October 19, 2010
Keen Software House released the new trailer for their game Miner Wars today. The trailer is directed by Dan Wentz, a former developer of the game Descent and now the studio’s own audio director. In addition to the release of this phenomenal trailer, Keen Software House also released an update for the pre-alpha version. This update modified some of the aspects of the game’s “Sandbox” mode and added a save/load function to the game’s level editor.
Miner Wars is game that almost falls into no genre of its own combining elements of shooters and role-playing games with large worlds, destructible environments and skill based combat. A player takes the role of a ship pilot, commanding their craft throughout a massive world of asteroids and space stations, mining for minerals and fending off enemies with what weapons they have. This giant world isn’t just for one player, however, as all the pilots can interact with one another in some fashion, whether it be teaming up to mine a gigantic asteroid or forming a fleet to take down rivals.
Somewhat unlike the majority of games currently on the market, Miner Wars states that the game will be based more upon player skill than their equipment or stats, although a player will be able to upgrade their ship, weapons, etc. In addition to upgrading their craft, players will be able to pick the ship that best suits their desired play style whether it is interstellar combat or mineral mining or even hit and run tactics.
Also being developed is the inclusion of nearly thirty separate factions that the player can interact with, join or even lead. Not to limit players, they can additionally form freelance crews with friends they meet through the game or ones they know in real life. With a crew, or even without one, a player can create their own base of operations on an asteroid to act as a staging area or trading outpost for others.
All in all, the development of Miner Wars is both ambitious and incredibly intriguing. The game itself combines elements that have never really been melded together before in the way that the developers at Keen Software House are. Still in its pre-alpha, anyone wishing to gain access can pre-order the game at a discount for the time being, and witness the game growing bigger and better.
Miner Wars is slated for a 2010 release on the PC as well as through the Xbox Live Arcade.
Miner Wars website: http://www.minerwars.com/Index.aspx
Latest trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieaIhgjNgfA