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Orion Pirates did not have a story camapign for the 8 established galactic powers; instead, the only playable campaign for them was a general conquest campaign. The newly added Orion Pirate cartels, however, had a newly written story campaign available to them that featured several pirate-specific missions, as well as missions that touched on events from the previous game, Empires at War.
Differences from SFC2
- 'X-ships' were added. These ships were armed with more powerful weapons than normal ships (such as X phasers), and could stand in combat against ships above their size class.
- Some new ship types were added for certain factions.
- Alex Wyldefire
Starships and vehicles
Races and cultures
States and organizations
- Orion Cartel • Crimson Shadow • Camboro • Prime Industries • Tiger Heart • Beast Raiders • Syndicate • Wyldefire Compact
Orion Pirates was originally intended to be released as an expansion pack for Empires at War. However, the decision was eventually made to release it as a standalone title. It was also one of Interplay's last Star Trek releases, as their license with Paramount expired in mid 2001, and they did not choose to renew it.