One corner of the high-end gaming department that seems lacking to me is the space opera sub-genre with swarming starships engaged in epic intergalactic dogfighting. A promising new game from Ubisoft, titled Starlink: Battle for Atlas, was just announced at E3, and has a The Last Starfighter meets Titan A.E. retro vibe that could fill that void with some heroic laser-flashing sorties into the black void of cold deep space.
An extremely cool feature of this sci-fi shooter is the ability to create an actual spaceship atop your console controller, with various add-on components that instantly affect your gameplay choices and starfighter's performance. Evil robots? Bold new alien planets? Blinding zero-g combat? Modular space vehicles perched atop my controls? Yes, please! Starlink: Battle for Atlas arrives sometime in the fall of 2018.
Blast into the official synopsis and ingest the shock and awe of the first trailer below:
In Starlink: Battle for Atlas, you’re part of a group of heroic interstellar pilots, dedicated to free the Atlas star system from the Forgotten Legends, an evil robot force. Starlink: Battle for Atlas offers a whole new gameplay experience: build your own modular Starship model, mount it on your controller, and take part in epic space combats. Equip your model with different parts and your Starship changes in game in real time. Assemble your fleet, mix and match your pilots, Starships and weapons to create your own play style and defeat the enemy.
Mix and match pilots, hulls, wings, and weapons to assemble your ideal starship with an unprecedented level of customization and creativity. Changes to your physical ship instantly appear in-game allowing you to immediately jump into the battle.
Travel seamlessly through the exotic alien worlds of the Atlas Star System. Each one of its planets has its own identity, ecosystem and wildlife. Be careful, as space is a hostile environment and will present many challenges. The world evolves depending on your actions and your choices. Everything you do has an impact on your journey, and enemies will react and fight back intelligently and take over the star system if you don’t stop them.