All you have is a basic ship, barely fit for combat, with it you'll start your journey and empire. A space sandbox, inspired by the classics and standing on their shoulders.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a "one man dev" player feedback, input and criticism are crucial. I'm making a game for you (gamers like me) and I want you to enjoy it.

I've been incredibly lucky, making games is now my profession. That alone is incredible and a life long dream come true. It gets even better when players play the actual game, give feedback, criticism and we improve the game together.

Players are a true test of a game, to be the best that the game can be - Early Access is a critical step in the game's development.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The goal is to stay in Early Access until a well polished and fully featured product is ready. The game won't be rushed to meet any artificial deadline, as there is no publisher or outside pressure to force an incomplete release.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version is planned to have:

  • Many more assets - space ships, stations, and bases.
  • A larger sandbox with more events and life.
  • An optional story line and side quests/missions.
  • Territory, base and property capture and ownership.
  • A whole lot more polish.

Because I tend to frequently update - you won't have to wait for long stretches of time to enjoy and test new features.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Void Destroyer 2 is about a year and a half into its development. However original game's (Void Destroyer) code base has been copied over and then branched into Void Destroyer 2. Meaning that many features and polish already exist.

Because the original game was a linear mission/story based game and the sequel is a sandbox game - the sandbox elements are the majority focus of development.

In regards to the new sandbox elements - the current state has the majority of the basics of the game play, though some are in very early and rough stages.

The majority focus of development up to date has been on the "single ship" game play and initial building of a small group of wing men.

  • You can explore a living sandbox, with various factions and events.
  • You can do basic missions for civilian, bounty hunter, mining, military and pirate factions.
  • Buy and upgrade ships for yourself or add to the fleet (fleet management is very bare).
  • Hire help for combat, trading or mining.
  • Basic piracy, pay ransom to avoid death or demand ransom from those weaker than you.
  • You can setup a basic trading/mining/economy system to further earn credits.
  • And more!

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price is unlikely to change.

Having different pricing during early access and release - can sometimes have negative consequences among the game's community. Its simpler for me to just have the same price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“By being available and receptive to any and all feedback.

I really mean this - I'll answer forum posts, emails and friend requests related to discussing and improving the game. Just like I did during Early Access of my first project, and continue to do so now.

I'll also post updates and seek out feedback on specific features, additions, and changes.”
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March 12

Dev Video - Carriers!

Hey guys!

Exciting times - for the past month I've been working on "properly" implementing carriers.

Here's a YouTube vid - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDxAiA5r-SM

Direct Link - YouTube



Not just ships that can launch drones/fighters - but "proper" carriers. Ships that share some of the characteristics of bases. You can think of them as mini armed mobile bases or ships that carry a base inside of them.

To sum up - you can dock with a carrier and walk around inside of it (like a base - limited hangar/walking area). Then you can either manage the carrier (in terms of building ships) or switch to the pilot's seat and personally fly like any other ship.

The carrier's hangar functions pretty much like inside of a base's hangar (though limited to ship production and management) - you can build ships (fighters/gunships/corvettes) - in exchange for ore. While in space - you can command these ships to be launched, they will return to the hangar after the battle (on the switch to Overworld mode).

The carrier can either pick up ore from ship mode (so you can buy/steal the ore) or you can buy or take ore when the carrier is docked at a base. Making it pretty self sufficient!

Here's a short list of new features -

  • 3 new carriers.
  • Carriers can be docked with and walked around in.
  • Player can then take control of the carrier and pilot it.
  • Carrier can pick up and buy ore cargo pods.
  • Carriers can build ships in exchange for ore (fighters/gunships/corvettes).
  • Player can launch ships from its internal hangar while in ship mode.
  • Launched fighters/gunships will automatically return to the carrier (when player switches back to Overworld mode) and be rapidly repaired (for free!!!).

What's missing?

Necessary bug fixes and polish and minor details I didn't consider - looking for feedback!

I had also hoped to include missions to obtain "plans" to build these carriers but at the moment I'm short on time - so I hope to be able to work on this prior to release (can't promise it though) - right now the player can build a carrier (provided a faction has this type of ship) as soon as the player captures a base of that faction.

What's next?

My goal is to finish up the "main story" - and thus enter into the "Beta" phase of the project.

Beta?

Beta to me means that the game is major feature complete (though without the necessary bug fixes/polish) and has nearly all of it's story/mission content (though potentially missing some ships).

During Beta I will play the game start to finish, polishing up elements as I go and as I see them. The late game stage - is badly in need of polish and balancing - especially Overworld combat calculations and the new "at war" mechanic. I'm looking forward to working on these elements to give them much needed improvements.


Thanks again for all of your amazing feedback/bug reports and support - I truly appreciate it! You guys are helping me create something I've dreamed of for a long time and I hope you enjoy the final product :)

Paul
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February 4

New Story Mission!

Hey guys - another "quick" update - a new story mission has been added.

