Hey guys, Jason here again! Me and Simon have been hard at work getting our game ready for SGC2014. We still have some rough edges to polish but we figured we’d show you guys and gals what we’re up to.
Click them to make them larger. More info is below the screens on how the game plays. 🙂
This is STARDUST VANGUARDS! It’s a four player local arena fighter where your power ups are allied reinforcements! So in these screenshots you’ll see how busy and frantic it can get. As time goes on you earn RP (reinforcement points) both from your own kills and your allied units’ kills. And you can spend these points by charging up and holding down the “Call Reinforcements” button. If you hold it and release it quickly you can call only a few weak fighters to help, which could be useful. Or if you have max RP and charge up all the way you could call in a whole fleet of allied units. Your call! And there are a bunch of different tiers between minimum and maximum RP values if you’re in a fix and just need to call in what you have.
And you don’t only have to contend with other players though! Pirates are the pink guys and they’re not controlled by any player. Yes, pink! The manliest of colors naturally! And they will appear throughout the match to kill everyone indiscriminately. In these moments it might behoove you to team up with your opponents on the battlefield to kill off the pirates because these computer controlled enemies very well could win the battle themselves. They’re fierce and can change the flow of a battle if you’re not careful. How the pirates show up and what exactly they bring to the fight is completely random, so sometimes you may get a small group of pirate weak fighters, other times you may get a flotilla of transport ships (with huge RP bonuses for scoring a kill). Other times you might get an entire Cruiser fleet, or maybe even a rare VIP that awards the player to kill it maximum RP. This element of surprise on the battlefield keeps everyone on their toes to shift to the changing conditions on the field. It adds an element of strategy. Will you use your reinforcements offensively to go in for a kill? Use your front line to protect you from a barrage of bullets? Or play defensively and wait for the right time to counterattack? Hell, you die in one hit so you better make the right decision!
Your player is equipped with a sword and a -very- limited number of bullets. Your gun is a tool for distraction in STARDUST VANGUARDS. It automatically fires at the closest enemy to you and burns through its ammo in a matter of seconds. Sure it can kill, but you’re better off using it to seal off areas and force other players to retreat. So yeah, a little strategy, but at it’s core you’ll be dashing around and having energy blade swordfights.
So what you do think? Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let us know! Cheers!