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    It’s that time of year again and ten new games to keep an eye on in 2016 but first lets have a look at how the 2015 list fared http://spacesimcentral.com/ssc/topic/4815-10-games-for-2015/ Shallow Space, Interstellar Rift, VoidExpanse, Galactic Princess have all hit Steams early access and Darkfield VR has been getting updates as well but only to backer of the game.Torch ships and Limit Theory have become lost in space.Wings of Saint Nazaire, Nova Voyager and Spaz 2 continue to be worked on and so onto this years list.


    Infinity Battlescape https://www.inovaestudios.com/battlescape the game which has been in development for ever. but after a successful Kickstarter it has finally made an appearance of sorts. Battlescape is not infinity as Battlescape is a multiplayer game  taking place in one seamless, procedurally generated, true to scale solar system with a Newtonian physics and seamless space to planet flights.It will have different flight models for atmosphere and space and will have a offline sandbox mode for exploring and trying out different ship/weapon combinations.

    Supports Windows


    EverSpace https://everspace-game.com/ Singleplayer Rogue-like gameplay with persistent progression, What does that mean, I have no idea but it’s another successful Kickstarter game from the makers of Galaxy on Fire and seems to be taken the basic idea of FTL into the 3rd dimension, alpha may be in March 2016.

    Supports Windows and Xbox1 other platform in the future.


    Wayword Terran Frontier zero falls http://www.wtfrontier.com/ another kickstarter from late 2014 which has undergone a name change over the last year but bills itself as a single player space exploration adventure RPG where you command a crew in a story driven sandbox universe.

    Should be heading for Steams early access this year.https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=339464845

    Supports Windows


    Project Orion https://www.projectoriongame.com/ nothing to do with the nuclear powered starship but another tribute to 90s space combat gaming although the project has been cut down some what from the initial premise but the games should have all the usual options associated with space combat games. should be out some time this year.

    Supports Windows.


    Helium Rain http://helium-rain.com/ a game which takes place in a gas giant system with customize options for ships and stations fly any ship in you fleet and with the ability to  build your own empires or simply just fly around in your ship. And with a heavy inference on being  a  realistic space simulation game, Steam early access scheduled in may 2016.

    Supports Windows, Linux Ubuntu 14.04



    Objects in space http://objectsgame.com/ a stealth space-trading game , you are a lonesome ship’s captain, buying and selling wares in order to keep your bucket of bolts afloat and stay one step ahead of pirates, organized criminals, corrupt governments and shady laws.  Objects in Space sees ships treated more like submarines than dogfighters. You’ll be running silent, planning manoeuvres far ahead of time and engaging in deadly games of cat-and-mouse with nebulous enemies.

    Supports Windows


    Sol Trader http://soltrader.net/ at first glance it may look like a standard 2D Elite clone but look a little closer and you will find it more about about people and relationships. With No ship given to you at game start, you must take a loan and hire a ship, or borrow one from a wealthy relative. Run missions using your family and friends’ connections to government or business.Research information on other characters through chatting to friends and relatives.

    Supports Windows, Mac and Linux.


    Void Destroyer 2 http://store.steampowered.com/app/369530/ is a 3D sand box game with RTS features. Chose the path of a mercenary protecting transport ships. The path of a pirate, preying on the weak. A bounty hunter who will settle scores for a price. An entrepreneur, starting your own business as a trader, or a miner. Become a tycoon with others working for you, protect your assets by assigning escorts you’ll will upgrade your ship, then purchase new ones. Eventually being able to build up a fleet of combat and non-combat ships. Should be hitting Steam in Q1 2016.

    Supports Windows.


    CDF Starfighter http://www.magstudios.co.uk/cdf-starfighter.php is a single-player & multiplayer space combat simulator and another tribute to 90s space combat games and has been designed for VR and Head tracking for NoneVR. No release date as yet but should see something this year.

    Supports Windows, Mac, Linux


    Evochron Legacy http://www.starwraith.com/ new entry in one of the longest running space sim series not much is know about it apart from that it should contain most of the core features of the older games also looks like it will be release in the Q1 of 2016.





    This is a pretty exciting list, a priori (or almost).  I’m particularly looking forward to Helium Rain and Objects in Space.



    These two games are not new to us, but both of them should be releasing in 2016.

    No Man’s Sky




    The Mandate. Seems like a blend of space tactics à la Nexus and X-COM. Getting a serious Firefly vibe from this !




    My best expectations are for no man’s sky, everspace and project orion. project orion seems similar to wing commander, more a dogfight space sim than a “build, trade, fight” like the X series. I’d like a space sim like wing commander.


    Excuse me ExpandingMan but the expression “a priori” it’s english? It’s an italian expression i wonder if it is used also in english.



    Dreadnought is only multiplayer or it has also a campaign mode?

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