RTS fans should rejoice, as a new game has burst onto the scene. The sci-fi MMORTS Starborne, has entered open beta tests starting today. Iceland-based Solid Clouds has been working on the game for some time, as a way to deliver a new spin on the idea of a space opera. Rather than doing a traditional MMO the devs, which include some alumni from EVE Online developer CCP, have decided to go in a rather inventive direction.
Starborne has gone through a number of alpha tests, with it having been in the works since 2014. Since that first announcement, the game has changed a fair bit. The gameplay takes place across a shared universe made up of 825,356. Each hex represents a star system, each with their own resources, and obviously player in control. Players can scheme and attack each other with fleets built up in the traditional 4X grand strategy manner.
The company behind the game has also reworked the map in the most recent patch, making it easier for new players to get their feet wet without getting stomped out.
And in the traditional grand strategy style, there will be multiple victory conditions in Starborne. Players can achieve a military victory by dominating the space around then and establishing themselves as a regional power. although you should expect many players to eventually take exception to be dominated, and being able to band together to take you down.
Check out the trailer for the game as it stands, down below.
“Starborne is the definitive MMORTS for PC. Play for free alongside thousands of other players and grow your empire as you conquer distant galaxies. Will your name stand the test of time, or forever fade away into the dark?” That’s how the developers describe their new game, and only time will tell if they manage to live up to that ambitious promise.
The open beta is free for all, head to the official site for more details.