Unique action-strategy game Highfleet is coming to Steam this month

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Konstantin Koshutin's stratospherically gorgeous action-strategy HighFleet begins its campaign later this month on Steam.

A wonderfully tactile war sim, I've had my eyes on HighFleet's burning skies for some time. You're in command of a massive, airborne imperial war machine, recruiting and refuelling across the country and staving off attacks from nippy rebel forces. Battles play out as pseudo-strategy affairs, directly attacking with your flagship as you deploy smaller craft to fight for you.

What really sells it is the presentation. UI elements are represented with in-fiction knobs and levers, battles playing out on fuzzy analogue screens that flicker and shake and bloom with each missile strike. Fraser took a look at HighFleet (opens in new tab) earlier this year, and while he found the game's densely layered systems could be a bit daunting, this physical, diegetic interface helped bring the entire beautiful mess together.

"When you want to drop your ships into a city, for instance, you have to yank a lever, and you can use your compass, ruler, pencil and eraser to chart your course on the map display. It's a bit imposing, but it also begs to be played with, and this is one place where the tactile nature of the game really works to its advantage. The sound effects then elevate the fantasy of being in command of this fleet of steel titans."

HighFleet is coming to Steam (opens in new tab) on July 27.

Natalie Clayton
Features Producer

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.