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A freeform space-based realtime strategy game where the player controls groups of starships and fighters. The game is built around a starmap which the player must rid of all enemy ships, while completing storyline and side missions. During this quest, stations around the map can be used to purchase ships, weapons and modules. The enemy will be trying to seize control of your stations, and take the sector for themselves. Through a variety of missions, you must capture stations and push forward until the Dust Zone is safe once again.

RSS Dev Blog #14: Bring The Rain

Sometimes you just want that cruiser out of your sky, and you want that to happen yesterday. Dust Fleet is here to help you out.

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You ever have one of those days when a hostile cruiser is all up in your face and you just want it gone? The inhabitants of the Dust Zone sure do, and that's why they've developed the Hyperspace Support Network.

Liberating these space stations is all well and good, but what help is it when you've got to move onto the next one? Actually, quite a lot. Once a station is under your control, it can be accessed in the Outfitting screen just like any other ship in your fleet. You can add weapons to it so it can defend itself the next time the bad guys come calling...

Space station blowing up a ship

...and you can also add modules to it. In addition to the usual ship modules, stations have the capacity to fit support modules. These don't provide help in the local battlespace, but that's okay, because that's not where you need them.

Once you move onto the next hub on the map, any allied stations on a connected hub will make those support modules available to you. The wormhole connecting your battlespace with the station's becomes a powerful weapon. Remember that hostile cruiser I mentioned? Well now imagine there's twelve, and you could do with a little help thinning the herd.

Hyperspace bombers on an attack run

Currently, a few support modules are planned, each with various strengths and weaknesses. The system is pretty flexible and I've got ideas for plenty more. See if you can figure out what they are from these icons (clue: one of them is the bomber strike that you're seeing above).

Three of the ability icons

It's important to note that the supports are not all-powerful win buttons. For example, the bombers are vulnerable to anti-fighter fire, and they can only come from the wormhole that leads to the specific module. The modules are designed to be an advantage, but not an unfair one.

In order for the bombers to be clearly visible to the player, I've created a new larger fighter that's designed for solo travel through hyperspace, something regular fighters can't do. I'll leave you with a few views of that.



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Here's an early animation of the bombers, using the smaller stand-in model.

Bomber strike

Until next time, spacers!


Fantastic work!!

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Really nice!

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something that popped up in my mind as im watching the bombers attack the station:

all missles landing in the very same spot looks kinda weird, maybe have weapons target random points on the surface of vessels?

would look a lot better i think.

just a thought :)

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DiscoJustice Author

Quite right - it's something I've thought about. The engine does have support for more than one "target point", but these need to be manually defined, and on something as big as the station can cause problems with the range calculations. Something to figure out!

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