It’s no secret that creating a game is a huge undertaking for any company, whether it’s seasoned big-time devs or an indie crew. Years go into the prep and sometimes when a game goes out it doesn’t quite reach it’s potential. Which is why we at TBG have every respect for Developers who listen to fan feedback and continue to support their titles after launch and Boxelware are one such, soon to launch a new and improved ship creation system for their popular space opera, let’s take a look at what new features are on the way.
What is Avorion?
Originally released in January 2017 for early access on Steam, Avorion is a procedural co-op space sandbox where players can build their own space ships out of dynamically scalable blocks. Fight epic space battles, explore, mine, trade, wage wars and build your own empire to save your galaxy from being torn apart by an unknown enemy.
Several hundred years ago, a cataclysmic catastrophe nearly ripped your galaxy apart – an insurmountable ring of torn hyperspace fabric appeared in the centre of the galaxy, which normal hyperspace engines can’t overcome.
Since this event, nobody has managed to get near the central regions of the galaxy. All you know is that this event also spawned multiple unsurmountable hyperspace rifts throughout the entire galaxy and that a strange race of aliens, the Xsotan, has appeared in the centre. It looks like these aliens have found a way to surpass the torn hyperspace fabric, but so far nobody has managed to establish contact with them.
There are also rumours about a strange new metal called ‘Avorion’, which has appeared in the centre of the galaxy, around the same time as the Xsotan arrived. Apparently, the aliens use this material to build their ships.
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Start out as a nobody at the edge of the galaxy and work your way to the centre of a galaxy that gets more dangerous, but also more rewarding the closer you get to its core. Avorion takes sandbox aspects from games like X or Freelancer, throws in co-op multiplayer and lets you build your own ships. It features ships made of freely scalable blocks that can be procedurally generated and that break into pieces where they’re hit in space fights.
Equip your ship with chainguns, lasers and other weaponry to take on your enemies and enjoy the sight of completely destructible ships breaking at the exact points where you hit them. Defend your allies from pirates, hunt down enemies for coin or even participate in wars between entire factions. Build hangars and command squads of fighters in your battles or destroy enemy freighters to steal their cargo.
Fly through beautiful nebulas and dense asteroid fields in search of hidden treasures and meet the many factions that populate and control their portion of the galaxy. Each faction has its own characteristics, such as peaceful, intelligent or aggressive, and has its own ship styles, meaning their ships and stations have a distinct look.
Explore the galaxy at your own pace to find valuable goods in old ship wreckages, undiscovered asteroid fields rich of resources, unchartered asteroids which you can claim for yourself, or clues as to what happened during the event a few hundred years back.
Build Your Fleet:
There are no limits to ship size or complexity besides your resources. You’re not bound to the standard voxel style and while building an awesome ship in Avorion you won’t get lost in lots and lots of micro-management. You can focus on building a great looking ship, without having too much trouble to make it work. But make sure you still keep an eye on your ship’s manoeuvrability and energy requirements. Adjust your ships perfectly to their operational purpose by building light and agile or heavily armoured ships
Extend your ship with a cargo bay, find profitable deals and haul over a hundred trading goods through the galaxy to make a profit and buy your way up the food chain: Build up a trading corporation and extend your influence in the galaxy by founding asteroid mines and factories that attract NPC traders who will buy and sell their goods at your establishments.
You don’t have to fight the galaxy alone! Avorion features co-op multiplayer, so team up with your friends to build stations together and destroy pirates and enemy factions! Work together to extend your influence in the galaxy and build your own empire. Or, you know, blow them apart in large PvP battles. It’s a sandbox, you can do whatever you want.
And that’s before the new stuff!
Boxelware, the developers of Avorion, is pleased to present a new trailer today to showcase the vast possibilities of shipbuilding with the reworked ship generator. The new generator is able to build ships of amazing dimensions completely procedurally. The developers put emphasis on the designs and the visual differences between ships of several factions. With ongoing development, the generator will receive the ability to generate smaller fighters and even entire space stations.
So there you have it, for anyone who has ever wanted to boldly go into a new galaxy far far away then Avorion might be the game for you. Meet up with friends and create a fleet so large that even Palpatine would be jealous! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and on social media and as always, stay tuned to TBG for more news, reviews and previews.