Naumachia

12 Feb

I never thought I’d see the day where I’d be able to follow independent games.  I don’t mean that I don’t like indie games, it’s just that mods usually start up, sometimes finish the game, then the team disbands or become professionals.  Well, it turns out the core team behind the amazingly innovative Half-Life mod The Specialists has decided (even after getting jobs in the industry) to build another game.  

I was referred to the mod under the recommendation that it was “Freespace 3”.  To be honest I didn’t play all that much Freespace (not at the time of its initial release, anyways) but I’ve been irking for a new space dogfighting game ever since X-Wing vs Tie Fighter.

Plus, it’s got one of those edumacational names — Naumachia refers to the massive staged sea battles the Romans would set up to honor a military triumph (the successful end of a war).  Think gladiators, only thousands of them on boats in a manmade lake, battling it out while people watched.  Not sure if the context of the name actually plays into any sort of premise the game might have, but like The Specialists it looks like they’ve designed another great game with a great image.

Here’s a link to their site where you can find some screenshots and extra info: http://naumachia.aureasection.com/

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