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DreadChase is a 6 degrees of freedom combat/stealth game set in space. You are protecting your warp-capable base from a massive hostile armada that is searching for you. If the hostile fleet gets close enough and detects your base then they will lay siege to it. To survive you must stay ahead of them, disrupting enemy outposts, stealing crucial supplies and trying to outrun their ships. Survive long enough and you may be able to identify vulnerabilities in the pursuing fleet! DreadChase is balanced by consequences instead of scarcity. Attacking hostile forces and structures in a direct assault can prove effective yet will provoke a dangerous response. Sneaking around with minimal thruster correction and disrupting subsystems can be equally effective though difficult to execute. DreadChase accommodates a wide range of playstyles in catering for both full covert and overt gameplay.

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The demo consists of a single scenario where you have a small hostile base nearby that you can eliminate. The warp drive on your base is crippled yet the stealth field is intact, so the bad guys will not find you immediately. In the demo you are not able to repair warp drive failures, you are trapped. I wanted people to see what coming under siege is like when your base is discovered. With no way to escape to other destinations/dimensions your pursuers will find your base. The hostile base is on the small side and represents the level of threat you face early on in a campaign. The demo only has low tech military hostiles yet they are still dangerous in numbers.

While the hostiles do not know your position unless you are spotted by radar/scans/flares, they do coordinate searches and investigate disturbances. Mastering stealth mode (pseudo cloaking) via gliding and avoiding collisions will help you tremendously. Hit and run attacks, diversions and sneaking around will help your survivability. While you can go around guns blazing, smashing through doors and tearing up the place doing so has consequences, causing bases to marshal reinforcements and arranging search patterns near your last known location. Hacking is a very powerful capability that can turn the tide in your favour, with a wide range of different subsystems that can be targeted.

I consider playable demos to be important for many reasons, not least of which is showing that the developer is confident in the quality of the product. A demo can convey far more than a video ever could, as you can get a feel for the control scheme, performance, compatibility and elements of the gameplay. This is amplified for games with exotic premises and unique gameplay like this one.

I have held back most of the content for the upcoming full release. The demo is a representative slice of the gameplay, a balance struck between not wanting to overwhelm players while simultaneously wanting to surprise them.

See you at PAX Australia next month :D

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MischiefMaker Nov 16 2013 says:

Cripes, the demo for this game is like a Lamborghini with one flat tire. It would be incredibly awesome save for one fatal flaw that cripples the whole thing: the mouse steering.

Why in the name of all that is holy did you make two independent reticules in this game, and then make the non-steering one the default? I'm at a loss for any use of an independent pointer that couldn't be covered just as adroitly by having the firing reticule pull double duty. As it is it's such an awkward pain trying to steer in combat that it ruins the entire experience.

Please tell me the demo is out of date and this has been fixed in the final product.

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intergang Nov 24 2013 replied:

Options options options, there can never be enough in the controll section for any type of simulator game. Bad controlls can make a fantastic game suck major balls.

Options options options.

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MischiefMaker Nov 14 2013 says:

Is there some way to switch the pointer/steer controls to a toggle instead of having to hold down right?

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d10sfan Sep 11 2013 says:

Any chance of Linux support?

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essjaydubdub Creator
essjaydubdub Sep 6 2013 says:

I've added a video explaining some of the game concepts. It is similiar in content to what I was demonstrating live at PAX Australia.

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essjaydubdub Creator
essjaydubdub Jun 24 2013 says:

I've released another update for the demo. Improved mouse sensitivity, more responsive ship controls and the hacking display has been improved. Thanks for the feedback :D

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essjaydubdub Creator
essjaydubdub Jun 21 2013 says:

I uploaded a new version of the demo installer to the dreadchase website. I have added inertial brakes and made the tutorial text easier to read.

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gamehitzone Jun 18 2013 says:

Looks like Pyrotechnica by Psygnosis. Were you inspired by this game?

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essjaydubdub Creator
essjaydubdub Jun 18 2013 replied:

I never got to play Pyrotechnica. I would list elements of Descent, System Shock and Thief as inspirations.

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gamehitzone Jun 19 2013 replied:

You know, Pyrotechnica and your game look like twins:) If you never seen that game, try this video Youtube.com

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BloodyThorn Nov 12 2013 replied:

You're right, it's striking. I'd play either of them. I'm Certainly adding on the tracking list.

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