Co-operative sandbox RPG The Mandate features an ambitious mix of space combat and RTS ship-boarding gameplay, and developers Perihelion Interactive have released screenshots and a video showing off exactly what your squad of badass space marines might look like.
In an accompanying press release Perihelion also confimed that thanks to the successful Kickstarter campaign, they've been able to add in further content. Ole Herbjørnsen, Executive Producer, said:
"It’s fantastic that we reached our first two stretch goal funding targets before our original Kickstarter campaign ended earlier this month, meaning that away missions on planets and starbase boarding operations will be included within the final game. We’re currently looking into how we will implement this, and are discussing two types of away missions: the classic Star Trek-style as well as more elaborate small-scale skirmishes between armies."
The Mandate see players taking over a single ship, guiding their crew through a galaxy-wide war. The game's website goes into more detail as to what gamers can expect.
You will start with a single ship and must assemble a fleet to defeat the rebellion. Coordinate fleet and boarding actions simultaneously, striking the enemy on two fronts for maximum effect. In captured star systems, you may design, research and construct your own star bases and ships, recruit and equip your troops with advanced weaponry, and negotiate alliances in intense roleplaying encounters.
The game made over $700,000 in a very successful Kickstarter run that ended earlier this month, and is planned for release in early 2015.