FINALLY! After months and months of waiting and hoping, Soldak’s amazing game Drox Operative has FINALLY been accepted onto Steam through Greenlight. Along with Drox Operative is also the upcoming 4X spacey game Predestination! Congrats to them and everyone who got accepted to Steam today, and the entire list of winners can be seen here.
Hello my friends, and welcome to Friday! It’s been a nutty week for me, so I apologize for the lack of stuff, but I’m going to try to make up for that today with one Hugh Jass news post. Please join me as I dive into the deep end of this newsiness pool!
- The Last Federation – Hey, lookit, finally some footage of this game we discussed on our podcast a little while back! Check it out!
- Star Citizen – A ton of stuff, so let’s not waste time. The Next Great Starship contest begins today, then in-game we have a look at Aegis Dynamics, news fom the Kaizen system and the first episode of Dateline: Sesen. In the real world we have concept shots of an asteroid hangar, a joystick poll, a new lore builder looking at the navy and another episode of Ten for the Chairman. Moving away from the official site, Stick and Rudder has a look at the squad system, and YouTube user starwolf has a video looking at the Constellation. Whew!
- EVE Online – If you missed it, a massive battle totalling over $300,000 in real-world losses (based on the in-game currency that can be traded for real money) erupted a few days ago once a rent payment was missed, basically. CCP estimates around 7,500 players have taken part in the fracas, which looks pretty impressive. Somewhere in the midst of this, CCP also managed to launch Rubicon 1.1 which fixes a bunch of stuff.
- Kerbal Space Program – Eurogamer took some time to review the game while Polygon spent some time look at the people behind it along with the game’s history. Both articles are awesome. :)
- Star Ruler 2 – Thanks to Space Sector for letting us know about a Devstream (their word, not mine) of the game recently, which clocks in at nearly two hours. Wowie. You can also learn more on the podcast we had with ‘em a while back. ;)
- Elite Dangerous – The latest development diary talking about multiplayer has been released, and you can read all about it on Rock, Paper Shotgun. :)
- Sierra Ops – I’d never heard of this game until the Indie Games Weblog mentioned it. It looks kinda nifty, and also has an IndieGoGo page going going, so check it out.
- Wing Commander – Lots of news out of the CIC recently. First, they’ve announced the winners of their 2013 Best Website of the Year contest, and the winner is Howard Day’s Concordia Hanger! Congrats Howard, that thing is AWESOME. They also found a Let’s Play of Prophecy, a review of Wing Commander 2 on Rock, Paper Shotgun, a wooden model of a Confed Hellcat and some art depicting Kilrathi cap ships.
- PULSAR: Lost Colony – Not just one but TWO video dev updates for your viewing pleasure over on Kickstarter (and below)!
- Predestination – Their Kickstarter finished VERY successfully indeed, so yay! They also did a livestream answering questions and talking more about the game. We hope to have these folks on the podcast soon, so stay tuned.
- Beyond Beyaan – Thankfully Brent is still alive (his words) and has an update covering asteroids and more!
- Eterium – The final version of the beta is nearing completion! YAY! The demo was also updated as well. Can’t wait to play more of this bad boy.
- GoD Factory: Wingmen – A new blog post details some of the rewards the players receive for completing tasks during a match. They’ve also reached beta, apparently! Yay!
- Limit Theory – The month is over, which means a new development update! YAY! Can’t wait to watch it! This one covers the a new HUD and more. (Edit: Links fixed, thanks Josh!)
- Rodina – The votes are in, and apparently Brendan will be working on the nuts and bolts of the game next, including damage and fire in the INSIDE of the ship. LOVE IT.
- Starpoint Gemini 2 – RPGWatch points to a preview of the game on GamerFitNation along with two more previews on Monstervine and Twinfinite, while I found the preview on the Escapist entirely on my own. ;)
- Wayward: Terran Frontier – On their Kickstarter, they have a post covering modding as well as a partnership with Curse, while on their website they announced their own wiki! Yay, I love wikis! Seriously, I love ‘em, so awesome all around. Oh, they also have a patch for their alpha as well (sorry folks, putting this together in and out of order).
