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July 14, 2017

Mid of July is a right time to do something great. So, while we are secretly preparing great things, you can enjoy our weekly post which shows how the work is going on other game aspects we talked about in recent articles ;)

Message Beacon


The next space structure to enter Starfall Tactis is a Message Beacon. Created more for your fun, than for any profit in open space, this tiny (compared to other buildings) things are here to let you leave a "message in the bottle".

As we mentioned in one of the latest articles, to build a Message Beacon you don't need a lot of resources and also it doesn't have any maintenance costs, as most other space structures do. Instead it has a limited life-time and can't be destroyed manually - just choose a right system and hex to place it and make sure you leave a meaningful message: other players are able to "like" and "dislike" it, which directly affects it's life time.

Note that Message Beacons are not available in the game right now and might be not implemented in the closest test.

Available in the game: Detachment bonuses and Ship Progression


Detachment bonuses are one of the things we announced long ago, but haven't got a chance to add into the game until a certain moment. And now it finally available and is almost fully functional - only some slight improvements left to give it a finishing touch. Here you can see how it looks in the game:

As you can see, there are several bonuses available for each detachment:

  • Speed - determines how fast you move across the Galaxy Map.
  • Cargo - increases storage area for all qualifying ships in detachment.
  • Fuel - increases maximum amount of fuel for your fleet, which lets you travel for a longer distance.
  • Vision - increases your fleet vision radius in star systems.
  • Cloaking - decreases your visibility for all hostile ships, so enemy ships should get closer to you than usual to see your fleet.

Ship progression is another thing we talked about in details previously, which, step by step, takes its place in the game. First of all, it got a nice menu and a lot of special icons for each Mod (bonus) you can get through these Mods trees:

Mod trees are already available for the biggest part of ships of playable factions - so, there is a huge chance that during next tests you will be able to partly try it. Of course, many things should be adjusted and balanced properly, but we hope that you'll love it - especially, when your favorite weapon will finally fit into the ship capacity ;)

Hecate - Deprived Carrier


This Deprived Carrier is finally available in 3D on our Sketchfab page - with some cool animations and sound - be sure to check it and give a like!

This Carrier was also available during previous test.

This huge ship mostly relies on fighter squads and long range rockets, while also having a great bomber modification. The greatest advantage of these ships is that it can stay far from the battle, and in most cases doesn't need a precise control and any utility modules, like ammo dispenser. Also, Spec Ops modification of Hecate can carry the biggest and heaviest special modules, including the most terrific ones - gravity cannons. Beware of this ship on the battlefield!

 

Find more information on Starfall Tactics development next week!

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