Different developer, totally different Art style, more Focus on Story driven SP - different game,
Developers sometime change names, and the art style isn't "totally different" at all. There's actually a good deal of similarity between the two.
That being said, yes, I do agree it's not Distant Worlds 2. Astra Exodus is turn-based (I hadn't noticed that until now), and I don't see the DW series deviating from the real-time 4x formula.
also most likely means DW2 wont come this year.
I've taken that as a given for some time now. A 2020 release date (or later) has been obvious since Matrix/Slitherine began looking for 3D artists to add to the DW2 project.
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