Welcome everyone to the launch of Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition!
First off, a big THANK YOU to our Kickstarter backers for being amazing and providing great feedback on our game. We wouldn’t be here without you and this Lightspeed Edition is the result of your support!
We're please to announce Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition!
A community-driven, reworked, rebalanced take on the original game along with new features and content, optimized for faster progression for an action packed adventure on board your favourite starbase.
Out on August 10th, this one’s FREE for all our existing players of course. A big thanks to you, our backers and players for making the galaxy a better place ;)
Here's the official trailer:
And here's a summary of what's in Lightspeed Edition:
Streamlined Campaign greatly speeds up progression and tightens the campaign to an action and adventure packed 12 hrs depending on your play style and pace
Streamlined All Systems for faster progression, including economy, starbase, resources, and officer levelling.
New Officer Progression System with 6 subclasses, 3 Prestige classes, new skill tree, and over 20+ new Prestige/Epic powers.
New Ship Loadout and Config screen will let you customize loadouts (and save them) for your ships just before entering combat
Enhanced Combat includes 25+ new alien faction space combat abilities, more combos for both players and enemies, increased faction weaknesses and resistances, and other balancing tweaks
New UI Overhaul designed for greater readability and usability. Many quality of life enhancements to all areas of the game, too many to list here.
New Difficulty Mode called Vice Admiral and slightly increased difficulty across the board
Update time! We wanted to hop over and give you, our earliest supporters, a bit of a state of the nation update on Halcyon 6 universe.
A bunch of the team is down in San Fran this week for GDC! If you see us, come say hi!
For those of us that stayed back in the Great White (and unseasonably warm) North, we’ll be playtesting our next release:
The Morale Booster! v126.96.36.199 is available now on Steam in the Playing With Fire BETA Branch for any interested parties. Here are the pre-patch notes if you’d like to see what’s included.
And speaking of what’s coming up, we’re closing in on those last few final stretch goals and rewards! The quick and dirty list of remaining features looks something like this:
- Morale System, Counselor’s Room & more random events! (v188.8.131.52 BETA out now!)
- New Officer progression and skill tree system!
- Controller support!
- Mod Tools & Workshop Integration!
- More DLCs!
Backer Reward Update: Goodies!
We’re working our way through fulfillment, folks. Peter completed all the skype design calls in December and January (awesome!) and we’ve just finished up the custom backer portraits. Here’s a round-up of what’s finished, in progress, and what’s next!
1. Unique, detailed, personalized H6 portrait of you in the game style!
DONE! If you are one of these lucky backers, your digital portraits have been delivered by email. If you backed at this level and haven't reached out to us yet with your completed survey and picture: we're ready when you are! We sent another follow up just yesterday with the details but you can also contact us at support[at]massdmg[dot]com if you need the ‘Portrait Layout and Accessories’ form re-sent.
2. Art book depicting the evolution of our art, from earliest concept sketches through to its final, glorious conclusion!
DONE! For the physical books, international copies were shipped February 13th, Canadian copies were shipped February 22nd. The PDF versions are available in Backerkit for download (same process/place the other digital downloads)!
Important note on the international shipping: we've had a couple reports about international backers getting dinged for some outrageous import taxes. While we tried to do what we could on the shipping front to prevent this, each country has their own customs laws and import taxes that we can't control - not to mention customs charging a fee in confusion/error. Hopefully this won't be a common issue, backers. The book only has a value of like $25 USD, if that info can help you get these charges reduced, eliminated.
We've been saying they're close to done forever and it's true, they have been! We've confirmed all the shipping addresses, finalized the printing and now it's just about getting them printed and packaged up for delivery. There were apparently some issues with t-shirt supplier but we’ll stay on top of it. Stay tuned!
4. Papercraft model of the Halcyon 6 Station that you can assemble yourself and hang in your office! (digital OR physical, depending on reward) AND
5. a poster with your personalized character receiving the gruesome space death of your choice!: (digital OR physical and signed, depending on reward)
The papercraft modelling is complete. Not gonna lie, we had a lot of fun making and testing these models. If you're entitled to the PDF version, it will be in Backerkit as a digital download now. Our goal is to bundle the physical papercraft models with Death Art posters where we can.
For the Death Art posters, we'll be using the same emailed, survey-selection process we used for the backer portraits and the in-game credits. As we mentioned in the last few updates, we won't start this process until officer classes and powers are properly locked down in game, so you'll hear from us 'soon' on this front.
And for the Custom Officers reward, we are waiting until we’ve finalized the new officer class and skill tree progression update, then we can have those backers start customizing their officers with those new classes/skills! Basically we're working on this update right after we finalize the Morale Update that's out next week :)
Thanks again for all your support and patience, see you next month with more progress updates!