Starborne is a futuristic 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) strategy game set in an expansive universe filled with volatile cyborgs, rare resources, and epic space battles.
Just as in other games of the 4X genre, Starborne players will be able to fortify their space stations, build new outposts, barter and trade for resources, and send troops out on missions. Where Starborne deviates from the traditional 4X formula is in its inclusion of a massively multiplayer online element. When playing Starborne, because all possible actions take place over a set amount of time in the real world, you will be able to queue up your actions upon login and then leave the game while your actions play out. Unlike similar MMOs with their persistent worlds, each Starborne game will reach a definite conclusion, with each round taking approximately six months to complete. Building your empire and forging strong alliances will be key to emerging victorious.
Starborne also features collectable cards that can be bought or earned by completing missions. These cards will be essential to upgrading and customizing your ship, your outposts, and your empire as a whole. For those seeking additional complexity, Starborne promises an in-depth map system that will allow for careful planning and detailed recording of all your actions.
While Starborne will be free to play, the game’s developers have gone on record as opposing the typical pay-t0-win model that seems to plague games of this genre. It’s also worth noting that two members of Starborne‘s creative team, Hrafnkell Óskarsson and Ásgeir Jón Ásgeirsson, worked on Eve Online, arguably the most popular and well-liked space MMO around today. Couple the team’s industry experience with the gorgeous concept art presented on the website and Starborne looks incredibly promising. For those who live and breathe intense strategy, we believe that Starborne will make for one stellar adventure.