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Starpoint Gemini 2 brings tactics, pirates and fireballs to Steam Early Access

Posted by Marcus Beard on March 18, 2014 | Jump to 1 comments

Add one more to the tally — another crowdfunded galactic combat game has just landed on Early Access.

The sequel to the well-regarded space RPG sim, Starpoint Gemini 2 brings a fresh coat of paint, deeper mechanics and fantastical combat into he mix.

Yes, it’s another space sandbox which promises players can do whatever they want in an expansive universe. But Starpoint Gemini 2 looks robust, competent, and different enough to be heard amongst the thousand voices screaming “spaaaaaaaace!”

Developer Little Green Man Games is taking risks implementing interesting RPG mechanics and striving to implement as many community suggestions as possible.

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Softer sci-fi sets the game apart from other metal-and-military sims. You’ve got direct control of your ship in a third-person camera, with a multitude of abilities and gadgets at your disposal. It’s a mix of frenetic maneuvering and tactical decision-making, aided by a fancy holographic tactical overlay.

Many of the features — including said tactical overlay — were suggested by the community. The game’s Steam forum is remarkably active for a relatively small project. The full game is set to feature over 70 pilot-able ships, each customizable and influenced by your pilot’s skills.

Launching on Early Access marks the developer’s move into the beta stage of development.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every player who have placed their trust in us and took the risk to support us in the alpha stage,” wrote the studio.  “We will not disappoint you!”

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The Early Access build showcases the open sandbox, which will always be single-player only. Missions sprout up based on the player’s alliances and interactions with the 50 diverse factions.

Little Green Man Games was founded in 2005, releasing the first Starpoint Gemini in 2010. Starpoint Gemini 2 is available on Steam Early Access for $24.99, with no date set for the full release.

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