- Deep Space Settlement – Over on Twitter (grumble grumble) there’s a new screenshot of some sexy space paneling. They also have a video on how to build a cruiser.
- Galactic Civilizations III – Space Sector has a community Q&A with some of the devs behind the game, which is nice, lengthy and detailed.
- Approaching Infinity – According to a new blog post, you can now purchase an early access version of the game via Itch.io (whom I’ve never heard of) as well as enter a level design contest.
- Space Engineers – A new dev blog talks about the multiplayer release of the game and how it’s going.
- Drox Operative – There’s a review of the expansion over on RandomNPC.
- Distant Worlds – Prolifit YouTuber and Awesome Person Das24680 has a new video in his series of Let’s Play videos on the game.
- Imperium Galactica – According to Indie Retro News, there’s a new version of OpenIG with a bunch of minor fixes to the open version of this fantastic game (seriously, it’s awesome).
- Kinetic Void – There’s a new version of the game, according to their Kickstarter, that includes skybox generation, mining drones and more. Might have to try this one again.
- Galaxy Union – James Allen has a video review of the game on his YouTube channel.
- Astrobase Command – A new blog post details what they hope is the, short, mid and long term goals for their project, which look pretty reasonable.
- And Here the Wheel – It’s balls to the wall time for this Elite: Dangerous tie-in novel and its author!
- Trek73 – Over on what appears to be the official site for the game (where I got a copy for my review at least), there’s a lengthy new post detailing game tactics and usage. Good stuff if you want to give the game a try.
Wowie, you guys, that was around a week’s worth of news. ONE WEEK. 2014 is gonna be buuuuusy, and I hope I can keep up. We’re not done though, as I found some deals for y’all! First, as part of Steam’s current week long deals, you can get SpaceForce: Rogue Universe and Genesis Rising each for $1.25, which isn’t bad as both of these games are at the very least a decent time. Next, GameFly has a sale on several early access games, and this includes:
- Kerbal Space Program for $17.99
- Star Lords for $14.99
- Starpoint Gemini 2 for $11.49
- Horizon for $18.74
Just a little more folks! In interesting related stuff, Jim found this thingy that lets you assemble 2D modular spaceships. Then, Rock, Paper Shotgun has an article about a space shuttle simulator in a caravan. Not making that up. Finally, Jumpgate pilot Xog took our recent podcast and made a video of him listening to it while flying around the game.
Oh my god, that post took over two hours in total spread out over a few sessions to put together. Two. Hours. I need a better way to do this, or more time, or something. ;) Don’t worry, I’ll keep doing it because I love you crazy kids, but still, wow. Anyway, have an awesome weekend folks, and may you enjoy lots of gaming time. :)
Hello my friends, and welcome to NEWS. ;) I’m starting the year from scratch, as I had way too many news thingies in my queue slowing me down, so this is news from the past couple of weeks or so. I’m really gonna strive to do this more regular-like, but no promises. There’s a ton of fun stuff here, and as always, videos are embedded below. :) Now, let’s get on with it. :)
- Void Destroyer – OMG according to the game’s Kickstarter, the early-released version of the game is going to be on Steam THIS WEDNESDAY! YAY! Two new trailers have been released as well, which will be embedded below.
- FleetCOMM : Operation Vigrior – Two updates in the last several days explain why the project is behind, and where it’s going from here. I’m still excited to play the thing my own self. There’s also a video below of the game’s dynamic planet generator.
- Ring Runner – The Videogame Backlog has a review of the game which is fairly positive. There’s also a video Q&A with the devs on the Sweet!Creeper YouTube channel
- Wing Commander: Armada – According to the CIC, an enterprising fan has launched a server through Classic Gaming Arena for up to sixteen players.
- Super Wing Commander – Also according to the CIC, the folks at Edge Magazine took a look at the classic 3DO version of the game.
- Wing Commander: Prophecy – Finally from the CIC, an enterprising fan has written an upgrade patch for the OEM version of this game which, back in 1997 came with the Real3D Starfighter and missed out on the advanced effects put out by the 3dFX version, and brings the OEM version up to use OpenGL. I love fans that do stuff like this.
- Wings of Saint Nezaire – There’s a new video on the official site showing off the cockpit of the new Cobra heavy fighter, also embedded below.
