The ability to blow stuff up in video games is one of the medium’s most simple pleasures. It’s the way gorgeous plumes of flames and smoke that puff up each time you get a direct hit, it’s the way your bullets and missiles zip through basic enemies like a knife through butter and it’s the sudden thrill when you realise that you’ve destroyed all of your opponents, with none of them being able to stop you.
It’s this gameplay joy that Stellar Jockeys’ new game, Brigador, could deliver. A tactical mech blaster, Brigador gets you to pick one of three factions and then shoot your way through a city called Solo Nobre. It’ll be released on Steam Early Access in October and you can watch a brand new trailer for it after the break.
Brigador Release Date
The plot behind Brigador is that the Solo Nobre Concern (SNC) wants the game’s city to be peaceful, profitable and most importantly, they want to control it. They can’t land troops on the ground though, due to the orbital guns, and so instead, they issue thousands of contracts which each offer monetary rewards to those who blast the heck out of the city and ruin its defense.s That’s where you come in.
As the trailer details, there are three different factions: Loyalists, Corvids, and Spacers. The biggest difference between the three appears to be the type of vehicle that they use to do the blasting. These are split between mechs, tanks and agravs (anti-gravity vehicles) and these in turn have light, medium and heavy variations. The vehicles also have different weapons, with flare guns, flamethrowers and siege mortars all being planned. Stellar Jockeys says that 15 vehicles and 25 weapons will be available when Brigador launches on Early Access, but twice as many will be added to the game before its final release.
Part of Brigador‘s fun is actually unlocking these extra weapons, vehicles and even new pilots. The entire point of those SNC contracts is that when you complete objectives and explode the city’s scenery (everything has a monetary value) you earn money, and if you can stay alive for long enough, you’ll be able to spend that cash on upgrades and unlocks. Not that players really needed an excuse to cause more mayhem, mind you, but it could make Brigador incredibly fun and incredibly replayable too.
Brigador will be released on October 20, 2015 on PC, Mac and Linux via Steam Early Access. A full release of the game is expected in 2016.