Astragon Entertainment and Stillalive Studios is prepping to release their real-time strategy game, Drone Swarm. The sci-fi sim puts players in control of an ark on a mission to find a new planet for humans to colonize. The only defense (and offense) that players have at their disposal is a seemingly innumerable amount of drones that can be used to swarm enemies.
The first gameplay trailer for Drone Swarm gives you an idea of what to expect when it comes to the general strategies and ways in which you can use the drones both defensively and offensively.
The trailer is only a minute long, but it’s long enough to give you an idea of what to expect from the general gameplay loop.
So basically, your task is to keep the Argo alive while making use of 32,000 drones that are individually simulated like swarming particles in order to overwhelm or completely incapacitate attackers.
Additionally, you’ll need to create walls with the drones to stop incoming attacks, or mitigate projectile fire.
Instead of using traditional weapons to blast enemies to pieces, you can use the drones to overwhelm enemies and completely dismantle their craft.
The game’s difficulty scales as you progress through the campaign, requiring you to utilize different strategic tactics to analyze, defend, counter, and neutralize foes. Different enemies will have different attack patterns, defensive strategies, and grouping routines, and so the focus is centers on how you’ll be able to adapt to the enemy strategies like keeping the Argo safe.
I don’t know how well Drone Swarm will scale when it comes to replayablity or post-launch engagement, but at least the concept is spiffy and a developer (an indie one at that) is taking the reigns on what could be considered swarm-AI technology and utilizing it for combat purposes instead of just showing it off for the sake of art (ala Abzu).
You can look for Drone Swarm to launch on PC at some point near the end of 2020. For more information feel free to visit the official website.