Sins of a Solar Empire hits Steam, more Stardock titles coming

Now that Impulse is owned and operated by another company, Stardock has decided to put its catalog of titles on Steam. First up, Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity.

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After selling "more than two million copies worldwide," mostly through its former digital distribution platform, Stardock and Ironclad Games' Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity is now available on Steam.

According to Stardock CEO Brad Wardell, the March 2011 sale of its digital download technology Impulse to retailer GameStop means there is no longer "any conflicts of interest in offering our titles to other digital distribution channels."

While Stardock is starting with the bundled collection of its space-based RTS and expansions, other titles will be made available "over the coming weeks," Wardell added. Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity is currently on sale for $14.99 until November 23 on Steam.

Stardock's appearance on Steam is an interesting one, considering Wardell himself defended against an Edge editorial in 2009 proclaiming it the "Age of Steam."

"Steam does a lot of things right," Wardell said, noting the battle was still too early to call Steam the winner. At the time, Stardock owned and operated Impulse. "But there's certainly room for improvement which viable competition encourages. After all, MySpace once looked unbeatable in the social networking world but such premature assumptions look quaint in 'the age of Facebook'," the CEO added.

The "full-fledged expansion" expansion Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is set to launch next spring.

From The Chatty
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    November 16, 2011 7:00 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Sins of a Solar Empire hits Steam, more Stardock titles coming.

    Now that Impulse is owned and operated by another company, Stardock has decided to put its catalog of titles on Steam. First up, Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity.

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      November 16, 2011 7:03 PM

      *BOUGHT'd*

      After gamestop bought Impulse, I dropped that client like a 2 dollar whore.

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      November 16, 2011 7:04 PM

      I will re-buy GalCiv2 when it hits Steam.

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      November 16, 2011 8:19 PM

      I wish I could transfer my Impulse games to Steam.

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        November 16, 2011 10:48 PM

        Me too, i have Sins with the 1st exp, i would love to install it to steam

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        November 17, 2011 4:23 AM

        Yea, it seems dumb to rebuy my games to have them in one place, but I am going to do it. I'll actually end up playing them more if they are in Steam.

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        November 17, 2011 7:03 AM

        Ditto, I actually bought Dawn of Discovery on Impulse because of some sale a while back.

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      November 16, 2011 8:28 PM

      I'll probably buy it since I never got the expansions. I don't really get why everyone here hates Impulse - you don't even need to run it again after installing the game.

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        November 16, 2011 11:07 PM

        Hey, this is fun: even though it's on Steam, you need to register a stupid Stardock account to run it. Go banana.

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          November 17, 2011 5:55 AM

          Oh really? That sucks. :(

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        November 17, 2011 5:13 AM

        Yeah, I vastly prefer Impulse as a client, much less intrusive.

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        November 17, 2011 6:21 AM

        I don't get why people care if a client that takes up maybe 50-100MB of RAM runs all the time.

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      November 17, 2011 4:29 AM

      I am trying to figure out if I should buy them during this sale, or a package sale when the rest of the titles come. Or even this Christmas sale.

      I want to maximize my savings.

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      November 17, 2011 5:51 AM

      Yahoo!

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      November 17, 2011 8:13 AM

      Didn't Wardell originally say Stardock games would never be on Steam because he considered Steam to be "malware"?

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        November 17, 2011 8:46 AM

        I don't remember him calling it malware. In fact, I believe he admitted that it was the most popular, but suggested Impulse was to Facebook and Steam would go the way of MySpace.

        Of course, once he sold Impulse, why would he care anymore?

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      November 17, 2011 8:47 AM

      Now merge gog.com on Steam and I'll be golden.

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      November 17, 2011 12:46 PM

      Is it worth it to try and sell my Impulse account? Is that even allowed?

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