Currently seeking funds through a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter with less than a week to go, Riveted Games’ Lightspeed Frontier is a space sim centered around collecting parts, building your own spaceship and going on an adventure throughout the known (and unknown) galaxy.
Lightspeed Frontier is described as being able to build your own ships just like Lego pieces and then equipping them with various weapons and battling others out there in the far reaches of space. The trailer below does a really good job of quickly summarizing what the gameplay is like, and even showcases some of the ship designs you can utilize, one of which includes the U.S.S. Enterprise.
After building a ship you can proceed to go on a number of different missions, as outlined in the video above. This includes hauling cargo across the sector, fighting with renegade NPCs, and investigating derelicts.
The modular ship design enables gamers to pick and choose their weapons, parts and equipment, making the kind of ships that both suit their aesthetic and utilitarian desires. Some of you might be wondering “What makes this any different than Space Engineers?” and the proper response is “Well, it’s designed so just about anyone can run it.”
The big difference between Space Engineers and Lightspeed Frontier is that the latter is designed to be more low-end, so gamers don’t have to worry about burning out the GPU loading in a space station.
In addition to ship building, quests and galaxy trekking, there are also various factions and corporations to interact with, each with their own ship designs, goals and missions. If this sounds like it could be a cool concept to you, there is a playable demo available over on IndieDB. You can download the demo right now to get an idea of what the gameplay is like.
Lightspeed Frontier has already been Greenlit for Steam, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not it’s approved to appear on the Steam store. If you feel as if this is something you might want to contribute to, you can learn more by visiting the Kickstarter page.
If things go according to plan, Riveted Games should have Lightspeed Frontier up and out by December, 2016.