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Today’s Spotlight is Crying Suns, a new tactical roguelite by Alt Shift and Humble Bundle.
After 700 years, humanity’s once-prosperous Galactic Empire has been thrown into anarchy. The god-like OMNI machines that the Empire relied upon have mysteriously shut down, and humanity is now on the verge of extinction.
You play as one of the clones of the Empire’s greatest admiral, and are tasked with saving the human race by leading your fleet across the stars to reactivate the dormant OMNIs. You can check out the launch trailer above.
Here’s a rundown of the game:
When FTL meets Foundation
Crying Suns is a rogue-lite and tactical game where you explore a dying galaxy as the admiral of a space fleet. As a deep story-driven game experience, each successful run will uncover a part of the underlying truth about the fall of the galactic Empire.
The story: The epic journey of a clone
After 700 years of peace and prosperity, the Galactic Empire has suddenly been shattered into pieces. The OMNIs, god-like machines which did everything for their human masters, have mysteriously shut down. And humankind, having long since lost the ability to survive on its own, is dangerously close to extinction. But somewhere in a far corner of the Galaxy is Gehenna, a planet of ice and rock and a top-secret facility that is the pinnacle of Imperial Tech and also humanity’s last chance.
You are a clone of Admiral Ellys Idaho, a weapon fashioned from flesh, the best Imperial Admiral ever to battle in the stars and you have just been awoken on this planet by its strange and darkly-humorous Guardian, Kaliban, the last functional OMNI to exist.
Your mission: skillfully command a battleship through the Empire’s now chaotic, violent clusters ––where one wrong move could be your last–– as you try to reactivate the OMNIs and save the future of all humankind. But you must leave Gehenna now…. for time has almost run out.
- Space exploration in a procedurally-generated universe
- Tactical fights between battleships and their squadron fleets
- More than 300 possible story events
- A deep and dramatic storyline structured in 6 chapters
- A dark and disturbing atmosphere inspired by our favorite S-F universes (Foundation, Dune, Battlestar Galactica)
Prepare to die often, it’s a rogue-lite game… And it’s a hard one…
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