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X-Wing designer launches Kickstarter for Starfighter Inc

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Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the RSA Lazygamer. It’s ongoing mission: To explore the vast depths of space, to boldly go where no man has gone before and to shove a tachyon laser up the exhaust of that other gaming website cruiser. And that’s a skill we honed back in the day. Games such as Starlancer, Wing Commander and the grand sugar daddy of them all, X-Wing, all helped sharpen our ability to nail a moving target. And with space once again proving to be popular, it’s time to start dogfighting again.

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Led by X-Wing veteran David Weissman, Starfighter Inc is a new Kickstarter game that describes itself “World of Tanks meets Counter Strike in space.” The game is looking for $250 000 in funding right now, having already secured over $66 200 with a month left on the crowdfunding clock. There’s certainly a ton of veterans working in the 15-man team behind the game, which includes the likes of Jack “Far Cry” Mamais and Nate “Halo 4” Walpole. “This is the next great space shooter,” Weissman said in the Kickstarter video.

This is the next X-Wing. We want to capture that intense, immersive feeling of being in the cockpit.

“Our hope is that by bringing the game to the Kickstarter community, we can make this dream a reality,” the team wrote on the campaign page.

We spent a lot of time at GDC last year shopping the game around, so we had time to chat in between meetings. Even though we were tired from hours of pitching, one interesting realization emerged from our conversations. The most successful projects we’ve all worked on, both in terms of commercial success and in terms of how we felt about them, were projects that tapped directly into the community.

Right now, the current $250 000 goal will allow the team to create a game that has 16-player online matches, six different ship types, full Newtonian physics, discrete damage models and “pure, unadulterated tactical simulation combat”. The big hook here however, won’t just be in the dogfighting. Players will be able to set up their own corporations in the far-off year of 2230, and control their business entity in the mother of all hostile takeovers.

“Mankind’s final frontier has been destabilized by corporate interests and powerful private military companies,” the plot reads. “The powers that be look to elite mercenary pilots to secure their holdings; violently if need be.”

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Ship customisation also plays a key role, and of course there are stretch goals in place. A $700 000 goal will double the number of active players in a match to 32, while the final, hoo-boy goal of $17 million offers pretty much…everything. $5 is the minimum to back the game, while $15 gets you an early-bird download version when it ships next year August.

SPA-ACE!

Last Updated: May 7, 2015

54 Comments

  1. But can I fly my Reaver?

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 7, 2015 at 09:34

      In space? As a TR soldier I say go for it.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        May 7, 2015 at 09:35

        I see the NC as rebels, and we all know the rebels win in space!

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 7, 2015 at 09:37

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 09:39

            No shields? What are you smoking Private?

          • Hammersteyn

            May 7, 2015 at 09:49

            They use deflector shields to deflect projectiles, maybe it can’t block teleporting? Hence the Enterprise reads it as having no shields?
            *Sticks fingers in ears la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

          • Lord Chaos

            May 7, 2015 at 09:52

            Shouldn’t they at least arm the torpedo first?

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 7, 2015 at 09:53

            You mean like give them pistols? 😉

          • Hammersteyn

            May 7, 2015 at 09:54

            I dunno, I just work there………wait no I don’t. It’s not real.

          • Pariah

            May 7, 2015 at 09:55

            What’s with the constant demotion and promotion? What is happening?!?

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 7, 2015 at 09:56

            Ask Admiral Chief

          • Pariah

            May 7, 2015 at 09:59

            I’m scared to ask him. He might just slow clap again, and I don’t think I can take that kind of rejection.

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 7, 2015 at 10:03

            It’s tough, I know. Took me tests and questionnaires just to get accepted into the Lazygamer inner circle.

          • Pariah

            May 7, 2015 at 10:07

            And some talk about mascara. Don’t worry, we don’t forget. 😀

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 7, 2015 at 10:07

            Haha. Touché

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 10:17

            [Slow clap]

            JK, that was funneh!

          • Lord Chaos

            May 7, 2015 at 10:35

            What circle?

            *Climbs back into square.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 10:37

            Who said you were in?

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 10:37

            You need to repeat the test since your marriage status changed

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 7, 2015 at 10:02

            Who? Oh, you mean Ensign Flunky.

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 7, 2015 at 10:03

            Isn’t it *ensign *flunky ? ;P

          • Hammersteyn

            May 7, 2015 at 10:15

            Admiral is abusing his power…

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 10:17

            Hammer posting very borderline gifs…

          • Hammersteyn

            May 7, 2015 at 10:26

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 10:51

            How many times do I need to remind you that you will never find a wife if you dance like that?

          • Lord Chaos

            May 7, 2015 at 10:52

            Dance? I thought it was dying…

          • Hammersteyn

            May 7, 2015 at 11:07

            That kid has more moves than me. I have one dance move called the tree. You can use your imagination.

