Drone Strike Force launched into Steam Early Access 2 weeks ago and as I will re-iterate from my first weekend impressions, it has the potential to be one of the best new shooters out there! Looking to the future of the game, Odisi Games has released news on a huge update they have planned. First up will be a free trial version of the game players can try out to decide if they want to pick up the full release. Drone Strike Force is not a free to play title and has an asking price of $29.99. Seeing how the game is still relatively new and unknown, I can see the hesitation for jumping on-board. This trial version should allow users to see how fun the game is and hopefully jump into the full game! This would also have the added benefit of fixing the player count issues I note in my weekend impressions article.
The rest of the update is outlined as follows!
AI: Bots, Baby!
After all, wouldn’t high-tech fighting drones be piloted by artificial intelligence? We’ve been working hard on developing AI to add bots to the game. Bots will unlock a bunch of cool stuff:
We can experiment with new game modes that are fun with AI
Low-population matchmaking can speed up by adding bots to the mix at off-peak hours or whenever necessary
A Skirmish lobby is coming, letting pilots hone their skills in a co-op vs. AI battle while waiting for a match to pop!
New Game Mechanics
We want to make sure Drone Strike Force has a lot of tactical depth and opportunities for different viable playstyles and strategies, so we’re working on a few design changes and other features:
We’re working on an armor/weapon system change that will require a bit more strategic thinking when you’re heading into a fight
A bunch of new weapons, skills, items, & perks are in the pipeline
But wait, there’s more!
Stat tracking so you can keep tabs on your progress, including KDA and W/L
New ‘Package Run’ game mode - think Capture the Flag!
A new map! 🤯
Growing the Community
Of course, we also know we need more Drone pilots playing to make sure there’s a healthy community, good matchmaking, and one day a competitive scene for Drone Strike Force.
Weekend Happy Hours: We’re trying out weekend happy hours where you can earn extra XP and credits for each game you play, to help create concentrated play periods with high player population
Free trial: Soon, we’re going to launch a 100% free trial version of Drone Strike Force. Players can try out a limited version of the game to get a taste, so make sure to invite your friends to try it out!
Remember to join the Discord if you’re not already there! https://discord.gg/f8SXUCU
It is great to see Odisi putting so much into the game even so quickly after launch! The reworked armor sounds especially interesting to me. As of right now I feel like even though certain drones are supposed to be stronger than others they all die in about the same number of hits. New weapons being added in will also be fun to experiment with! As a whole this update sounds really flushed out and exactly what the game needs to continue growing. I will of course be providing an updated impressions piece after it drops to let you all know how it plays!
Have you picked up Drone Strike Force yet?