Hey y’all, good news, SkyJacker was just announced as one of the many titles in this month’s batch of Greenlit games through Steam Greenlight! Hooray!!! Even though SkyJacker is one of the only pure space game son the list (by my definition anyway), the other being SpaceCom, which I’ve never heard of, friend of the site Shaun has also has his spooky FPS-on-a-spaceship CDF Ghostship Greenlit as well. Congrats to these and all of the other devs who worked hard to get their games on Steam!
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!
Hey folks, welcome to the latest installment of the Space Game Junkie Podcast. Sorry for the delay in getting this to y’all, but real life sometimes creeps in and makes its presence known above all else. ;) That said, every now and then Jim and I feel it’s good to just sit back, shoot the crap and catch up with the news, what we’ve been playing and so on, so that’s what this latest show is about, and let me tell y’all, we are allllll over the place, in a good way. ;)
As always, we look forward to your comments and thank you for listening! Enjoy the show!
Hello everyone, and happy hump day! It’s time for another newsey digestey thingy, and there’s a good chunk of stuff to go over today, so let’s get to it!
- Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion – Out of nowhere is new DLC today entitled, The Stellar Phenomena, which adds random events, new stars and deep space anomalies. It’s going for $4.99 on Steam right now.
- PULSAR: Lost Colony – These folks not only have a new website, but new forums as well! Give ‘em a visit!
- Kerbal Space Program – The devs have released a quick list of some of the features of the next version of the game, including a science lab module, 3D mouse support and more. Das24680 also has a new Let’s Play installment looking at the new career mode, which I have to check out my own self.
- Star Citizen – There’s a post looking at the in-game Astro Armada marketing campaign, as well a gallery of the interior of the Idris corvette, which looks seeeeeeeexay. The devs also announced AMD Mantle support for the game.
- Voidnex Frontier – A admittedly long awaited update covers the game’s new graphics and combat system.
- Wing Commander – According to the CIC, the user-created Concordia hangar has been updated which now adds a Scimitar medium fighter, along with a new paint job for the Sabre. They also have some new user art to share with us.
- Endless Space – The Amplitude site has two new posts covering The Search for Auriga, one on balancing and another on a new robotic hero in the expansion.
- The Mandate – A new post over on Kickstarter covers stretch goals, PayPal and DRM among other things.
- Galactic Civilizations III – There’s new information in the game’s databanks covering the various civilizations in the game.
- SkyJacker – A new post on Kickstarter details their rise through Steam Greenlight and also includes a video of a YTG strike group.
- Deep Space Settlement – There’s a new YouTube video showing off fog and asteroids in the game. Are you happy now Mathias?!?! ARE YOU?! ;)
- Star Conflict – The folks behind the game are looking for translators to help with the French, Spanish and German versions of the game. Do you have what it takes?
- EVE Online – The official site has a new post covering the Sisters of EVE faction ships in the upcoming expansion, Rubicon. The Mittani also has news of a civil war in the Amarr militia, and a battle report showing off bombing runs in Doril.
- Spacebase DF-9 – A new blog post discusses balance changes in the next version of the alpha game.
- Infinite Pixels – You can now pick this game up on Desura if you so desire, according to the game’s IndieDB page, which also includes a new launch trailer.
Finally, the Bundle in a Box folks have a new Indie Strategy Game Bundle which includes AI War and a bunch of other titles for a $1.99 minimum purchase, which is a good deal if you ask me.
That’s it for today folks. Have an awesome 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!
Hello folks, and welcome to this latest episode of the Space Game Junkie Podcast. This week, Jim and I sit down and talk with Alex Landa, Producer for the currently Kickstarting game SkyJacker. We learn a lot about the game in our time with Alex, and we hope you will too, enough to go and kick to the darned thing. ;)
As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast, look forward to your comments below and invite you to subscribe through iTunes or RSS. Thanks for listening! :)
Hello my friends, and happy Wednesday! I hope y’all are more awake than I am! SOOO TIRED! However, there’s news to report, and I’m trying to do this at least regularly enough that nothing gets missed, so let’s do this thing called news!
- Star Citizen – Tomorrow, 10/10/13, is the one year anniversary of the announcement of this game, so the RSI folks will have a celebratory livestream tomorrow, as well as a sale on some ships (ouch, my wallet!), but they’re also running a photo contest. They also passed the $21 million mark, which allows for salvage operations, something I am VERY excited about. There is also a Showdown news update and a guide to the Ellis system.
