Fractured Space Now Free-To-Play

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Fractured Space is all about big ships, big maps, and big battles. Rather than focus on the micro level of piloting one-person fighters, you instead take command of an imposing capital ship to bring ruin to your foes (with the help of four other player-controlled gigantic vessels at your side). And as Fractured Space approaches its eventual go-live date, the game is now officially free-to-play.

On top of that, Fractured Space’s devs (Edge Case Games) polished off a meaty new update to go with it. The latest patch enhances overall game balance and gameplay, and adds the Drop System—a method of rewarding players for their various adventures, including special achievements that grant new medals as new missions pop up. The Drop System additionally makes the experience of obtaining extra crew members more enjoyable than ever. Edge Case Games also added a firing range (for field-testing your kitted-out cruiser before committing to actual firefights) and a refitted tutorial for Fractured Space rookies. These features help unfamiliar or newer players easily adjust to the game’s multiple approaches to victory.

“This is a major milestone toward our vision of the final game release,” said Edge Case Games CEO James Brooksby. “We listen to our community and get their feedback, and this continues to help us shape the game. Fractured Space is fundamentally team-based and we believe the new update will add a strong competitive element to our universe and increase accessibility to new players.”

The basis of Fractured Space really lies at the heart of teamwork, strategy, coordination, and tactics. Your capitol ship is powerful, but it won’t last long if you and your team can’t stick together and formulate a plan. The combat is frantic, close-quarters, and brutal, and you’ll often need to create back-up solutions should your initial attacks falter. Luckily, you have plenty of options at your disposal to tweak your warship, and you can always adjust it to fit a certain role. From the beginning, you can choose your ship’s class, manufacturer, and all its weapons; every ship has its own unique look and feel—some resemble the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, while others wouldn’t look out of place in a Battlestar Galactica episode.

As you venture out into the cold void of the solar system and start accumulating hard-fought triumphs, you’ll gain experience that unlocks the ability to control additional spacecraft, and valuable credits that are needed to get them into the fleet. The key to sustained wins is understanding precisely what your ship is capable of, while simultaneously recognizing the value of your comrades and what they can contribute. Precise communications and on-the-fly thinking always usurp just blasting away at the nearest piece of metal in front of you. You’ll have to activate your ship’s special abilities at the right moments to gain advantages over the bad guys. Naturally, it will take some time for all this strategizing to come together seamlessly, but the more space battles you partake in, the more knowledge and acumen you’ll gain. Fractured Space plays similar to a MOBA, and it incorporates elements such as lanes to the opponents’ base and the need to transport your craft to aid a teammate who’s suddenly found themselves in a heap of trouble. Each sector of a map is broken out into different areas, which gives the game an epic feel as you power forward to wipe out the opposition.

Fractured Space is built off the Unreal 4 Engine, and the in-game action is an incredible sight to behold. Fires burn and pop against charred hulls, lasers and exotic particle weapons snap through the blackness of space, and monolithic asteroids float lazily past phantom planets underneath your ship. The game’s fantastic graphics are only made better if you’re using an NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card, such as the recently released (and highly praised) GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, both of which are based off the brand new Pascal architecture. And since Fractured Space is now free-to-play, all you need to do is download the game to get started. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to take the chair as Captain Kirk or Captain Picard, Fractured Space is the next best thing.

For more information on Fractured Space, you can check out the game’s homepage, as well as reputable news sites such as Rock, Paper, Shotgun, IGN, and PC Gamer.