UPDATE: The DLC is out now! Trailer at the end of this news post!
The latest DLC for space strategy sandbox Starpoint Gemini Warlords, 'Titans Return', will launch on Steam, GOG and GamersGate later today. The current estimate is at 18:00 BST / 19:00 CEST / 16:00 ET. So, in about an hour. The Titans are the biggest ships in the series and haven't been seen since Starpoint Gemini 2, so their return is kind of a big deal (pun not intended... nah, definitely intended).
Described by developer LGM Games as "and most ambitious piece of content the studio has created", the DLC will boast a brand new storyline that explores the mystery behind the reappearance of the Titans and around 15 hours of new gameplay. The Titans themselves can be used in Campaign and Free-roam. There are four Titans altogether and they're described as having as jump in size and power over the previous game's Titans, which are basically just big ships in Warlords.
The new Titans are called Defiance, Legion, Juggernaut and Prosperity, which will be a free Titan being made available to everyone in a later update. Defiance for example, which can be seen in the pictures below, is described thusly:
"Defiance is an upgraded version of the tactical support vessel from a faction outside of Gemini's borders. Its power lies in providing allied vessels with shield barriers. Shield barriers are generated on friendly vessels in a large radius around the Titan, up to 30% of the value of their respective hulls, with a minimum value of 1000. This special shield absorbs the damage before it is dealt to regular hull or shields."
Legion is part of the Core Worlds Alliance, and it uses "a massive holo-projector to replicate remnants of ships to fight for it". Juggernaut is described as "a wonder of scrapping technologies and hardware parts from all around the Gemini. With a focus on firepower it delivers its punch very quickly to bring an edge to the fight." Prosperity is perhaps the weakest (probably why its free), with an emphasis on commerce and Empire management. LGM says that "it is recommended you bring your battle fleets when engaging hostiles, as Prosperity is weak on its own".
In our review of Starpoint Gemini Warlords, Michael Brown complained about the controls and bugs but also said, "once you get past the obvious issues, underneath the ugly cover is a game that gives you the freedom and space to do what you want. It’s a title that can be engrossing and fun that will literally eat hours of your life away instantly."
Titans Return will steal another 15 hours away at least for you later today, priced $6.99.