- Tactical Space Command – This Mac/iOS-only game is very much akin to “Harpoon in space”, as the developer who emailed me to let me know if its existence calls it. It’s pretty cool, so check it out.
- Voindex Frontier – Here’s another game that’s new-to-me, as it were. Looks pretty cool. :)
- SkyJacker – These folks have now launched their fourth Kickstarter campaign, so let’s hope this time they succeed!
- Epic Space Game – Their Kickstarter succeeded!!! YAY! Congrats to Edward and his team!
- Lunar Flight – The official site has an update on the upcoming Oculus Rift build for y’all to gawk at.
- FTL – Over on Quarter to Three, they’re running Starship Week, and there’s a new entry looking at this game and it’s impact (don’t worry, I have some stuff over there too I’ll link to separately).
- Kerbal Space Program – A new edition of KSP Weekly is up, and word that the long-awaited 0.22 version has entered the experimental phase, which brings it that much closer to release.
- Privateer 2 – Some enterprising fans of the game have released a patch which fixes some issues with the GOG version of the game, such as the interlaced video and such. I tried it but it made my joystick go all kerbibble, so I might go without.
- Drox Operative – A new beta patch for the game fixes memory leaks and a host of other issues.
- 90Edges Universe – The official blog has a progress update on how the game is coming along.
- X-Wing – The Old Game Magazines site has an image of an original ad for the game from 1993! Cool! Certainly brings back memories, it does.
- Wing Commander – From the CIC, we get word of both a Hellcat modeled into Wing Commander Academy and a 3D model of good old Bluehair from the first two games.
- Galactose – The official site has word of a new character outline.
- Star Trek Online – We have a couple of blog entries from the developers to look at, one on comm arrays and another on the Avenger-class cruiser (which is a damned sexy ship).
- Star Wars: The Old Republic – Apparently they’re getting a 12v12 online space combat arena thingy. Whoopie.
Next up, we have several sales, including:
- First up, Groupees is having a 1C Mega Bundle, in which you can buy two or more games for a SONG, and they include all three Star Wolves games as well as Parkan II, so jump on this as they’re all awesome.
- Speaking of Star Wolves, the Indie Gala Store is having a bundle of all three games for $4.99, but the Groupees bundle is still cheaper.
- Bundle Stars is having a great Quickfire Indie Bundle which includes Space Pirates and Zombies for $3.49, which is a decent deal for the other games you also get as well.
- Finally, FireFlower games is having a Sci-Fi Sale which includes games such as Ring Runner, The Tomorrow War and, again, all Star Wolves games. The prices aren’t the greatest though, but I wanted to make y’all aware of it regardless.
Finally, in related news, the aforementioned Not on Steam Sale is over, but apparently it has a huge success. Also, the latest game from those hardworking folks at Arcen Games, Bionic Dues, is now available.
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!
Hellloooo my wonderful friends, and happy Friday! I hope y’all had a great week and are looking forward to an excellent weekend. Since I had to miss the news yesterday, there’s an extra amount of goodness to go over, so let’s get to it!
- Star Ruler 2 – Imagine my surprise when I go to one of my regular forums, and I see a thread about this very game out of nowhere. I’ll admit I didn’t spend a ton of time with the original game, but these guys worked very hard on post-release support for it, so I’m very happy to see that a sequel will be coming our way. You can learn more about the game on the official site, and read their first dev diary on the galactic economy. We’ll also have folks from Blind Mind on the podcast next week to discuss the game more (as much as they can, at least). ;) Yay!
- Drox Operative – There’s a new beta patch for y’all to try, and allows stations to be built near wormholes, better quest rewards based on distance from the originator and so on. Great stuff.
- Kerbal Space Program – One of my favorites sites on the Internet, Gamers with Jobs, has a lovely little story about trying to land on the Mun. Glad to see ‘em having some space game love. :)
- Strike Suit Zero – If you’re lucky enough to have an Occulus Rift, you can now play this game using the device if you have the latest beta. This video gives more deets, and it’ll also be embedded below.
- Star Citizen – Through continued crowdfunding efforts, they’ve now raised $15 million for the game, so congrats to the Cloud Imperium team! Also on the official site, you can see some fan ship designs, read the latest installment of A Separate Law, learn more about starship manufacturer Origin Jumpworks and watch an interview with art producer Harry Jarvis, which I’ll also embed below.
- EVE Online – First off, the official site has a guest blog entry on CSM voting. Then, The Mittani has numerous articles covering topics such as command ship changes, the military director of TEST’s resignation and the fight in Fountain over moons.
