E3 2014: Spec Ops: The Line Dev Working on New Sci-Fi IP, Dreadnought
When Yager came out of absolutely nowhere to throw the modern-military shooter genre on its head with the gripping story of Spec Ops: The Line, everyone was looking to see what they’d do next. Well, it turns out that they’re not going to do the next Spec Ops game.
For their next game, Yager has a new sci-fi game that they refer to as an “aerial armada action game” called Dreadnought.
Yager co-founder Mathias Wiese said, “Dreadnought harkens back to the PC space combat game we developed when we first started out.” If that’s not promising enough, the press release announcing the game indicated that Dreadnought will have a lot of customization and micromanagement. The release says, “Commanders will assume complete control, dedicating power to specific sub-systems, customizing weapons, engines, armor, abilities, crew and their ships’ aesthetics.”
Basically, the game sounds a lot like FTL on steroids. Ship and crew customization, micromanagement of the ship and the idea of old school gameplay were all hallmarks of FTL. Unlike FTL, this game will be in the Unreal 4 Engine which means this thing is certainly going to look a lot more 3D than FTL.
A number of rumours quickly popped up about the game. I’ve read speculation that the game will be free-to-play. Because the press release makes a reference to competitive multiplayer, some have also suggested that this game is actually a MOBA. Yager hasn’t confirmed either rumour as of writing.
Yager says that we shouldn’t expect Dreadnought for a while. Public beta testing isn’t scheduled to start until early 2015.