Void Destroyer 2 - announcement/reveal - space sandbox, combat and RTS
Dev video update.
New dev vid out.
Mini tutorial video for the game, also a new trailer for the game but you can find that one yourselves.
The art style is looking a lot better than a few years ago.
It looks the exact same as a few years ago to me?
As far as I can tell, the only difference is that an option to change the space background was added.
Maybe I was thinking about the first one 🤔 but it is looking good in the latest release trailers.... yes Void Destroyer 2 is now out on Steam ( https://store.steampowered.com/app/369530/Void_Destroyer_2/)and HB... go and check it out.
I seem to recall that they game was going to be more open world when it was first announced but has become more of an RTS game.
It is very much not an RTS game.
It is open world.
It is very much not an RTS game.
It is open world.
I must give this a go as it been sitting in sitting in my Steam folder for a few years now. In the meantime the game has had another update and he has been on SPJ,
Thought I'd do an update.
Did a podcast with Space Game Junkie - SGJ YouTube Channel
Here's a link- YouTube
Space Game Junkie is one of those rare places that wants developers to tell them about their games. You might be surprised to hear this but it's often the case that a developer makes a game, but the internet responds as if no one wants to hear about it - that's never been the case with SGJ. They've always been incredibly welcoming all to join the community. Check out some of their amazing podcasts about other space games and great videos of both new and classic space games. A amazing treasure of content.
I've been hearing a bit from you over on the forums and discord about a lack of a ship for a certain faction - spoiler -
- spoiler. And right at that moment I saw a modder working on ships for the game and thought this was a great opportunity and contacted him. A day later the ship was delivered, but it took me several days to put it in place - as I was working on bugs, answering community questions and fighting against burn out. So now we have a new options in the later portion of the game as far as fleet composition and that's always a good thing.
This is still my priority for the time being, aggressive bug hunts, especially focusing on crashes. Thanks for all the logging files you've sent me. They are tricky to track down, so these help greatly.
I've heard this also from the forums, and while the "NO PROMISES!" policy is still in effect... No promises, but hopefully there will be some content DLCs for Void Destroyer 2. In the form of new factions with new ships.
Long term plans:
Now that release is 2 weeks behind us, my thoughts are cleared as far as my future projects.
I've basically come up with a list of what I don't want:
Don't want to spend 3+ years in between releases.
Don't want to do it all myself.
Don't want to do Early Access.
The above items are a pretty radical change to how I've been doing things.
Early Access turns off many players and is difficult for smaller indies like me in terms of marketing.
Spending 3+ years without launching a game means spending 3+ years of uncertainty of income and increasing your risk in case of a bad launch.
Being a team of 1 (with contract artists) just grinds you down and because I'm not great with the art aspect and the effect of that is that it limits the game's appeal.
So I've listed what I don't want - but what do I want?
I want to launch a game in about a year.
I want a new art style, a bit more appealing to a bigger audience - but still appropriate for an indie game. I want an artist as a part of the team rather than a contract artist.
I want to add a boat load of features and polish into Void Destroyer 2 - as it nearly becomes this new game. So while not having a Early Access for the new game - the new features will have a chance to be tested before the new game's release.
So it's almost as if I'm using Void Destroyer 2 as a sort of Early Access for it.
To me this is a win win - I get to polish Void Destroyer 2 - get features tested by you guys - and launch a new game quickly.
So what is this new game?
To give you some hints - I'll tell you what I want to add to Void Destroyer 2.
Seem less Ship mode and Overworld mode.
Saving the game anywhere (including Ship mode).
A boat load of UI additions/enhancements to the later portion of the game - empire management and 4x.
Bunch more stuff I haven't even thought of yet.
Did you guess yet?
I want to make a game similar to Sins of a Solar Empire - a 4x lite game - but with Homeworld RTS control/combat (this already exists in VD2) and direct ship control (this already exists in VD2).
A 4x game focused on combat versus economy - which in many ways Void Destroyer 2 already is. I'll be removing the "start in a single ship" portion of VD2 and keeping the conquest portion while enhancing those elements.
But what about Void Destroyer 3?
That's the cool part - because my games are basically a line going from the first day to today - all those new elements will flow into VD3 as well. Every bug I fix in VD2 and every feature for VD2 and beyond is a step towards VD3.
Anyway - I'll cut this 'short" here because I could go on and on - but I just wanted to give you guys a potential glimpse at the future.
Thanks again for your great support!
Looks like the game has been finished and now for some DLC, ship with drills?.
Haha nice ship, would have liked to see that ship actually shred through the other 🙂
Some more DLC for the game.
PLEASE NOTE - The Ashes DLC is intended for veteran players of Void Destroyer 2. It features 2 alternate starts which involve late game mechanics.
In the "Ashes" DLC - your alternate play through of Void Destroyer 2 will give you control over - The Forge. A base of unknown origin and faction capable of manufacturing advanced ships.
As it's new "owner" you'll have an immediate foot hold in the sector and as you gain power you will be rewarded with the ability to build bigger and more advanced ships.
Each ship is an experiment with powerful and unique weapons, that tend to have a down side, requiring strategy to use them fully. Larger Ashen ships come equipped with energy barriers similar to Outsider technology. However unlike Outsider tech, Ashen energy barriers will deplete and not be functional until recharged (during Overworld mode).
The Ashes DLC expands the Void Destroyer 2 ship line up with additional ships -
- Archon - a dreadnought with a devastating concussive blast. A buildable dreadnought!
- Phoenix - a cruiser capable of shooting a penetrating projectile that does damage as it slices it's way through it's target.
- Albatross - a destroyer which pulls in enemy ships with a high powered tractor beam, then fires a barrage of torpedoes.
- Nest - a frigate capable of building and launching - Hatchlings.
- Hatchling - a fighter drone armed with powerful, but short range beam weapons. Launched by the Nest frigate.
- Thrasher - a beam corvette, armed with very powerful beams. Their power comes at the cost of range and duration before needing recharge.
- Shrike - a gunship which manufactures and launches guardian mines. Mine that follow the ship, making it a mobile mine field.
- Kestrel - a fighter whose guns fire smart projectiles. Smart projectiles are capable of turning toward their target, making them far more accurate than standard projectiles.
DLC sounds Dope
And another dev update for the game.