There are some fascinating 4X games on their way to us, but here’s one already in our system: the Slitherine-backed Polaris Sector. Polaris is the bright star, representing hope and faith, but the surrounding environs don’t follow suit - offering supernovas and suspicious factions instead.
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4X players tend to like their universes highly configurable, and Polaris Sector is certainly that. Its randomly generated galaxy can host up to 900 stars, a variable number of races, and as many pirates and external threats as you want.
Ship design is equally freeform, allowing you to turn a corvette into a drone carrier, or a freighter into a scout - the latter fit for finding new planets to colonise and empires to trade with. There’s real-time tactical combat, but auto-resolve is always an option.
Sound like your sort of space game?