Fans of Endless Space will know that much of its development has been community-driven, with the developers using their Games2gether system to poll fans on proposed changes, gauge response to game changes and even incorporate community-created content. Developers and fans have once again worked together to create Rise of the Automatons, the game's first substantial update.
Created by community member Panzer, the "dust-powered space robots" that are the Automatons beat other proposed factions such as the Shadowmasters and the interestingly named Resetrocons in a forum poll.
As well as introducing a new faction for free, this latest update also makes some other changes, including:
- A more intelligent AI, with a shrewder approach to trading, taxation and diplomacy.
- Improvements to the Trade Route display.
- More diplomacy options.
- Polish language support.
- Better mod support.
- Various minor bug fixes.
- A rebalancing of several game values, including armour.
A full list of the changes can be found here. It seems this add-on is incompatible with older saved games, so be sure to finish your current campaigns first.