Starfall Tactics: Next-Gen Space RTS
Starfall Tactics: Next-Gen Space RTS
Create a custom space fleet, lead it into battle and fight for control of the galaxy!
Create a custom space fleet, lead it into battle and fight for control of the galaxy! Read more
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Key Update 5: The Journey Goes On
Key Update 4: The Ship Editor demo has been released!
Key Update 3: Watch the Memories of War trailer.
Key Update 2: Starfall Tactics has been Greenlit in just 9 days!
Key Update 1: Watch the Mothership mode revealed in our latest playtest match.
In a decaying, war-torn galaxy dominated by three rival factions, you can...Adapt to new challenges by customizing and decking out your ships. Evolve your tactics by unlocking new parts and finding rare ship modules. Dominate the battlefield and create a name for yourself among the stars.
- Unprecedented attention to combat and tactics!
- In-depth spaceship customization that allows you to come up with unique builds.
- A persistent galactic map to explore alone or conquer with other players.
As fans of space and sci-fi, our team has played a variety of games -- from classical RTS games to 4X games, as well as traditional wargames.
All of these experiences are great, but the problem is that they usually tend to lean heavily toward one side or the other. One game might have an expansive universe and complex empire management, but primitive combat. Another might have a deep combat system, but there's nothing else besides fighting.
In Starfall Tactics, we want to marry the tactical combat seen in wargames with great visuals and an expansive universe populated by thousands of players -- a universe that you can explore and get lost in.
Combat in Starfall Tactics is designed to provide a tactical experience, down to its most basic elements.
We strive to achieve RTS style combat and controls, while preserving the depth of a wargame.
Things like real-time projectile impact, line of fire, and ship collision have been implemented precisely for this reason: to help you create interesting scenarios on the battlefield.
Every time a spaceship takes damage to its structure, there’s a chance that one of its components may fail or be destroyed. The closer a component is to the point of impact, the higher the chance it will fail.
In Starfall Tactics, every vessel can be equipped with a module that grants a certain skill or utility. This can completely change the way you interact with a ship and its abilities.
Take, for example, two modules: Cloak System that grants invisibility, and the self-explanatory Self-Destruction. Load them up into a couple of smaller, low-cost ships -- and voilà! You now have a team of invisible kamikaze bombers.
Everything in Starfall Tactics, from the hull of your ship down to the individual engines, is created using blueprints. Players can easily customize and outfit vessels, adapting their tactics for a variety of situations.
Depending on the loadout, a single spaceship can perform a variety of tasks. Build whatever fits your strategy best: quick, agile scout ships, heavy defensive cruisers, support ships, assault carriers and many other vessel types.
Customization also extends to fleets, which can level up and take on a variety of roles -- depending on the situation at hand.
Every choice matters: the diverse range of tools directly influences your strategy against opponents and allows you to create truly unique fleets.
In Starfall Tactics, your fleet embodies you: the player. It is a symbol of status and power that is easy to grasp and appreciate.
It seems only logical to give you the option to change the visual style of your spaceships.
Most of us at Snowforged are fans of tabletop wargames, so we wanted to preserve the feeling of ‘physicality’. Instead of applying some mysterious filter, players use different colors of paint for their spaceships. Paint can also have other properties, such as a flat or matte finish and varying surface roughness.
We also plan to provide epic skins for certain spaceship models. These skins will not be just a simple paint job -- but rather, they will change the model’s shape, as well as add custom parts and detail.
The core experience in Starfall Tactics is split into two main modes. The Quick Game and Ranked Game options provide for short, intense matches that last 10-20 minutes, similar to a quick game in a competitive RTS.
Then there is the Galaxy Conquest mode.
Imagine a persistent galactic map inhabited by warring factions, pirates, mercenaries and various NPCs. Just like in most 4X games, players have a single starship representing their fleet on the map - an avatar via which they interact with the world.
In Starfall Tactics, you are able to experience the galactic map with its assortment of content as a solo or co-op experience.
The map is divided into several sections that consist of safe zones, faction locked territories and neutral regions. There is a variety of activities to undertake here: from trading, discovering new planets and mining asteroids to carrying out assignments given out by your faction's officers.
Sadly, no amount of content is enough to capture the feeling of a universe that is real and alive. This is also true for most traditional 4X games, which tend to get repetitive over time.
In Starfall Tactics, we plan to prevent this by allowing thousands of players, each with their own agenda, to interact on the galactic map.
Those brave enough to venture outside of civilized space will earn bigger profits and gain access to most rewarding missions and raids.
In these lesser explored areas, players run clans that can take ownership of different sectors and conquer outposts. Every object in the Outer Regions provides certain benefits to its owner, so clans will have to fight each other for precious territory, forge alliances and do anything to ensure their survival.
Regardless of clan size, the outcome of any battle is decided via an instance-based, team vs. team match. This will help prevent a typical problem in MMOs, where a large alliance dominates the map through sheer numbers.
Win by using sheer power, cunning strategy, diplomacy or back-stabbing. This is YOUR chance to become a local authority and control your own corner of the galaxy.
