Starship Troopers - Terran Command launches later this year and publisher Slitherine has shared more details about its 21-mission story campaign and gameplay, while also revealing some of its additional skirmish modes.
Starship Troopers - Terran Command's 21-mission story campaign begins with an event all too familiar to fans of the series: the attack on Klendathu. Following a desperate retreat, players end up on the desert planet of Kwalasha. Beneath its harsh surface lie rich mineral deposits vital in the Federation's fight for survival.
But, soon enough, the Arachnids show up, endangering both the local population and the Federation's efforts as a whole. Starting as a platoon leader, you'll travel to different locations across the planet, squashing bugs, losing soldiers, and gaining experience.
"Dismemberment, splats of bodily fluids and flying fragments, horrified screams, and flailing, crawling bodies will be the norm," the publisher notes in a press release. While you will be ruthlessly slaughtering swarms of virtually endless bugs, your soldiers aren't as endless. That's why you'll mainly have to approach battle with a defensive mindset, even when heading out into the desert to destroy hives.
The use of choke points and elevation numbers diminish the opponent's numerical advantage. Intersecting fire zones alongside smart use of your units' special weapons and abilities further improves the amount of damage you can deal.
Capturing Radio Outposts is key for expansion in Starship Troopers - Terran Command. They enable you to construct buildings at set points around your base which, in turn, let you recruit more troops and improve their equipment. You'll want to hold onto these outposts, as they also server the role of transport hubs, allowing you to quickly respond to threats emerging at different points across the map.
Starship Troopers - Terran Command's story campaign paces its missions using scripted moments that respond to your progress. Exploration is also encouraged. The Arachnids have a couple of tricks up their metaphorical sleeves, too, being more than able to counter-attack and perform raids.
The single player real-time strategy game's story and units are inspired by both the original movie and its sequels. Infantry squads equipped with Morita Assault Rifles and MX-90 Fragmentation Grenades might form the bulk of your troops, but you'll have to diversify if you're looking to survive. Rocket Troopers provide an explosive solution for the infestation while Engineers bolster your defensive positions with machine guns, minefields, and barricades.
Technology unlocks E-Pulse rifles, TAC Fighter airstrikes, heavy Marauder mechs, and even bug ichor that you can spray across the battlefield. Yum. The game's skirmish modes then "allow the player to test the knowledge and skills they have built up during the Campaign on specifically designed maps." While the publisher didn't share specific details about them, Advanced Skills Tests, Survival, and Kill Count are three of the ones available at launch.
Slitherine has also informed us that they will be hosting a live demonstration of Starship Troopers - Terran Command ontoday, at 17:00 GMT UK time, which is at 09:00, Pacific Time (PT).
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