Metacritic Rating: 86 (out of 100)
Allegiance is a free multiplayer online game providing a mix of real-time strategy and player piloted space combat gameplay. Initially developed by Microsoft Research, the game was later released under a shared source license in 2004 and is now maintained and developed by volunteers.
It is the best game you’ve never played.
The story in which the game is set takes place circa 2150, shortly after the destruction of Earth by an asteroid. This cataclysm forced the remnants of humanity to the stars in search of new land and resources. Humanity quickly fractures into four main factions:
• The militaristic Iron Coalition, descendants of a United Nations-sanctioned peacekeeping force.
• GigaCorp, a transplanetary corporation bent on controlling all natural resources.
• Belters, a motley collection of traders, freedom fighters and pirates.
• The Bios, a mysterious off shoot of genetically engineered humans with their own agenda for “stalegenes”.
In the midst of the ensuing civil war, humans discover the alien Rixian Unity. An ancient and advanced race, the Rixians seek to “enlighten” heathen races (such as the human race) and convert them to their religion.
Developer: Microsoft Research
Release Date: March 16, 2000
Players: Multiplayer only
ERSB: E. Everyone.
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