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Interstellar Rift

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
Developer: Split Polygon
Release Date: Q3 2020

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'Interstellar Rift' Picked up By Iceberg Interactive - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 25, 2020 @ 10:02 a.m. PDT

Interstellar Rift is an open world starship simulator with an emphasis on ship construction and multi-player interaction where you will need to survive in a hostile galaxy with their own custom designed and constructed starship.

Interstellar Rift is a first-person sci-fi simulation game where you get to build and pilot your spaceship, command your crew and fight a dangerous alien race that’s threatening to seize control of the entire galaxy. Players must band together to stop these enigmatic invaders before they threaten the safety and profits of their enterprises.

Space is vast, but you wont have to face it alone, other players will be able to join your crew, and help out, or build their own rival fleet and fight you across the galaxy.

Prepare to make these custom build space ships your home when exploring the galaxy! Use the ship editor to design a ship to your liking, from small exploratory vessels to large cargo haulers, or even enormous battleships. With the editor you build your ship deck by deck, inside and outside. If you'd rather get going immediately you can always browse the workshop for ships that other players made, or you can upload your own blueprints.

The galaxy can be a dangerous place, even when playing solo. Strange rifts have opened up, unleashing a hostile race of alien creatures called the Skrill. If left unchecked, they will take over solar systems wreaking havoc on your enterprising. You can fight them alone, or call in the help of your friends, and man a ship together. But not all pilots will fight for a good cause, pirates and opposing fleets can come after you and your cargo at any time. Fight them ship versus ship, or hack your way aboard their vessels and bring the fight to them, in close quarters shootouts.

Dutch developer Split Polygon and publisher Iceberg Interactive are proud to announce their upcoming collaboration on Interstellar Rift.

“As one of the leading publishers in the space strategy genre, we have been following the Interstellar Rift project for some time, and we can see massive potential – that is why we are teaming up with fellow Dutch studio Split Polygon, at this pivotal stage of the game’s development. We are aware that the game has been part of Steam’s Early Access program for a considerable time, and some may have wondered- will it ever get finished? We can now say with certainty that it will” - says Erik Schreuder, CEO Iceberg Interactive. 

“There is a lot of untapped potential, and a patient but active community built around what has happened so far with this game. Our decision to invest in, and market this game, will allow for a late Q3-2020 launch out of Early Access (present global circumstances permitting). We are currently fleshing out a full roadmap to achieve this timeline, which will include updates such as improved tutorials, fire mechanics, onboard defenses and much, much More. We expect that players will be eager to get on board with this exciting last stage of development, and we hope to be continually expanding and improving the game for many years to come.”

Current Early Access highlights include: 

  • Combat & Hacking -  Players can use various weapons such as laser turrets, torpedo launchers and rail guns to combat the enemies they encounter, or each other. To aid with combat, hacking has also been introduced, allowing players to hack enemy ships or to repel incoming hacks by upgrading their firewalls.
  • Missions - Joinable factions such as a pirate faction, one for trading, one for combat and one for mining have been added. These factions populate the systems with stations and offer the players system events, which are community based objectives that can be completed to increase the influence of a faction, or to repel it.
  • Factions & Star System Events - Players can pick up missions from the stations of various factions in the game and complete them for special rewards, and to gain a better reputation with the faction which allows them to progress through the game. Missions can be done solo or with a crew, which shares the rewards. 
  • Procedural Galaxy & Opening Rifts to other star systems -  This update unlocked a large galaxy full of generated solar systems with unique resources. Players need to open up intergalactic rifts to gain access to new solar systems.
  • Hostile Enemies - Pirate drones and the Skrill faction, which is an invading alien species that threatens the enterprises of players, have been added. Each Skrill type has its own mechanics, and as players progress through the game they will encounter bigger and stronger enemies. 
  • Nuclear Reactors - To give players more options, and to make it easier to power large ships, nuclear reactors and the underlying resource chains were introduced. They consume various tiers of nuclear fuel, but are dangerous when reaching high temperatures. 
  • Tiered Star System Progression - In order to guide players through Interstellar Rift, tiered solar systems were introduced. Players can only reach these once they've gained enough reputation with one of the factions in the game. Resources and devices are spread out among the tiers, and players will need to progress through these tiers to unlock most of them. 
  • Resource Automation - With added devices, such as the ACTR and the cargo teleporter, players can set up automated production lines on their ships and stations; allowing them to scale up their mining and refining capabilities over time.
  • Custom Player Drones - Players can equip their ships with a drone bay, which can be used to construct custom drones. These drones can be given tasks to perform, such as mining, repairing, delivering items or defending a target. 
  • Tool crafting - A 3D printer has been introduced, which allows players to print such things as a repair gun to repair devices on the spot, batteries to power devices, and various cartridges used to automate or improve the behavior of the ship. Players can also use it to print guns and ammo, or use alien biomatter to make some health packs.
Interstellar Rift is currently available through Steam Early Access.

The economy of Interstellar Rift runs on the resources that can be gathered out in the galaxy. Vast asteroid belts circle planets and solar systems, filled with precious ores and minerals. Start up your resource extractors, or send out a wave of mining drones to do the hard labour for you. Visit the stores of LogiCorp and Galactic Trade, or drive a hard bargain with stranded pilots as you delive them fuel. Automate production lines with the ACTR (automated cargo transfer relay), and set up your own store to trade with other players, or any trade drones that might be nearby.

After choosing a faction to ally with, the galaxy is open for you to explore. Use rift generators to open up spatial rifts that transport you to new systems, exploring a system will help you map out the galaxy, and pinpoint the location of systems with special resources you might need. Construct new trade posts for the companies and factions that want to expand their influence, and help them set up secure stations and sectors. Take on missions for U-nits, or find good deals across multiple systems to make a profit from.

Key Features: 

  • Build your own spaceship with a versatile and powerful ship editor. 
  • Engage in challenging combat with other players against a hostile alien race.
  • Trade and mine for resources across various solar systems.
  • Make strategic alliances with various factions in space.
  • Explore and survive a vast, yet dangerous universe together with your crew. 

Interstellar Rift is scheduled for release in Q3 2020.

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