The 2001 RTS game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, which combines the engine and mechanics of Age of Empires 2 with the Star Wars setting wasn't exactly a success. However, it gained a relatively small, but very persistent fan community, which fixed all of its shortcomings (and there were a lot of them), and then expanded it. This love did not expire. The fruit of this work is the mod Expanding Fronts, which has just received the first update in several months.
The latest version of the modification was marked as 1.4.1a. Yesterday the 1.4.1 release was made available, but it was broken (contained some old files), so the authors were forced to quickly publish a corrected release.
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds - Expanding Fronts - download page
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds - Expanding Fronts on ModDB
This new version of the mod brings many long-awaited changes. The developers have finally figured out a way to add the ability to select multiple buildings simultaneously and give them the order to train units of the same type. There are also six new maps and hundreds of improvements in various gameplay elements, balance and AI.
Expanding Fronts is a project significantly improving and expanding the content of the original game. Thanks to it Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds now supports high resolutions and 60 fps. The mod also removes virtually all bugs left by the devs and introduces an alternative architecture for multiplayer, enabling us to still play over the Internet (original servers were closed a long time ago).
Expanding Fronts also heavily changes the game's factions. Each of the basic ones was divided into several sub-factions, specializing in specific combat objectives. What's more all armies were reworked and enriched with new units and technologies.
With Expanding Fronts Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds becomes an excellent RTS that can satisfy fans of the genre as well as Star Wars fans alike. The game can often be purchased now for a few dollars, and with the mod it is a position definitely worth recommending.
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