Double Fine fired the Spacebase DF-9 launch trailer across our bow this morning. It’s postively teeming with space bugs, raider attacks, and aliens doing weights in their space gym. Bundled into the trailer torpedo was the announcement that owners of the space station management sim will also get a copy of Hack ’n’ Slash.
Here’s that Spacebase DF-9 trailer:
When Double fine announced that they were wrapping up development on Spacebase DF-9 owners of the Early Access build were disgruntled that it didn’t have all the features detailed when the game was announced.
Tim Schafer explained the premature release, saying that “We started Spacebase with an open ended-production plan, hoping that it would find similar success (and therefore funding) to the alpha-funded games that inspired it. Some of its early sales numbers indicated this might be the case, but slowly things changed, and it became clear that this was looking like a year and a half of production instead of five or so.”
Still, that does little to calm the hurt of cut features like time travel, a holodeck, and killer robots. A free game might help.
“As a bonus for the customers who have supported us thus far, anyone who already owns the game gets a free copy of Hack ‘n’ Slash, and anyone who owns Hack ‘n’ Slash gets a free copy of Spacebase,” writes Spacebase’s director JP LeBreton.
The 1.0 release shouldn’t be considered a quitting effort by Double fine, it comes with some hefty new additions. “This release adds a Tutorial Mode for newcomers and a Goals screen that gives players objectives to work toward,” says Breton.
More importantly for those missing the cut features, Double fine have released the LUA source code, opening up the possibility for modders to make what’s missing.
The full patch notes for v1.0 can be found on the next page.