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Space sim Rings of Saturn [Official Site] was announced earlier this month, with a promise of a realistic top-down experience and it actually looks surprisingly good.

Seems to have come out of nowhere, at least to me, I can't remember hearing literally anything about this before discovering it today. While the trailer doesn't really offer all that much, what it does show makes me firmly want to know more. It also confirms Linux support:

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Features:

  • Realistic top-down hard sci-fi space flight experience. Every aspect of gameplay is backed up by real science. Ships fly just as starships should. 
  • Jump into action in seconds with autopilot assist or save fuel by manual thruster maneuvers. 
  • Detailed ship simulation down to every subsystem - upgrade your ship, fix or even jury-rig broken systems on the fly. Every system failure will impact gameplay - adapt to survive in the hostile environment of space.
  • Discover the mystery of the Rings, or just try to get rich leading your excavation company. 
  • Plan your strategy back on Enceladus Prime station. Sell your output, upgrade your ship, hire the crew and manage your company.

Coming soon to Steam. They're not giving out an exact date, but the official site mentions it will be sometimes "this fall".

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Feist 13 August 2018 at 3:27 pm UTC
It does look really nice, bit hesitant about the gameplay though. Based on the trailer and the above description, it doesn´t sound that exciting to me. I hope I´m wrong of course. ;)
liamdawe 13 August 2018 at 3:33 pm UTC
FeistIt does look really nice, bit hesitant about the gameplay though. Based on the trailer and the above description, it doesn´t sound that exciting to me. I hope I´m wrong of course. ;)
Based on the ending, I do get the feeling there's a lot more to it
Nezchan 13 August 2018 at 4:22 pm UTC
"Top" down in space.
liamdawe 13 August 2018 at 7:17 pm UTC
Kels"Top" down in space.
Doesn't make it a bad thing. There's a number of decent top-down games of all different genres and settings. I mean, we don't get annoyed by platformers, even though we're not limited to moving sideways...
koder 14 August 2018 at 11:05 am UTC
Kels"Top" down in space.
Surprisingly, the titular Rings are quite flat ;)

The 2D top-down representation was chosen as a gameplay device - for variety of reasons. From players perspective, adding third dimension to a game where you are expected to control thrusters directly ramps up the difficulty by order of magnitude. Spotting collision points with asteroids in 3D is also challenging - in 2D you have a lot more confidence when maneuvering in high-density areas.

And yes, there will be Linux support on day one. I even have builds working on Linux in betatests right now.
Philadelphus 15 August 2018 at 12:58 pm UTC
Kels"Top" down in space.
The best part about space is you can just pick any direction to be down, and it's right!
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