This RTS games puts you as the commander in the Frontier Wars. You can play either as the Terran forces, the insectoid Mantis or the energy-based Celareons. Unlike most RTS games, this one requires you to manage your supply lines and control over multiple maps, up to 16 different star systems.
In addition, there are intelligent fleet admirals... AIs which can be a benefit during the multiplayer games.
Conquest was originally a Digital Anvil product. After Microsoft took over Digital Anvil, the game was removed from the company schedule, even though it was close to completion. The Conquest team then, with Chris Robert's blessing, quit Digital Anvil and formed Fever Pitch Studios to finish it.