I noticed over at Gamers With Jobs that a game called “Space Trader: Merchant Marine” is coming out this week. It’s also listed on Gamersgate, but for next week. Anyway, it appears to be another attempt at a “Privateer” type game. The screenshots don’t look too bad.
I don’t know anything about the game, just reacting to comments, but judging it on the number of planets is a little silly. In fact, I’d love a privateer style game that focused on fewer but more detailed locations. Say, a singular solar system with each planet having multiple moons, orbiting bases, asteroid belts, an atmosphere you can dive into to dodge between mountain ranges, and all kinds of other geographical features beyond a simple sphere that cuts to genericSpacePort4b when you fly towards it.
Isn’t this a sequel or addon or something?
I could’ve sworn I played a demo of a game exactly like that (which wasn’t at all like a space trader), but it was half a year ago and the full game was available then.
To my surprise it seems this is actually not a game developed by Russians. At least those guys are still trying. I wish one of the more talented studios from there - say, Nival or the guys behind King’s Bounty - would tackle a game like this. Space Rangers 2 is of course awesome, but atmosphere-wise, it doesn’t quite match the big hitters. And then, it seems like many of the other Russian space sims have great graphics, but lousy gameplay. Can’t I have both!?!?!