NEW "Hero" Admirals - Personality-AI Admirals command your fleets, freeing you to concentrate on the big picture. This time, admirals are yours to command in both single and multiplayer games.
NEW Streamlined Resource Gathering - Resource gathering AI relieves you of the tedium of micromanagement so you may concentrate on the ultimate goal: Conquest of the Galaxy!
NEW Multiplayer Game Modes - Deathmatch, Capture the Flagship, Emperor, Conquest and Objective-Based Missions.
NEW Story and Cinematics - An intriguing plot filled with twists and surprises, punctuated by Hollywood-quality cinematics.
NEW Graphics - Realtime 3D Space Combat. Particle explosions use individual ship pieces for their destruction, lighting effects are applied to weapons and space objects, and damage appears as ships are harmed.