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Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut - Overview video

Few genres have fallen off the face of the Earth harder than space combat games. For better and worse, Strike Suit Zero is a revival of the form, bringing the omnidirectional dogfighting (cool!) and repetitive mission structure (less cool!) that the genre was occasionally known for into the modern age. Of course, it's not without innovation; the addition of winged mechs and frequent Itano Circuses are both very, very welcome here. In today's Overview, Arthur and I try out the game's recently released Director's Cut, which hit Xbox One and PlayStation 4 last week. We also discuss our hopes that space games will soon have their Renaissance, and briefly ponder the career trajectory of one Freddie Prinze Jr.

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Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut hits April 8 on PS4 and Xbox One, PC later

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut will be released April 8 in North America on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $19.99, developer Born Ready Games announced today. European PS4 owners will have to wait until April 9. The Director's Cut will be cheaper on PS4 than Xbox One in the U.K. (£15.39 instead of £15.99) and Europe (€17.99 instead of €19.99). The launch date represents a slight delay from the previously announced release window of March 2014. Born Ready said today on Twitter that the Director's Cut will be available on PC as well; the studio doesn't yet have a concrete release date, but it will be "very close to the console launch." In a new developer diary, Born Ready explained all the changes and upgrades included in the Director's Cut of Strike Suit Zero; the game was originally...

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ID@Xbox trailer presents the indie games coming to Xbox One

Xbox One's ID@Xbox program for independent games development started certifying its first games last month, and now Xbox is giving a preview of the games to come with this trailer spotlighting four of them. They are: Super Time Force, the well known platformer Capybara Games has been building since 2011. Strike Suit Zero, a space combat game which swaps between a cockpit perspective and a third-person view when the fighter transforms into a mecha. Born Ready Games is the developer. It Draws a Red Box, or IDARB, a bizarre 8-player game by Other Ocean, which blends sports, platforming and fighting games such as the Smash Bros. series. Spectra: 8bit Racing, a procedural racing game inspired by F-Zero, coming from Gateway Interactive. And FRU, a platformer from Through Games that...

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1001 Spikes, Guacamelee and CastleStorm among first wave of ID@Xbox indie games

At GDC today Microsoft unveiled more details about its first wave of independent Xbox One games, launching under the ID@Xbox umbrella. Originally announced last year, the scheme allows indies to publish games for Xbox One. "Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible so developers can focus on what matters most: creating the games you're beginning to see today," said games director Chris Charla. Firm release dates have not been announced, but among the games coming "soon" include the following, some of which have been released in some form or another on other platforms. Polygon will have a full report on today's ID@Xbox showcase later today. 1001 Spikes by Nicalis: Tough side-scroller offering 1001 lives to get through the game. Calibre 10 Racing Series by Bongfish:...

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Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut hits PS4, Xbox One next month

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut, an enhanced version of developer Born Ready Games' space flight combat game with bonus features, will launch in March for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to a tweet from the game's official account. The Director's Cut will include a slightly different campaign from the PC version. The first handful of missions from the campaign has been rearranged to get players into the pilot's seat of their Strike Suits earlier in the storyline, which has also been tweaked and given new dialogue. This version will also feature souped-up graphics and upscaled ships, lighting and textures. The PS4 and Xbox One versions include bonus add-on content: the Heroes of the Fleet mission pack, which includes five new missions, and the Maradaur and Raptor Strike Suits. S...

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Humble Indie Bundle X adds Hoard, Strike Suit Zero, Toki Tori 2

The Humble Indie Bundle X pay-what-you-want compilation of indie games expanded today with the addition of three more titles, organizers announced. The DRM-free bundle now includes Big Sandwich Games' dragon-infused action-strategy game Hoard, Born Ready Games' futuristic shooter Strike Suit Zero and Two Tribes' platform puzzle game Toki Tori 2+. The three games join Freebird Games' To the Moon, Hello Games' Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Minority Media's Papo & Yo and Gaijin Games' Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, which were already part of the bundle. You can get the three new games, as well as Reus and Surgeon Simulator 2013, by paying more than the average selling price, which is $5.24 as of this writing. The Humble Indie Bundle X will be available until...

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Strike Suit Zero developer hit by Guildford floods (update)

Born Ready Games, the studio best known for its work on Strike Suit Zero, was hit by the same floods that affected No Man's Sky developer Hello Games over Christmas Eve, the studio announced today via Twitter. Over the Christmas period, parts of the U.K. experienced severe storms, which led to broken riverbanks and flooding. Born Ready Games posted photos to Twitter today showing parts of its office under an inch of water. While there appears to be damage caused to the office itself, the studio tweeted: "Fortunately we were able to get PCs on desks before the worst of it hit." Thanks for everybody's concern RE: Guildford floods. Unfortunately the studio has indeed been hit -- pic.twitter.com/znqXsglvhJ — Born Ready Games (@BornReadyGames) December 26, 2013 Fortunately we were...

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Gamefly Digital Indie-pendence Sale discounts Strike Suit Zero, Sanctum 2, Bit.Trip Runner 2 and more

Windows PC users can pick up 22 downloadable indie titles, including Strike Suit Zero, Sanctum 2, Bit.Trip Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien and more, for a discount through the Gamefly Digital Indie-pendence Sale. Sale prices range from $1.25 for Section 8 to to $22.49 for the Sanctum 2 four-pack. Other As part of the sale, Gamefly members can grab Velvet Assassin, Insecticide Part 1 and Roogoo for free. Other titles on offer include Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD for $4.99, Stronghold 3 Gold for $7.49 and Bad Bots for $2.49. The sale ends July 9 at 1:00 p.m ET and the full list of games is available to view on the Gamefly Digital Indie-pendence Sale page. North American consumers are invited to GamerDeals 20 percent discount coupon and UK consumers can use Dealzon's 20 percent...

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Strike Suit Zero gets DLC with five new missions, free mod tools and Steam Workshop support

Strike Suit Zero's Heroes of the Fleet DLC is available now and brings five new missions to Born Ready Games' space combat shooter, the company announced today. The $6.99 Heroes of the Fleet DLC is available now on Steam, where owners of Strike Suit Zero can also download the game's new free mod tools, which include Steam Workshop support. All Strike Suit Zero content is on sale for 50 percent off through May 26 on Steam, including the Mega Bundle, which includes the game, an art book and the game's DLC for $19.99 (regularly $39.99). Strike Suit Zero is available now for Windows PC, and Born Ready is developing Mac and Linux versions for later this year. For more on Strike Suit Zero, be sure to read Polygon's review.

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Strike Suit Infinity launches today alongside a brand-new trailer

Strike Suit Infinity, the standalone expansion to space mech combat game Strike Suit Zero, hits Steam today with a launch trailer to commemorate the occasion. As the name might suggest, Infinity is a survival-type game in which the player's forces are tested against increasingly deadly waves of enemies, with defeat being a question of when, not if. Players will be able to pilot and upgrade one of three Strike Suit mechs and purchase reinforcements and other weaponry to stand a better chance at holding out just that much longer. Strike Suit Infinity is now available on Steam for $6.99.

Strike Suit Zero Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 01/24/2013
    • Publisher Born Ready Games
    • Developer Born Ready Games
    • Score 6.5
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