The Seven still struggle with their efforts to dominate the galaxy. While the conflict escalates, the leaders receive discomforting reports from newly discovered sectors, from Sigma Hydrae to Theta Ophiuchi. Systems previously thought to be empty are suddenly swarming with Ancients—entire worlds of them with ship capabilities far beyond anything seen before. They are not willing to negotiate. With the Rise of the Ancients expansion for Eclipse, you must find allies among your formerly bitter enemies to face the rising threat. At the same time, new factions enter the game, expanding your options for gameplay. Finally, this expansion opens the gates for up to three more players to join the conflict for truly massive interstellar wars. Will your civilization rise above the others and emerge victorious?