- Eterium – On the game’s Kickstarter is a new update talking about a new demo, the beta being approved on Desura and much more
- Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager – The game is undergoing an evolution of sorts, which will include a new campaign, widescreen support and more.
- Predestination – The folks behind this game have launched another Kickstarter for a 3D ship designer, and is already well past its goal. If you missed the last one, check this out.
- PULSAR: Lost Colony – There are two development videos on YouTube (and embedded below) talking about the new life support system and the player hub.
- Rogue System – There’s a new development video talks about one of the fighter’s modular cockpit, which looks awesome.
- Rodina – A new version of the game ADDS HEADLIGHTS! OMG YAY! Oh, and also gamepad support, sure, but HEADLIGHTS!
- Star Citizen – The official site has a new Ten for the Chairman Q&A installment with Chris Roberts, a Q&A with Drake Cutlass designer Patrick Thomas (along with work-in-progress pics of the Cutlass), a galactic guide to Drake Interplanetary and the Magnus system, and a new lore builder installment on squad celebrities. On Stick and Rudder, they have five reasons why it’s not a PVP game.
- Drox Operative – There are new reviews of the expansion over on RPG Codex and Christ Centered Gamer, as well as some new patches for the game as well.
- Kickstarters – Thanks to Goomich for pointing out two spacey Kickstarters I missed, New Orbit and Space Pioneer, both of which could use some help. Universe Rush could also use some assistance.
- Galactic Starfighter – IncGamers.com has a link to a recent development video that shows off some gameplay and gives a final release date of February 4th.
- Infinite Pixels – A new milestone version of the game (0.5.0) adds a ton of crap to the game, like a jetpack, asteroids (with mining, yay!) and more! I really need to try this one out.
- Starship Corporation – A new version of the alpha is out that adds a power grid, a basic tutorial and more.
- Deep Space Settlement – Tons of videos from these folks, such as wishing us a happy new year, showing smooth camera transitions along with in-game fog, along with a 3D render of a frigate, synchronized firing, a dual spline cruiser and a utility spline as well. Wow these guys are busy, can’t wait to actually play the thing. ;)
- Approaching Infinity – A new post on Kickstarter talks about the game’s randomized crafting system.
- M.O.R.E. – Space Sector has a new article checking in with the developer a year after their successful Kickstarter.
- Star Trek Online – There’s a new dev article looking at the sexy-as-hell Atrox Cruiser.
- Kerbal Space Program – The Squad guys received honorable mention at the IGF. Yay! Also, amazing YouTuber Das24680 has posted the last in his long line of Kerbal videos.
- Vendetta Online – A new patch adds crossfading music, new kill-on-sight statuses and more.
- Wayward: Terran Frontier – Two updates on the site talk about a new content patch and being on Steam Greenlight, as well as a look ahead.
- Infinite Space 3 – The latest update shows some game editor footage and talks about how their engine is coming along.
- Limit Theory – The latest update shows off new AI, a new UI and shinier graphics. Preeeeeetttyyyyyy…
- EVE Online – The Mittani has an intriguing article entitled The Human Nature of EVE which is pretty compelling.
- Stars of Call – Over on our own forums, Mutos has put out a new version of the game with more border stations and much more! Check it out, it’s free!
- Sublight – Found this new game on Desura, hope to check it out soon and I hope you do too. ;)
- And Here the Wheel – The author of the Elite: Dangerous tie-in novel has a recent update on his blog about how the book is coming along.
Finally, in related news, a new dev video showing off AMD’s Mantle technology has some space battle porn (though it’s a tech demo and not an actual game). Finally, new came through that Mobygames has been purchased by Blue Flame Labs LLC, which is great because it seemed to be languishing under GameFly. I love the site and use it quite often for its extensive knowledgebase of classic gaming, and you should too. ;)
That’s it folks, and thank GAWD because I need a nap. Whew! :) Enjoy all the news and videos below, and have a great day!
Hello my friends, and happy Tuesday, 11/12/13! Iget a kick out of that. I’ve collected enough stories to do one of these digest thingies, so let’s dive in, shall we?
