Hey folks, if ya didn’t know already, just an FYI that Eterium comes out today on both Steam and Desura for $14.99 at either place! If you want to learn more about the game, you can check out our podcast with the lead developer, or the two videos I just did showing off the gameplay. Check it out, it’s a fun time! :) Enjoy!
Today Steam released a new batch of Greenlit games, and it’s got quite a few spacey games on it, with some surprises too. These include:
- Armada Online (I wasn’t sure this one was still in development, honestly, glad to see it is though!)
- Epic Space Game
- Paragon (Which I forgot was in Greenlight! Whoops!)
- Smugglers V
There are a lot of other non-spacey games I’m excited to see on there too, like 1849 and FRONTIERS too. Congrats to all of those who got Greenlit today!
Usually I save trailers and such for the news digests I put out every so often, but this new trailer for Enemy Starfighter is just…my god…well, look at it for yourselves and marvel at it. ;) Also, if you’re gonna be at PAX East next weekend, Mike will also be there showing the game off, so check it out if you can. Thanks for Fishbreath on Quarter to Three for the tip!
Two news posts within a week? HOW CAN ANYONE LIVE AT THAT SPEED? I’m unsure my friends…maybe I’ve finally gone mad. But I’ll tell you this, I’m on the upswing in terms of energy and motivation from my low point earlier this week. I therefore wanted to pound out some more news and deals before they piled up too much. Here goes!
- FTL – Word comes from the devs that both the free (for current owners of the original) Advanced Edition and the iPad edition will be dropping on April 3rd. Holy hell THAT’S NEXT WEEK. SOMEONE GET ME AN IPAD STAT. ;) Seriously, I should revisit the game in video form so y’all can hear me have an anxiety attack as my crew slowly dies (WHICH ALWAYS HAPPENS).
- Distant Worlds – New screenshots have been released for Universe, which I want to play/own now please! :)
- Galactic Civilizations III – Thanks to Ben for reminding me that the alpha is now out on Steam for your purchasing pleasure.
- Kerbal Space Program – Squad has released a video of an asteroid redirect mission, the type that’ll be available in the next patch, and it looks great.
- Strike Suit Zero – The folks behind the game have announced that the PS4 and XB1 versions of the Director’s Cut will drop on April 8th and will be $19.99 for both platforms. No word on a PC release as of yet. There is a new video for y’all to look at though.
- Slower than Light – In some new blog entries, the developer answers how he’ll work 1,500 hours between April and October, and a new video covering the Fermi Paradox, which looks intriguing.
- AI War – A new patch or two is a maintenance release dealing with the recent salvage revisions, among other things.
- Epic Space Game – They’re having a Paid to Play Weekend event which as the winning miner getting $100 cash for mining the most of a new mineral. That’s pretty cool!
- EVE Online – CCP has released a new video showing off why their new book EVE: Source looks so awesome. ;)
- Star Citizen – There’s a new entry in the DATELINE: SESEN series, a story of hospitals under siege and the latest Wingman’s Hangar previews the new asteroid hangar, among other things.
- Wing Commander – The CIC has a teaser of the animated Tales of the Claw project, and some news of the recent Kickstartered album.
- Privateer 2: The Darkening – The CIC also has a snippet from a Reddit AMA with Clive Owen in which he briefly reflected on his time filming for the game.
- Unending Galaxy –
I honestly forget how I found outSerial Kicked over on Google+ told me about this new “2D Space Exploration/Building/4X” game, but it looks darned cool, so check out the official site or the blog for more info! They also have a demo that I have to try.
Finally, we have a couple of sales. First off, Retrobooster is having a sale wherein it’s 50% off until April 2nd. It’s a really cool game, so check it out!
