Rebel Galaxy developer Double Damage Games has announced it is hard at work on a sequel to its cowboy-themed combat and mercantile space sim titled Rebel Galaxy Outlaw. Technically a prequel because the game’s event take place 34 years prior to the first entry in the series, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw’s announcement was accompanied by a public service announcement from none other than floppy-eared alien Sandar D’Truz.
The PSA follows in the footsteps of the irreverent tone of the original with a choice use of words that are definitely NSFW. More interestingly it includes a thinly-veiled jab at Star Citizen, specifically the recently announced $27,000 Legatus DLC, which required $1000 simply to know what the pack contains.
As for the story, you’ll take control of reformed outlaw and smuggler Juno Markev who, after her husband’s untimely murder, is on a revenge mission. Through various twists and turns, she ends up downtrodden and shipless after a sketchy dive bar encounter. A philanthropic casino mogul steps in with a less-than-desirable rusty ship and a hefty debt with Markev’s name on it. Starting from the bottom, Markev must crawl her way back to the top of the food chain through high-stakes dogfights among the stars, trading and smuggling missions, and visits to the disreputable dive bars peppering the Rebel Galaxy Outlaw’s Dodge sector.
The game will predominantly take place inside the comforts of the cockpit, though each bar offers new jobs to take on as well as a selection of mini games from drinking hole classics like billiards and poker, to arcade-style shoot ‘em ups and slot machines. To accompany all the fun, there’s over 21 hours of radio air time scattered across 7 different stations with music, adverts, and the usual DJs spewing drivel.
In a move away from the limited, and much maligned, 2-dimensional plane of left/right controls found in Rebel Galaxy, this time around Double Damage are loosening up the restrictions and allowing up/down movement as well. The developer is eager to retain the unrealistically agile and responsive, yet supremely enjoyable feel of space flight foregoing the most common space sim issues, notably targeting enemies. As such, Outlaw will feature an auto-pursuit mechanism which hones in on enemies in an instant to allow for more time shooting and destroying in keeping with the series’ greasy, explosive feel.
From a few select clips released on Twitter, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw promises to retain the frenzied, fast-paced emote-touting combat and obnoxious explosions from the original. Double Damage has marked Rebel Galaxy Outlaw for release early 2019 on PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch.