Sunday, December 15, 2013

PULSAR: Lost Colony

Recently successful on Kickstarter, PULSAR by Leafy Games, is bringing Ship/Bridge simulation to a new level.

Take a little Artemis, mix in FTL, and you've found PULSAR.

A job for everyone on the ship. Multiple detailed battle stations and a ship computer that is taking shape with a task manager and firewall.

I am getting more and more excited as this matures. Cheski wants some Fluffy Biscuits(The Fluffy Biscuit Company is one of the playable factions).

Did I mention Oculus Rift support? Yes... imagine that while you view some of their Devlog videos.

A little info straight from their site.

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Your Own Galaxy to Explore And Conquer
At the start of every Voyage a unique randomized galaxy is born just for you. Each contains hundreds of points of interest that you will need to explore to find clues about the location of the Lost Colony. A Voyage can last anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 hours depending on the skill of the crew and the encounters you face. If your crew perishes, the galaxy dies with you and the save file is deleted.

Journey Alone or With Friends
Each crew in PULSAR consists of up to five members. You can play offline with bots as your crew, or play cooperatively with friends in Online + LAN modes. Alternatively, you could take a ship out by yourself and perform all tasks of the crew, although it's quite a challenge!

Everyone Plays a Key Role on the Ship
Captain, Pilot, Scientist, Weapons, and Engineer. These are the five classes available in the game - each having their own unique responsibilities and roles during the journey. More info about the classes is available here.

Crew Permadeath 
If your crew perishes on their journey (and your on-board respawner is destroyed) there is no coming back. This means if your ship is obliterated and your entire crew is on-board it's game over. The game will delete your save file and you get to start over at the beginning. This adds a layer of strategy that we absolutely love - plus it makes each journey special.

Join The Away Team
Your Voyage will bring you to unexplored sectors containing planets or space stations that can contain valuable resources imperative to surviving your journey. Use extreme caution as they also can also contain dangers to your crew - such as hostile ambushes and booby traps.

Five Unique Playable Factions (So Far)
The Colonists are unlocked by default. The other factions will need to be earned by playing the game and discovering the secret of each faction. You can play as anything from a ruthless weapons manufacturer such as the W.D. Corporation to an intergalactic biscuit delivery service: The Fluffy Biscuit Company.

Online Leaderboards
We are working on an extensive online profile system which will track and analyze each of your journeys, to see how you are improving compared to other explorers.

Challenge Modes
PULSAR features multiple challenge modes for players who love to die. The Captain's Challenge puts players in the Captain's chair without any crew. That's right! You and you alone will face the adventure ahead with your own personal starship (meant for a crew of five). You can do it!
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If any of this fits your fancy, you can give them a thumbs up on Steam Greenlight or get Alpha access in February 2014 by buying directly from their site.