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Kalypso Media to Publish Box Version of New Stardock Games

By on March 6th, 2013 10:15 am

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion | Real-time space 4X strategy

Kalypso Media announced a deal with Stardock to distribute the boxed versions of their standalone expansions for the PC, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion (already released digitally) and Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes (to enter beta soon) on “Europe, Russia, Middle East and Asia” for Sins, and “exclusive distribution rights for Australia, New Zealand and Japan as well” for LH.

Contacted by SpaceSector, Kalypso Media stated that Sins: Rebellion will be a “Steam at Retail version” that “will require Steam activation”. The suggested retail price is £29.99 and it will be available on Q2 2013. Besides including a Steam key code, the retail version will also include a soundtrack CD and a poster. Kalypso anticipates FE: Legendary Heroes to also require Steam, however they said to “need confirmation on that”. No details on LH’s box content are available as of yet. LH’s box release is anticipated for Q3 2013.

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes | Turn-based fantasy 4X strategy

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is the latest chapter of Stardock’s real-time space 4X game, and, includes all Sins’ content inside one single package sold as a standalone product. Here’s our review.

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes is a turn-based fantasy 4X game, and, it will also be sold as a standalone expansion; a single package containing all the work which started with Elemental: War of Magic, then upgraded with Elemental: Fallen Enchantress, and now culminating with Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes. We have a Fallen Enchantress review and a small feature on Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes.

Legendary Heroes beta should start in the next few days, and, we plan to have a preview up not much time after.

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  1. Loyal_Viggo says:

    Is this Kalypso media the same one involved in the ‘Legends of Pegasus’ debacle?

    Boxed media is not the way forward… digital download is king.

    • Adam Solo says:

      Yes, it’s the same publisher.

      As for your “digital download is king” statement, I guess everything leads one to think that way, but maybe there will always be a market – the question is how big? – for boxed products too. But, with the advent of broadband internet, which keeps becoming faster and more affordable, it’s natural to assume that digital games popularity will keep growing.

      • Towerbooks3192 says:

        While you are trying to figure the market, please add 1 to the number of people who wants boxed media.Add my mum.

        I went to the store with her and she is like “hey do you want a game? I will buy you this one ( lets say a $99 game) ” but when I will say could you give me that $99 and I will purchase tons of games off steam with that money then she says no because its online and I wont have a hard copy of the game.

  2. BBR says:

    Kalypso had deals with Stardock before. There was a version of Galactic Civilizations 2 that wasn’t very popular, probably because it was published in more obscure markets, called Endless Universe, which was vanilla + all expansions, just like the popular Ultimate Edition.

    Kalypso is a big publisher, but they’ve had good releases and bad releases. But the decision to release boxed copies of games months after they’ve been released digitally seems rather dubious. It’s very possible there are still markets where digital purchasing isn’t a thing yet.

    • Adam Solo says:

      Yea, that Galactic Civilizations 2: Endless Universe confused me for a while, and only a bit later I realized it was in fact the same as the Ultimate Edition as you say.

      But yes, it’s a contract renewal with Stardock, as Kalypso shows Galactic Civilizations 2: Ultimate Edition (not Endless Universe though) and Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity on their strategy portfolio.

    • matt says:

      I live in Poland and digital market is not so popular here. Of course there are many people waiting for bargains at Steam (by the way GOG is from Poland :) ), but there’s still large group of gamers who prefer going to real shop or buying box version at internet store. We even have many boxed versions of indie games, for example few days ago boxed versions of Sanctum, Xotic and To The Moon were published. And currently most known Polish games, which are The Witcher 1&2 both had pretty impressive boxed versions here with artbooks, posters, soundtracks, “making of” DVDs and other things in standard edition and many more in collector’s. Personally I like my collection of game boxes. These were good old times when every game got thick manual booklet inside- I love smell of paper :) But I guess it’s just me, I’m still collecting CDs and paper books.

      • Adam Solo says:

        I’m sure it’s not only you :) The market I was talking about above – and although I don’t have a clue how big it is or will be in the future – is exactly what you describe so well: artbooks, posters, soundtracks, manuals and other goodies. And, of course, there are also people who like to have “the box”, being it for the art sake, the hard copy (when there is one) or from a collection point of view.

        So, I definitely think there is and there will be a market for boxed games in the future. The question is: how big will it be 5 or 10 years from now?

  3. Alien JD says:

    I have a few friends who still like boxed versions because they live in an area with really crappy internet. I prefer boxed versions when they come with a nicely printed manual.

    • BBR says:

      My only boxed game is Guild Wars Nightfall which I received as a gift, and indeed the printed brochures and maps are the best part of the package.

  4. Towerbooks3192 says:

    Would not think twice of repurchasing a DRM free boxed edition of fallen enchantress if they release it with the Map pack DLC and the upcoming expansion.Would be very happy if they will have a special edition with lore book, map of anthys or the novel of the game

  5. Loyal_Viggo says:

    Adam, I know this is off topic but you usually know things concerning release dates…

    Specifically, any update on Star Drive’s release date? I’ve got money to be spent on strategy and I’m this close to buying the entire Close Combat series and Unity of Command dlc…

    I need a new space strategy fix to lure me away from the bottomless pit of World of Tanks…

  6. Evil Azrael says:

    Has anybody time for preparing an update to the Online-DRM Liste

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