Et comme une bonne nouvelle n’arrive jamais seule, pour l’occasion le jeu bénéficiera d’une mise à jour ajoutant des unités aériennes, et donc des possibilités tactiques et stratégiques supplémentaires. Comme ces nouvelles captures d’écrans et le communiqué suivant permettent de le voir.

Pour plus d’informations sur Shadow Empire, qui ressort donc sur la plateforme de Valve ce 3 décembre prochain, voyez cette page chez l’éditeur ou désormais aussi celle-ci sur Steam.

 

 

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Shadow Empire lands on Steam

After the huge success of the Matrix Games version published in June 2020, Shadow Empire will be released on Steam on December 3rd.

The Steam release also comes with a major update which brings improved alien fauna and air units to the game. This patch will be available for all Matrix owners as well.

Air forces are the first big post-release addition to Shadow Empire and Shadow Empire leaves nothing to chance. Your choices will heavily impact the way air forces play. Air Model types are a type of equipment that requires careful design depending on the type of planet you find yourself on. A planet with hardly any atmosphere, for example, will not be able to support Propeller Engines or Jet Engines. A lack of atmosphere means there is nothing for them to use to create lift, but using Rocket Engines might well enable you to take to the skies. Planets with both low gravity and a reasonable atmosphere will make it extremely easy to fly and airpower will likely be very important on these kinds of worlds.

The Model type tree has been extended with 8xAircraft Model types, 3xHelicopter Model types and 3xThopter Model types as well as Manpads, Flak Guns and Sam Launchers.

After the release, the Matrix Games and the Steam versions will be identical. As usual, all customers who bought or will buy the Matrix Games version will receive a free Steam key, so they can choose where to play this sci-fi 4X.

More info on the Air units:
https://www.matrixgames.com/news/shadow-empire-gains-air-units-on-december-3rd

 

Shadow Empire gains air units on December 3rd

Shadow Empire will be released on Steam on December 3rd and it comes with an exciting development: air units will be added to the game. Air forces are the first big post-release addition to the rules of Shadow Empire.

When setting up a new game you can explicitly choose to have the Air Force rules enabled or disabled as well.

Air Forces Basics

Air forces allow you to use many new tactics and strategies. From reconnaissance missions, to ground support airstrikes, to organizing Air Bridges.

However, Air Model types are a type of equipment that requires careful Model design depending on the type of planet where you find yourself.

A Planet with hardly any atmosphere will not be able to support Propellor Engines or Jet Engines, as there is nothing for them to use to create lift, but Rocket Engines might well enable you to take to the skies.

Planets with both low gravity and a reasonable atmosphere will make it extremely easy to fly and airpower will likely be important on these kinds of worlds. In the right circumstances (air pressure > gravity) Thopters will also be a viable option.

Air Model types are special in the fact that they can be very lethal but are also very vulnerable at the same time. They do not have a lot of hit points and thus are vulnerable to anti-air weaponry and interceptors.

It does require a certain level of investment, however, to develop your own Air Force. Research needs to be done and Model types have to be discovered and then designed. You’ll also need the infrastructure in the form of an air base to properly service your air units.

Additions to the Model type tree

The Model type tree has been extended with 8xAircraft Model types, 3xHelicopter Model types and 3xThopter Model types as well as Manpads, Flak Guns and Sam Launchers.

Aircraft come in 8 frame sizes. From the Ultralight Aircraft Model type to the Extra Heavy Aircraft Model type. The larger the frame the more engines and weight it can carry. They will also need air bases to operate from, unless you have developed VTOL technology.

When inspecting an aircraft in detail you can see that the aircraft in Shadow Empire have been meticulously modelled.

Helicopters come in 3 frame sizes. The largest one even has two rotors. All helicopters can take off and land anywhere they please, though they are notoriously slow compared to Aircraft and Thopters equipped with Jet Engines.

Thopters are superior to Helicopters in that they have the same advantage in being able to take off and land anywhere but being equipped with Jet Engines means they can have much higher speeds and thus a higher Dogfight Score.

New Air Missions

All these elements come together to grant you so many new options to rule your Empire. Build a new organization dedicated to Air Force Research and execute Air Missions.

– Scout unknown territories with Air Recon missions.
– Attack your opponent by launching Air Strike missions.
– Allow your Air Force to shuttle items or troops from one hex to another with Air Bridge missions.
– Set Air Intercept orders for each air unit.
– Defend your hexes with Anti-Air Intercept missions.

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