Most space combat games focus on single-pilot fighter craft going head-to-head in zero-G dogfights. However, publisher Grey Box is going bigger with Dreadnought--a lot bigger. Due this year for PC, Dreadnought puts players in command of massive capital ships in five-on-five online battles. These ships can operate both in space and near planets, making for some rich and detailed settings in which to engage with the enemy.
Instead of zipping around in nimble fighters, captains must make bigger-picture decisions, managing a computer-controlled crew while coordinating with teammates to make the most of their ships' devastating armaments. These huge ships offer lots of room for customization, from armaments to engines to cosmetic appearance. Of course, a capital ship would be nothing without its squadrons of individual fighters, which can also be customized and commanded from the captain's chair.
Developed by YAGER Development GmbH, Dreadnought also features a story-driven single-player campaign. Whether playing solo or online, players have access to a range of progression paths for skills, ships, and even crews. Those upgrades will prove crucial in the variety of game modes, from traditional deathmatch to what the publisher calls a unique take on team elimination.
Expect to see a great deal more from Dreadnought before its release later this year. With the size of those ships, there will be quite a lot to see.