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Trade Wars 2002

Trade Wars 2002 DOS One of the spectacular opening ANSI title screens


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Much like Elite, Tradewars 2002 is considered a space trading game, but it gives you a perfect mix between strategy and action by allowing you to play against other people and giving you options such as building citadels and ports.

A text based game who found it's popularity by being played through dial-up BBSs, Tradewars has evolved dramatically since it's first release. It now allows multiplayer action and is easily playable over the internet through any telnet client. You can also set up your own server for people to play at and it's still costs nothing to play.


Trade Wars 2002 DOS Haggling while trading yields rewards beyond financial savings
Trade Wars 2002 DOS Vital statistics of the current install's configuration
Trade Wars 2002 DOS Seedy characters in the StarDock's tavern
Trade Wars 2002 DOS Landing on Earth

Alternate Titles

  • "TWGS" -- internet game server
  • "TW2002" -- abbreviated title

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In 2000, Realm Interactive bought up the rights to the Trade Wars name and in 2002 announced that they were building an MMORPG out of it. Entitled Trade Wars: Dark Millennium, it would have featured making a player from a choice of four different races. These would be controlled or enter combat onto ships, planets and space stations. In keeping with the roots of Trade Wars, interstellar vessels travelling between ports to make trade would also have a major role to play.

As screenshots and information were released, the game's progress and direction brought mixed reviews among Trade Wars 2002 players and fans. The game's publisher, NCSoft, eventually decided that the "Trade Wars" name and license was not really needed and dropped it from the title. Shortly afterwards, Dark Millennium was cancelled by Realm Interactive, who were restructuring their employees and projects at the request of NCSoft. All of the company's efforts were instead focused on another MMORPG, Exarch Online. In July 2004, Realm Interactive was disbanded and many of it's websites (including Exach Online) went offline. Realm Interactive did not release a single game or product.

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