Epoch Star is a cross genre Epic Space Adventure / Space RPG in the spirit of older games such as Star Control II and Starflight. The player chooses a ship and his crew’s statistics. As the game progresses, the player may upgrade his ship with new weapons and devices, or may upgrade to a new ship altogether. His crew also gains experience as the game progresses and may use the experience gained to improve his crew’s skills. The player is given tasks to accomplish in the form of missions, and through the dialog in those missions, the plot of the Epic is gradually revealed to the player. Combat is intended to be fast paced and action oriented, and game play includes character building aspects of an RPG.
Epoch Star is currently in a pre-alpha phase, and is not currently feature complete. Also, it has been tested on limited hardware.
1Ghz Pentium 3 or better; 256 MB of RAM; 150 MB Hard Drive space; 32 MB Video Card tested primarily with Nvidia and ATI cards. DirectX 8.1 or better. Pixel shaders only work on ATI cards at the moment.