Apparently it's the next generation of space combat or what's known as a J.A.S.S game (just another space shooter) and seems to coming out on everything. Haunted Space on Steam (steampowered.com)
Experience the next generation of space combat in HAUNTED SPACE. Sci-fi blends with horror elements in a story-rich adventure based on exploration, fast-paced dogfighting, trading and ship crafting, with customisable flight simulation and intense multi-stage boss battles.
In the far future, the second age of human civilisation reached the distant Neterun galaxy and discovered a powerful energy called Sonic Matter. Millions of settlers arrived in Neterun’s systems and a vast factory called the Metal Mother Facility was built to harvest this valuable resource. But humanity soon discovered they were not alone…
Take on the role of a Raider, in the service of the Human Empire, as you traverse a treacherous galaxy in the far reaches of space. Take on quests across multiple systems or strike out on your own to fight, explore and scavenge resources and credits. Trade, craft, customise your ship and fight to survive as you uncover the mystery of a galaxy haunted by an ancient civilisation.
Traverse multiple unique star systems, each filled with danger and intrigue. Play in first person or third person perspective as you overcome the challenges of this dangerous backwater of space
Neterun is full of monuments and relics left by an ancient civilisation and the galaxy is haunted by their ghosts. Unravel the reasons for their presence and fight for survival against their supernatural threat in a story inspired by the dark and twisted tales of Heavy Metal and 2000AD
Overcome the odds in fierce multi-stage boss battles against ancient God-like creatures composed of organic matter and space debris
Trade and craft new ships and ship equipment using powerful and customisable ship modification tools - create and buy new weapons, shields, cargo containers, engines and more
Stunning ray tracing effects and immersive audio put you in the heart of the action like never before
In HAUNTED SPACE, the innovative co-pilot system allows you to choose the level of control you prefer, from a complete space simulation, through to a more arcade style experience. At its maximum level, the co-pilot makes the game accessible for blind and visually impaired users, and it also supports eye-tracking
... what's known as a J.A.S.S game (just another space shooter)
Like it! I wonder how many there are? Have we reached Peak Space Shooter?
Oolite Naval Attaché
Hard to say if we have reached a peak but theirs a lot being made and most seem to be using Unreal engine and this game looks like it's using that game engine.
Looks like space whales are making a come back as this is the second game to have then in recently.
This could be real good, its at least something different. I do remember another game that was somewhat recent that also had 'space whale' types of creatures as well.
Granted it does have a more unusual setting, but any games which claims to be the "next generation of space combat" needs to taken with a bucket of salt.
And what does next generation of space combat mean.? innless they mean it coming out on the consoles.