food and resource production, research technologies, and unlock countless new strategies that will help them on their path to conquering the cosmos.
With the Lifeforms expansion, players will be able to discover four new, unique lifeforms throughout the universe:
Humans: Players will discover this most common lifeform right from the start. Having developed new hyperdrive technology in the 21st century, humans have settled across the universe. Humans are friendly with many species, forming excellent trade relationships across the galaxy. A jack-of-all-trades that gives players a glimpse of tech provided throughout the game, Humans are the only lifeform with the technology which allows players to discover more lifeforms as they progress. Their food production and population growth are balanced, and they increase resource production on all planets. Humans do not enhance any class bonuses.
Rock’tal: As their natural habitat consists of planetoids that orbit close to the sun, the Rock’tal have evolved stone-like skin and a slowed metabolism, making them resilient to living in conditions which few others could ever call home. Rock’tal are skilled miners with increased resource and energy production, and they have become specialists in the techniques of mining ores and minerals to safeguard their very survival. Their ships possess increased cargo capacities and are therefore more efficient at transporting goods. However, compared to other lifeforms their population grows less quickly and their food production is reduced. Rock’tal enhance the Collector class bonus.
Mechas: Mechas are AI that can replicate themselves faster than any other known lifeforms. They communicate via an artificial neural network, providing them with enhanced capabilities and improved combat strategies. A lack of emotional modules in their AI makes Mechas unrestricted by moral deliberations, and the controller AI in the network is constantly on the hunt for new opportunities for conquest and exploitation. Other species fear the Mechas’ superior military technology, and for good reason: their fleets are swiftly constructed, equipped with sophisticated weapons systems, and constantly kept in good repair with nanobots. As well, Mechas can reproduce faster than any other species.
Kaelesh: Born with a natural tendency to explore, the Kaelesh spend most of their lifetime traveling through the endless universe in search of others of their kind. They specialize in exploration tech and improving exploration outcomes, allowing their expeditions and research to be faster, which results in them gaining more resources. Kaelesh are specialists at exploring the universe, meaning they can decrease the time to get to missions. Additionally, they are less likely to lose expedition fleets. They only have a minimal need for food and have faster access to their tech tree. Kaelesh enhance the Discoverer class bonus.
Other additions in the Lifeforms expansion include:
- 48 New Buildings — 12 per Lifeform: Players will start with the ability to build a small selection of buildings, but as new species are discovered and researched, more will become available.
- 72 New Species Technologies — 18 per Lifeform: As players progress through the new content, they will unlock the lifeform-specific tech trees, which can be filled out to further combat, exploration, production abilities, and more, and influenced to branch in any number of ways based on the different species they discover.
- Two New Resources: The new resources—lifeforms and food—must be balanced carefully. Players must grow lifeforms to unlock species-specific technologies on their planet, but to allow the lifeforms on their planets to thrive, players need to manage food production. If lifeforms consume too much food, too quickly, they will eventually starve and begin to die out. Unlike food, lifeforms cannot be transported or stolen but can be destroyed when a planet is successfully attacked.
Join the Mobile Beta:
Gameforge is inviting players to participate in a closed beta test for popular space strategy MMO OGame’s upcoming mobile app, which launches later this year for Android and iOS devices. You will get a chance to try out the most important game mechanics such as research, development, and defense on the go! The development team aims to deliver a final version that players will love, so during the beta, all participants are welcome to share their impressions and observations.
Created by Gameforge CEO Alexander Rösner and originally released on October 3rd, 2002, OGame is one of the space-themed MMO genre’s longest-running games that, to date, has over 100 million registered players worldwide. Everything starts with the foundation of a small colony on an uninhabited planet. Harnessing the resources of this new home, players research new technologies and construct a powerful fleet to carry their authority out into the stars. Players can expand their galactic empires by colonizing planets, forging tactical alliances, or by taking on other players. Launch unprecedented expeditions of conquest, and subjugate galaxy after galaxy, on a quest to become the most powerful ruler in the universe!
OGame is available for Windows PC and is available in 26 languages. OGame will become available for Android mobile devices via Google Play and iOS mobile devices via the Apple Store later this year. Players can now also take part in the Closed Beta by following the instructions found here.