Two new Starbase videos showcase deep-space battles and robotic gunfights

Posted by: on pcgamer July 5, 2019

The outer-space MMO Starbase struck us as a cross between EVE Online and Minecraft when it was announced in May. Players can design and build spaceships, then take them into the void to mine, trade, form alliances and factions, and—naturally—shoot at each other, both in large-scale ship-to-ship battles, and in more personal shooter-style combat between robotic avatars.

Two new trailers demonstrate how combat in the black void of space will work. The "Gunfights and Weapons" video provides a quick rundown of personal weapons in the game, ranging from pistols and assault rifles to gauss guns, plasma rifles, and flamethrowers, and also shows off the oddities of zero-G combat: Instead of being held in place by gravity, your robot soldiers are equipped with magnetic boots, which enable them to fight from some very unusual positions. And because everything is modular and destructible, various components of the ship can actually be ripped off of floors and walls to be used as shields—at least until they're shredded by enemy fire.

The "Spaceship Warfare and Weapons" video highlights just how delicate those big ships can be. They're designed to take punishment, but a lucky shot can knock out individual weapons or entire systems, potentially crippling ships in the middle of a fight. The weapons themselves come in a range of standard types but can be customized with various swappable parts. Ship-based weapons can also be programmed with YOLOL, Starbase's in-game programming language, to enable more complex fire control systems.

It's awfully ambitious, especially for a small studio like Frozenbyte, but looks like it could be a lot of fun if it comes together well. I get a faint Sea of Thieves vibe off of it: Shooting things is great, but the real fun (for me, at least) comes from the desperate efforts to keep the ship floating and moving.

Starbase is slated to go live on Steam Early Access sometime this year. Frozenbyte expects to keep it there for at least one to two years.

Other Starbase News

Starbase - Endoskeleton Feature Video

Starbase - October 17, 2019

Frozenbyte has released a new Starbase Feature Video, this time about endoskeletons, or in other words, the playable robots. In Starbase, no matter how many and how great spaceships and stations you own, the most important thing you’ll possess will always be your very own endoskeleton, as it is what allows you to experience life in space with ease.

Further Back

Starbase - Scale of the Universe September 18, 2019

Boltcrackers Episode 5 September 17, 2019

Stations Feature Video September 11, 2019

Spaceship Design Feature Video August 29, 2019

30 Person Developer Battle August 20, 2019

15 Minutes of Uncut Combat August 16, 2019

Introducing the Starbase Forums August 9, 2019

Tools Feature Video August 5, 2019

Boltcrackers Episode 4 'Ship Sabotage' August 2, 2019

Starbase - Space Battle Footage July 29, 2019

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Starbase is a hybrid voxel/vertex-based space MMO with a fully destructible and infinitely expanding universe, with a focus on building and designing spaceships and stations, exploration, resource gathering, crafting, trading, and combat.

Developer: Frozenbyte

Publisher: Frozenbyte