As the game goes towards the end of the "main story" - story missions will tend to involve more work on my part.

I tend to be a more more dramatic/visual with the mission (story telling through action). I've added several new ships and new weapon types to support the story. I've added a new mechanic to again support the story and change the dynamics of the game world in relation to the story.

Speaking of the new mechanic... It's a pretty simple add - but in testing I see that it will require me to work a bunch on "Overworld combat" - how ships fight with other ships in Overworld - mathematically. This was on my list - so it's actually good that I've waited to work on this some more before the update as now I've got a pretty clear issue to resolve.

What's next?

As I've focused on the new story mission I've ignored a few minor bugs, so I'll work on those next. After that I should be able to quickly release a few more story missions as they will tend to be far more focused on combat rather than story telling. After that - I hope to work on carriers and after that finish the story and have a fairly short Beta phase and head on to release!

As always thank you for the incredible support, comments, feedback, criticism, reviews you guys have given me and the project.




Paul
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Reviews

“The main draw for Void Destroyer 2, other than its great aesthetics, gameplay, and openness is its current development position. As it stands within the week of its early access launch, Void Destroyer 2 is a very solid and fun game, but the knowledge that it is only going to get bigger and better the longer it is out and the more people buy it, makes this game a worthy investment of time. The dev is extremely open and active, and this instills great confidence in the ability to bring this game to its true potential.”
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About This Game

Start with barely a ship, end with an empire.


Void Destroyer 2 is currently a work in progress (including this page) - with Early Access started in September of 2016 and a planned Release in 2019.

What's the hook? What's unique?

Like in most space sandbox games - in Void Destroyer 2 you start with a single ship then work your way up in the world. What's unique - a single ship isn't the end, the dominance of all you can see is. Your first ship is just a step on the path to a massive fleet, from tiny fighters to massive capital ships. Your thirst for power doesn't have to end there, you'll own bases and territory, hard won from their original owners. Use them to build fleets to expand and conquer. From a tiny fighter, easily destroyed, to a immortal space god! That's Void Destroyer 2.

What will you - the player - be doing?

  • Do easy "milk runs" in your starting ship.
  • Upgrade it and buy better ships to do more dangerous assignments.
  • Hire temporary wing men, then start building your fleet via buying additional ships.
  • Leave fighters behind, upgrade to a gunship, then a corvette, then a frigate, and beyond. As your power grows, so do your opportunities.
  • Fight from the cockpit or bridge of your ship and command your forces via a tactical interface.
  • Branch off into trading and mining, take over a asteroid field and be paid for your protection, or be a ruthless pirate demanding ransom and taking cargo.
  • At some point, the only way to grow your strength will be by taking things from others. Capture ships and build up a fleet capable of taking a base.
  • Owning a base expands your power even further, you can now direct your forces from it, no longer are you tied to a single ship or fleet.
  • Use your base to build defenses, and ships - soon you'll have more than one, and after that you'll have them all.


Void Destroyer 2 is a space sandbox game set in a desolate asteroid field. These are dangerous times with many opportunities, for the explorers, the brave, the cunning, and the ruthless.



Chose the path of a mercenary protecting transport ships. The path of a pirate, preying on the weak. A bounty hunter who will settle scores for a price. An entrepreneur, starting your own business as a trader or miner. Become a tycoon with others working for you, protect your assets by assigning escorts.



The path to domination isn't always a straight one, if you fight hard enough, smart enough, nothing will stand in your way.

As your wealth grows you'll upgrade your ship, then purchase new more powerful ones. Eventually being able to build up a fleet of combat and non-combat ships. What's a fleet without a way to tell them what to do? Void Destroyer 2 has a built in real time strategy (RTS) control method optimized for controlling multiple ships and fleets.

Void Destroyer 2 is inspired by classic sandbox games, but is also a response to them:


  • Open sandbox for you to explore.
  • Fly any ship - from small fighters to huge carriers (that you can dock with! and they can build and launch fighters!).
  • Multiple control methods. From direct flight to capital ship oriented schemes.
  • Made for the PC (not consoles) and for PC gamers. Learning curve and challenges ahead.
  • Build up a fleet.
  • Own multiple ships? Easily give them orders via a RTS control method.
  • Own multiple ships? Easily switch direct control from ship to ship.
  • Time dilation (slow down time) - make time for decisions and tactics.
  • Missions and events.
  • Conquer territory and own property - asteroid fields, bases and platforms.
  • An engaging story line, with unique missions and boss battles.
  • Be a pirate, demand ransom and cargo. Raise your pirate rep through following up on threats.

Void Destroyer 2 emphasizes combat, tactics and strategy, with battles ranging from one on one to fleets versus fleets. With a simple, manageable yet engaging economy and offers loads of freedom to the player on how to play and who to play as.



System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9800 or later
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Works with most Intel graphics cards, but not recommended. DRM free.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 550 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: DRM free.

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