Sword of the Stars is an upcoming 4X strategy game. While strategy games have declined in popularity along with space sims, the 4X category has fallen on particularly rough times. The space combat in Sword of the Stars unfolds in real time between four races with unique traits. There is a full technology tree that contributes to full customization of ships. The game will support up to eight players online with options for cooperative and competitive scenarios.
Sword of the Stars is a breakthrough Space Strategy game that seeks to reinvigorate the sub-genre. Players will explore planets, manage their empire and research new technology. Sword of the Stars provides quick, intuitive play, state-of-the-art graphics and tactical combat that make the game instantly involving and rewardingly fun.
There are game trailers and additional information at their website. I first saw this one over at ATFW.