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Starship Troopers: Extermination is a pulse-pounding, base-building, objective-grabbing co-op first-person shooter. Join the Deep Space Vanguard, an elite Special Forces branch of the Mobile Infantry, in the fight against the Bug menace and claim victory for humanity!

The deep-space mining colony on Planet Valaka, designation PE-59, has been decimated by the Arachnids—and the Vanguard has been sent in to take it back. As soon as dropship hits dirt, your trusty Morita Assault Rifle, build tool, and fellow Vanguard Troopers are all that will keep you alive while exploring the hostile surface of Valaka.

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Retake and rebuild bases, construct refineries, and complete a variety of other side objectives to wrest control of the map away from the Bug menace. A massive, detailed map with several unique zones adds to incredible replayability, and swarm-based combat with hundreds of enemy Bugs on screen delivers the sense of taking part in an overwhelming planetary struggle!

Choose from the Hunter, Operator, and Bastion classes to best suit your playstyle and support the rest of your squad. Stay in contact with your teammates with the intuitive “Ping” system to call out points of interest, enemies, and more. As you progress, you’ll unlock new weapons, equipment, and perks for each class to become an elite warfighter of the Deep Space Vanguard! Additional customization choices to come as the game develops.

Increasing Bug threat levels during missions bring bigger and more dangerous enemies to the fight and you’re going to need to hunker down to stand a chance. Construct walls, towers, ammo stations, and more using resources acquired from planetside refineries to beat back the Bugs until Fleet can come and get you. At Early Access launch you’ll encounter Drone, Warrior, Gunner, Plasma Grenadier, and Tiger Elite enemy Bugs, with more to come!

Starship Troopers: Extermination is being built alongside the community. With a lower entry price at Early Access launch, we want to encourage Troopers to sign up with the Vanguard. We are boots on the ground with our community, ready to listen, as we take the game from Early Access to a full launch.

Join us on the Starship Troopers: Extermination Discord server!


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Indie of the Year Awards
Editors Choice

Welcome to the Editor's Choice awards for the 2023 Indie of the Year Awards, where we show recognition to the indie games from the past year that we've found to be personally deserving of attention. Ranging from best singleplayer, to best multiplayer and several other specific categories, these games have gone above and beyond to create a unique and engaging experience for players this year.

Best Singleplayer

Amnesia: The Bunker

From: Frictional Games

Anything from Frictional Games is a favorite of ours, going right back to the Penumbra Collection days. They have really perfected atmospheric horror games, which keep you on the edge of the seat, and The Bunker is another great installment in the Amnesia series.

From the Squad to Starship Troopers: Extermination - the Offworld Industries team knows how to much a visceral and fun multiplayer experience. They've had over 10+ years to perfect their craft, and as the hordes of bugs start rolling on in, STE really gets the pulse racing. Great fun to have with mates, binge the movie - then jump in and experience it in first-person mode.

Most Creative

If you had of said a 2D, single player RPG featuring a quirky ensemble of characters deep sea diving would captivate millions of players for 20hours+ I'm not sure anyone would believe you, but that's precisely what the v1.0 release of Dave the Diver has done. This game is made with heart and full of wholesome surprizes, which is precisely what you want from an indie game which doesn't rely on realism or cutting edge graphics to win fans. Worth diving on in ;)

Best Art-Direction

You're probably wondering what the hell are we thinking picking Party Animals for best-art direction, but the reason why, is because party-games is perhaps the most complex genre to create a breakout hit in. You need some serious secret sauce to rise above the competition, and in our eyes, the fun, whimsical styling and animations of all of the puppies, kittens and other fuzzy characters is what gives Party Animals an edge. Everything from the trailers to the promo art is a master class in selling and something we believe a lot of indies could learn from.

Community Award

The OG indie running game was remade, and unlike many remakes which fall short, this hits in all the right places. The music pulses perfectly inline with the gameplay, and the new level builder unlocks infinite possibilities. This is well worth picking up if you played the original, or want to experience a classic runner.

Best VR Game

Dungeons of Eternity

From: Othergate

VR has come a long-long way since the early days, the hardware keeps getting better and the pace of innovation from studios and modders alike is quite astonishing. One of the games which shipped in 2023 we love, is Dungeons of Eternity. Like Blade & Sorcery and other similar titles, there is something ultra satisfying about wielding a sword, throwing axes, stringing a bow and casting magic spells in VR - and this coop/solo play dungeon crawler enables just that.

Best Co-op (Online or Local)

Hard to argue with this one. Lethal Company has really come out of nowwhere, launching during the busiest time of year and leapfrogged over the latest COD and a bunch of other AAA games. What makes Lethal Company so amazing isn't the gameplay (its still in Early Access), but more what you will experience playing this with friends and the proximity audio and other innovation that makes this game a must-play.

Best Gameplay

"Detective stealth" really is the perfect genre to explore deep gameplay, and that's precisely what Shadows of Doubt does beautifully. In 2023 this game became an instant cult classic, with many mysteries to explore and solve to stop a murderer before they strike again. Keeping a low profile and observing the citizens of this sci-fi city is key. If you play your cards right you'll start off feeling like an ordinary detective, and wind up feeling like an extraordinary spy. An experience unlike any other.

Best Narrative

Slay the Princess

From: blacktabbygames

Incredibly well written game, with a moving story, and powerful characters that'll haunt you and challenge your morals. There are so many choices and pathways you must face - and at the end you will have to slay which is easier said then done.

Dive, Build, Survive. Two games featuring deep sea diving on one list, who would have thought! There's just something about the ocean which captures the imagination - and Sunkenland is the latest survival game to grab our attention for long spans of time. Build, craft, trade and fight to survive is all packed together in a satisfying manner, along with jetskis, deep sea caves and plenty more to explore and experience.

For 16 years now since the original release of Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and the ambitious goals of GSC Game World has captivated us, alongside millions of players, and thousands of modders. There is so much incredible content for this game such is the fandom it has built, we highly recommend you venture back into the zone to see whats new, and prepare yourself for the hotly anticipated sequel. We can't wait!

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Which games would you have picked? Let us know in the comments and get ready for the next announcement in a few days, the most anticipated Indies and then the big one soon after that, the Top 10 Indies of 2023.

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