- Limit Theory – The latest development video is up, and I know I can’t wait to watch it. It’ll also be embedded below.
- Freespace Open – The latest HLP Newsletter has been released, and it has word of new campaigns and lots of new screenshots of renders in progress. Love it.
- Beyond Beyaan – Some new UI images of new game and race selection have been released. I love how this is coming along.
- Star Trek Online – A new Legacy of Romulus development blog entry talks about Romulan temporal ships. They look sexy as hell. I want one.
- GoD Factory: Wingmen – You can now see some images of new menus in progress. Nice stuff!
- Wings of Saint Nazaire – Thanks to multiple people for reminding of this one, but Rock, Paper Shotgun has a little article covering this recent entry in the space game development scene (at least recent to me). ;)
- Skyjacker – The awesome looking Starship Constructer is supposed to be released today, according to their Kickstarter. Hopefully I’ll get my copy soon so I can tinker.
- Kickstarters – I found some new spacey Kickstarters for y’all to check out: Spacecraft: Galaxies, Yargis and Beyond Black Space. If I had to back one of them myself, it’d be Beyond Black Space, but I’m on the fence myself.
Finally, we have some deals today. GOG is having one of their big weekend sales, and you can get Strike Suit Zero for $7.99, which is a damned fine price. Also, if you’re in England, you can get Ring Runner for €8.49 from FireFlower Games.
That’s it folks, have an awesome weekend!!
Heellllooooo folks, and happy Monday! Happy Canada Day also to our friends up north as well. :) I hope y’all had an awesome weekend filled with awesome gaming. Mine was busy as heck, but I did get a littl Ring Runner in, thankfully. Hopefully I’ll have some time for more gaming this week. What about you guys, what are y’all playing? :) Oh, right, we’re here for news. Here ya go!
- Eterium – The devs for this have launched a Kickstarter to help them finish up this fun (if the demo is any indication) Wing Commander-esque game. Check it out.
- Star Citizen – Rock, Paper Shotgun has a look at the Constellation, while Polygon has a look at the 300i, and both vids will be embedded below. There’s also a thanks from Chris Roberts regarding the livestream event, info on the Oberon system, and episodes three and four of “A Human Perspective”.
- Limit Theory – The latest development update has been released, and it looks awesome, with shinier graphics and a Linux port. Check it out through the link or below in the video.
- Void Destroyer – The Kickstarter is almost over (and successful, yay!) and Paul has put up two large mega-updates covering the future plans for the game and a recap of the Kickstarter.
- 90Edges Universe – To coincide with the release of alpha 0.0.6, there’s some new space station artwork over on Twitter.
- ScrumbleShip – There’s a new video showing off some multiplayer building, which will also be embedded below.
- Infinite Pixels – There’s a new alpha version out for this game as well, 0.1.2, which adds a manual, seeds and trees, and a barn. Wait, this is a space game? ;)
- Vendetta Online – This game has also received an update which brings fixes to delivery missions, Ouya fixes and so on.
- Freespace Open – The Hard-Light Productions July newsletter has been released, and covers a good deal of modding and coding news this time around.
- SkyJacker – The starship constructer beta has been released to backers. I’ve not had a chance to try it, but I hope to soon. :)
- Star Trek Online – Their dev blog has a pretty detailed look at the work that goes to episode development. Definitely worth a look see.
- Beyond Beyaan – There’s a new blog post looking at planet UI and naming, which looks nicely MOOish. ;)
- Endless Space – Their dev blog has an “After Disharmony” post talking about talking about their thoughts on the expansion now that it’s out.
- EVE Online – The Mittani has an opinion piece on the Fountain campaigns.
- Horizon – I had never even heard of this spacey 4X game until my buddy Jan noticed it on Steam Early Access and pointing it out to me. Looks nifty!
- Final Frontier – This is apparently a mod for Garry’s Mod that models “controlling and maintaining a starship”, according to Rock, Paper Shotgun. Guess that means I have to get Garry’s Mod, huh? ;)
Whoa, that’s a lot of news for a weekend, but we’re not done yet! Next, in deals, we have Amazon’s Summer Sale, which has way too many deals to mention, and the X3 series is 50% off on Steam to celebrate the Linux release of the game(s). You can also get the whole X3 Goldbox for $12.49, which is a pretty dang good deal.
Finally, in kinda-related news, the devs of the Colonisation: Moonbase (it’s British, hence the weird spelling ;) wrote in and asked me to pimp their campaign a bit, so there ya go. :)
That’s it folks! Have an awesome day!