Late in the 22nd century, humanity celebrated some tremendous technological breakthroughs: They created a restricted AI called Segmented Intelligent Systems, or SISS for short, which was able to take over a variety of human jobs and leave people free for leisure activities. Part of its task was to search for extra-terrestrial life forms, but it did so to no avail.
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take very long for humanity to effectively destroy the earth through over-consumption of resources and the devastation of global warming. Afterwards, SISS was commissioned to gather necessary components from outer space to construct giant ships, on which the humans could be transported to a new world. On the new planet, named Terra, and other nearby planets and moons, colonies were established with the assistance of SISS, and within a century a great new civilization was thriving. But now, in the year 2497, all is not well. Powerful corporations battle with one another and also with mercenary bands and space pirates to take or maintain control. The only hope for regular people is the Terran Confederate Navy.
Welcome to Shallow Space, a forthcoming game from the development team of the same name. The real time strategy game is currently in pre-Alpha, and is being released later this year for PC, Mac, and Linux. The game is expected to be intense, “utilizing all three dimensions of movement.” As part of the Terran Confederate Navy, gamers will be able to construct ships based on blueprints, which can then be customized to their satisfaction. Gamers will also be able to select from a wide range of available ships to craft. Capital ships will be supplemented by an assortment of battle cruisers, frigates, and other ship classes; equip them with a variety of weaponry such as missiles, torpedoes, energy weapons, and more.
These ships will then be commanded by TCN officers, and the game narrative will allow gamers to monitor their progress and watch as they level up, granting new abilities to the ships. Ships will be grouped into packs, and each pack will be dedicated to a particular purpose, such as a specific attack style or repair task. Using ships, gamers will navigate the delicate political climate of the twelve colonies. They’ll learn how various factions compete with one another for precious resources, and how to discern friend from enemy.
The game’s lore is supplemented by short stories, news articles, and other documentation that can be discovered throughout the adventure. The very unity of the entire human race is threatened by the in-fighting, and such space-exploring gamers could very well be its only hope for peace. But was SISS correct to believe there were no alien life forms nearby?
The game already has a fairly solid fanbase eager to see the final release. To that end, the developers are planning a Kickstarter to launch near the end of March. It has already been successfully vetted in Steam Greenlight, and an Early Access launch is expected in the next few months. Among the base offerings of the game, there will be a multiplayer deathmatch mode, an option for modding the game, and an option to make the game accessible to color blind players. Those interested can be among the first to know about the Kickstarter and other significant updates by subscribing to the newsletter, or by following Shallow Space on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Reddit.