Starfall Tactics will not be a game that you have to buy in order to play. Instead of charging a premium price for a niche game, we want to drop the price barrier completely and welcome new players to the genre.
As soon as our Kickstarter went live, we had players messaging us and saying that they love the idea behind the game, but that free to play makes them uncomfortable.
We couldn't agree more.
The free to play model, as most of us have come to know it, has traditionally been associated with a less than stellar experience, uninspired game mechanics and an overpowering influence of a cash-shop.
But that was over 10 years ago and things change over time.
Today, we get to enjoy a variety of awesome experiences that don’t require an upfront payment. Games like Hearthstone, Warframe, Heroes of the Storm and many others have shown that free to play games can be fun and rewarding, without compromising on quality.
We plan to take a page from trading card games like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone.
These games rely on booster packs - a package of cards or figurines, designed to add to a player's collection.
At the start of your game in Starfall Tactics, you will be offered a selection of regular blueprints that can be used to build spaceships and craft the necessary equipment.
You can get more blueprints by winning matches, doing PvE missions, participating in in-game events, as well as spending in-game currency or real money on booster packs.
At Snowforged, we believe that being generous to players is essential for the long-term success of Starfall Tactics.
Rather than holding back on booster packs, we plan to give them out to players on a regular basis, over the course of the game. It is our hope that this will encourage players to use and purchase booster packs more frequently and enjoying doing so, rather than treating them as some sort of commodity.
We also believe that if you, our players, enjoy the game, then you are much more likely to tell your friends about it. In this case, trying to immediately force monetization would be detrimental to our long-term goals.
And that's the philosophy that we plan to follow. We will be providing options like a premium subscription, as well as vanity items. But the goal will always be the same: providing more choices for players, rather than selling power directly.
Why wait when you can play the game early? You will have an opportunity to explore the game, learn some of its nuances and get better before the general public will get its hand on it.
As a bonus, you are guaranteed an invite to the Beta tournament hosted by Snowforged Entertainment. Try your hand at defeating fellow beta-testers and earn even more cool rewards and prizes!
Please note that current ETA for beta is early 2016. We will be updating backers on timelines as soon as humanly possible.
Not only can shields protect you from enemy fire and sarcasm, they can also make you look cool! Make your fleet stand out on the battlefield by equipping this bad boy and showing everyone that style is just as important as fire power.
The Vanguard didn't arrive at their trademark crimson look overnight. Some of their artistic experiments are more…extravagant than others.
Nicknamed «the green scourge», these toxic-looking spaceships are what happens when you go through a pH-acidic gas cloud while covered in Scarlet-0E86. Illegal in most civilized regions of the galaxy, this custom paint job is guaranteed to turn a few heads.
Already have a favorite spaceship in Starfall Tactics? Discover how it was created, starting at the drawing board and going all the way down to the finalized 3D model that you see in-game.
In this Digital Artbook, you will find early concepts, production art, notes about the game's lore, as well as comments by our artists explaining their approach to the creative process.
Become part of the team and play the game during the most crucial stage of development - alpha.
Share your thoughts on the forums and enjoy a higher impact from your feedback. Or simply enjoy building game-breaking fleets and indestructible spaceships!
Hero Ships are rare modifications of existing ships in Starfall Tactics. Not only do they look different from their regular counter-parts, but they also boast different hard point layouts and in some cases, unique modules and loadouts.
The Hammerhead prototype serves as an upgrade over the standard Durendal-class vessel used by the Vanguard and boasts enhanced defenses that can withstand massive amounts of damage.
Wisdom may be better than gold, but who says you can’t have both? Feel like a true oligarch or a CEO of a huge multinational as you roll up in your gold-plated spaceship.
Follow three protagonists from different factions as they learn about project «Starfall» and discover the biggest cover-up this side of the Milky Way in this fully colored 12+ page adventure.
What would a wargame be without figurines? Get your wargaming hat on and bring a spaceship from Starfall Tactics into reality!
Tactical team packs are specialized groups of 2-5 spaceships that have a certain synergy among them. Be it complementary modules, loadouts that work well together or shared history, these teams have a distinct purpose on the battlefield.
The Lucky Undead - formerly elite soldiers of the Deprived, warriors turned mercenaries. The death cries of the guilty are like music to their ears.
“It is better to travel well than to arrive” - Buddha. Listen to this ancient wisdom and leave a blazing path for others to follow!
As you explore the galaxy, you will encounter many planets and stars. Submit a name for one of these celestial bodies and leave a mark on the game world. Some of these planets will be conquerable by player clans and nothing beats the feeling of owning a planet that you've given a name to.
Names are subject to creative review. Maintaining consistency with the feel and tone of the game world is important to us.
Feel like a VIP and enjoy our premium subscription that grants an assortment of booster packs every month, higher rewards from matches and other bonuses.
Be the envy of your friends and peers as your initials or in-game name will be engraved on one of the available ship hulls. These hulls will be included in booster packs alongside regular ship blueprints.
Name your favorite spaceship after your beloved pet? Check. Name a vessel in honor of your friend? Check. Seeing the look on your friend’s face as you roll out a ship with his girlfriend’s name on it - priceless ;)
In-game names are subject to creative review.
