There are few things more jarring than cresting a hill upon your return, only to see your industrial stain on the land sprawl before you. What you build at the beginning might look quaint - a few shipping-container-sized buildings here and there - but what developer Coffee Stain showed me in a demo, of a factory roughly 40 hours in the building, was a different matter. It was fully the size of a city - ginormous - with hulking, multi-level hangars dominating the landscape, conveyors snaked between them like motorways, and chimneys clustered like trees in a forest, belching out their smoggy canopy. The player needed a jetpack just to get around (the decision to make Satisfactory first-person does wonders for the sense of scale). … [Read more...] about The wrenching pleasure of despoiling alien planets for factories in Satisfactory
Mentioning “moving fast”, Beauverger confirms that the skill I saw being used in the demo at the Focus What’s Next Showcase is a viable combat option. Vampires have evolved way beyond jumping, instead turning into clouds of black smoke and rushing towards their target, invulnerable whilst moving at this great speed. To affect your foes without drawing your pistol, you can also mesmerise them and take control of minds. We’ve already seen this in the demo, as you can use the skill to lead a victim away into the dark where you can feast on them. Witnessing this in combat, however, would be fascinating - could you turn them against their friends? Send them into a frenzy? Beauverger wouldn’t let anything else slip about the potential of mesmerising, so we’ll have to wildly speculate for now. … [Read more...] about Stop it Vampyr, you’re bloody spoiling us: 4 types of vampire (so far) and 3 ways to rip people apart?!