I thought I'd create a catch all to bring the Distant Worlds discussions (here and here.) I've seen around here into one place. I'll expand this post as I have time to include links to info and game play clips.
For those who don't know Distant Worlds is a 4x space game developed by Code Force and published by Matrix Games.
Distant Worlds is a vast, pausable real-time, 4X space strategy game. Experience the full depth and detail of large turn-based strategy games, but with the simplicity and ease of real-time, and on the scale of a massively-multiplayer online game.
Vast galaxies are made to order: up to 1400 star systems, with up to 50,000 planets, moons and asteroids. Galaxies are so deep, fun and immersive that you won’t want to finish the game... Build, expand and improve your empire endlessly. The galaxy is packed with life and activity. Encounter other empires, independent alien colonies, traders, pirates and space monsters. Explore star systems, asteroid fields, gas clouds, supernovae, galactic storms and black holes. Discover evidence of civilizations long since past, uncovering secrets about the galaxy's troubled history...
Best of all, you can play the game your way: enjoy a quick, intense game in a crowded galaxy or take your time in an epic game spread across a vast galaxy!
Private enterprise leads the way
Your citizens expand your empire’s economy by themselves: colonies grow in size and culture, freighters transport cargo, mining ships and mining stations exploit resources – without any direction from you. Your job as the head of government for your empire is to explore, colonize and protect.
Providing security and stability allows trade and development to flourish at your colonies. But neglecting your defences will see your empire shrink as it is attacked by marauding pirates and other greedy empires. Use a full array of tools to help your empire achieve dominance: diplomacy, espionage and the threat and use of military force.
Do things your way
Automate as much or as little of the game as you like, leaving you time to focus on the game aspects that interest you most. Seamlessly zoom your view from a single ship or planet right out to the entire galaxy – or any level in between. Watch thousands of star ships criss-crossing the galaxy: transporting cargo, mining resources, exploring uncharted regions, colonizing new planets, taming lawless areas.
This "interactive AAR" on the QT3 forums is awesome.
Gameplay videos from Matrix