Space - ever the final frontier, but also nothing short of a great backdrop for a sci-fi pirate game, wouldn't you agree? Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows is one such game; a turn-based role-playing title where players take control over a small, large or perhaps moderately-sized band of outlaws to fight their way across the galaxy. A rags to riches story in the making? Perhaps, but we'll leave that discussion for some other time.
Set in the world already established by the original Ancient Frontier, this standalone expansion is going to showcase a different side of this universe - one where it's not all that obvious who's right and who's wrong, and where notions of morality are perhaps best left uninfringed upon. Essentially, the developer is hoping to feature a whole new perspective that's not necessarily evil, but most certainly is different from what some might expect.
For this standalone expansion of Ancient Frontier, the developers promise to deliver a full campaign featuring at least 20 story missions, more than 50 procedurally-generated side missions, dynamic turn-based combat scenarios, the ability to fiddle with both your ships and your crew so that you outfit them as you see fit, randomised events to spice things up and a lot of other exciting things to look forward to.
Players can also expect a considerably large playing field, with varied maps to fight across, a layer of strategic resource management that includes maintaining and operating weapons systems and abilities and a whole new tech tree to push your fleet through.
The story is set to follow a recently freed convict by the name of Rogan Harker, who is now intent on finding his old friends and pushing back the overbearing Federation in both open combat and guerilla operations alike.
Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows will also include The Crew and Quests and Events - two free DLCs that the developers used to expand upon their first title. With that, Steel Shadows is looking to be quite something when it's finally out, with the only release date currently offered being that of Summer 2018.