Drone Swarm – Gameplay Introduction Developer Diary

Posted on 17 Jun 2020

stillalive studios and astragon Entertainment may not be fans of capitalizing their names but they do talk about their upcoming sci-fi RTS Drone Swarm for three minutes in the above dev diary. Drone Swarm is aiming to release near the end of 2020. A demo is currently available as part of the Steam Game Festival.

Official Press Release

Control 32,000 Drones in Gripping Sci-fi Real Time Strategy Game Drone Swarm

German publisher astragon reveals more gameplay footage and dev diary video for their upcoming drone battle adventure

Düsseldorf, Germany, April 16, 2020 –astragon Entertainment and stillalive studios are pleased to announce further gameplay details of their newest project, the sci-fi real time strategy game Drone Swarm. Following the great success of the Bus Simulator franchise, both companies continue working together to bring an action packed narrative sci-fi strategy game to the players later this year. For the first time, everyone will be able to feel the full power of 32.000 drones firsthand at the Steam Game Festival from June 9 to June 14, 2020.

In Drone Swarm players take command of the only human FTL ship: the Argo – mankind’s last hope of survival. As Captain Carter, you control a swarm of 32.000 individually simulated drones. Use it creatively to advance your mission to find New Earth. Mastering the swarm is the key gameplay element in Drone Swarm. With the help of it, you must defend the mothership against alien attacks: build a shield wall using the drones by drawing a defensive formation to intercept any shots of your opponents. Quickly analyze the enemy’s tactics to find the best way to defend yourself, initiate a counter-attack and obliterate your opponents. Different enemies need to be countered in different ways: some are agile, others have powerful shields, unknown attacks or disabling abilities. While defending the Argo is very important, so is engaging the enemies by drawing attack paths, using physical maneuvers, or utilizing the environment to destroy their ships. To be successful in battle, players must adapt their tactics and usage of the swarm against every enemy fleet to skillfully exploit their weaknesses.

After the players have learned to control the swarm, they can explore more and more of their drones’ exciting abilities. Improvements to the mothership, repairing damage and rebuilding the swarm are also of importance to be prepared for the upcoming big battles. Drone Swarm offers players a star map in-between battles allowing them to choose their own path and how to approach the main objectives.

Watch the latest Trailer to get a first overview about the unique gameplay of Drone Swarm today!

To dive deeper into the gameplay of Drone Swarm you are also invited to watch the first Developer Diary. This is the start of a video series that will show you more about the development of the game and present a closer look into different gameplay aspects.

Would you like to play yourself? Well, here comes a very special opportunity for you: Drone Swarm will be part of the upcoming Summer Edition of the Steam Game Festival from June 9 to 14, 2020! Take the opportunity to play an early version of the game and see if you have what it takes to control a swarm of 32k drones. You will be able to join without signing into a beta, all you need is a Steam account. On June 10 (7:00 PM CET), interested players are invited to join our developer livestream, where Julian Mautner, CEO of stillalive studios and Game Director of Drone Swarm will show off the game and answer your questions.

The upcoming sci-fi-action-RTS Drone Swarm will be available for PC on Steam End of 2020. In the upcoming weeks more details about the story of Drone Swarm will be revealed.

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