Spacelords Interview — Director Talks Relaunch, Cross-Play, Free to Play, Next-Gen, and Much More

By now, you probably already know that MercurySteam‘s Raiders of the Broken Planet is going to be relaunched as Spacelords and it’s going to be free to play.

Yet, this kind of operation is definitely complex, and can’t be covered simply by a press release. Earlier this week, DualShockers traveled to San Sebastian de Los Reyes, Spain, and visited MercurySteam’s HQ to talk with the developers and learn about this massive change and what it entails.

First and foremost, we interviewed Studio Head and Game Director Enric Álvarez, who talked about a wide variety of topics.

We learn the concept behind the title “Spacelords” and the fact that the developer never considered loot boxes despite going the free to play route. We even heard that the game would be perfect for the Switch, but manpower constraints prevented the studio from porting the game to Nintendo’s new platform (yet, never say never).

Interestingly, Álvarez explains how cross-play will work (PC players will be able to play with both PS4 and Xbox One players, but the two consoles will predictably remain separate), and gives his opinion on the possibility of having full cross-play in the future, which would actually make life easier for developers as well as gamers.

You can watch the full interview below, and stay tuned for much more over the next couple of days.

If you want to learn more about Raiders of the Broken Planet‘s relaunch as Spacelords and see the new trailer, you can check out our dedicated article.

The update that will turn the game into Spacelords will be available on August 23rd for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Raiders of the Broken Planet New Campaign Hades Betrayal Releases

The new standalone campaign to Raiders of the Broken Planet has been released. Titled as Hades Betrayal, it brings some radical changes to the entirety of the game. A visual redesign and other new game features have been added. Other features to the new content include four new story missions for single-player, 4-player co-op, or 4-v-1 Antagonist mode.

While offering a new redesign to its players, Hades Betrayal also brings changes to the progression and reward system that many were accustomed to. Ayana the privateer is also a new exclusive character, and Harec with his Raiders must convince Ayana to betray the powerful Hades Division. A doomsday weapon will shake the balances of power should General Krausher have the chance to deploy it, and Ayana is the only one who can help the Raiders stop him.

The game director for Raiders of the Broken Planet, Enric Álvarez, speaks on the changes made in the new addition:

The team has spent hundreds of hours reviewing gameplay data and listening to the fans’ advice, and all the changes we have implemented into the game have been directly influenced by that feedback…Introducing all those changes to the game while working on arguably our most ambitious campaign to date has been a monumental task, but the team has exceeded themselves. Raiders of the Broken Planet is now a very different proposition from the game we launched last year and a much better game as a result.

Readers more interested on changes to the new progression system for Raiders of the Broken Planet can watch Enric explain more in another video about the Hades Betrayal update.

Hades Betrayal has a price of $9.99, and can be found on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms. Want to know more about Raiders of the Broken Planet and its new campaign, Hades Betrayal? Then check out the new release trailer below, or maybe gander at the official website for more Raiders of the Broken Planet information.

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Raiders of the Broken Planet Open Beta Announced for All Platforms

Today, MercurySteam announced an open beta for its newest game, Raiders of the Broken Planet. On September 15, and 16, players will have the opportunity to download the game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and try out the third-person shooter. Two missions will be available for players to enjoy during the two day period.

First Round is the game’s tutorial featuring the leader of the Raiders, Harec. The introductory mission will be the only single-player exclusive content available.

In Hanging by the Thread, players will invade an enemy airship to rescue the “unhinged warrior of legend,” Lycus Dion. Unlike the tutorial mentioned above, this mission, as well as the upcoming campaign, can be experienced in single or multiplayer.

First Round, and Hanging by the Thread make up the Prologue for Raiders of the Broken Planet which will be available to download for free on launch. The two aforementioned missions will release alongside the game’s first campaign, Alien Myths, for $9.99. This will be the first of four stories available for the new shooter.

Additionally, the newest video in MercurySteam’s #DevShouts – Character Focus series was revealed showcasing Lycus Dion. Players will receive tips and tricks from the developers on the showcase’s featured character.

Raiders of the Broken Planet launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 22.

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