At first sight, Endless Legend is a traditional 4X game, albeit set in a fantasy spin-off of the science fiction universe shared by Endless Space and Dungeon of the Endless. It's easy, in this industry, to fail to innovate—after all Activision-Blizzard has made billions out of 'more of the same'. Yet, despite its franchise heritage, at every stage Endless Legend shines. Where it takes from the past, it puts its own spin on it. Where it innovates, it does so cautiously and mostly successfully.