Hardspace: Shipbreaker’s new update revamps its story and tutorial

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Hardspace: Shipbreaker sits you in front of a moist gateau and hands you a cake slice, only the gateau is a stylish spaceship and the cake slice is a metal-severing laser. It’s immediately compelling, as you cut into your rich dessert to extract its delicious insides without accidentally slicing a cherry. In this metaphor, the cherries are explosives.

After a while, I found its early access release got a little lonely and a little samey, but that might have changed with today’s “Salvage Your Future” update. It revamps Shipbreaker’s campaign and introduces four new voiced characters.

I loved Hardspace: Shipbreaker when I played it last year, but held off on celebrating it in our end-of-year lists because it felt like it would only get better with more time in development. Today’s update is basically vindication of me and my opinions, in other words.

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The revised campaign introduces act 1 of a proper story, in which you’ll be guided via a new tutorial, advance from ranks 1 to 7, and meet and interact with fellow shipbreakers. They’re all voiced, although currently the voice acting is placeholder work done by internal developers, and they’ll be replaced by professionals in a future update.

You can read the update’s full list of changes but there are also changes to difficulty, how objectives are structured, early game ship variety (aka the “sameyness” I mentioned above), a HUD revamp and a lot more.

If you’ve not played Hardspace at all, I recommend it heartily. Also Sin recommended it heartily. But as someone who has played it, I’m going to wait until it hits 1.0 before I go back for more.

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