- Star Citizen – They’ve now passed $27 million in funding! WOW. The newest stretch goal, for $29 million, will allow for enhanced missions for Squadron 42, the game’s single player component. Glad that’ll be getting some more love. The Mittani also has a video showing off the Constellation in all of her glory. Gotta love the Connie. In-game stuff includes three lore updates and a news update, and out-of-game you can now buy physical goods like shirts and the like. Finally, there’s an interview with animator Daniel Craig (no, not that one).
- Rogue System – There’s a new development entry showing off an image of a strike fighter fuselage, and talking about the modeled cockpit.
- Space Engineers – According to the lead dev’s blog, the game has sold 100,000 copies in three weeks. Not too shabby!
- Wing Commander – The CIC has some shots of a fan-made Christopher Blair (WC1-2 era) model, so we can finally get a better look at one of our favorite heroes. Nice stuff. I also really want this Kilrathi keyboard. A lot.
- Galactose – There’s some new music coming to the game courtesy of its composer, and you can hear a sampling by following a link in the post.
- Freeworlds: Tides of War – Thanks to The Starport for making me aware that the devs have a new video talking about the state of the mod. FINALLY. :)
- Predestination – Space Sector has an interview with the devs checking in a year after their successful Kickstarter completed.
- Galactic Civilization III – There’s a new post covering Drengin ship design. I like their wedge shaped designs myself. There’s also an interview with Brad Wardell about the game on Strategy Informer.
- Drox Operative – There’s a new patch made up of mostly bug fixes.
- Interstellaria – I found this Kickstarter campaign the other day and TOTALLY backed it, as it looks awesome. They also have a recent update on the game’s mechanics.
- The Mandate – There’s a new dev log on their Kickstarter, with some new screenshots of cap ship interiors. You can also learn more about Her Majesty’s Service.
- Void Destroyer – Because the game is about to enter Steam early access (YAY), Paul has posted his plans for prettying up the game for its launch. Cool!
- Eterium – There’s a new dev update on Kickstarter showing off some screenshots from some new missions. Can we play it yet? ;)
- Endless Space – There are a couple of posts covering The Search for Auriga, such as features in the expansion and a new hero.
- Voidnex Frontier – Unlike last time, wherein I incorrectly posted an old update, there’s actually a NEW update with information on weapons and more!
- X Rebirth – There’s a new video showing off the long range scanner in the game. Man I want this now.
- Kerbal Space Program – You can now buy the game on GameFly along with the other previous options.
- SkyJacker – The game has made it to the Steam Greenlight top 50, and there’s a new video of a YTG cruiser on their Kickstarter!
- EVE Online – There’s a new In Development video looking at the upcoming Rubicon expansion.
Finally, our buddy SolCommand is having a contest wherein you can win a copy of Diamant Tools for Maya, which are apparently both awesome and expensive! Check ‘em out!
That’s it for today folks! Have a great one!
Hellloooo my friends, and happy Monday! It’s time for another news digest, as I’ve gotten to that point where I have enough news to make one, and am gonna make the dang time needed to write one. :) There’s plenty to go over, so let’s dive in, shall we? (Remember, all vids are embedded after the cut)
- Endless Space – According to this Tweet from the Amplitude folks, the free add-on for Disharmony, entitled The Search for Auriga, will be released on November 14th! Insert obligatory “will this add the fun?” joke here. ;) (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)
- Wing Commander – The CIC has a couple of things of note, first a look back at the series by Den of Geek, then a look at the treasures in Chris Roberts’ office. Waaaaaaaant. They also have some shots of a new 3D rendered model of the Bearcat as well as some ships from Privateer 2.
- Star Citizen – Speaking of Chris Roberts, he’s chimed in to announce the game’s recent goal of $26 million in funding, which will now allow players to choose another starting ship. On the other side of the coin, the folks at Stick and Rudder wonder what might happen if the game fails. Back on the official site, there’s a new lore builder talking about racing, more details on the updated Hornet, a wacky new episode of The Wingman’s Hangar and finally, the full announcement for The Next Great Starship contest. Wheeew, that was a mouthful, huh?
- Eterium – There are some new details for the Sagaris medium fighter available.
