Paradox Interactive and Kerberos have announced the development of Sword of the Stars II, the sequel to the critically acclaimed 4X (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) strategy title.

Sword of the Stars 2 will see the return of the original six races from Swords of the Stars and its expansions as well as reveal the dark secret of the original series, the Suul'ka - an ancient race that is responsible for tampering with many races in the Sword of the Stars universe.

Sword of the Stars 2 promises to be a major step forward in 4X gameplay, taking the easy-to-learn-hard-to-master philosophy set out in the first game and creating a new standard in space strategy games.

"Sword of the Stars 2 represents not only an evolution of the SotS gameplay and story, but also a union between a developer and a publisher who understand gameplay and strategy above all else. To us, Paradox is more than just another publisher, they are fellow gamers who love strategy and action as much as we do. When it comes to the game itself, Sword of the Stars 2 will be far more than just a sequel where the graphics have been tuned up and a new unit or two thrown in. Instead players can look forward to a whole new game that is based on the central SotS experience, but willing and able to grow beyond it to offer even more in terms of strategy, tactics and gameplay." said Martin Cirulis, CEO Kerberos Productions.

Sword of the Stars 2 is in early production and is scheduled for release in 2011.