Nuclear-powered space combat in the 23rd century! In The Black ™ is an intense multiplayer team-based online space combat simulator with a laser-like focus on combat and a serious respect for science. Features single-player and online co-op modes, and robust customization options.
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Why Early Access?

“Our goal in early access is primarily to collect feedback from our Steam players in order to support the improvement and expansion of the game in order to continue to grow our community.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to be in Early Access for at least one year. Much depends on how rapidly the community grows, and whether player feedback requires more extensive changes than we currently anticipate. Our goal is to release a game that is well tested and well balanced and early access will be key to that effort.”

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

“The full version will feature UX refinements, improved combat systems and player progression balance, expanded content, new game modes, enhanced graphics and sound, and some new friends and matchmaking features.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version features:

5 unique nuclear-powered space fighters armed with lasers, missiles, cannons & railguns:
  • Shrike-class light fighter with 4 variants: Razor, Dagger, Stiletto, and Dirk
  • Kolibri-class light fighter with 3 variants: Axe, Sword, and Longbow
  • Reus-class medium fighter with 3 variants: Comet, Shooting Star, Thunderbolt
  • Hyperion-class heavy fighter with 4 variants: Mark 1, Mk 2 Selene, Mk 3 Eos, Mk 4 Helios
  • Pegasus-class assault transport with 3 variants: Spectre, Spooky, Shadow

ShipFrame Editor to customize the loadout, appearance, and name of each of your fighters

BloodSport Mode: arena-style multiplayer combat featuring Assault, Conquest and Team Deathmatch modes, each supporting up to 5v5

Contract Mode: single-player missions featuring a range of offensive and defensive scenarios: Debris Sweep, Drone Sweep, Interdiction, Raid, Recon, Search & Destroy, Ship Strike, and Station Defense

Simulator Mode: single-player tutorials for Basic Flight and Combat as well as open-ended challenges: Free Flight, Onboarding, Instant Action and Proving Grounds

Battlespaces located throughout the solar system: Mars, the asteroid belt, Saturn and its moons Titan and Enceladus”

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

“The price will remain the same after Early Access.”

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

“Our in game reporting tool, powered by Stomt allows us to get instantaneous feedback from the community. We will also continue to communicate with our players primarily through our Discord server, but also via our website and social media channels: YouTube, TikTok, reddit, Twitter, and Facebook.”
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About This Game

Nuclear-Powered Multiplayer Space Combat

At its core In The Black ™ is an intense multiplayer team-based online space combat simulator with a laser-like focus on the combat and a serious respect for science. This earned the Atomic Rocket's Seal of Approval.

Set in our own solar system 200 years in the future, players are private military contractors (mercenaries) hired by the megacorporations to fight their covert wars for control of the system’s resources.

The Impeller Studios team is led by industry veterans Jack Mamais (MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries, Far Cry, and Crysis) and David Wessman (the X-Wing / TIE Fighter series, Blood Wake, and Saints Row).

We're all hardcore gamers ourselves. We believe games should be skill-based and intrinsically rewarding. And we really like the idea of flying nuclear-powered rockets through the rings of Saturn to engage in explosive high tech mayhem!

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Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Intense Violence - Graphic and realistic-looking physics-based depictions of space combat involving guns, missiles and lasers. Pilots may be killed, but this is never shown.
Language - Mild to moderate use of profanity

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7 processor
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7 processor
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1080
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 25 GB available space

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