- Galaxial – We finally have a new dev update, this time looking at some improved ship graphics. When can we play this again? ;)
- Vendetta Online – The most recent patch includes a new variant to the Vulture, custom names for cap ships and more.
- SkyJacker – There are a couple of new updates showing off details and free flight videos (which will be below as well) of the YTG Bomber and YTG Herald for your viewing enjoyment.
- EVE Online – The official site has a community spotlight on Agony Unleashed, a corp offering PVP classes, which is pretty cool of them.
- The Mandate – There’s a new video over at Viddler showing off a panel about the game at the recent MCM Comic Con late last month.
- Predestination – Hot on the heels of the recent combat beta, the planetary beta has now been released into the grubby paws of testers, myself included. Really need to try this…
- Freespace Open – The latest edition of the HLP Newsletter is here, with news of new campaigns, some features for the next release of FSO and more!
- Astrobase Command – There’s a new pictoral training montage on the game’s blog. I’m liking the look of this thing.
- Limit Theory – The latest development video has been posted which looks as sexy as ever.
- Sea of Stars – The folks behind this game have also posted their latest dev video, which looks fantastic.
- Star Wars Squadrons – Apparently this is a successor to TIE Fighter that I only just recently heard of, and it apparently works with the Oculus Rift. Wowie!
In somewhat relevant news, the Escapist has an odd list of the eight best giant video game spaceships. Then, reader Stephen Cameron sent in a video of his own procedural starship creator, similar to the one I posted the other day, which looks damned cool and runs in C I believe.
Finally, in deals, GamersGate is having a Stardock midweek sale with all the usual suspects present.
That’s it for today folks, have a great one!
Hey folks, happy Wednesday! I hope y’all are having a great week so far! On my end, I am tiiiiiiiiiired, so tired I’ve not even felt motivated enough to…*gasp*…play games! I hope that changes soon, but until then, the best I can do is keep y’all informed with newsiness, so here goes! :)
- Paragon – Okay, first off, I need to make a public correction and apology. A few days ago, I called this game out for giving me the “mistaken impression it’s a new game.” The game’s developer wrote me an explanatory email discussing what was going into Paragon to make it “different from Pioneer in practically every way” by the time it’s done, that two of the Pioneer devs also currently work on Paragon and so forth and that they intend the game to be initially free through Steam via Greenlight. I would therefore like to publicly apologize for my previous remarks, and I look forward to seeing the game evolve into something new and unique in time. I try to maintain a positive attitude here, and in this I failed, so again, I apologize.
- Enemy Starfighter – The official site has a new dev blog looking at the lessons learned from PAX while using the Oculus Rift. The Escapist also has a lovely little writeup on the game with some screens I don’t recall seeing before. We’ll also have the developer on our next podcast, so stay tuned! :)
- Drox Operative – The latest patch is out of beta, and adds new quest rewards, fixes a lot of little bugs and so on.
- Star Citizen – You can read some in-game fiction called A Struggle for Goodness, as well as a press roundup covering the game at PAX Prime. They also have some coverage of their forums, which has undergone an overhaul, as well as an interview with Kyle Rockman, tools programmer on the game.
- Kerbal Space Program – The latest edition of the KSP weekly has been released with lots of updatey goodness.
- Galactose – A new blog post discusses drone AI in the game.
- EVE Valkyrie – According to The Mittani, CCP has hired DICE veteran Owen O’Brien to head development of the upcoming VR game.
- EVE Online – The Mittani also has article covering the fall of TGA as well as an in-depth look at SOLAR Fleet.
- Wing Commander – According to the CIC, there’s a new trailer for the Last Line of Defense mod as well as a fan-created Kilrathi keyboard, which is just awesome.
- Star Trek Online – There’s a new dev blog looking at Romulan Tactical Warbirds, which are just so damned sexy it’s ridiculous.
- Predestination – A recent update announced that the first playable beta of the game will be available soon, and it’ll focus on combat! Yay!
- Skyjacker – Milestone R2 of the Starship Constructor is finished and released to backers (yay!), and their Facebook page has some screenshots of their sexy new UI.
