A new video from developer Perihelion Interactive demonstrates their sandbox sci-fi strategy RPG The Mandate’s Battle Orchestrator mode. Battle Orchestrator is a holographic simulator that allows players to plan and execute their deep space battles.
In an accompanying press release, Perihelion described the newly announced mode.
This holographic simulator can be paused and returned to at any time, allowing captains to strategically plan out their deep space skirmishes, using any advantages provided by their environment like asteroid cover or line-of-sight. The footage was crafted using the Unity game engine and the speed of ships, their turning rate, the weapon firing rate, etc, are not representative of the final gameplay/pacing.
The Mandate takes place in a dystopian future populated by sprawling empires based on Earth civilisations such as the Russian tsars. You can build your army and crew, explore the galaxy and take on other empires in strategic combat. It's planned for release Q1 2015 on Windows, Mac and Linux.