Press Release Summary:
Just got a note from the folks at Keen Software House about their in-development MMO/singer-player space shooter called Miner Wars. They've got a new trailer showcasing this "outer space First Person Shooter with a fully destructible environment." To be clear, you're piloting a ship from a first-person perspective, so you won't be walking around as is typical from the FPS genre. However, that doesn't make it look any less fun from an FPS-ey perspective.
Remember Descent?? That old-but-great game had a similar vibe to at least the initial look at Miner Wars -- you're piloting a ship that has full six degrees of freedom to fly around and shoot stuff. Yay! I loved Descent. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descent_(video_game) ) This time though, you get to blow up everything in front of you, apparently, meaning you can tunnel your way through the rock walls in front of you instead of just getting dizzy as you try to maneuver yourself into a proper orientation to fly through the environment.
I suppose since I brought up Descent, I should point out that the newest trailer was created by a member of the old Descent team, Dan Wentz. He's the Audio Director on Miner Wars, incidentally, but my rummaging through their "team" list brought up no other Volition hits, so other Descent lineage appears to be in spirit more than direct aside from Mr. Wentz. Cool enough though... just looking for some other familiar names from the way-back. Anyway, check it out:
Great music and it's looking mighty-fine all around. Fully destructible environments coupled with the theme of being a deep-space asteroid miner gets me downright interested in checking this out more. So... let's go see what they've got in store! (Well, besides an early-adopter discount of 70% to buy up the game now and get early access to another just-released alpha test of the game. Nice!)
Full press release after the jump...