Industries of Titan - BYG_Andy
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Industries of Titan

Thank goodness for FTL. It’s the most immediate and apparent influence on Brace Yourself Games’ next project, Industries of Titan, a massive change in theme and scope since Crypt of the Necrodancer. The build I played at PAX West focused on Titan’s ship-to-ship combat, but instead of parading around the galaxy, you’re parading around a future dystopia where late-late capitalism allows for all out warfare between corporations, so long as they’re willing to pay the government the appropriate war bonds. 

And besides having the biggest guns, it’s money and efficiency that drive the conflict in Industries of Titan. The flow of combat is almost identical to FTL. Cross sections of two ships appear on screen while little crew members man weapons and cockpits and the like, scrambling to fix the inevitable pileup of disasters. You can pause the action at any time to survey the damage, incoming or outgoing, delegating tasks to individual crew members and targets to weapons. 

But how you deck out your ship is more likely to determine the outcome of a fight than purely your clever tactics. Industries of Titan differs from FTL in that each ship’s interior is completely customizable. Using a grid-based system, you’ll purchase and plant every component long before battle, from the cockpit and medbay to lasers and fuel reserves. Components can’t just go anywhere though. Your crew will need to be able to access every station and component in case they need repairs, and piling up a power generator right next to reserve batteries and fuel might not be the best idea. Weapon-targeting also works on the grid-based system, so if you’re using a large laser that hits four grids in a row, you can conceivably target several contiguous stations (or people) at once. Smart placement is sparse placement, unless you’re rich. 

You ll be able to visit the interior of every building and customize them to increase productivity.

I found out the hard way during my first fight. I placed my fuel and batteries and power generator right next to each other, a big dumb target for my opponent to haphazardly toss lasers at for the next 10 minutes. I only managed to pull through by using my small lasers to simultaneously target their lasers and the crew members firing them. By staunching the flow of hot fire coming my way and the personnel throwing it, I managed to fix my power generator before my own guns went without power and left me a sitting duck. 

I built a new ship for my next battle, spacing out my sources of power and fuel by a few squares so that my opponent could only target one or two components at once. Granted, all that empty space could’ve been filled with more power and more fuel and more guns and more people—a valid strategy—but going in big like that requires a hefty sum of cash. And for your corp to have cash in the first place means taking part in capitalism’s greatest pastime: manufacturing. 

Industries of Titan isn’t just a ship combat game. You can avoid ship combat altogether, I’m told, but none of the city-building is available in the build I played. To spread your influence and increase capital, you’ll need to build interconnected factories and supporting structures. 

Details are scant, but just like ships, you’ll be able to visit the interior of every building and customize them to increase productivity. Imagine a small game of Infinifactory within every structure where you’ll manage a production process by moving around conveyor belts and presses and people in order to squeeze every penny out of every microsecond. It’s a nightmare scenario, but sounds like a grimly satisfying one from up top. 

Industries of Titan’s ship combat may be familiar, but it’s as strategic as FTL, and the grid-based customization system points to a much deeper experience than a quick demo can communicate. How terrifying that I want to exploit the denizens of a cyberpunk dystopia for profit, and that my motive isn’t necessarily the money but the simple satisfaction of arranging guns and fuel and production lines like space furniture. We’ve yet to see or experience the bigger picture Industries of Titan is going for, but what I’ve played so far is gorgeous, relatively easy to grasp, and terribly evil and exploitative fun. 

Releasing sometime in 2019, Industries of Titan is something of a dark mirror reflecting our industrial civilization. I just hope it explores where all that money and control and exploitation eventually leads. 

Industries of Titan - BYG_Andy
I hope you paid your War Bond! Check out this brand new Industries of Titan combat teaser trailer!
Industries of Titan - (Dominic Tarason)

As much as I appreciate Harebrained Scheme’s recent BattleTech game, my robo-tactical heart will forever belong to Square Enix’s Front Mission series. If Crypt Of The NecroDancer studio Brace Yourself Games are trying to win that me over with their turn-based mech game Phantom Brigade, I can say that it’s working better than flowers.

Phantom Brigade has been around for a while. First unveiled in 2016, it was being developed by Tetragon Studios, who have since merged with Brace Yourself. They just released their first trailer, giving us our first peek at its world of future mech warfare and one very big laser rifle. Check it out below, along with a trailer for the studio’s other upcoming game, Industries of Titan.


Industries of Titan

Saturnian colony sim Industries of Titan has received a new trailer, this one showing off the game’s tactical combat system.

The trailer shows the player’s “L2 cruiser” trading fire with a pair of “Dowser Tsunami” frigates over one of the game’s gorgeous, Blade Runner-esque city-scapes. The combat has a somewhat FTL-like structure, with players able to view the interiors of their ships from a top-down perspective, letting them customise its components via a drag-and-drop interface. The system also shows you where laser fire strikes, and the damage done to the respective vessels.

The part of the video that completely blew me away, however, was the moment when the player’s military advisor says “retract the pillars!” and the whole damn city descends underground, protected by dozens of blast doors. One of the city blocks is replaced by a massive ground-to-air cannon, which obliterates the enemy ships. That's impressive.

The video ends with the player seeking aid from “The Council” which hints at the factional politics that developers Brace Yourself Games (formerly of Crypt of the Necrodancer fame), plan to include in the game.

I’ve had my eye on Industries of Titan for some time, though up to this point it’s mainly been because of its splendid aesthetic. This video has raised my expectations of the game enormously, however, if the depth shown in its combat applies to the experience overall.

No release date for Industries of Titan has been announced yet, although it’s reasonable to assume it will drop sometime in 2019.

Industries of Titan - BYG_Andy

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Industries of Titan

Crypt of the Necrodancer developer Brace Yourself Games has announced its new project, which is about as unlike its previous effort as you could imagine. It's called Industries of Titan, and it's an "industrial city building sim/strategy game" set on Saturn's largest moon. 

Industries of Titan promises the usual array of city-building excitement—process resources, keep everyone happy, and nurture a small settlement into a "massive metropolis"—coupled with a competitive strategy game that will pit you against the administrative abilities of other Great Houses. You can outmaneuver or outmuscle them politically, technologically, and/or economically, or you can just blow them into nothingness with your custom-designed battleships. And while you probably can't dance to it, it will feature music by Necrodancer composer Danny Baranowsky. 

Details are short right now, but the screens and teaser throw off a real Blade Runners-meets-Sim City visual vibe, and that alone is enough to grab my interest. A release date hasn't been set but the Steam page says it's "coming soon." 

Industries of Titan - (Alice O'Connor)

The studio behind groovy dungeon crawler Crypt of the Necrodancer have announced their next game, and it is very much not what I’d expect. Industries of Titan [official site] blasts off to the Saturnian moon to build cities, build factories, build an economy, and maybe build warships to deal with rivals in extremely hostile takeovers. Yup, it’s a city-building economy-o-strat-a-war ’em up sort of doodad, and hot dang its industrial cities look ace. Have a peek in the announcement trailer: (more…)


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