If you’ve ever spoken to Ken Seto, CEO of Massive Damage in Toronto, you’ll know that the project that his team has been working on is fueled by passion.
The name Halcyon 6 began confusing people years ago when the team at Massive Damage started their word-of-mouth pursuit of potential Kickstarter funding. Pronounced “Hal-see-in”, this epic genre-blend sci-fi indie darling closed a very successful kickstarter campaign in the spring of 2015, and now they’re set to launch early-access on steam on April 21, 2016.
“In the midst of a disastrous war, you and your ragtag group of Terran officers discover an ancient, derelict space station, and attempt to harness its mysterious power to turn the war’s tides in a grand, desperate campaign to save the human race from extinction.”
The beautiful combination of turn-based RPG elements, with a Sci-Fi setting, a building/management simulator, and epic pixel-art, is sure to turn a few heads once the title hits the Steam Store.
“Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander” is a love-child who’s parents are sickly nostalgic for all the right reasons. Massive Damange is a Toronto based indie dev studio created by tag-team brothers Ken and Garry Seto. Their focus has always been to create amazing mobile games that are compelling experiences.
Massive’s first game, Please Stay Calm, was one of the first big successes in the location-based multiplayer mobile titles. Which has seen exponential growth in popularity with Google’s Ingress, and now Pokemon Go (set to release this year).
While I haven’t gotten my hands on Halcyon 6 outside of a small tech demo, it hasn’t left my list of most anticipated games being released in 2016. A list I’ve never actually written out, so you’ll just have to take my word on its existence.
The art style reminds of of my short-term obsession with Tiny Tower, and is a beautiful classic, yet somewhat modern pixel waterfall of pretty visuals. Both the alien races, and humans are all so cute, and still bad-ass looking. The ship designs are so neat that they belong taped on the inside of your high school locker door (I wasn’t the most popular kid in school).
Maybe that’s what Halcyon 6 brings that has caught so many gazes; memories. That nostalgic romance with some of the RPGs, tactics, and unique games from our childhood. The kind of love that makes us shudder when the inevitable reboot is announced.
“As kids, we all grew up playing these amazing 90s space role-playing and adventure games and we really wanted to bring that sense of mystery, humour, and nostalgia in the way we designed the Halcyon 6 universe, alien cultures, and player characters’ interactions.” said Ken Seto, CEO of Massive Damage.
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander is set to hit the Steam Store in early-access on April 21st and will cost $17.
In my opinion, this title is setting itself up to be a strong contender in Game Of The Year conversations, so if you’re looking for a good time, or to sink a galactic bundle of hours into an indie labor of love, be sure to pick up a copy.
See you in the Halcyon sector.