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Predestination: Beta First Stage Begins – Fleet Combat

By on September 20th, 2013 10:18 am

Predestination Beta - Fleet Tactical Combat

Brendan Drain, the lead developer of Predestination, sends word that the first of four planned beta stages is now under way and available to kickstarter backers who signed for the beta. Stage two will be about Planetary Colonization, stage three about Galaxy Gameplay, stage four will be the final beta with all three combined. In this first beta wave they want to test out their turn-based fleet combat system. It’s looking good. I hope they manage to keep the fights interesting all the way through, especially the bigger ones. The use of an initiative system seems to be a good step in the right direction.

Predestination is a turn-based space 4X strategy project by Brain and Nerd, an indie game studio from Northern Ireland. The project kickstarted at the end of 2012 with about $50,000 raised (double the amount asked). This was one Stellar Indie Venture that made it. Or, at least they seem to be well on their way. They even won their first award recently, given for outstanding work in Northern Ireland’s digital media industries. They’re trying to get on Steam, so, if you want to give them a hand you can always go to their Steam Greenlight page and vote for them. Of course, they still have a long road ahead.

Brain and Nerd Co-Director Tina Lauro and Director Brendan Drain at the 2013 DANI Awards

In a nutshell, Predestination seems to be a space 4X game in the traditional sense, with ship design, terraforming, colony management, tech progression, diplomacy and all the other usual features expected to see in a space 4X game. On top, they propose a 3D galaxy map, custom races, a particular attention to exploration aspects and a concept to reduce late-game micromanagement, which will make use of building blueprints as plans for building and running a particular type of colony. All this in turn-based fashion. You can know more about Predestination in our interview with the lead developer Brendan Drain.

Here’s a video showing off the current fleet combat system used for the beta.

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  1. CptKork says:

    Real Planets!

    (does anyone know what game this is ? @3:47)

  2. trix62 says:

    Sounds most turn based games.

  3. Mark says:

    Although I wont be shelling out for any early access or kickstarter, I wish them the best of luck and will happily pay for a completed, fully working game which already has several glowing reviews.

    That’s the only kind of game I buy nowadays.

  4. Zaknafein says:

    Seems really promising :) will keep an eye on this one

  5. Jeff P says:

    This is only one of two games to which I’ve contributed on Kickstarter. I’m very pleased with the progress they’ve made, and impressed with the developer’s energy and determination. Looks like I made a good choice.

    Unfortunately, the other game I funded was MORE. Impressive Kickstarter presentation, but the developers have squabbled among themselves and appear to have made very little progress on the game. Not so good a choice.

  6. Philip Z says:

    Hopefully that Planet tile managment with multiple colonies does result in too much micromanagment if your empire had grown big…..

  7. TimmY says:

    Looking good. Keep up the good work.

  8. Buxaroo says:

    This looks good. Turn based is what I like, and this looks very promising.

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