If you’ve read our last two developer diaries carefully, you will have learned quite a bit about the making of the spectacular new space ships in our upcoming outer space adventure Galaxy on Fire 2 – Supernova for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. However, if you’ve not just read about it in theory but also put your learning into practice by spending some time in the cockpit of such a space ship, you’ll know that even the most impressive vessel will be little more than a floating tin can ready to be taken down any second unless it’s equipped with some powerful weapons and helpful gadgets. Needless to say, we will make several new weapons systems and pieces of equipment available in the new add-on and we’d like to introduce some of them in our dev diaries. While today’s behind-the-scenes featurette will put the emphasis on some of the red-hot items and gadgets that will be part of the new expansion pack, the following developer diary will introduce an exclusive selection of the new primary weapons, secondary weapons and turrets to you! We hope you’re as excited to learn more about those new items as we are to talk about them. So let’s not waste another minute and move on to the first new apparatus right away!
As all those of you, who’ve paid attention during their astrophysics classes at school, will certainly know, an expanding supernova will set free a particularly high level of gamma radiation, which poses a serious threat to hull of every space ship exposed to it. Hence, it is almost impossible to survive in the supernova’s area of influence for more than a couple of minutes unless your vessel is protected by a special kind of radiation shield. And since the new evacuation missions and other objectives in Supernova will require you to spend quite a bit of time in the trouble area, you won’t get around installing one of the new radiation shields in your ship – or else your precious Nemesis or S’kanarr will melt faster than an icicle in hell! Once you’ve mounted it to your ship, the gamma shield generate will create a jittering plasma bubble that surrounds your whole vessel and protects it from the menacing radiation. Since the shield’s duration and resistibility cease with every passing minute, a red gamma bar on the HUD indicates how much time you’ve left until your shield’s power has ceased and the deadly gamma rays will start to damage your ship directly.
This being said, in Supernova you’ll not only be able to inflict serious damage to other ships, but also to help them out and repair them. Yeah right, all you need to do in order to assist your allies’ ships in times of trouble is to mount one of the new repair lasers and stay close to them. The handy new devices will then automatically aim at friendly space crafts and prove them with a healthy dose of energy that fills up their drained shields and repairs their damaged hulls. Technically, the repair laser is pretty similar to the tractor beam – i.e. a simple ray of light visually enhanced by an animated texture – but gameplay-wise it will add quite a few new possibilities for the players and even be mandatory for succeeding certain story-bound missions.
Another nice gadget that should be mentioned here is the so-called leech beam. Unlike the repair laser, however, this ray of concentrated radiance does not supply allied ships with additional energy but rather does it absorb power from nearby enemy vessels. The mechanisms behind it are as follows. After the target has been spotted, the leech beam establishes a radiation-band between the attacker and the victim. Due to different levels of denseness on both ends of the band, a spectral photon-transport is initiated and hence the attacker is able not only to steal energy from his target, but also to use the stolen energy for the re-charge of his own shields. Quite a handy piece of gear, isn’t it? Like all other new items, there are several versions of the leech beam available on the market and one particularly strong model even requires the player to lay hands on a rare and hard-to-obtain blue print first.
That’s it for today, fellow space pilots. As always, we’re very eager to read your feedback in the comments. What do you think about the new gadgets of our upcoming sci-fi epic GOF2 – Supernova and which of the above-mentioned items will you definitely mount to your ships? Oh, and before I forget it… did you realize that all in-game screen shots had been taken from the HD version and not the SD version of Galaxy on Fire 2 this time? The new add-on looks pretty cool on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and new iPad, doesn’t it?
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