- Eterium – The official site has been updated with a screenshot of a large escort mission in progress. Yay, escort missions! ;)
- Drifter – There’s a little Vine video of the main ship’s afterburners in action.
- Star Conflict – A new dev blog talking about the upcoming implementation of corporate logos has been posted.
- Astrobase Command – There’s a new blog post talking about how the game’s progressing, including ranks, crew quarters and so on.
Next up, we have two deals today. First, GOG’s daily sale is Ring Runner for $4.99, which is a steal for how much content this game has and how fun the gameplay is (yes, I’m still working on the review ;). The other deal is that the latest Humble Bundle has launched, and for currently a little less than $5, you can get FTL and several other, non-spacey games.
Finally, I thought this was funny. One of the websites I follow is TVShowsonDVD.com, and when they had an announcement on a new DVD set for a show called Space Rangers, I totally did a triple-take. Sadly, it has nothing to do with the much-beloved Russian game of the same name, but it looks interesting nonetheless.
That’s it for today folks! Have an awesome one!
Helllooooo my friends, and happy Friday! I hope all my fellow Americans had a fun and relaxing Fourth of July holiday yesterday, and for everyone else…er…I hope your Thursday was lovely. ;) There’s a good hunk of newsies and dealsies to go through (and yes, I really talk like that), so let’s get to it!
- Star Trek Online – We’ve been given some new Friday screenshots as well as a new video spotlighting Romulan dreadnaughts. SO PRETTY.
- EVE Online – In news covering the other big spacey MMO game, The Mittani has articles on “how nerds make fireworks” (better known as the Battle of Z9PP-H) as well as two recaps on the odd Battle of Z-99P in which the battle was brought to a halt by a typo? Huh?
- Void of Darkness – We have two videos to gawk at today! First is a video looking at defensive technology, the other looking at exploration. All videos will be embedded below too. :)
- Strike Suit Zero – Over on their official blog, they have word of a new Strike Suit project in the works, as well as survey to get input about it (you can also win a copy of the game and other stuff if you do the survey, so get on it), while their Kickstarter page mentions that their Linix beta is about to be launched.
- GoD Factory: Wingmen – Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like their Kickstarter is gonna make it, but they’ve posted a little recap going over all the positive press they’ve gotten, which will help the project regardless, assuredly.
- Drox Operative – New patch, 1.013 Beta, which adds joystick support (OMG MUST TRY WITH A GAMEPAD) as well as a ton of other little fixes. Yay!
- Dominium – There’s a new blog post looking at the history of time in the game.
- Epic Space Game – There’s a new release of the game which adds a new crafting system, station transactions and so on.
- OreSome – Been a while since we had an update on this one, but the dev has a new post talking about how their plans are coming together, which is a good read.
- Predestination – Their June development update has been release with updates on ship combat, exploration and more.
- Horizon – There’s a new gameplay video from the dev team showing off the galaxy map, which will also be embedded below.
- Star Citizen – There’s some new station bar concept art which looks really inviting. Totally reminds me of Privateer. :)
- Worlds Collide – The site now has a forum for y’all to jibber jabber at. ;)
- 90Edges Universe – The dev has written a post detailing the main features of the game such as building, exploring and so on.
- AI War – A new patch out entitled “Hacked To Pieces” which works on hacking and AI improvements.
Wow, that’s a lot for an otherwise slow week. We’re not done yet though, we have deals! Gamefly is having an “Indie-Pendence” sale (ugh, that’s HORRIBLE), but it has some spacey deals, such as:
That’s it folks, have a fantastic weekend!!
Heyyyyy guys! Me again (who else would it be, really?)! Been a CRAZY week, which is why I’m just getting to the news just now, and holy crap there’s a ton of it. I actually had to take a break in the middle of writing this just to eat a little something, because it was THAT INTENSE you guys! ;) Enjoy!
- Drox Operative – The expansion has finall been named! It’s titled Invasion of the Ancients and it has a ton of stuff, like ancient race invasions, space stations, a new race and more! YAY!
- AI War – The next expansion, Vengeance of the Machine, will be available for pre-order soon! Yay! I keep saying this, but I need to dive into this game. There’s also a new patch entitled “Activating Vengeful Sanding Machine” which adds a boatload of stuff to the game.
- Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion – While not a whole expansion, the first DLC pack for the game, Forbidden Worlds, is now available for $4.99, and adds new planets, new research and more!
- Starlight Inception – The official trailer has finally be released, and it looks great! Check it out from the link or embedded below.
- Limit Theory – The latest video dev entry has been released, and it’s well worth a watch.
- Distant Worlds: Shadows – Matrix Games’ Erik Rutins put together an intro guide to playing a new game in the Age of Shadows for new players. There are also new videos by Das24680 showing explored locations, creating a destroyer fleet, destroyers vs. a cap ship and…loros fruit?
- Void Destroyer – The Kickstarter campaign is in full swing, and Paul has put out no-less than fifteen updates since it launched. Rather than list ‘em all individually, I’ll just link to the updates page if y’all don’t mind. ;)
- EVE Online – A lot of news here, the biggest being the release of Odyssey, their 19th (!) expansion pack. Keep chuggin’, CCP. There are also dev blogs talking about EVE VR and new audio transition sounds, as well as announcements on Caldari ships and military career arcs being reset. Over on The Mittani, they have so much EVE news I don’t even have time to list it all, but go check it out please. ;) Finally, Massively reports that 96% of EVE’s players are male, something CCP is juuuust fine with.
- 90Edges Universe – We now have the first pic from inside a space station. Nifty!
- GoD Factory: Wingmen – There’s a new video showing off some gameplay with the Oculus Rift.
- Beyond Beyaan – Apparently Brent has reverted to a pre-SVN version of the game, whatever that means. ;)
- Star Citizen – There’s a new “Observist Guide” to New York, a galactic guide to Earth, a new video containing an interview with 3D artist Jeff Cavitt (embedded below as well) and part nine of the writer’s guide.
- Star Conflict – There’s a new version of the game that adds metals and other stuff.
- StarMade – There’s a new dev build with a major focus on gravity. There’s also a new video explaining how beam weapons work (in Russian, FYI), as well as better AI, new textures and better admin tools.
- Infinite Pixels – The pre-alpha version is out for anyone who backed their IndieGoGo campaign. There’s also a new trailer for the alpha (embedded below).
- Void of Darkness -There’s a new teaser video of the game over on their IndieDB page (and embedded below).
- Eterium – Thanks to everyone who sent me info about this game. It looks very Wing Commanderesque, and the demo is a good time, so check it out.
- Kerbal Space Program – There’s a new minor update out (0.21) that adds crew management, overhauled space center scenery and more!
- Strike Suit Zero – Hey, they have a blog now, and their first post is about the game using the Oculus Rift! Yay!
- Predestination – Their May dev update is out, focusing on UI design and galaxy map features.
- Dominium – Sadly their Kickstarter failed, but they’ve still put out many updates on where the game is going.
- Freespace Open – The latest edition of the HLP Newsletter is out. This talks about the latest news in campaigns, coding and more.
- Vendetta Online – There’s a new version with lots of little bug fixes.
- Rubicon – This game has now gone open source. Check it out!
- Retrobooster – There’s a new video of the game from VG24/7 which I’ll embed below.
- StarDrive – There’s a new review on GameGrin.
- Aegis Division – I found this new game over on Kickstarter, so go check it out
We’re not done yet folks. Ooooooohh no. We have deals! First off, Amazon has launched a new indie game storefront (yay for them!), and to celebrate, they have a TON of deals going on, way too many for me to mention here, but thanks to the good folks on Reddit, you can see a list of the individual games and bundles that are currently on sale, which include a good deal of spaciness. Finally, you can get Dawnstar over on IndieGameStand for as low as $1, but more if you want extras.
Finally, in related news, the latest Science Behind the SciFi newsletter has been released.
That’s it! Whew! I gotta get back to doing this daily. Thanks for your patience folks, and have a lovely day!
Hellllllloooo my friends, and happy Friday! The weekend is FINALLY upon us! YES! Sorry about the lack of news for the past couple of days, there was some other stuff I needed to get done first before this, so I hope y’all don’t mind. :) Even though my time has been consumed with Distant Worlds: Shadows, I’ve still managed to fit in some X3: Albion Prelude, so I’ll have something on that early next week. I also hope to tackle some more TIE Fighter this weekend as well. But enough about me, there’s a LOT of newsiness to talk about!!!
