Birth of the Empires, also known as “BotE”, is one of the three games that are being supported by the Birth of the Federation 2 Consortium – the group of developers and the community that surrounds it – and is being developed by SirPustekuchen. The BotE project has started in January 2004 and went public in August 2006. Other games being supported by the Birth of the Federation 2 Consortium are: Star Trek: Supremacy and Star Trek: Allegiance.
BotE, as for StarTrek Supremary, intend to be the spiritual successor to Star Trek Birth of the Federation (BotF). BotE is a 4X space turn-based strategy open source game.
Malvoisin made a post about BotE Alpha version in SpaceSector.com forum. He describes BotE as being a free standalone game in the likes of Master of Orion 2 or Star Trek: Birth of the Federation. Malvoisin clarifies that BotE is not a mod but a full game of its own.
BotE is in version 0.8 (Alpha 6) by now, Malvoisin states that the game is pretty far developed in terms of gameplay.
You can have a look in Malvoisin’s post for more details. He says that in BotE you can play as one of 5 races, both in multiplayer of singleplayer against the AI.
Checkout the the Birth of the Empires Alpha 6 release announcement which contains all the details about BotE Alpha 6 release.l
You can download the BotE Alpha version from here.
You can discuss the game in the Star Trek Games Forum.
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