New studio Crackdown Games' Shallow Space is a space combat RTS in the grand tradition of titles like Homeworld, and it's been Greenlit only six days after appearing on the service.
If, like me, you've never quite got over the masterpiece that was the Homeworld series, this could be right up your alley. Soaring electronic score, vast scale, plenty of explosions and, apparently, a "thrilling backstory with a vivid timeline". Yes please.
"I'm blown away by the reaction to the Shallow Space concept and footage", says James Martin developer and Crackdown Games founder."It's awesome to see so many gamers sharing our vision for a great sci-fi RTS after months of work. 16 million gamers use Steam (myself included) and I’m very proud to join the title’s on there."
Like Homeworld, the game splits your space navy into Capital ships, Cruisers, Frigates and Wings, wings being made up of either single-pilot fighters or bombers. You'll be able to customise your various ships and make use of a larger, more powerful capital vessel that houses your resource collectors and ship production facilities.
There's a grand map which you'll have to patrol and defend, alongside more scripted story missions and random encounters. All those impressive naval battles are rendered using the Unity 3D engine. For a title in pre-alpha it's looking very, very promising.
Clearly too early for any release date plans yet, but you can check Shallow Space, and check out a whole bunch of gameplay and dev videos on the game's . Definitely one to keep an eye on.over at IndieDB for the latest on