I’ll admit to having a soft spot for anything science fiction. Aliens, spaceships, time travel, anything science-y pulls me towards it like a vast black hole. NetDevil’s reincarnation of Jumpgate, appropriately titled Jumpgate Evolution, had my ear for some time. Then the title went dark after being delayed from its June 2009 release date.
NetDevil’s Scott Brown created a new thread on the official community forum to let the community know that the game is alive and well. In fact, his bullet point list details some of the drastic changes that have been made since missing its original release date.
-”Battlespace” returning to more of its simulator roots from Classic, really a place to practice not advance. I know this will make some of you happy in that advancing will only happen in “real” space not instant action type playing. I still hope to have some achievements/leader board materials form here but not likely to have any equipment or pilot advancing type effects.
-Lots of work on missions. With the new design team map layouts, mission stories, the types of things you do in missions, etc is all MUCH more interesting and varied than ever before. The kinds of things we can now do is very advanced.
-Better faction definition. The stories in the game really tell all about your faction and why you are at war with the others. The story is also darker than before with many of the missions you fly feeling more gray than the typical black and white always doing the good thing type story.
-PvP. Lots and lots of work on systems for PvP, new maps, new game play, new forms of advancement, player built battle stations, capturing sectors, etc. The scope and feel of the massive space battles you will be taking part in against other players will be, IMHO, what really sets us apart.
-AI functionality. Tons of work on making the AI both the right difficulty (it was way to easy before) and also varied in behavior.
Looks like a handful of core systems and mechanics have recieved complete overhauls. Consider my interests perked, for the second time.
With so many changes in the works it is no wonder why Jumpgate Evoltion is still without a release window.