Void Of Darkness is one developer's attempt to go beyond Starflight, the classic 1986 space adventure that puts you at the helm of a tiny ship in an enormous universe.
Tropical Games' Justin Sampson has laboured long and hard to create an entire galaxy to explore, throwing you in headfirst as an ambassador of the human race. You'll trade, battle, mine, parley and chart strange new worlds in a bid for galactic dominance, and to cement humanity's place amongst the stars, with no preset objective save your own moral compass. The gameplay pillars are in place, such as in-depth bartering, accessible yet nuanced twin-stick combat, numerous races, diplomacy, warp travel, scanning and all the mod cons you'd expect from a truly freeform space odyssey.
However, Void Of Darkness is also still in need of some serious polish and more than a little bug fixing. To his credit, Sampson has continually issued new updates in line with player feedback - the latest of which, v.1.1, is set to go live imminently.
We'll have a full review and in-depth video impressions of the brand new build very soon, but for now, here's a taster of the trials and tribulations of exploring the wild black yonder.