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Early Mac Demo Released For Space Fleet RTS Contact Vector
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Magnosphere has released a Mac demo for the upcoming Contact Vector. The real time space fleet strategy title will focus on the tactics and strategy of battle rather than the logistics of unit and base production. The game is also the subject of a Kickstarter campaign with a goal to gather 85,000.

Contact Vector is a strategy game set in space, playable as a real time strategy game and as a simultaneous turn based game.

We want to create a game focused on strategy and tactics that will be about manoeuvring your ships and setting up the best formations to out fight your enemy.

To this end we plan to create an intuitive control system that doesn't force you into micromanaging every detail of your fleet, but allows you finer levels of control that will make a real difference to combat when you want it. Experienced players would be able to make better use of these, but our game will be accessible to new players.

Ultimately finer levels of control will make you better at scouting for the enemy, arranging ship formations, missile load outs, defensive system logistics and so on. We hope that these finer levels of control will add depth to an already fun to use game interface, but not be essential to playing a good game.

Real Time Or Turn Based

It seemed to us that players wanting a deeper level of gameplay and more depth would like more time to think about their moves than is possible in a real time game. To this end we want to allow you to set regular pauses in the game that give you more time to give orders to your fleet.

For example you might set a turn length consisting of sixty seconds for putting down orders and two minutes of simulation time. That sixty second pause would allow you to think more about your strategies. You can also decide if you want to allow alterations while orders are being executed or not.

We want to make this system very flexible to the players needs. In essence we're proposing a real time game that can also be played in a turn based way. You will be able to save your favourite configurations to use in future games. Pure real time and pseudo turn based games will all allow you to do the same things using an intuitive and easy to grasp interface, it's just a matter of how much thinking time you get and the game's pace.

Tactical RTS

Many space games focus on empire building or piloting ships, we wanted a game that focuses on fleet command. Where tactics and strategy are key but unit and base production are not. This isn't the kind of game big developers are producing and in coming to kickstarter we hope to bring together a community of players who want design and play with us.

If you want an RTS where how you use your units is more important than how fast you can produce them, then this is the game for you.

Deploy and lead your task group in system wide combat against your opponents where the outcome is determined by your ability and fleet tactics. Use long and close range combat, sneak up on your enemy and trick them into looking for you in the wrong places. How you achieve victory is up to you.

Single Player Campaign Game

The single player game begins with you in control of a set of planets and with command of a small task force of naval ships in the outer reaches of colonised space.

A signal is detected from a system previously believed to be dead and unnavigable by FTL. The signal is consistent with an FTL re-entry signature. It seems ships of an unknown origin are using undiscovered jump space in the region.

Your task force will first need to use this intelligence to jump into the region and determine the nature of the strange vessels.

As the story unfolds it will become clear, a war is coming.

You will want with defending outposts and evacuating personnel where the enemy cannot be held.

During the course of the campaign you will have reinforcements, new technologies and even additional task groups in other areas assigned to you as you are promoted.

Ships will start in short supply so you will want to keep losses to a minimum.

Resupply of ammunition and other vital war fighting equipment will rely on you keeping your supply train defended and also on how many civilians you manage to save and move backward.

As time progresses and if your losses aren't too great, your industrial military complex will be giving you ships, munitions, equipment and personnel surplus to defence and you can start taking the fight to the enemy.

Random Maps

No two games will have the same star map, so each game will be a strategically different experience. Star system layout of story pieces will change and star systems will be unknown until the start of a given game.

The overall strategic view will be via this map. Battles will be fought in systems in the tactical scale.

System defences and structures will most likely be pre existing although some smaller more mobile temporary defences will also be available to you.

There will be no constructing or producing of units during a battle although it will be possible to rearm and deploy mobile defences during the battle if you can find a safe enough place to do so.

Reinforcements will be sent forward and can also be requested but will depend on the situation to hand and the losses you have incurred.

Ammunition and supplies will also have to be delivered and rearmed. This will take time during which you can be attacked, you have to make your gambits count.

The Contact Vector Kickstarter campaign ends on June 17. Check out the demo and learn more at the links below.

Contact Vector
Contact Vector Mac Demo
Kickstarter: Contact Vector


 

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