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Richard Cobbett thought the original Space Pirates and Zombies was "the germ of a cool game", so perhaps that germ has, er, spread for its upcoming sequel? Space Pirates and Zombies 2 switches to Unity, and embraces 3D, and it's just been revealed that it's coming to Steam Early Access this month. How 'this month', exactly? May 19.
Developer MinMax Games reckons the game will be in Early Access for around 6-12 months, and says that the current build "already has an ocean of depth and content", including "200 persistent and unique AI captains". Most games can only manage around 98.
"The AI captains remember, make friends and enemies, join and leave factions and do just about everything the player can," MinMax helpfully explains on the Steam page. This is game is a biiiiiig one, in other words.
I’m going to mention a name soon, and I want you to resist your gut reaction to pull a dirty face and scroll past this post. This series is good and interesting and you might well like to play it but, well, the game’s named Space Pirates And Zombies 2 [official site] and- no no, come back, come on now. I know, I do. It’s a space shooter where players build their own motherships by snapping together modules then roam across a living galaxy, scavenging, fighting, building bases, and forming factions – against two hundred AI-controlled spaceship captains each doing exactly the same. And it’ll hit Steam Early Access this month.
Ignore the acronym if you possibly can because we shouldn’t dwell on an irritating title when there’s so much else to discuss. Space Pirates and Zombies 2 looks like it might be an absolute corker, an heir to the sensational Space Rangers 2, built around a living galaxy that exists and develops no matter what the player might be doing elsewhere. Read this and salivate:
Two hundred persistent Captains that are able to do everything the player can, including forming dynamic factions, building structures, controlling territory, and going to War.
If Minmax pull that off, Space Pirates and Zombies 2 might be an unexpected and unlikely true single player alternative to Elite: Dangerous. Space wars! There’s much more, including a trailer and details about randomised ship parts below.
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