Screen5Towards the end of July this year we previewed a massive multiplayer online game set in space called Outer Empires [App Store] by Ironwill Studios. Aside from its new iPhone client, Outer Empires also works by pointing any modern browser to the game's web site at outer-empires.com.

The game is quite similar to a 2D version of EVE Online, and the game concept has remained the same since our preview:

Outer Empires takes place in a persistent galaxy where players can choose from a variety of different activities as you play in the intergalactic sandbox. There are tons of quests (or "Missions" as they're called in game) to complete that range from simple transport jobs to exploring and bounty hunting. Once you establish yourself in the world, you can set up colonies as well as run or join a guild (or "Factions" in Outer Empires).

There's a whole array of upgrades, ships, and other things to buy as you rank up in game. While the iPhone client costs $1.99, you can play the web version for free and neither version of the game has mandatory subscriptions. If you do choose to subscribe, you will get double the experience and space bucks of free users for completing the same missions. Subscription prices range from $3.99 a month with options for 3, 6, or 12 month discounts along with a $99.99 lifetime subscription.

Outer Empires is a cool concept, but like any online game how much fun you have with it will likely depend on the community inside of the game. I'd definitely at least give the free browser version of the game a try if the idea of a mobile space MMO interests you, and if you find yourself captivated by the Outer Empires universe, pick up the iPhone client.

App Store Link: Outer Empires, $1.99

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  • Jindofox

    I love the concept, but this "game" is the opposite of fun. Maybe I don't understand it, but from what I've "played" so far, I'd rather be filling out income tax worksheets. Is anyone enjoying this?

    • http://www.outer-empires.com Paul Hutson

      Later on you'll find you have a lot more options,from colony creation and management to exploration/combat jobs...

      .. at first you're but a lowly cadet, later you'll be a top pilot making money in the Galaxy running your own Empire ;)

      • bleeps

        I think Jindofox means, "Where's the pew pew?!"

        It's just not that kind of game.

  • Jindofox

    I love the concept, but this "game" is the opposite of fun. Maybe I don't understand it, but from what I've "played" so far, I'd rather be filling out income tax worksheets. Is anyone enjoying this?

    • http://www.outer-empires.com Paul Hutson

      Later on you'll find you have a lot more options,from colony creation and management to exploration/combat jobs...

      .. at first you're but a lowly cadet, later you'll be a top pilot making money in the Galaxy running your own Empire ;)

      • bleeps

        I think Jindofox means, "Where's the pew pew?!"

        It's just not that kind of game.

  • Luke Gabriel

    Yes, the app is finally out after almost three months of waiting.

    Apple sucks.

  • Luke Gabriel

    Yes, the app is finally out after almost three months of waiting.

    Apple sucks.

  • Steve

    The web version is pretty much broken right now, with long (minutes) hangs and beachballing. If that's due to problems with the server (which it looks like it is) then the iPhone version would be broken in the same way.

  • Steve

    The web version is pretty much broken right now, with long (minutes) hangs and beachballing. If that's due to problems with the server (which it looks like it is) then the iPhone version would be broken in the same way.

  • Love

    The community is one of the best things with Outer Empires. Love it.

  • Love

    The community is one of the best things with Outer Empires. Love it.

  • Swanny

    This is a really great game and well worth the $1.99 download. It is very deep and does, as people have said, resemble EVE Online with a little RTS thrown in. The developer is great at keeping in touch with the community and updating as needed. It is important to meet up with people and that is where the game really shines. Highly recommended from me.

  • Swanny

    This is a really great game and well worth the $1.99 download. It is very deep and does, as people have said, resemble EVE Online with a little RTS thrown in. The developer is great at keeping in touch with the community and updating as needed. It is important to meet up with people and that is where the game really shines. Highly recommended from me.

  • james andrews

    Massive Multiplayer Disappointment

    This game showed early promise but has sadly fallen into a deep pit over the past year. It has been plagued by extremely frequent app crashes which the development team have been unable to resolve. This coupled with appalling browser lag, freezing, and numerous bugs have led to very many players losing ships to 'lag death'. These ships take weeks of grinding to buy and compensation is rarely forthcoming.
    The grind is extremely repetitive and unsatisfying and the colony work is tedious in the extreme with very little reward due to the collapse of the in game economy secondary to 'cash for points' (see below).
    Many promises have been made concerning new content but very little is seen. Any changes are actually steps backwards 'bandaid solutions' which attempt (and fail) to reduce lag eg. reducing weapon firing speeds from 3 to 15 seconds.
    Another disturbing trend is the addition of 'points' to be bought (in addition to monthly subs) which can be exchanged for in-game items. The items very quickly become superseded and are therefore a huge waste of real life money. Sadly players are severely disadvantaged in-game if they don't spend the extra cash.
    To top this all off there has been a worrying amount of developer interference and less than ethical activity. Two developers run the most powerful in game faction and have been seen to use their privileges to their own betterment and their opponent's detriment.
    For the above reasons, and many others, players leave the game at an alarming rate and few new ones join - the player base is therefore extremely small and insular.
    If you are looking for a fun, fair and interesting game - Outer Empires is not for you.

    • Ref

      Wow, dude with a grudge against decent Dev team or what!

      The in game purchases improve life for those that buy them but are not game changers, you can't ask more than that.

      This game has a great community and is constantly improving.

  • Worthless Paul

    James Andrews is right. This game sucks. It should be called 'Cloistered Empires'. Everyone falls into their own little group and scheme and treat others like crap behind their backs, while they feign civility to one another. The devs run the place like the Third Reich and if you argue or express concern they either ban you or destroy your account with their in game players themselves. They fleece you for money with in game charges for upgrades, then make it all obsolete or find another reason to con you into buying more. The player community is still waiting on promises over a year old. The remaining promises they just flat broke and chalk it up under the convenient excuse that it's not a priority.

    WARNING: STAY AWAY

    • joe mama

      Dev team is pretty much expert at money grubbing with micropayments. They are experts at selling you an upgrade and either having it obsolete, outright destroy it, or require another upgrade to work. An exercise in tedium.

  • Missing in Action

    Game seems abandoned, no sign of devs in months and people can't even beg to get their micropay orders filled.  Recently some massive server outages, as of today all official pages affiliated with the game are offline. 

    Stay away, and definitely keep your money away!

  • Anonymous

    Despite the above Troll comments, OE was probably the best MMO experience I have ever had and one of the deepest game experiences altogether.

    The players built much of the infrastructure around the galaxy and the market was largely dependent upon player researched and crafted items and ships to function.

    Sadly though, OE has been closed down due to a shrinking player base.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I played for around two years. Great game at its peak, then it just degenerated into a bunch of cash-for-items and other garbage. My allies stopped coming online, the game died, etc. Real shame, since this could have been really great :'(

  • Ruof

    Outer empires is back online. In beta. Currently you can play from your safari browser on ipad, and app is coming soon. Devs have been on fire, content is being released daily, check it out.

  • http://outer-empires.com/ collisoldfield

    the game is back in 2nd release, in beta atm