DTDigital unveiled its first Steam Greenlight campaign to run alongside a free open beta build for Artificer. DTDigital intends to concatenate quick-paced arena combat with careful and tactical planning all in one game, with a planned release in Q4 2016. Artificer is a top-down 2D space shooter for PC. It is a competitive shooter – multiplayer or single player – in an arena setting or with simple objectives (e.g. destroy or defend stations, and capture points). The game has also gotten a trailer to coincide with the Steam Greenlight campaign.
Players can freely customize their ship with the ship editor or build a completely new ship to their own specifications and watch their enemy crafts break apart and drift into space blown apart by a selection of plethora of weapons available to them. Manoeuvre and defend yourself with energy shield modules to ensure you do not share a similar fate, or even use warp capability to instantly transport from one part of space to the other.
Artificer is set to have a number of key features, including:
- Ships are a collection of ship components that are entirely customizable with user friendly in-game ship editor interfaces.
- Three-tiered progression component rosters with different functionality that enable for versatile ship builds
- Tactical or skill based combat system dependent on the individual ship build.
- Location based damage system, each component is able to withstand limited damage. Once enough damage has accumulated the piece will be destroyed and drift away
- Mine resources to construct ships, these can be gained from destroying drifting components and asteroid that litter space.
- Single player and multiplayer combat
The current build of Artificer, which you can find here, includes:
- 15 different single player contracts with simple narrative
- Ship editor with around 50 tier one ship components
- 11 material elements to collect and build components
- 14 prebuilt ships for player & AI.
You can find the game on Steam Greenlight here.