          • Brady miaau

            May 7, 2015 at 10:40

            they did. Beam

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 7, 2015 at 11:21

            Actually … they do have shields. Those bulbs at the top of a Star Destroyer are shield generators.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 11:22

            It is riiiight over him

  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 7, 2015 at 09:40

    Zero interest in backing anything on KS that’s MP only. Pass.

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    • Captain JJ Fantasticus

      May 7, 2015 at 09:52

      Oh, I missed that part.
      Yes, I’m passing this one too then.
      No SP, no love.

      Reply

  3. Lord Chaos

    May 7, 2015 at 09:41

    Has space become the new Zombie?

    *Patiently waits for Star Citizen

    Reply

    • Captain JJ Fantasticus

      May 7, 2015 at 09:52

      I want Dinosaurs to become the new zombie.
      I’ve been waiting for years actually.

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      • Lord Chaos

        May 7, 2015 at 09:54

        That would be fucking awesome.

        Sorry for swearing Geoff

        Reply

        • Captain JJ Fantasticus

          May 7, 2015 at 09:55

          Why are you apologizing to Geoff? Is he the only one allowed to swear? ;P

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      • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

        May 7, 2015 at 11:23

        Arma 3 has an awesome Dinosaur mod.

        Reply

  4. Captain JJ Fantasticus

    May 7, 2015 at 09:51

    Yes please. Gimme an X-wing or a B-Wing and I’m good to go.
    Or Slave 1. Just because.

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      May 7, 2015 at 10:02

      Yes. But this is not that.

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      • Captain JJ Fantasticus

        May 7, 2015 at 10:07

        But it must be! 😉

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        • Brady miaau

          May 7, 2015 at 10:13

          But it is not. No X-Wing, Y-wing, Z95 Headhunter, no A-Wing, No Tie Interceptor, Defender or Fighter.

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          • Admiral Chief

            May 7, 2015 at 10:17

            This is me not interested

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 7, 2015 at 10:19

            No thanks then.
            BIG no thanks.
            That Tie Interception though, man oh man

          • Brady miaau

            May 7, 2015 at 10:40

            Well, I base that on the article above. No mention of Star Wars IP

  5. Pariah

    May 7, 2015 at 09:54

    Another one? Really?

    Star Citizen. Elite: Dangerous. Descent. That’s plenty.

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    • BacchusZA

      May 7, 2015 at 10:18

      You forgot No Mans Sky, Eve Valkyrie, and Limit Theory 😉

      I hear you though, we’ve gone from a dearth of space shooter type games to suddenly you can’t go a week or two without another being announced, in 2 years. More choice is always a good thing, but I have an idea the genre has reached saturation point for now, & guys trying to break into it at this point are going to have an uphill battle. Look how close to not making the funding goal it was for Descent, for example.

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      • Pariah

        May 7, 2015 at 10:23

        Yeah, and Descent was a much loved series too. I don’t know how a new IP will fare, especially with the saturation at the moment.

        Also, No Man’s Sky would be awesome, but it’s a PS4 exclusive isn’t it? I had forgotten about it, mostly because of that. It does look amazing though. But with all that in mind, each game covers a certain niche within the genre, and I think they all are covered at this point. There’s not much room for more.

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        • BacchusZA

          May 7, 2015 at 10:46

          NMS is a timed PS4 exclusive I think, & will be hitting the other platforms at some point. At least that’s what I remember having read, but I could be wrong. I have to admit that it’s not a game I’m too interested in though, so I’ve not paid much attention to it.

          Elite Dangerous, on the other hand, is great fun, & I’ve been loving it. It’s a bit thin in terms of gameplay & features at this point, but they’re adding content all the time, so I’m not too fussed about that. And it’s stunningly beautiful, one of the most gorgeous games I’ve ever played.

          Star Citizen I have to say I’m starting to get a bit leary of, despite having thrown around $150 at it. I loved Chris Roberts other games, & I honestly believe that he’s going to give us a good game in Star Citizen. But they’re trying to meet insane expectations from the community, & I can’t see them doing it, no matter how good the game is when they release it. I can’t help but think the shit is going to hit the fan in spectacular fashion when the game goes live.

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          • Pariah

            May 7, 2015 at 10:49

            Yeah I’m not jumping onto any hype train for Star Citizen either, for those exact reasons. I’ll wait and see if and when it’s released if I’m still interested. 🙂

            NMS I will buy though, it sounds epic and I love exploration games. 😀

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 7, 2015 at 11:26

            goign to quote myself from a few months back. “Full 1st person shooter is exactly what we backed you for. Said no Star Citizen backer ever.”

      • Ottokie

        May 7, 2015 at 10:44

        I think everybody has forgotten about No Mans Sky. It took media by storm then just died down, hardly hear about it anymore.

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        • Admiral Chief

          May 7, 2015 at 10:50

          There is a media blackout on the game currently until they have more to show

          Reply

      • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

        May 7, 2015 at 11:24

        Valkyrie is my Oculus Rift game of choice currently.

        Reply

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