Galactic Reign, a new cross-platform strategy game for Windows Phone and PC, arrives

Earlier this year Microsoft generated a lot of excitement when it launched its first game designed to be paused on one Windows device and resumed on another—the hit turn-based strategy title Skulls of the Shogun.

Today an exciting new cross-platform release makes its debut. Galactic Reign, a cinematic sci-fi strategy game, just showed up in the Windows Store for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. The Windows Phone version, which costs $4.99, is scheduled to roll out by late morning. Once available, you’ll find it here.

Like its predecessor, Galactic Reign is also turn based. You and an opponent go back and forth designing ships, building fleets, and colonizing planets in a head-to-head race to dominate the galaxy. (The game also has options for solo play.) Check out the video below for a nice overview of how it all works.

Galactic Reign features Xbox achievements and leaderboards, but its most buzzworthy highlight—by far—are the absolutely eye-popping battle scenes. These fiery, full-motion combat sequences look like they were created in Hollywood, but their real secret is that they’re actually rendered in the cloud and downloaded to your device. The mini-movies are more than just eye candy: Savvy players can mine the footage for key insights into their opponents’ strategy and strengths. More coolness: You can share them with friends via Facebook.

Who’s ready to play?