Star Conflict is a 3D sci-fi themed space simulation MMO with fast paced action oriented combat. Similar to the subscription-based EVE Online, Star Conflict consists of fighting space battles, building corporations, and grinding materials and money to create bigger and better ships.
Publisher: Gaijin Entertainment Playerbase: High Type: Shooter Release Date: Feb 27, 2013 (NA/EU) Pros: +Good variety of unique ships. +Customizable ships. +Polished graphics & fluid gameplay. +Varied game modes. Cons: -Pay to win elements. -Lots of grind required to get the best ships and upgrades.
The sci-fi genre at large has produced a number of bizarre and awe-inspiring spacecraft over the years, but I don't think I've ever seen any quite as bizarre as those found Star Conflict's new Ellydium Corporation branch in playable form. The new vessels are part crew compartment and part actual crystal. Players can spend "Xenocrystals" to "evolve" the crystals that their ships are made up of, granting them "unique characteristics" in the process.
The Ellydium Corporation is making its debut with the Thar'Ga, a gunship that is pictured above. The vessel has five different variations, each of which "significantly" alter its appearance and characteristics.
The five variations are described as follows.
The ‘Crystal Hunger’ variation is a perfect for bold and determined pilots. It is a high-speed vessel with a high rate of fire power that swiftly navigates the battlefield, overwhelming its enemies. For more composed captains, the ‘Hive’ variation transforms into a full-fledged mothership that is capable of launching combat drones from a safe distance. Another notable variation, ‘Condensing Crystals’, equips the vessel with a powerful, long-range missile launcher. Each hit leaves shards of healing crystals behind, which a calculating sniper can collect to restore its own hull after clearing the enemy from an area.
You can read more about Star Conflict's Evolution update here.
Star Conflict officially entered the Age of Destroyers today with Update 1.3. This update introduced an entirely new class of spacecraft; Destroyers. The fourth class of ship to be added to Star Conflict moves slower, but carries guns on either side of its hull, "giving [it] all-round offensive and defensive capability." All-new, Destroyer-specific modules have been added, as well, such as the Black Hole Generator, which allows players to increase maneuverability through a set of jump points that can be used to escape dicey situations.
Several new maps have been added to the game, three of which are set in environments that have yet to be seen in Star Conflict. Leviathan is a "giant" space station where players are given the ability to fight in its "cavernous hallways" and "narrow passages" in addition to being able to fight outside in open space. Nordstar Crash is an asteroid battlefield with "the remains of a Nordstar dreadnought in the center." Ambrosia-VII Factory is a factory on an abandoned asteroid, filled with "rivers of lava, factory tunnels, and secret passages." The team assures players that these are all "perfectly balanced" for PvP.
Two new Open Space maps were introduced alongside the new map types. Omega Station is an abandoned space harbor. Depot 15 is a long abandoned mining site.
Several other changes were made. The Ice Pits, Research Center, and Warden Outpost Ruins have been made available in PvP, having previously been available only in Open Space. Daily tournaments are being held "during the holidays." The full list of changes can be found here.
Valve may have single-handedly ruined the concept of Steam sales by removing daily and flash sales, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get a ton of games and their DLC at great prices. Today, we have a gigantic list of all the great sales going on in the MMO genre.
Buy-To-Play and Subscription MMORPGs
The Black Watchmen Season One is 30% off, bringing it down to $10.49. Season Two and the soundtrack are not on sale.
Colonies Online's various versions are between 50% and 67% off, starting at $4.94.
Darkfall Unholy Wars subscriptions are between 33% and ~66% off, bringing them down to $10.01 for one month, $17.92 for three months, and $20.38 for six months. You will be billed normal cost of your chosen subscription if you do not cancel it before it lapses.
The Elder Scrolls Online and its Imperial Edition are 60% off, bringing them down to $23.99 and $31.99, respectively. Don't forget the $1 million contest.
Elite Dangerous is 50% off, bringing it down to $14.99.
EvE Online's Core Starter Pack and Premium Edition are 50% off, bringing them down to $9.99 and $24.99, respectively. The DLC is between 10% and 75% off.
Final Fantasy XI's Ultimate Collection Seekers Edition is 50% off, bringing it down to $19.99.
Gates of Horizon is 50% off, bringing it down to $4.99 for one copy or $14.99 for a four pack.
iRacing subscriptions are between 66% and ~75% off, bringing them down to $3.39 for one month, $13.59 for six months, and $25.49 for a year. You will be billed normal cost of your chosen subscription if you do not cancel it before it lapses.
M4 Tank Brigade is 33% off, bringing it down to $10.04.
MechWarrior Online's Steam Packs are each 20% off.
Gaijin Entertainment and StarGem's space shooter, Star Conflict, received a major update today entitled "Dogs of War." Pushing the version number up to 1.2, this update aims to improve the experience of players that aren't part of a corporation.
The core of the update is the ability for mercenaries to join in Dreadnought battles directly and vie for control over sectors without having to call for a corporation to help. These mercenaries will then be rewarded based on "their contribution to the battle."
Mercenaries have also received customizable crafts today, which allow them to choose between six variants corresponding to offensive or defensive playstyles. An additional "Defense Contract" mode allows mercenaries to take on pirates to defend "peace loving locations" within the game.
Star Conflict saw several more general content updates, as well. Two new maps were added, Monolith Ruins and Sanctuary. A new boss, known as the "Destroyer," is also making its way into the game. A small group will be required to take it down.
Star Conflict is a 3D sci-fi themed space combat MMORPG developed and published by Gaijin Entertainment. It looks and plays a lot like the space combat module in Star Citizen and feature intense dog-fighting in space. The Star Conflict soundtrack was composed by A. Romanov. The Soundcloud embed features all of the BGMs, tracks, and music from the Star Conflict Soundtrack. The game is free to play and launched on February 27, 2013. Visually, the game's environments look a lot like the background in Eve Online.
Star Conflict has just released a new update that releases a new tier of ship, The Dreadnought. Dreadnoughts are massive ships that are supported by smaller fleet wings, they are impossible to destroy, but victory can be achieved by crippling them fully to force a retreat. Corporations can build a Dreadnought when they have at least 10 pilots of rank 9, and the base construction time is 4 weeks to finish them. Quite the wait, but it might be worth it for such massive firepower!
Earlier this week, Perfect World Entertainment announced that they would be adding another game to their vast repertoire. Star Conflict will be joining the likes of Star Trek Online, Elsword, and many other games that are found on the arcgames.com site. This might only be the latest in a long line of additions for arcgames.
“The launch of Star Conflict on Arc adds our fifth game in the last four months as we continue to build a quality library that offers variety for our players,” said Yoon Im, senior vice president of publishing. “As a group of gamers, our team is always looking to partner with developers who are interested in expanding their reach to a platform dedicated to providing fun video game experiences.”