Endless Space 2 is the latest 4X project by Amplitude Studios and they have recently announced that the Vodyani will be the fourth faction in the game.
The Vodyanis are a faction who were saved by the Endless and their goal is the sustain their own life by exterminating and using others, which includes recruiting slaves as well as using huge motherships to maintain their lifestyles. They are an extremely powerful faction with a focus on their history, especially their religious history which builds into their concept of a 'crusade' against others.
We recently went to Paris to visit the studios and play the game and we talked to Amplitude's co-founder Romain de Waubert about the new faction. "The Vodyanis, for me, are probably one of my favourite faction", de Waubert said. "I love the lore, the look, I love this idea of playing a population that is a very little population, very powerful, very fragile sometimes; "each time when I lose one guy I want to cry because I put all my hopes on him" [...] I like this idea of being kind of nomadic with all of my population always being on the arc ships and this idea of where you are in the system, people shiver and fear. I can use my mind tricks to mesmerise millions of people to basically work for us."
He continued "so this is basically something evil but very satisfying and adds to gameplay [something] very different. They also have that dark story that you will follow inside the game and it's very tied to the global [story] that we have in the game that will create a quest that will get the players to play together or against the others and they are really tied to that. Yeah, it's pretty cool."
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