The official Starfall Tactics T-shirt is guaranteed to dazzle the crowds. And, unlike the laser turrets equipped on your spaceship, it will spare those around you from meeting an untimely end.
Add your voice to Starfall Tactics with the help of our team!
After the Kickstarter campaign, we'll send out a list of available lines. You get to pick one, record it and send it over. Our team will then engineer it into the game, applying cool filters where appropriate.
Please keep in mind that the quality of the recording has to be of an acceptable level, so that our team can successfully implement it in the game.
It’s dangerous to go into space alone, so how about some companions?
In Starfall Tactics, players will be able to hire captains and assign them to one of their space fleets. These fleets can then be sent on various missions across the galaxy, netting you various resources and rewards.
To interact with captains on a more personal level, our team will help you create one using your photo as reference. After the Kickstarter campaign, we'll send you a survey via which you can submit a photo, come up with a name for the captain, as well as write a short back-story. The captain will then be added to the pool of candidates available for hire to you and other players.
Captain name and back-story are subject to creative review. Maintaining consistency with the feel and tone of the game world is important to us.
Have a cool idea for a module that can really mess with your opponents? How about a neat trick you always wanted to see implemented in a space game?
Well, this is the reward for you!
After the Kickstarter campaign, we'll send out a survey via which you will be able to submit up to three ideas for modules, along with references. Our team will review and enhance these ideas, with the aim of successfully integrating them into the game.
It is very important for our team to preserve fairness and keep game balance in check. We reserve the right to adapt and modify the original idea in order to successfully integrate it into the game.
For the more artistically inclined or simply for fans of awesome drawings! An exclusive 1 on 1 collaborative session with our artist, D.van.
Participate in a 1-hour Skype session, where you get to pick a favorite ship in Starfall Tactics and discuss the theme of the image. D.van will use your description to create a digital drawing. A copy of this image with a personal note from the team will be printed (18" x 24") and shipped directly to you. You also get a digital wallpaper with the image to keep as cool reminder. Worldwide shipping included.
Do you have something big in mind? Something as big and grandiose as a spaceship, perhaps?
Participate in a 1-hour Skype session and work with our team to design a brand new ship that will appear in Starfall Tactics! We'll work with you to create the visuals, as well as pick a ship class, name and loadout. Your thoughts and ideas will transform into a magnificent vessel that will be coveted by players from all corners of the galaxy.
An image of the finalized ship with a personal note will be printed as a poster (18" x 24") and shipped directly to you. Worldwide shipping included.
You have ideas. We have the resources and more importantly, a team that is willing to listen.
First, take part in an internal developer playtest - just you and the team. Afterwards, participate in a design session over Skype and give your feedback directly to the team.
Share your thoughts on how we can improve the game and tell us more about your ideas on what could really make Starfall Tactics amazing.
THIS IS IT. Your heroic (or evil) likeness will forever be immortalized in Starfall Tactics as a leader of one of the three factions that players get to choose at the start of the game.
Faction leaders are an essential part of the lore and the main drivers of conflict in the game’s universe. Essentially, your image will help shape an experience for all players of your chosen faction.
An epic picture of you commanding your loyal troops will be printed as a poster (18" x 24") and shipped directly to a specified address. Worldwide shipping included.
We proudly support the Kicking it Forward initiative!
Our team has been working on the game full time for about eight months. Just two months in, we held our first playtest with external testers.
The feedback we received just blew our minds. Despite the game being so early in development, most testers felt really positive about Starfall Tactics. They also provided a lot of feedback that we used to the further improve the game.
As we've been preparing for our first alpha test, we realized that Starfall Tactics could be bigger than a regular session-based game.
Our ideal vision of a game has all of the depth of a tactical multiplayer title and combines that with a living, breathing galaxy. This vision is ambitious and scary at the same time. It needs a world that players get to shape and conquer, all wrapped around tactical combat and solid gameplay.
To realize this vision, Starfall Tactics needs a lot of good content: more ships, more modules, voiceovers for different units, PvE missions, even a brand new alien faction.
We have secured enough funds that would allow us to release Starfall Tactics as a multiplayer, session-based game -- regardless of whether or not our Kickstarter campaign is successful.
But that would be just a tiny slice of what the game can really offer.
Hiring additional help will help us get the game done faster and provide more content and a deeper experience overall.
With your help, Starfall Tactics can become be the best game it can be -- without compromising on content or features.
Risks and challenges
As you know, game development can be tough. Grueling, in fact.
There's a lot to consider, especially in an online game - mechanics, game balance, in-game economy, servers, code optimization, etc. Making sure that all of these parts work efficiently and cohesively is challenging.
However, most members of our team have an extensive background in professional software development. In fact, two of our programmers have worked on complex projects and wrote server management software that has been used by over 3.5 million people.
This is a first entertainment software project for this studio, but we are confident that our professional approach and expertise in the field of software development will greatly aid our work on Starfall Tactics.
Our goal is to be transparent about the development process and the progress we make on the game. Hopefully, we share the same goal - to create the best space game experience possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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