In Ensign-1 you play the role of a space fighter pilot returning from a deep space colonization mission. On arrival back to our own solar system, you find Earth has been colonized by a hostile alien force. It's now up to you, with the help of your mothership, the Ensign-1, to take it back Ensign-1 allows allows for complete freedom in approaching objectives. You can fight from the safety of your spacecraft, or land and exit to explore space stations and carriers on foot. You can commandeer any spacecraft in the game, no matter how big or how small. Defend an asteroid base, or take the fight to the enemy with a huge mothership, friends manning turrets, it's your choice. The game also features a multiplayer mode where players can explore a randomly generated galaxy, either fighting co-operatively to clean out enemy fighters, or battling each other for supremacy.

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Ensign-1 now features online co-operative play in the multiplayer mode, along with randomly generated server worlds and random enemy spawns!

Posted by onionman on Sep 19th, 2012

I've been waiting for awhile to be able to push this one out, but Ensign-1 finally supports working multiplayer with co-operative play and randomly created worlds. I won't bore you with long text right away, so here, a video!

Each time you start a new server, a new space gravity well is randomly generated. Each generated gravity well will have a hotspot for players not far from the Ensign. Either an enemy station, a ship, or a starbase. This hotspot will optionally be surrounded by asteroids or ice crystals, as well as randomly generated space clouds (whatever they are, they look cool, shut up), and planet and sun positions. In addition, each area will start with a random number and placement of enemy ships. But look out!, as these ships will continue to randomly spawn in as long as players are present. So if you decide to battle it out amongst friends, expect some hostile AI interference before too long. Future versions of the server will let admins optionally turn these enemies off.

Here are a few screenshots of randomly created worlds I've come across in my adventures

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Future plans are to continue the path that the multiplayer is on. Work on smoothing out and fixing up the FPS play in multiplayer, and then moving on to more online features. Soon, I'd like to bring in a goal for the online portion, and the ability to upgrade your starting fighter and equipment, either through rank or money, or both. I'd also like to start bringing in those other player controlled factions into multiplayer, letting players either join the pirate or alien factions as well.

So stay tuned for the next update!

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Tajin Sep 20 2012, 5:48am says:

I really love that you let us actually walk around the ships and see whats going on.
Thats something I'v always missed in other spacegames. Combined with coop it's even cooler. Hell yeah!

I hope we're going to see some really big pilotable ships, where you can man different positions with your friends, or even just meet inside the ship.

Pilotable carrier-ships would be most awesome for that.

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Tajin Sep 20 2012, 6:05am replied:

The addition of coop/multiplayer seems to be exactly what the game was lacking. Keep going guys, I'm sure you can draw alot more attention to the game with a well working multiplayer.

Having other players around always makes things alot more interesing.

Just think of freelancer which still has alot of active servers, even after all these years.

ps.: You don't seem to have a website yet, do you?

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onionman Sep 20 2012, 8:26am replied:

Right, indiedb is more or less our website for the time being.

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onionman Sep 20 2012, 9:23am replied:

I don't show it in that video, but you can meet up inside the Ensign-1, the huge capital ship. One person can pilot while others man the turrets and such as well.

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Elementalist Sep 20 2012, 9:24pm says:

Is there any possibility there will be even a short demo? I know it's in alpha right now, but with something like space shooters the controls and feel is so essential that I don't want to buy before trying it.

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onionman Sep 20 2012, 10:38pm replied:

Right right, it's something I've been thinking about. I can't promise anything, and I kind of feel like a large part of buying a game in alphafunding, is just to support it's cause, even if it's not what you're hoping for right away. Still, I have been considering putting out a demo, and I'll let you know when I do.

The issue is of course, just that the game is changing so rapidly, that I've held off putting something out that would be out of date soon after releasing it.

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Elementalist Sep 21 2012, 10:08pm replied:

Yeah, I know, and I do want to support it, just like I said with this kind of game it's an important part, and I don't think if it feels off to one person that you'd change it, if it feels good to others. :)

Definitely watching though. If I stumble upon some money I'll buy it just to support though. :P

EDIT: Are there any plans regarding custom content, perhaps?

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onionman Author
onionman Sep 21 2012, 10:10pm replied:

I've talked with some people, and I think I probably will try to put out a demo before too long.

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onionman Sep 21 2012, 10:24pm replied:

As far as custom content, the in game editor is included. So someone can make custom maps if they'd like to.

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