Hardspace: Shipbreaker (opens in new tab) is an upcoming game about spaceship salvagers, and developers Blackbird Interactive have released a gameplay overview showing the various kinds of salvaging to expect when it launches into Early Access on June 16. Hardspace: Shipbreaker has players take on the role of spaceship salvage-yard workers doing a dangerous blue-collar job (opens in new tab)… in spaaaaaace!
The gameplay overview trailer goes over some of the basic tools used to cut up ships, like a manipulator that pushes and pulls objects, or a laser saw that does either wide chopping sweeps or precise cutting work. Before cutting though, players will have to scan ships and figure out what's going on inside to avoid coolant lines, fuel pumps, reactors, and valuable goodies. Don't want to chop up the nice furniture someone left inside. I'm particularly intrigued by the final step of each demolition, removing the reactor core, which ends in a catastrophic meltdown if you don't do it fast enough. All of this work is done in zero-g, by the way, which does not seem easy.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker will release on June 16th. Blackbird Interactive previously developed Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak (opens in new tab), a well-received game which was as stylish and lovely as Shipbreaker looks to be. We'll see on release, but Blackbird has a pedigree now and my hopes are up, for one. You can find Hardspace: Shipbreaker on Steam (opens in new tab) and at its official website (opens in new tab).