Yourself and up to five other players will explore the dark reaches of space, which mix hand-crafted and procedurally generated content with historically relevant easter-eggs offering insight into the Mandate's rich lore. Perihelion Interactive have not only focused on space exploration, but also human exploration – the bond between captain and ship, crew and officers.
In a unique turn for the genre, relationships between captain, crew, and officers will directly affect battle situations, and with rogue-like elements, officers trained over time can be lost – literally vented out through the side of your ship - which will suffer irreparable radioactive and other atmospheric cosmetic and detrimental effects, rendered in DirectX11 on the Unity Engine for PC, with a release schedule for Mac and Linux too.
The Ghosts of The Mandate trailer reveals the innermost thoughts of Lord High Admiral Suvarov, commander of the Grand Fleet, as he reflects on the those who have fallen in battle under his command… and those that will inevitably fall in the future.
The trailer has been created entirely from the in-game Unity engine and features acclaimed actor of stage and screen David Bradley (“Game of Thrones”, “Doctor Who”, “Harry Potter”) voicing the role of Suvarov.
Bradley is internationally recognised for his roles in blockbuster movies such as “The World’s End”, “Captain America: The First Avenger”, and as Hogwarts caretaker Flich in the Harry Potter series. Winning multiple awards for his stage work, Bradley has also played key roles in several successful TV series, most recently in the role of Walder Frey in “Game of Thrones” and William Hartnell/Doctor Who in “An Adventure in Space and Time”.
“I’m delighted to be working with the team at Perihelion Interactive to breathe life into the character of Suvarov,” said Bradley. “The Mandate is my first foray into the world of videogames, and I’m fascinated to see how my vocal performance is realised within the game.”
The Mandate has raised over $295,000 of its initial Kickstarter funding target of $500,000
For the first time in the strategy RPG genre, players will orchestrate boarding operations isometrically in the vein of X-Com and Jagged Alliance, while your friends support you in real time from their ships. If more manpower is required, they can join you in boarding the enemy vessel, allowing you to switch back to your ship and offer them support – or you can fight together and double your numbers.
Strongly inspired by the ethos of 18th century Russian history and literature, the world of The Mandate sees a dystopian Tsarist future, ruled by bureaucracy – with an iron hammer. As a disgraced captain, you’ve to leave your past behind you and face the unbeatable threat of The Mandate, gaining as much control over each sector of space as you can, undertaking quests, trading, and fortifying your assets; build Star Bases, and create allegiances with one of the many factions in the game, inspired by many other European and global cultures.
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