Hardspace: Shipbreaker Coming To Steam Early Access This Summer
Focus Home Interactive have revealed via twitter (twitter below) Blackbird Interactive’s Hardspace: Shipbreaker, and announced that the game will be heading to Steam Early Access. Hardspace: Shipbreaker is essentially Spaceship Mechanic Simulator 2020. The new game by Blackbird Interactive the creators of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak and the upcoming Homeworld 3 and Focus Home Interactive have announced that it will be coming to Steam Early Access sometime around Summer this year.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker is a brand new sandbox of creative destruction with true-to-life physics and demolition effects coming this summer to Steam Early Access!
— Focus Home Interactive (@FocusHome) February 19, 2020
The sandbox game sees players take up the life of a “shipbreaker”, salvaging old spaceships in incredibly dangerous work. While the player is brought back to life when they die, this only increases the debt they are trying to repay.
On the game’s Steam announcement, Hardspace: Shipbreaker is described as having “true-to-life physics and demolition effects.” The Early Access version of the game will include “2 classes of spaceship to salvage, multiple upgradeable salvaging tools and perks, and the first act of the story campaign.”
Future planned updates include more spaceship classes, missions, daily challenges, leaderboards, modding support, and more. You can find the announcement trailer below:
This style of game will definitely appeal to a certain type of audience; those that enjoy the Car Mechanic Simulators or PC Building Simulators etc. But it will be interesting to see if it can appeal to a wider audience because of it’s celestial setting, because who doesn’t like space? Anyone who says they don’t is either a liar or a travel agent.
Blackbird Interactive seems to understand this concept though, as they themselves have many ideas for where the game can go but want the community’s opinion on it to shape the course of direction. Trey Smith, Creative Director on the game said: “We identified early in development that we wanted to release Hardspace: Shipbreaker on Early Access. We have a clear vision for what we think the game wants to be but there are still some things we need to figure out and we thought it would be fun to bring in the Early Access community to help us discover these things together.”
Focus Home Interactive’s Chief Operating Officer John Bert also has this to say: “We are delighted to bring Blackbird on board the Focus flagship as we continue to invest in new and innovative games that will delight players for years to come. It’s also fantastic to be able to reveal this game in full at PAX East 2020, the premiere gaming culture convention running yearly in Boston, Massachusetts.”
The Early Access launch of Hardspace: Shipbreaker will include two classes of ships to salvage, multiple tools and perks, and the first act of the story campaign. It won’t be a lot, but Blackbird Interactive wants to bring the game to the community for input. As the game progresses in Early Access, the developers plan on adding more spaceship classes, missions, daily challenges, and modding support.