Relic Space is a new announcement from Fourfold Games (prev game Xenomarine), which will bring to Linux some rather sleek space sci-fi strategy action when it releases into Early Access.
It's turn-based with a hex-based ship-to-ship combat system that uses fluid interpolation. This makes the movement and the combat a bit like the feel of Jupiter Hell, where it's so smooth and sleek that you could even mistake it for being real-time. Wrapped up in an open-world roguelike space RPG setting.
Example of how smooth the movement is:
The developer has been working on it for around 18 months, with it initially going into Early Access for at least one year. Although there's no set date on when that will be just yet. When it does arrive the initial release will have the tutorial and randomized missions ready with the single-player story campaign to come later.
- Tactical turn-based space combat - Use your tactical skills on a hex grid with ‘one-tile-per-turn’ mechanics inspired by traditional roguelikes.
- Flexible development - Use your growing reputation and influence to acquire more powerful ships and equip them with countless weapon and utility combinations. Acquire new piloting abilities through a flexible skill tree.
- Deep Simulation - Realistic combat mechanics simulate damage to individual ship components. Each weapon, engine or utility item can catch fire, leak power, and acquire many more status effects.
- Real Space - Movement rules based on actual space physics: motion in a straight line is free, but turning, starting or stopping cost energy. Generators convert fuel into energy, which is used for both engines and other equipment.
- Immersive setting - Uncover a rich, branching narrative threaded with endless procedurally generated stories in a detailed setting inspired by hard sci-fi.
- Open World - Explore a vast procedurally generated solar system with handcrafted elements. Factions and NPCs pursue research, trade, construction projects, and other goals irrespective of your actions – though your actions affect their success or failure!
You can follow Relic Space on Steam.