Satellite Reign launch trailer is heavy on neon, disco, and violence

Satellite Reign concept

When Satellite Reign was announced back in the summer of 2013, I was excited but nervous. It's (heavily) inspired by the groundbreaking Bullfrog RTS Syndicate, a game I absolutely loved, and the thought of its reputation being even further besmirched by a half-baked knockoff weighed heavily on my heart. But yesterday developer 5 Lives Studios released the launch trailer, and I'm feeling a little better.

Neon! Disco! Cyber-trench coats! Monochrome text that beeps as it prints! It's all that and a side of fries (actually explosions), and yes, it's just a trailer, but it's the kind of trailer that really says to me that 5 Lives gets it. Whether the studio can go from there to actually making it happen is an entirely different question and one I'm in no position to answer right now, but I sure do like this trailer.

Oh, the release date: Satellite Reign will leave Early Access on August 28, available at fine digital retailers everywhere. Find out more at

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.