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Hardspace: Shipbreaker launches out of early access and onto Game Pass in May

The excellent ship-dissecting salvage game Hardspace: Shipbreaker will hit version 1.0 and launch out of early access on the 24th of May, the makers announced today. And oooh it’ll come to Game Pass the same day. It has been a cracking game even in early access, a satisfying first-person simulation of carefully cutting up junk spaceships with industrial lasers for maximum profit and minimum workplace injury. Read more

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Homeworld 3 and Hardspace studio switching to four-day working week

Blackbird Interactive, the makers of Homeworld 3 and Hardspace: Shipbreaker, have announced plans to switch to a four-day work week for all employees. They join a small but growing number of game studios aiming to actively combat burnout by giving employees more time to themselves. Like many others who’ve tried a four-day week, they say that not only were people happier, productivity was not harmed. Cool. Who’s next? Read more

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Crossfire: Legion, the new RTS from Homeworld devs, hits Early Access this spring

One of last year’s low-key big reveals gets new details. Today, we get to learn more about Crossfire: Legion, the new RTS from Homeworld and Relic veterans at Blackbird Interactive. You may have forgotten about Crossfire: Legion. The game was announced in June last year alongside several other titles at Prime Matter’s publishing label reveal event. At the time, we didn’t get to learn anything about it. Now, Blackbird has unveiled plenty for us to chew on. For starters, Crossfire: Legion, as the name might suggest, takes place in the universe of the incredibly popular free-to-play FPS from Smilegate. The…

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Crossfire: Legion is the future of the RTS as it was in 1999

Can I get a ‘woop woop’, or at least a ‘wololo’, for the spin-off strategy game? The Ensemble Studios swansong that was Halo Wars, an RTS so streamlined it was aerodynamic. The ballistic ballet of Gears Tactics, which piled extra biceps atop XCOM’s shoulders. Even when money has moved through the membrane in the opposite direction, it has resulted in projects that were – let’s not overstate this – endearingly experimental. Can I get an understanding nod for Command & Conquer: Renegade? The strangeness of Crossfire: Legion’s situation is that you might not recognise it as a spin-off at all….

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Here’s your first look at Homeworld 3 gameplay, coming in 2022

Out sometime during Q4 next year. Homeworld 3 is the latest upcoming standalone game in the Homeworld series, and it continues the story generations after the events of Homeworld 2. The unique strategic gameplay of the Homeworld series also returns, but at a larger scale, where players will engage in epic battles fought across open space. They will also fight within the 3D terrain of space derelicts called megaliths which are the crumbling remains of an ancient civilization. Here, the player is able to funnel foes into an ambush or hide their fleet from enemies. Developed for modern hardware, the…

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Hardspace: Shipbreaker has radiation now

As if dismantling a derelict spaceship wasn’t already hazardous enough, developers Blackbird Interactive have added radiation to Hardspace: Shipbreaker. The Pretty Rad update dropped this week for the sci-fi ship scrapping sim, making it so players can find and extract Radiation Filters on their looting expeditions. This is easier said than done, however, as those Filters are rather fragile, and can drop radioactive particles if you so much as bump the thing. Read more

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Hardspace: Shipbreaker adds demolition charges and a new ship class

Early-access spaceship slicing simulator Hardspace: Shipbreaker has fired another update into orbit. This time around  you’ll have yet another class of giant abandoned ship to crawl around in. To make matters both better and worse, you’ve got the new demotion charge tool to do it with. They’re nifty remote precision charges but apparently disarming them if you change your mind can be a trick. The new Business Is Booming update is out now for all you pro shipbreakers. (more…)