Real time strategy games have become the forefront of my video game thoughts in the past year.‚  Maybe, just maybe this will be the year I venture away from my warm and cuddly first person shooters and branch out to this more strategic genre.‚  Released over the summer, the new Sid Meiers Civilization proved to be a resounding success and with the imminent launch of Halo Wars, complete with Mythic Map Pack in the LCE, I would be silly to not try one of them out.

So it comes as no surprise that Stardock Entertainment and Ironclad Games today announced the release of “Entrenchment,” a content rich expansion to “Strategy game of the year,” Sins of a Solar Empire.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment is available via Stardock’s digital download store Impulse for $9.95, provided you own the original.

As if the final frontier weren’t expansive enough, you’ll now have an extended variety of tools and locations to wage war with in the depths of the universe.

Entrenchment will feature a plethora of new content including starbases, defense upgrades, a new defense technology tree, mine fields, and hundreds of enhancements to gameplay and graphics.

Stardock President and CEO Brad Wardell had this to say about the expansion:

“After careful planning and implementation, we’re confident that Entrenchment brings the concept of updates and expansions to a new echelon for PC gaming as well as create an even more thrilling Sins of a Solar Empire experience.”

The news keeps getting better as Ironclad, developer of Sins, is promising additional content later this year focused on enhancing diplomacy features in the game.‚  Diplomacy, what a great concept, maybe at least in video games we can get it right.

Sins of a Solar Empire on Impulse

About Stardock and Ironclad Games:

Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment Ready for Action

– First Micro-Expansion Now Available on Stardock’s Impulse Digital Download Platform –

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Stardock Entertainment (http://www.stardock.com/) announced today that the micro-expansion to Ironclad’s Strategy Game of the Year, Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment, is now ready for download on Stardock’s digital download platform, Impulse. Fans that have the original Sins of a Solar Empire installed on their PCs can now purchase the title for $9.95 at http://www.impulsedriven.com/ .

Entrenchment adds a host of new features including starbases, defense upgrades, a new defense technology tree, mine fields, and hundreds of enhancements to both the gameplay and graphics of the game.

“We’re excited to release the first follow up to 2008’s strategy game of the year,” said Stardock CEO and President Brad Wardell. “After careful planning and implementation, we’re confident that Entrenchment brings the concept of updates and expansions to a new echelon for PC gaming as well as create an even more thrilling Sins of a Solar Empire experience.”

Developer Ironclad plans on producing additional micro-expansions to Sins of a Solar Empire over the next year. The next one is scheduled to enhance the diplomacy features of the game.

For more information about Stardock please visit http://www.stardock.com/, for more information about Sins of a Solar Empire, please visit http://www.sinsofasolarempire.com/ .

About Stardock

Stardock is one of the world’s leading developers and publishers of PC games and desktop software. ‚ Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the highest rated and best selling PC strategy game of 2008 as well as the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series. Its desktop software includes Object Desktop, WindowBlinds, and a host of other programs for customizing the Windows experience. Learn more about Stardock by visiting http://www.stardock.com/ .

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Eddie Makuch is a Blast staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch.

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