Then, GOG is having an Interplay Irresistibles sale in which a lot of awesome Interplay games are on sale. This of course means you can get the amazing Freespace 2 for $4.99, as well as its predecessor Descent: Freespace for $2.99. Seriously, folks, if you don’t have Freespace 2, now is the time. They also have excellent sci-fi games such as M.A.X. and Subwar 2050 (which was made by Particle Systems of Independence War fame) among many other excellent games. I’d jump on these if I didn’t already own almost all of ‘em. ;) (P.S. Clicking on those links and buying through ‘em helps the site out, FYI. ;)
That’s it for today folks. Have a fantastic weekend!
Hello my friends! I’m sorry I’ve been so absent of late, but wow am I tired! A short time ago, I went to Yosemite for the better part of a week (some pics here) for a wedding in which my girlfriend was the maid of honor. As awesome a time as I had, it was EXHAAAAUSTING and I feel like I’m still recovering from the sleep deficit, so I’ve just only had energy for some basic gaming needs, you know? ;) There’s been a ton of news out since then, however, so I’m gonna try to get to all of it. Here goes!
- Distant Worlds: Universe – The folks over at Matrix Games finally announced the final installment of the Distant Worlds series, which will include all previous expansions as well as new content, and said it’ll be out in May! Can’t wait!
- FTL – Polygon has some video of the upcoming Advanced Edition from GDC, which looks fantastic. Sadly I can’t embed the video.
- Star Citizen – Plenty of stuff from a variety of sources, so much I’ve likely missed some, but we have from the official site, a Galactic Guide to Tiber, an article from the Terran Gazette entitled An Uncertain Future, Dateline: Sesen parts Six, Seven and Eight, The Next Great Starship episodes Six, Seven and Eight, some in-game fiction covering The Extraterrestrial Child, work in progress updates on the Scythe and Avenger fighters, a sale on volume one of the hardbound Jump Point book, and episodes Twelve and Thirteen of Ten for the Chairman. Then, IncGamers let us know about a Squadron 42 video development diary, and Stick and Rudder has an article on getting perspective about the game’s development and some sims you can play while you wait for Star Citizen to be released. Finally, a press release announced that Cloud Imperium will be working with Moon Collider on the game’s AI. Whew!
- Galactic Civilizations III – The first gameplay video has been released, and it looks pretty cool!
- The Last Federation – Lots of updates on combat, including a new video, information on its revisions and some behind the scenes info. Great stuff.
- Starpoint Gemini II – The folks at RPG Watch reported that there’s a new Q&A with the devs over on RGN that’s a pretty good read.
- Wayward: Terran Frontier – A small blog post from the dev tells us the game isn’t dead, which is awesome. Hopefully we’ll hear more soon.
- EVE: Valkyrie – Polygon is reporting now that this game will be a Playstation 4 and Rift exclusive.
Sads, I was hoping to play it on the PC, but it’s one more reason to get a PS4 (I was gonna get one eventually anyway).Thanks for the clarification Josh, glad to know it’s still coming to PC.
- Approaching Infinity – This has appeared on Steam Greenlight according to blog and Kickstarter posts. Go vote for ‘em! There’s also a new mod for the game called Eden Sector that looks pretty cool.
- Interstellaria – The folks at Rock, Paper Shotgun wrote up a little article covering recent game developer animated GIFs, including this one from the game, which I just adore. There’s also a new entry in the design a ship contest.
- Space Engineers – A new survival mode has been added to the game, which includes all new ways to die. Wheee!
- Beyond Beyaan - We have both a progress report, a look at planet code a and blog post talking about trying to match the mechanisms of the first MoO game.
- Ascent: The Space Game – You can now pre-order the Windows client on Desura for $4.99, which I recommend. ;)
- Gran Vitreous – You can now pre-order this spacey shmup ARPG thingy on Desura as well for $4.99.
- Steam Greenlght – In the past month we’ve had two batches of games make it to Steam through Greenlight which includes Star Rift (which I’d not heard of), Vendetta Online and Taikodom: Living Universe (which I thought had turned into vaporware at this point). Congratulations to all of the winners!
- Elite: Dangerous – Eurogamer talks to David Braben about the game, and Gamasutra has a fascinating article about the studio’s in-house game jams.
