Saturnian colony sim Industries of Titan (opens in new tab) has received a new trailer, this one showing off the game’s tactical combat system.
The trailer shows the player’s “L2 cruiser” trading fire with a pair of “Dowser Tsunami” frigates over one of the game’s gorgeous, Blade Runner-esque city-scapes. The combat has a somewhat FTL-like structure, with players able to view the interiors of their ships from a top-down perspective, letting them customise its components via a drag-and-drop interface. The system also shows you where laser fire strikes, and the damage done to the respective vessels.
The part of the video that completely blew me away, however, was the moment when the player’s military advisor says “retract the pillars!” and the whole damn city descends underground, protected by dozens of blast doors. One of the city blocks is replaced by a massive ground-to-air cannon, which obliterates the enemy ships. That's impressive.
The video ends with the player seeking aid from “The Council” which hints at the factional politics that developers Brace Yourself Games (formerly of Crypt of the Necrodancer fame), plan to include in the game.
I’ve had my eye on Industries of Titan for some time, though up to this point it’s mainly been because of its splendid aesthetic. This video has raised my expectations of the game enormously, however, if the depth shown in its combat applies to the experience overall.
No release date for Industries of Titan has been announced yet, although it’s reasonable to assume it will drop sometime in 2019.