What’s this now? A new expansion, you say?
Indeed! The Lost Technologies. We’ve been working with Draco18s, a long-time community member here, to bring this one to life. This is quite an exciting expansion for us, because we hadn’t even thought we’d be able to do something like this this year (what with Stars Beyond Reach and now Starward Rogue and all that).
This expansion brings to life a number of things that are centered around technology in one way or another. The races all have their own unique racial techs now, for instance — giving them more character than ever before. Techs now have cool new “side effects” that can benefit you or other races in regular combat.
There’s even a new Tech Race game mode where it’s a cutthroat race through the tech tree — with the catch that you have to work with you enemies to win, because you’re unlikely to win on your own. Make allies, ditch em, make new ones, and coast across the finish line (hopefully) on your own.
This also will coincide with the release of TLF 3.0, a free update to all the owners of the base game. This update includes several pieces of new content including 3 new alliance types, four new events, and a few other goodies. And naturally the expansion has more stuff, too — a gorgeous but fragile new planet type, new turret types, a new type of mission for gathering your own unique Hydral techs, new ability types, and so on.
Oh — and “champion” enemies, too. Can’t believe I almost forgot that one! Champions add a new element to combat where you may need to avoid a specific enemy ship that is doing… something strange and unexpected. You can easily tell the champion ships by their purple glow, and they have a way of exerting a bit of gravity — so to speak — on their part of the battlefield.
We look to be on schedule for a November 11th release. All the features are complete and in testing with a small group of players who blindly volunteered without knowing what they were signing up for. That’s faith! ;) The expansion itself has been in work since mid-September, so that’s about average for an expansion from us. What’s not average is us managing to keep it a secret for this long, heh.