The open beta for Fair Weather Studios’ Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows is out! Steel Shadows is the expansion to the sci-fi turn-based tactical RPG. The official finished version will be released next month, but it’s technically playable this minute…

Steel Shadows plays much like the game it stems from. You are a space pirate plundering the galaxy and expanding your fleet. In this new storyline you play as Rogan Harker, a man who just got out of prison but will very probably run right back into trouble. You’ll use a turn-based combat system and customizable “Tech Tree” to best your enemies, take their stuff, and become the most feared scalawag of the stars.

  • A full campaign with over 20 story missions
  • Over 50 procedurally generated side missions
  • Dynamic initiative-based turn-based combat
  • Purchase, outfit, and control the unique pirate faction ships
  • Hire and assign crew members that gain experience and power along with your ships
  • Hire unique mercenaries and ships to add to your fleet
  • Experience over 50 random events
  • Customize your play style by unlocking technologies in an extensive Tech Tree
  • Large, detailed maps to fight across space
  • Three different strategic resources to manage
  • Dozens of different weapon systems and abilities to control
  • Includes both free DLCs; Ancient Frontier – The Crew and Ancient Frontier – Quests and Events

Though Steel Shadows ties into the original Ancient Frontier, it’s fully playable by itself. Bought on its lonesome, it includes the “Random Event” and “Crew Free” DLCs from the first game. If you want to wait for the finished game, that won’t take long…Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows will be for sale on Steam December 11.