- AI War – No less than three patches have been released recently which fix bugs and revise the economy a bit.
- Wing Commander – The CIC has a bevy of news, including the original game being mentioned in a new Guinness Book of World Records book, a look at the historical Victory battlegroup, an old interview with Chris Roberts, some Kilrathi ship renderings, VDU pilot images from the second game, a hack fix to extend the subtitles in the forth game, and news that the music kickstarter succeeded in its goals. Whew!
- Drox Operative – There’s now a Linux demo for y’all to check out (and I suggest you do so, as this game is aaawesome).
- Rodina – There’s a new version of the game which includes internal ship fires, improved crashing, and other horrible “improvements”. ;) Yeah, like flying the ship wasn’t dangerous enough before…yeesh…
- Galaxial – Space Sector brings word that there’s a new video of the game in action for us all to gawk at, and it looks great.
- Gratuitous Space Battles 2.0 – Cliffski has a new image of the game’s improved lighting. So pretty.
- PULSAR: Lost Colony – The game’s forum has details on the most recent updates for the game, along with a new devlog video.
- Paragon – Alpha 5 is now available for purchase/download and include new ship meshes, more ships and smaller bug fixes.
- StarDrive 2 – A new devlog video is up for those who wanna see more about this sequel.
- Horizon – PC Gamer has a review of the game which seems as lukewarm as some others who’ve covered it.
- Open Imperium Galactica – A new version of the game offers some minor fixes and improvements.
- Deep Space Settlement – Over on Twitter (ugh), Matthias has posted a pic of some new sensor components (oooohhhh) which looks snazzy. If there are other pics since then I’ve missed them. Because Twitter.
- FleetCOMM : Operation Vigrior – Several updates recently cover things such as movement, a problem with learnability and a new video looking at Heimdall ships. Wheee!
- Strike Suit Zero – The Playstation Blog has a new video of the upcoming Director’s Cut along with some screenshots for y’all to gawk at.
- Dominium – A new blog post has some new images of the game as well as a progress report of sorts.
- Human Extinction Similator – The dev has some new blog posts covering problems with Steam, blues regarding being an indie and more.
- M.O.R.E. – A glorious new update on their Kickstarter with a ton of new informations. ;)
- Retrobooster – There’s a new post covering some of the ickier monsters in the later portion of the game.
- Kerbal Space Program – According to Polygon, Squad and NASA are teaming up to bring realistic asteroids and rocket parts to the game. Cool!
- GoD Factory: Wingmen – The game will finally move forward thanks to a partnership with Bandai Namco! Congrats to the devs on the success of their persistence. ;)
- Defect: Spaceship Destruction Kit – A new beta includes a tutorial mission among other things.
- EVE Online – EVE: Source, which is a 200+ page book on the game, its history and its lore, is now available for purchase according to The Mittani.
- No Man’s Sky – The procedural engine is so advanced in the game that it scares its creator, according to CVG.
- Firefly Online – VG247 has a little look into the game from their time at GDC.
- Galactic Command Echo Squad – This game is now, finally, available on Steam after many years of being unavailable.
- Slower Than Light – This is a really cool looking 4X game I found on Kickstarter that is a hard sci-fi game that strives to keep the speed of light as the universal speed limit it is. The game’s site is also updated regularly with new info. Check it out.
- Union – Thanks to reader Kevin for letting me know about this new cooperative bridge simulator! It looks awesome!
- Planets³ – I recently discovered this Kickstarter which kinda looks like Minecraft but with multiple planets and systems one can fly to. Check it out!
Wow, that was almost all of March up until now, huh? Yeeesh! We’re not done yet though, as I have some deals as well as some related news. First off, in deals, Steam’s recent rash of weeklong deals includes Space Trader: Merchant Marine for $1.49 (though the page itself says $4.99 for some reason). Finally, in kinda related news, GOG announced that they’ll be supporting Linux starting later this year, which could see some of our favorite spacey classics reaching that platform.
