As you might have guessed, the new mini-games featured in our previous Developer Diary are of course not the only new gameplay features, which have found their way into Galaxy on Fire 2™ – Supernova, the upcoming add-on to our popular open space shooter for iPhone and iPad. To make sure that Supernova™ will be keep the players entertained for many hours and offer a lot of thrill and excitement for novice and veteran players alike, we have also added a lot of new mission types to the forthcoming expansion pack. One of the coolest and most interesting new challenges – at least in my opinion – is without a doubt a novel gameplay mode called bounty hunting! Yeah right, in Supernova you can totally follow in footsteps of Boba Fett & Co and hunt down the galaxy’s most wanted criminals for a handful of credits! In our fifth Developer Diary for the second add-on to the Galaxy on Fire™ saga, we want to give you some more information about the unique procedures and mechanics of this new gameplay feature and also give you a little teaser of the amazing rewards that you might lay your hands on if you decide to make a living as an intergalactic bounty hunter. Mount your missiles and load your guns, fellas. Cause catchin’ the most wanted criminals of the universe surely ain’t child’s play!
The first particularity that you will notice about bounty hunting is the fact that it is not available right from the start. The Terran Federation and the other factions only grant you access to their security servers, which contain the names, whereabouts and travel destinations of their most dangerous enemies, after you’ve gained their trust and mastered a number of story-bound missions. However, once you’ve reached that point and got access to the invaluable pieces of information stored on the hard disks of the most wanted terminals, the hunt begins! Starting at your target’s current destination, you’ll have to follow their travel route from jump gate to jump gate and scan all ships in the respective orbits. As soon as your scanner indicates a name in red letters, you’ve found your target. Taking it down, however, is not as easy as it sounds, because quite often these mobsters are surrounded by half a dozen pirate underlings, whom you’ve got to blow to pieces first before you can lay hands on their boss. The unavoidable dog fight gets particularly tricky, when the gang of thugs is already involved in a raging battle against the adjoining station’s security force. Especially if you got scatter guns or thermo-weapons installed, the broad distribution of the shots and explosions might cause unintended friendly fire quite easily – and sooner than you think you will not just be up against a band of space pirates, but also against a heavily armed and extremely hacked off security squadron.
The routes you’ll have to follow in order to get hold of your target may vary in length quite a bit. Sometimes you just need to browse two or three orbits in order to find your prey and sometimes you need to travel through half of the galaxy before you’re able to face your adversary in the ultimate showdown. But you’ll better be quick. With several thousands of credits bounty on their heads, the galaxy’s most wanted criminals will surely not stay in one place too long. And if you waste too much time or if you don’t check their latest whereabouts at least every now and then, they might have changed their travel route in the meantime and taken course to an entirely different star system than the one you’ve been heading for. Also, some particularly shifty individuals might sell out their friends and give you the names of even higher-ranking criminals, if you let them live and don’t blow their vessels into pieces. As you see, bounty hunting in the Galaxy on Fire universe is quite a challenge… but it’s definitely worth the effort, because some of your targets will not only carry valuable cargo and bring in nice rewards, but even fly totally unique space ships, which you’ll be able to take over and fly yourself, once you’ve taken out their pilots. You can already take a sneak peek at one of those special Most Wanted ships, the fierce and ferocious Bloodstar, on the screen shot below. If you’ve got what it takes to defeat the ruthless Nivelian arms dealer in its cockpit, this beauty will be the next addition to your fleet!
Well, fellow space pilots, what do you say? Do you still plan to keep the peaceful live of a trader or craftsman and earn your credits without ever pulling the trigger of your Disruptor Laser? Or are you already burning to take on the most dangerous dealers, pirates and terrorists in the galaxy and steal their custom-made space ships? Let us know in the comments…
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