Codemasters Online and NetDevil today unveiled the wealth of spacecraft that will be available for gamers to pilot in upcoming space combat MMO, Jumpgate Evolution.
Starting with ultra-light training ships and increasing in size through combat fighters and to the vast, hulking commercial freighters that ferry cargo across the galaxy, players should be able to find a ship that suits their personal style of play. Each ship can be categorised into the following three categories.
All rookie pilots begin Jumpgate Evolution with a simple Trainer vessel, a light-duty combat craft with great handling and minimal extras, making them perfect for spaceflight learners. As players progress they can move onto more powerfully armed ships, either Combat Fighters, that specialise in ship-to-ship combat and are ideal for escort or patrol missions, or the faster, lighter Advance Fighters, which are designed for tactical reconnaissance and sabotage sorties.
These heavily armed weapon platforms' thick armour, powerful cannons and high torpedo payloads make them perfect for leading assaults on hostile capital ships, though they can be slower to manoeuvre than Fighter ships. Combat Gunboats form the backbone of any major strike force and, together with the aid of smaller support craft, pack a powerful punch. Support Gunboats possess similar levels of armour and shields as their Combat counterparts, but come loaded with Electronic Counter Measures and support abilities instead of weapons. While not directly involved in combat, they can help turn the tide of a major battle.
Commercial Cargo Ships
Commercial ships are the heart of the galaxy's economic welfare, moving commodities and goods throughout space. Though not suited for combat, all carry some level of shields and armament. Runners are fast, small to moderately-sized cargo vessels favoured by one-man delivery outfits along with pirates and smugglers. Freighters are vast cargo ships that trundle enormous quantities of commercial goods, legal or otherwise, throughout space.
Players will also have the ability to fully adapt and customise their ships with a vast range of weapons, armour set-ups and unique modifications.
You can find more about the game by checking out our interview with lead producer, Hermann Peterscheck.
Sign up to the Jumpgate Evolution Beta over on the game's official website. Jumpgate Evolution is scheduled for release in June.