WHEW that was a lot of stuff to get through. This post took forever to write, but y’all are worth it. :) Have a great day folks!
Thanks to podcast co-host aweomeness Jim for pointing this out. Over on Strategy Informer, they bring word that N-Fusion has announced a new game called Space Noir. The game looks to have both atmospheric and space combat, and looks damned pretty to boot. The trailer below says it takes place across five worlds and thirty-five missions, and will apparently be out for PC and…wow, tablets, really?…this Summer. Right now there doesn’t appear to be an official site yet, so head over to Facebook for more details. I’ll try and get ahold of the folks behind the game to get more info somehow. :) Enjoy the trailer!
Thanks to everyone who made me aware of this during my snoozing hours. ;) The folks at Gearbox have finally announced their intentions for the recently-acquired Homeworld license with Homeworld Remastered. The remastered versions will come with updated graphics (including support for 4K displays), updated audio and music along with a centralized multiplayer mode that will “allow you to interact with other players like never before.” The original versions of both Homeworld 1 and 2 will be included as well, but updated to run on modern operating systems. There’s also a poll on the site asking folks if they’d want a physical collector’s edition as well. Like, duh, who doesn’t, right? ;) I’ll bring you more info as I get it.
Hello my friends, and welcome to another day of newsiness!! There’s plenty of goodness to get to today, including a bundle and some other stuff, so let’s get to it! Remember, all videos will be embedded below the cut. :)
- Drox Operative – The Invasions of the Ancients expansion is now on Steam and is half off for $4.99 until March 11th! Also, via their forums, if you email Steven (the developer) with your previously purchased keys, you can likely be sent a Steam key as well. The game also has been patched recently, and fixes a few bugs.
- Star Citizen – A new feature is a monthly report, which tries to address transparency problems some fans were having. It’s a very detailed report, and includes art, videos, numbers of employees and more, and I certainly can’t wait to read it all. There’s also a new episode of The Next Great Starship, another installment of Ten for the Chairman and a stat update on the Mustang and Gunship ships.
- Limit Theory – A new month, a new update, this time looking at scanners, ice, and much more. I can’t wait to watch it, let alone play it.
- Freespace Open Project – The latest edition of the HLP Newsletter has dropped with a good chunk of campaign and coding news. Wait, what? You’ve not played Freespace 2? Fix that immediately!
- Void Destroyer – Paul has put up a look at the first forty-seven days after the game launched on Steam, which is pretty enlightening. I love this kind of transparency.
- Approaching Infinity – The latest beta, 02, has been released, which has mostly focused on fixing quests. Download it and give it a shot!
- Space Pioneer – The Kickstarter has a few days left, and it’ll take a lot of work or a miracle to help them over the finish line. Hopefully this article from Polygon will help get ‘em some traction.
- Wing Commander – The CIC has a link to a great piece of art showing tribute to Aaron Allston as well as a link to a tutorial on how to put engine nozzles on a custon Hellcat V model, which I want very badly.
- Space Engineers – A new version has been released, and while I can’t link to the press release (it’s behind a login wall), I can link to this video showing off some of the new features.
- FleetCOMM : Operation Vigrior – A new post on Kickstarter discusses finally stabilizing the engine and includes a Torrent link where you can try it out yourself.
- Vendetta Online – A new version of the game includes turret and capship fixes, among others.
- Cosmonautica – Rock, Paper Shotgun has a small article on the game which includes some words after some brief time with the game.
- Open Imperium Galactica – A new version is out which includes an updated planets screen, improved language selection and more.
- GoD Factory: Wingmen – The game has been nominated for a Special Selected Projects award at Game Connection America 2014. Good luck to ‘em!
We’re not done yet folks! First, in the bundle department, Bundle Stars’ Adrenaline Bundle is pretty damned great, as it has the fantastic Ring Runner, and in non-spacey game goodness, also both Etherlords games (which are awesome) and plenty more. Get this one if you can, folks.
