Publisher Hooded Horse and developer Takibi Games are proud to announce that their turn-based tactics game set on Mars, Mars Tactics, will be launching in 2023.
Designed for maximum player freedom and featuring destructible procedural maps, unique customizable soldiers that evolve according to battlefield events, and a dynamic strategic campaign, Mars Tactics brings a new take on tactical/strategic hybrid gameplay with a charming 3D pixel art style to boot.
About the Mars Tactics
Taking place on Mars following the discovery of a new rare element that solves Earth’s energy crisis, Mars Tactics gives players the choice of embodying the exploitative Mellon Corporation which controls the Red Planet, or leading the rebel workers fighting against their corporate overlords. Both sides must fight for control of Mars, securing territories, facilities, and assets in order to gain the upper hand and achieve their differing goals.
The game is being designed with maximum player freedom in mind, including a 360° aiming system that allows targeting any object in the game world and an advanced suppression mechanic crucial to limiting your enemies’ movement around the battlefield. Campaign economics allow you to cripple your opponent’s war effort by taking out key infrastructure, while engagement sizes range from small covert insertions of a couple of soldiers to large-scale battles featuring a dozen playable characters. Even assets such as vehicles, air support, and artillery play a role in both the strategic and tactical maps, creating exciting and deeply interactive scenarios.
Unique Personalities – Your troops develop traits and abilities dynamically based on what happens in battle. If a rookie keeps hitting lucky distant shots, he might grow into a sniper. Adapt to how your troops develop to build unique squads in every playthrough.
Dynamic Battlefields – Equipment is scarce on Mars. Look for stuff to scavenge around the battlefield. If your sniper runs out of ammo, loot an SMG from a dead combatant to stay in the fight.
Grand Warfare – Faced with a fortified enemy position? Call in an airstrike or make use of that artillery you stashed nearby. Want to make the enemy tremble? Arrive at the battlefield in armored personnel carriers, rolling right over the barricades in your path.
Emergent Economics – You’re just one agent in a dynamic and interlinked economy stretching across Mars and Earth. Wreck an ice mine during a battle and the drop in water supplies could send prices surging. (Maybe that was your goal!)
Better Strategy Layer – Battles take place in a big, interconnected world. Squads near a battle site will eventually enter combat as reinforcements. Create or block escape routes by capturing surrounding terrain. Carefully hide squads and set up ambushes.
Squad Management – You will fight across multiple battlefronts, and your soldiers can get tired or injured. Troops will be sent on special assignments to boost support for your cause or recruit rookies. Growing a deep, diverse bench of soldiers will be crucial to victory.
Goal-Oriented Action Planning – Enemy soldiers and commanders think ahead and look for creative ways to accomplish their goals. Sometimes that means retreating to fight you another day, sometimes that means luring your troops into an ambush.
Design Your Economy – Embrace the free market to buy your way to victory, or set up communes to create ultra-loyal workers? Rule Mars with an iron red fist, or listen to the concerns of your people?
Mars Tactics is scheduled for release in 2023 and can be wishlished on Steam right now.