It’s been a while since we’ve seen a decent space combat game, but new startup END Games thinks it’s got the goods. Squad Wars puts you in control of a state-of-the-art spacefighter, flying in and out of harrowing dog fights as you battle it out for dominance of the stars.
Promising “space combat the way it’s meant to be; furious, uncompromising and totally intense,” Squad Wars does away with now-traditional on-rails models and throws gamers into the middle of true hardcore PvP space combat. As they say, “Get to flying or get busy dying.”
The developers have even reassured us that you can “get to flying” in a variety of ways, depending on what exactly you are interested in.
- If you love giant space battles:
Two rival conglomerate capital ships are battling over a sector of precious resources. Join a side in your spacefighter and help ensure the outcome in favor of your team, as the capital ships unload high tech weaponry and rip each other apart…
- If you love trading:
You just purchased some goods at an amazing price knowing you can make a killing selling it to another station. But first you have to get those goods through a hostile nebula. You create a delivery mission. When the required number of players join up in the various roles needed, the mission begins. You either get the goods delivered or they are taken by pirates…
- If you love mining and the role it plays in the economy:
You have leveled up your ship to be a top miner in known space. Queue up a mining mission and when the roles are all filled go get your ore or die trying…
- If you like playing something different every time:
Queue up for all the types of battles and hop in the first available one, choose the right ship for the job and just have fun.
- Even if you don’t have a lot of time today:
Try to make the Kleinus Run in less than 5 minutes while marauding space pirates are on your tail!
The END Games team has been around for a while now, in various guises: As well as Jumpgate and its ill-fated sequel Jumpgate Evolution, members have contributed to AAA games such as LEGO Universe, League of Legends, Rift, Diablo and Diablo II, Warcraft II, Skate and Need for Speed.
Over the years, Player Attack was fortunate enough to check out Jumpgate Evolution in various stages of readiness, and if Squad Wars is even half as good as JGE was shaping up to be, this is definitely worth your pledge. Even US$10 will get you beta access, an in-game badge, $20 worth of credits, a vote on the game’s first scenario and – of course – END Games “sincere appreciation”. (By the way, US$10,000+ will get a floating billboard of your choosing displayed prominently in-game, for as long as Squad Wars is live.)