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Smugglers 5: Invasion (Enhanced 2nd edition)
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Mar 14, 2014 @ 3:58am
Jan 13, 2015 @ 3:49am
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Smugglers 5: Invasion Coming to Steam and GOG Oct 16th‏
Release date: TBA - 2015
'It’s basically Elite… but turn-based. [...]' - for Smugglers 4

Smugglers 5: Invasion starts where the original game ended. After years of civil war, the Federation finally emerged victorious, crushing all rebellion. The galaxy looked forward to a period of peace, a chance to repair the damage of a long and bitter war.

Then came the Jalkath, a new alien race looking much like the tigers of Old Earth. Their attacks were swift and brutal and they subjugated entire systems before the Federation even knew what was happening.

To the humans, they looked much like the tigers of Old Earth, and they soon proved themselves to be every bit as cunning and dangerous. The newcomers were swift and brutal in their assault, deploying terrifying weapons and subjugating entire systems before their victims even knew what was happening. The Federation has rallied a defence against the invaders, and now both sides struggle for dominance.

War has returned to the galaxy. For the right kind of captain, it’s a whole new chance for fame and fortune. Will you fight for the survival of your race? Trade and smuggle goods to make your fortune? Or play both sides against each other for your own profit?

"Smugglers 5 is an impressive and exceedingly addictive game." - (Smugglers 5 - Original game)

"It’s a game full of freedom of choice, allowing the player to make their way through the framework it provides in just about whatever manner they please." - (Smugglers 5 - Original game)

Top features of this stand-alone expansion:

• A new, playable alien race (the Jalkath) with new skills and professions.
• Revised ship to ship combat. The skill bar at the bottom now randomly selects a “deck” of available skills, giving the game more diversity. The “deck” changes during combat.
• Six new alien star systems
• Exploration stories revised and new stories added to many systems.
• More than 10 new alien ships and squadrons, ranging from fighters to capital ships.
• Carriers added to the game with unique abilities – launch bombers, interceptors and escort vessels.
• Introducing new race-dependent news broadcasts and events.
• 20 new skills, including some that limit the skills available to your enemies. Existing skills have been revised to suit the new combat system and new ships.
• Conquering the enemy’s home system will immediately win the war.
• Artificial intelligence improvements
• The two main game screens now have a higher display resolution.
and much more ...

Top features of Smugglers 5 (original game and expansion):

• Explore the galaxy through a fast turn-based travel and combat system
• 4 factions; 6 professions with new, unique skill trees; 100+ different skills and a revised skill system
• 30+ spaceships and encounters ranging from fighters up to battleships, cruise missiles and star bases
• Non-linear war and campaign system. You can influence the war!
• Manage a crew, board enemy ships, become Admiral and command whole fleets
• Plunder planets and pirate outposts, conquer space systems and even rule your own empire!
• Supply and demand based trading with the storyline and campaign influencing prices
• More than 80,000 words of interactive non-linear storylines (that´s about the size of two novels)
• Advanced text generation technology and new planet exploration short stories make every game different.
• Marry a beautiful wife and have children
• Optional compatibility mode to allow blind players to enjoy the game
and much more ...

This is going to be an enhanced 2nd edition of Smugglers 5: Invasion featuring several additional new major updates, which are still to be announced.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Is this a new release?

Smugglers 5: Invasion is a standalone expansion and is based on Smugglers 5: Secession.

You can download a complete list of changes since Smugglers 4 (including what´s new in the expansion) here:

This is going to be an enhanced 2nd edition of Smugglers 5: Invasion featuring several new major updates.

Where can I buy this game?

Until the game is released on Steam, you can buy it directly from our website at:

Do I have to buy the game again after the beta / if it comes out?

No, of course not. When the betatest is finished you get a free update to the released version.

The game looks like Smugglers 4 and Smugglers 5: Secession - What´s new?

We have added tons of new content. You can download a complete list of changes since Smugglers 4 here:

Running the tutorial might not give you a full impression of the changes (although you could e.g. test the planet storylines and how they change). It is recommended to watch the YouTube trailer and read the changes list in order to get an idea of what´s new.

Smugglers 5: Secession plays in the timeline of the civil war between the Federation, Outer Rim Alliance, Coalition and Syndicate.

Smugglers 5: Invasion (stand-alone expansion) plays in the timeline after the civil war and features the Federation and the Jalkath Empire (tiger-like aliens).

To experience both timelines and the different factions you should play both games. If you just own the expansion, you miss out the civil war content, especially the Outer Rim Alliance, the Coalition and the Syndicate.

Is the game resolution 800x600? Why is there a black border on the side? Why isn´t the game fullscreen?

The game runs in fullscreen mode in the resolution your PC runs at. There is a black background picture with stars. The main screen of the game is not supposed to fill your screen in order to give you the possibility to put the trading or mission information screen to the side of the main screen. There is an option in the game to change the resolution of your PC in case you want a larger main screen.

In Smugglers 5: Invasion the native resolution of the two main screens in the game (travel and combat) has been increased. This makes it more convenient for high resolution displays.

What´s included? Is the game DRM-free?

• A DRM-free electronic copy of the game (instant download)
• A 87-page manual as a .pdf file
• Free patches and updates to the final version (we will keep improving the game after the release)
• For additional $4.95 you can get the previous Smugglers titles 1, 2, 3 and 4 (normal price $14.95).
Popular Discussions View All (4)
Aug 30, 2014 @ 11:18am
Smugglers 5: Invasion - Bug reports
Mar 22, 2014 @ 10:11am
SteamOS/Linux support
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xyz Dec 25, 2014 @ 3:16pm 
nice game
jester101  [author] Oct 14, 2014 @ 9:25am 
Due to the success of Smugglers 5: Secession we have been allowed to bypass Greenlight. We're excited to announce that the stand alone expansion Smugglers 5: Invasion is now 100% locked in for Oct 16th on Steam and . If you do not want to wait, you can buy the early access version today at and get a Steam key after the release. Thanks for everyone who voted!
Hirvia Sep 23, 2014 @ 5:31am 
So it's based on the novells then?
jester101  [author] Sep 22, 2014 @ 10:15pm 
The Smugglers series started with Smugglers 1 in 2000/2001.
Hirvia Sep 22, 2014 @ 12:16am 
This is a spin off for Space Trader, right?
hotrod Sep 9, 2014 @ 7:19am 
hope to see on steam soon.
Koshara Aug 18, 2014 @ 9:44am 
i hope it will be as fun as ftl
CÆSAR Aug 17, 2014 @ 12:41pm 
i like smugglers 5 but it has some big missing parts and invasion puts some of those parts in so i would love it.
Savage Aug 15, 2014 @ 10:00am 
Yes please! I want this asap :hatty:
ROFLwut? Aug 13, 2014 @ 6:59pm 
Tony the Tiger has come a long way since his days as the Frosted Flakes Mascot!