Saturday - July 04, 2009
Dropship - Coming Soon?
Remember Dropship? Only a few, I would guess. We have one other newsbit about the indie space-y RPG project from ex-Troika-ite Michael McCarthy from 2006 and nothing since. I cruise by the site every few days and see the flash animation of a sofa - and nothing else.
Wandering past today I see the flash has been replaced by a static image and the title bar of "Coming soon" - but nothing else. Something is happening. Hopefully.
Friday - December 22, 2006
Dropship - Revealed
Back in May RPG Codex had an interview with ex-Troika-ite Michael McCarthy, which discussed the standard publisher-retail business model for the games industry and an indie space-faring turn-based game he was working on to be released through Steam.
Here's a short snip from that original May interview as a reminder:
The game is set in the year 2109 and takes place entirely around the moons of Saturn. Most of solar system is colonized and space travel is common, but still very dangerous. You are the commander of a powerful Dropship that houses a 4 man team You are charged with the responsibility of system security. You are like an extreme military enforced S.W.A.T. team in space. You are concealed in the control room of your Dropship and issue commands to your units in the field.
In this game, space is dangerous. Forget warp drives and beaming up anything. For instance, if one of your team members is in space and gets his suit damaged, he may only have 60 seconds to reach the airlock before his temperature control system fails and he freezes to death instantly. Same thing goes for someone you might be supposed to rescue. If you bust into a room on a spacecraft and start firing your cannon off, you might crack a window and suck little Timmy out into the void of space. A lot of this plays into equipping your team; big firepower can certainly be effective, but might not always be the best choice given the environment you are in.
Source: RPG Codex