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The 2D massive space epic Starsector gets a big upgrade

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Starsector is something quite special, originally called Starfarer it's been in development for quite a few years now and a big new release is now available.

This latest update has been in the works for years as well, with the last major release upgrade being in 2021. The developers aren't in a rush though, with the game already being crammed full of features and content and it still has some of the absolute best 2D real-time space combat around. Not just the action though, the ship artwork is something else too, with tons of awesome detail to them.

It's hard to properly describe the game because it blends together elements from so many different genres. The developers say it's an "open-world single-player space-combat, roleplaying, exploration, and economic game". So it's basically a big open-world space epic.

Their trailer may be years old, but it still sells it well and shows off many parts of it:

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Here's what's new in Starsector 0.96a:

  • Take on new missions exploring the story of the Luddic Church and the Sindrian Diktat.
  • Cut deals Warlord Kanta’s pirates or Luddic Path fanatics to stop their attacks… though peace may come at a high price.
  • Fly new ships, including 5 new capital-class hulls and numerous smaller vessels.
  • Acquire new weapons, including a lineup of missiles that shoot lasers (“Directed Energy Munitions”).
  • Face faction fleets with distinct identities driven by the new ships and weapons.
  • Deal with hostile activity at your colonies and master hyperspace navigation using the new “Event” system.
  • Build hullmods into ships to gain unique bonuses.
  • Additional illustrations, portraits, descriptions and encounters help bring the Sector to life.

If you love single-player space RPGs, this is one you should take a look at. A total joy every time it gets a big update, because I just know it's going to once again suck away hours of my time.

You can buy it direct from the developer, it's not available on other stores.

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denyasis May 9, 2023
I played it a very long time ago. IT is a great game. I really liked some of the dev's blog posts. They really go indepth on the why and how the game systems are developed. You can really see they care a lot for the game and give a lot of thought to every system in the game to make sure its fun.

I've been holding off until it's finished to play again. hopefully that'll be pretty soon!
pageround May 9, 2023
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Just here to say thanks for the update. I bought this game a year or three ago, played it for a while and then dropped it. But I bought it because of gamingonlinux. I'm looking forward to dropping a couple dozen more hours inro tgis version. Really looking forward to version 1.0 and then loading up a star trek mod.
starfarer May 10, 2023
I've been playing it on and off since I bought it twelve or so years ago. It's a great game, even better with mods.
Gasconjack May 12, 2023
Perhaps someone is able to answer a very simple question which has probably been asked a multitude of times, however in all of the searching and reading I have done to answer this myself I get very confusing and contradictory answers. Is this game fully compatible (shocked with K&M or undocked with a good control profile) with the steam deck. The answers I have found so far are yes/yes but combat is a problem/no/maybe but installation is difficult/don't use Linux version.... Etc etc. All I need to know is does it work and which version to use. I think I can pretty much figure out installation, but if anyone wants to pitch in with a foolproof method that is cool. Many many thanks for helping bring clarity to the ambiguous internet listings. 😁
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