After decades of being the lesser-liked child of gaming, the RTS genre has recently exploded in popularity with the emergence of games like StarCraft 2 and League of Legends, both of which redefined e-sports as we know it. Luckily for those of us that have been fans of RTS games since the early days of Command & Conquer -- the DOS one -- the genre is still experiencing an influx of innovation and creativity, as Pixel Foundry boasts for their upcoming game, BlackSpace. Alongside Fray, the cyberpunk/dystopian game we posted about earlier today, this year's shaping up to look awesome for the indie market.
BlackSpace is still in its very early stages, but the few images we've seen so far are teasing (and promising) for lovers of space games like X3, Masters of Orion, or Galactic Civilizations. The lighting effects are particularly impressive and the asteroids aren't too shabby either.
Here's what we know from the devs:
The game takes place on X class asteroids, players will control both surface and orbital operations with the use of a specialized low gravity operation support vehicle. The vehicle controls take skill to maneuver safely, but once mastered, it becomes an extension of the players hand, commanding base operations, pilot drilling dig sites, prospecting large and unusual mineral deposits, and if need be, supporting the bases defense.
That's everything we know about it so far. It's an RTS game that plans to focus on space mining as a central component of mineral collection, as one would expect, and looks to be aiming for seriously high-quality graphics (for an indie title, no less!). We'll keep you updated as more information comes out, though this is a fantastic start. It just comes down to one thing: Can they deliver on the graphics and gameplay promises?
I sure hope so. Especially if there's a hint of C&C in there anywhere.
View more on BlackSpace here: http://www.pixelfoundrygames.com/