Then, in the kinda related department, we have more faction information for Endless Legend, the fantasy strategy game from the Endless Space folks. We also have three new models from SOL Command for use in your space game, including a Personal Mining Unit, a base of operation for the PMUs and a sleek Dobrev frigate.
Finally, in not-related-but-still-interesting news comes word that Kickstarter passed the $1 billion mark in pledges, over $215 million coming from gaming alone, which is pretty awesome. Thanks VGN247 for the heads up!
That’s it for today folks, have a great one!
Hello my friends, and happy Friday! It’s been a busy week here, but the news has been piling up, so I thought I’d close out the work week with the latest batch of space game news. Let’s do this!
- Infinite Space 3 – A new developement update has been released with more gameplay footage covering ship usage, galaxy generation and more!
- The Mandate – The devs have a new update on Kickstarter showing off a bunch of new screenshots covering new hallways and rooms and so on. It looks great!
- Starpoint Gemini 2 – There’s a massive new update for the game along with a new hero contest where you can create your own in-game character.
- Star Lords – Star Lords also got a pretty big update, which adds a new game creation screen, plenty of bug fixes and more.
- Wing Commander – Lots of news from the CIC lately. First off, sad news that the author of the amazing Claw Marks magazine from the first game, Aaron Allston, has passed away. That was great stuff, and we thank you for it sir. In happier news, the Banshee fighter has some artistic treatment via Deviantart, and finally news that George Oldziey’s Kickstarter has passed the $10,000 mark. Wheee!
- Star Citizen – The official site has a few new pieces of content, such as part five of DATELINE: SESEN, an ongoing piece of in-game fiction, along with an in-game piece of news about the Advocacy Archive. Finally, the latest version of the hangar has been released and it adds Oculus Rift support…if you can get one of course.
- Line of Defense Tactics – This game out recently, and I still need to get myself a copy, but there’s already a review of it over on DigitallyDownloaded.net for y’all to check out.
- Approaching Infinity – A new update over on Kickstarter tells us that the main quests are eighty percent complete, and includes a bunch of screenshots for us to gawk at.
- Epic Space Game – The folks at TenTonHammer have an interview with the developers for y’all to read.
- EVE Online – The Mittani is reporting that EVE is underoing a DDOS attack, not sure if it’s been resolved as I write this however. New-to-me site Play The Past also has a microhistory of the game, as they call it.
- GoD Wingman Factory – There’s a new post which has an early look at the cockpit view of an Arblos alien fighter craft.
- Star Trek: Armada 3 – This amazing mod for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion (sorry, it’s not a new sequel to the original game) has finally reached 1.0 status, so if you don’t have it yet, get it.
- X Rebirth – A massive press release went out detailing a bunch of new fixes for the game, along with a new video showing some of them off (which will be embedded below). It adds features such as…*giggle*…targeting…
- New Games – Thanks to a variety of sources, I’ve discovered some new games recently that I wanted to share with y’all, so I’ll link to the sources through which I found ‘em rather than their official sites. ;) These include Cosmonautica, Habitat, Astro War, Space Run and Planets3. They all look cool, so check ‘em out.
But wait, we’re not done, we have some sales! GamersGate is selling the aforementioned Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion for $19.98, but it’s been cheaper elsewhere so you might wanna wait. You can then get Gimbal in the Indie Royale Pancake Bundle and the AI War collection in Bundle Stars’ Fusion Bundle. Finally, DotEmu has a massive anniversary sale going on with too much stuff to list here.
Finally, amazing site McSweeny’s has an article covering one of the toughest jobs of any starship captain, yet one we don’t see modeled in games often enough. ;)
That’s it folks, have a great weekend!
I was recently contacted by a developer teasing that a space game from the last several years will be getting a massive upgrade/overhaul…but I can’t tell you which one…
All I can do is show you this…
Note, I’m using IMGUR rather than WordPress’ built-in media features because this image is massive, and WP won’t do it justice. ;) You can try to guess what it is, but I won’t tell you even if you’re right. ;) Stay tuned for more…