New Starfighters

It’s been a while since our last post, but we’ve not been idle. While there have been numerous under-the-hood changes including performance and quality of life updates, this article will highlight some of the exciting new content: two new starfighters.

Lance

Inspired by classic science fiction designs, the Lance boasts a higher top speed than most starfighters. It features a broad wingspan with primary weapon shoot points at the extremities and introduces a new secondary weapon called the “cannon.” This cannon fires straight, fast-moving missiles with high explosive impacts. Unlike torpedoes, these missiles lack a locking mechanism, making them more challenging to land but delivering a heavier hit and higher damage upon impact. The Lance, however, has fewer hull hit points compared to other starfighters, making it a true glass-cannon class.

Lance Starfighter

Trident

Named for its three-wing configuration, the Trident has a lower top speed than the Lance but offers high manoeuvrability. Its primary weapons are neatly positioned on either side of the cockpit, with secondary weapon shoot points at the tips of its three wings. Currently equipped with a hit-scanning beam weapon, this configuration may be adjusted in future updates.

Trident Starfighter

Our latest update includes some noteworthy enhancements:

  • Introduction of a Goal Manager to dynamically control AI priorities
  • Level of Detail (LOD) optimizations for starfighters and turrets
  • Complete rewrite of procedural mesh generation
  • Upgrade to a newer version of Unity
  • Spectator mode
  • Quality-of-life improvements to Squadron and Store screens
  • Implementation of motion particle effects using Unity VFX
  • Various performance optimizations

See the new starfighters and above changes in the latest video:

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We plan to release another post soon to cover additional content updates that deserve articles of their own. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive notifications when we post.

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