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Space Mercs from Bearded Giant Games (the one with the Linux First Initiative) has some fresh footage out to show off a bunch of new features.

Space Mercs is an extreme arcade space combat game where the amount of projectiles and lasers on-screen is only toppled by the amount of stars in the universe! Will you be able to complete all the mercenary missions and become the best pilot in the Galaxy?

Speaking with the developer today, they told me they took on a load of feedback from the initial public demo to include things like: an actual targetting system, an overhaul to damage feedback, a damage direction indicator, a new ship, a cockpit view has been added with radar tracking in cockpit view too, objectives, you can see bullets coming your way, improved gamepad support and so on. Sounds like it's shaping up to be an impressive arcade shooter!

The developer sent over a new trailer today to show off some of the new stuff:

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That's not all, they're focusing on optimizing it for low-end devices too, with their development notebook (Intel HD Graphics 4000) able to run it at around 60FPS which is impressive.

We also have some fancy new screenshots to show off, which the developer sent over (click to enlarge):


You can wishlist and follow it on Steam, it will also be on itch.io but no proper game page for it up there yet and the old demo is being taken down as it doesn't represent the current state. It's currently scheduled to release on July 31st.

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adnans 13 June 2019 at 4:45 pm UTC
Signed in to steam for the first time in months to wishlist this one. Looks fantastic!
Eike 13 June 2019 at 4:51 pm UTC
BrazilianGamerWishlisted. Guys, I got a question. When you wishlist a game through your Android smartphone but your favorite platform is set to be Linux on the Steam client, will developers be notified that i am interested on that game and I use Linux? Will it count as a Linux user interest?

It only depends on your OS choice, see
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/a-reminder-about-steams-platform-specific-wishlist-feature-you-should-be-using.13617


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fabertawe 13 June 2019 at 6:13 pm UTC
This is one genre where my library's very thin, so an easy "wishlisted"
Avehicle7887 13 June 2019 at 7:02 pm UTC
It has a hud and that makes it an instabuy for me, I suck at space shooters but I'm also a sucker for these games so I buy them anyway.


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iiari 13 June 2019 at 9:49 pm UTC
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Very exciting. Looks like a LOT of progress has been made. Wishlisted...


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BrazilianGamer 13 June 2019 at 11:49 pm UTC
Eike
BrazilianGamerWishlisted. Guys, I got a question. When you wishlist a game through your Android smartphone but your favorite platform is set to be Linux on the Steam client, will developers be notified that i am interested on that game and I use Linux? Will it count as a Linux user interest?

It only depends on your OS choice, see
https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/a-reminder-about-steams-platform-specific-wishlist-feature-you-should-be-using.13617

It's fine then. The Tux platform is already selected. And the only one of course. Thank you my friend (:


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pcavalcanti 14 June 2019 at 1:09 am UTC
That looks completely awesome, and while my machine is quite decent I appreciate the effort to keep it playable in simpler set-ups!

Wishlisted it and followed it. Setting some $$ aside since this will be an instabuy for me as well!
iiari 14 June 2019 at 3:28 am UTC
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RoosterI also just became a patreon.
Huh, didn't know they had that, became a Patron as well!
ShabbyX 14 June 2019 at 1:28 pm UTC
You know what would be funny? If for windows, the developer says "just run it through WSL", like how others tell us to run their windows-only game through proton.
Dedale 14 June 2019 at 4:00 pm UTC
There is or was cygwin back in the times. It was supposed to do that. I just read the page and it happens it wasn't supposed to do what i just described.

Probably, i was advised to install it to be able to use some GNU tools on my computer at the university for some project. But i was already running ubuntu so i did not need it.
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