- Distant Worlds: Shadows – Speaking of which, that crazy cat Das24680 has three new videos of him playing the game. THREE. I wish I had his dedication/energy. YouTube user quill18 also has a Let’s Try video of him playing the game. These’ll all be embedded below too.
- EVE Online – Several articles today, first from the official site, including a look at the next decade and an article on the Crossing Zebras podcast. Then, The Mittani has an article on introducing kids to the game, as well as reduced clone costs in Odyssey.
- Infinite Pixels – Thanks to Rock, Paper Shotgun for making us aware of this “voxel space exploration game“. Oh look, there’s a trailer as well! :)
- Star Trek Online – We have a two new Legacy of Romulus dev blog entries, one on the Klingon Defence Force, and one on the Numbus adventure zone.
- Gimbal – There’s a new expansion for the game that adds new game modes, new parts, new maps and more. Looks like now’d be a good time to try it, huh? ;) I got a copy last year and it sadly fell through the cracks during my nutty Summer. I should rectify that problem…
- Star Sonata 2 – There’s also a new expansion pack coming for this game next month called “Subspace Assault” that which adds restructured content and other stuff.
- Aeon Command – The devs have posted the first part of the game’s post mortem, which makes for great reading.
- Rogue System – There’s a new dev diary entry over on the game’s forums.
- Predestination – There’s also a new April dev update for this game on the game’s official site (which REALLY needs an RSS feed, dangit). ;)
- Star Citizen – There’s a new video up interviewing customer support guru Brittany Godfrey, who we’ve likely all dealt with at least once. ;) The video will also be embedded below. There’s also an update showing storyboards of the planet Stanton Landing, a new writer’s guide installment, and a fan focus video which I’ll embed below.
- X3: Albion Prelude – There’s a big new 3.0 patch for the game that adds new plots, mission types, controller support and so on. A small hotfix was shortly released afterwards to fix some savegame issues. ;) Looks awesome, I can try my new 360 gamepad with it. ;)
- Strike Suit Zero – There’s a new update looking at their Oculus Rift support, which I sadly can’t embed (silly Kickstarter vids).
- Void of Darkness – They have a new website with more information on the game for y’all to check out. :)
- Lunar Flight – The multiplayer beta is now available on Steam for PC players!
- Epic Space Game – There’s a new version of the game which includes an official Mac client, an improved H.U.D. and more!
Now we have deals!!! First, I suppose to celebrate the release of its major 3.0 patch as noted above, some of the X games are on sale at a few places, such as:
- X3: Albion Prelude for $6.69 on Steam
- X3: Terran War Pack (Terran Conflict and Albion Prelude) for $13.39 on Steam
- X3: Goldbox (Reunion, Terran Conflict and Albion Prelude) for $16.74 on Steam
- X: Superbox (All X games ever) for $26.79 on Steam (which is the best deal, really)
- X3: Terran Conflict 2.0 for $9.99 on NewEgg (if you want a boxed version)
Next in deals, Amazon is having a HUGE Digital Games Mayhem sale, yet it only includes a few space games (of which are of questionable quality, but I mention ‘em regardless), such as:
Finally in related stuff, the folks at the amazing Three Moves Ahead podcast had a great podcast on 4X games.
That’s it!! WHEW! Have a great weekend everyone.
Hey guys, welcome to my weekly op-ed column that I’m calling “Spacing Out” (the name was a joint effort between my girlfriend and I ;). I realized I’d not been really writing enough op-ed pieces, and came up with the idea of doing them weekly, both as a writing exercise and a way to put thoughts and ideas out there to share and discuss with y’all. :) I’ll be doing these every Wednesday, because if I don’t set a specific day to do ‘em, I never will, you know? ;) Recently, 4X games have been on my mind after the recent release of StarDrive. After I made my decision to put my review of the game on hold, I was taken to task on a forum I frequent for not liking other recent entries in the 4X space race, such as Endless Space and Sword of the Stars II. This got me to thinking, what HAS been going on with spacey 4X games of late?
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