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ionAXXIA leaves Steam Early Access on December 3rd. Here's what you can expect in this unique big brained tactical shooter!

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ionAXXIA leaves Early Access. Here's what you can look forwards to.

Tactical space combat

Unlike other shooters that are all about twitch reactions, ionAXXIA requires 'creative combat' and using novel equipment like gravity wells, snares, boosters, and tractor beams alongside lasers, flamers, cannons and missiles. Combat equipment has a bunch of new toys like surface-mounted auto-turrets, and energy sapper mines that gain extra punch when attached to objects.

Attaching autoturrets to scenery

Challenge based game loop

Complete challenges to unlock new items. Develop a sense of achievement and progression as you become a better, smarter space-pilot.

Challenge criteria

Refined procedural scenarios

Levels now offer more variety of encounters, providing options to complete challenges by choosing which mission for which level.

Two level scenarios out of thousands

Alien remnants

An addition I’m pretty excited by, some aliens will leave a persistent feature when they die. The Globbluck Mk1 leaves an acid cloud-comet that inflicts serious damage, while the Cybosh CN4’s engine detonation leaves a wake in space-time, a ‘teleport’ wormhole. Levels with many of these vessels create an increasingly complex arena. The addition of more aliens to ionAXXIA will mean more arena transformation possibilities.

A number of unfortunate Globbluck have left their mark.

Multiple rock types

Hazards (for you or your enemy!) include exploding rocks, fire-trail rocks, magnetic rocks, and the scary, black, ultra-dense rocks that inflict massive collision damage. If you're fortunate, you may come across a health-rock or a tactically advantageous energy-rock.

Rock Types

Thirteen pesky aliens

At launch, 12 different enemies with diverse abilities – health rippers, snares, “launch fighters”, teleportation, point-defence cannons – oppose you, creating a rock-paper-scissors type match-up, while our precious argon is stored in powerful starbases seemingly designed to withstand any assault...

Alien Types

Ensmartened alien AI

Aliens have very different combat attitudes. Some rush in. Others keep their distance. Others will hit the gas and just keep going, attacking in fly-by encounters. Adds another consideration to your ship designs.

Eighty-one ship components

For millions of different customised ships. 17 different designs each with their own size and weapon mounts; weapons have added variety depending on the ship they are attached to.

Weapon spread patterns

12 different hull materials to keep the inside of the ship inside. 12 engine types, with different qualities of speed, acceleration, and manoeuvrability. 12 generators to power the weapons. 16 primary weapons, from beam weapons to missiles to guns to turrets, to plasma-clouds, to offensive satellites and big-arse bombs. And 12 secondary functions, from boosters and bubble-shields to tractor beams and grapplers.


Limitless upgrades

Collect precious resources to upgrade your gear, with no level caps! Just keep making that laser beam longer, that knockback bigger, and that fire-rate faster.

Upgrading the maserbeam to stupidly OP!

Strategy game

My favourite feature of the original Star Control, the strategy game adds more pressure and more options for smart thinking. Often you'll have to use a less-than-ideal ship match-up to stop enemy movements, requiring clever combat. This strategy mode received a lot of work to provide interesting encounters with procedural algorithms being developed to generate different scenarios. One level might see you equipped with an armada to take down a new alien outpost. Another might see two sides struggling in a barren system, fighting over scarce resources. And then another, a desperate bid to hold back an attacking fleet to give you time to build up a counter-attack.

Strategy game

Jump in now to still get ionAXXIA at the Early Access price and save 50%!

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