Engineer spaceships, compose fleets and command them in in real-time battles. All ships are completely defined by their module composition. Achieve victory with brilliant command on the battlefield and by engineering it into your fleet.
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Jun 10, 2017
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early access allows us leverage community feedback for maturing existing aspects of the game's design such as module balance. The community will also have significant influence on prioritization and design of new major features such as campaign gameplay and content.
Funds from early access sales will also be used to commission graphical and audio assets from freelance artists.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We hope to finish adding currently planned major features and content in about a year, after which the game should be ready for full release.”

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

“Planned new features include:
  • A relatively simple survival sandbox "overworld" with persistent fleet.
  • Battle sandbox mode that allows free spawning and manipulation of ships.
  • Some completely new module types and more powerful variants of existing types for large ships.
  • Steam workshop integration for sharing ships, fleets, levels etc.
  • Online leaderboards for challenge levels.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All currently implemented features, such as fleet battle gameplay and ship editor, are already mature and technically stable. Upcoming features will mostly expand the game in new directions.”

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

“The initial price is set relatively low to help kickstart a playerbase needed for community interaction. We plan to gradually raise the price as we ship new content and features.”

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

“The community can provide their ideas for features and comment on design plans of game mechanics. Prioritization of features and content will be influenced by voting and discussions.”
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Workshop support

Already has Steam Workshop integration for sharing ship designs. More features are in the works.

About This Game

Battlefleet Engineer is a game about smart ship design, fleet composition and tactical control in real-time battles. Fully physics-based movement, detailed damage model, and ship resource system make designing ships an engineering puzzle where you need to compromize between maneuverability, defence and firepower. This leads to interesting emergent behaviors and specialized ship designs that counter others, providing endless combinations and possibilities. In the battles you need to choose and time your engagements carefully, exploiting your fleet's advantages against the enemy and countering theirs.

If you are more casually inclined, the game comes with a library of ready-made ship designs to use in randomized and custom battles. You can be watching ships tear each other apart or flying around shooting at enemies yourself with just a few clicks.

Features


  • RTS-style battles with up to dozens of ships per side. Doesn't include building of units or resource management mechanics.
  • Ships are made of and entirely defined by their modules. The modules such as generators, thrusters, weapons, armor etc. form the structure and define the behavior of the ship. Ships can have anywhere between 5 to over 1000 modules.
  • Detailed damage model that simulates armor plates and tracks damage to armor segments and each module individually. Ships can get partially disabled and split in two. Projectiles can penetrate or ricochet from armor then pass through multiple modules or whole ship, shields are volumetric instead of simple barriers etc.
  • Ship and level editors. Create new ship designs and levels from scratch or by editing any that come with the game using in-game editors.
  • No-cheating Newtonian physics. All movement is driven by forces from thrusters and other actuators, and there is no friction or dampening. Ships and other objects are simulated as rigid bodies with accurate collision geometries and inertia.
  • Ship resource system. Most modules have a single function such as power generation or heat dissipation. The resource system gathers, stores and distributes resources such as electricity, heat and fuel between modules on every frame. This makes the ships' fire rate, shields and maneuverability dynamic.

Gameplay


Designing efficient (or wacky) ships is an important part of the game, but it is not required. Setting up random and custom battles is made easy, and your ships have basic combat AI so the game can also be played very casually. During battle you can also take full or partial control over any one of your ships to fly them manually, fire weapons etc.

You can design and test ships, then use them in premade challenge levels that give a score when completed, or in custom battles where you define the fleets and level parameters. The game is single player only against a combat AI in independent battles. Progression mechanics from battle to battle are not yet implemented.

To defeat your enemy, you will need to keep on top of the rapidly evolving combat situation and select targets for your ships based on weapon ranges, maneuverability and defences of both your own and the enemy ships. Positioning and timing of engagements is important because different weapons have very different effective ranges and ships usually only have heavy armor at the front. Keeping your fleet close together maximizes your concentrated damage output, but risks getting surrounded by the enemy. Using specialized ships such as "tanks" and "snipers" effectively can often decide the outcome of the battle.

Current content


  • Over 35 premade ship designs.
  • 12 handmade challenge levels. These include fleet design challenges for different kinds of battles, tactical fighting using a single ship, and flying with manual control through obstacle courses.
  • 13 distinct module types (+variants), each with specific purpose.
  • 5 distinct weapon types.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: 4th generation Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated GPU with 1GB memory
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 or higher recommended.

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