Those familiar with the Southeast Asian gaming industry will undoubtedly recognise Kaigan Games, a pioneer in the space who have carved a very specific niche for themselves.
The Malaysian studio has risen to prominence with their penchant for making mystery-horror games set through the lens of modern smartphones, including their viral hit Sarah is Missing and the entire Simulacra series.
They have even made an official Doctor Who video game adaptation with the same gameplay elements in Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins. Now, the studio is looking to pivot from the formula and try something new.
Nullspace, the latest upcoming game by Kaigan Games, is a real-time strategy adventure set in outer space. It combines exploration and RPG elements to deliver a narrative adventure that spans the cosmos.
The events of Nullspace take place after humanity launches itself across the stars to colonise new worlds and gather new resources. In the farthest reaches of space, a strange artifact from an ancient civilisation has unlocked to secrets of faster-than-light travel. This discovery divides humans into various warring factions, fighting for dominance over one another.
Players engage in realistic space combat, commanding hundreds of ships of various types into battle, from small strike crafts to massive capital ships. Battles are also backed up by a fully physics-based movement and combat system.
Outside of battles, players can navigate an open interstellar map and discover new star systems and colonies. On these planets, players can et up bases, gather resources, and build up their fleet.
True to Kaigan Games’ other games, players can experience a rich story, set in a hard sci-fi setting instead of their usual modern-day backdrops. Players are led along a narratively driven campaign, complete with side quests and multiple endings.
Nullspace recently won the Best in Play award at this year’s Game Developers Conference, in recognition of the game’s stellar gameplay. Nullspace has no set release date just yet, so keep your eyes peeled for that.