Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak developer Blackbird Interactive, together with publisher Focus Home Interactive, has announced Hardspace: Shipbreaker.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker is a sandbox game with true-to-life physics that’s all about blowing things up in space while you creatively deconstruct spaceships.

The gameplay, shown in the Hardspace: Shipbreaker trailer above, is a combination of demolition, deconstruction, lasers, explosions, and every hazard space can throw at you. It feels like one of those sci-fi disaster movies like “Gravity.”

It also teaches a valuable lesson: one must think before acting. There are a million ways to die in outer space. You can accidentally blow a hole in the cabin and get sucked out into space while bumping and smashing into everything in your path. There are also explosions, electricity, extreme temperatures, lack of oxygen, and many, many other risks.

Speaking of risks, Blackbird Interactive decided to launch Hardspace: Shipbreaker in Early Access and develop it with constant feedback from the community. The Early Access version will include 2 classes of spaceships to salvage, multiple and upgradable salvaging tools and perks, and the first act of the story campaign.

Future content that will be released during the early access period includes more spaceships classes, missions, daily challenges, leaderboards, modding support, and more.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker

“We identified early in development that we wanted to release Hardspace: Shipbreaker on Early Access. We have a clear vision for what we think the game wants to be but there are still some things we need to figure out and we thought it would be fun to bring in the Early Access community to help us discover these things together,” says Trey Smith, Creative Director on Hardspace: Shipbreaker.

Publisher Focus Home Interactive plans to reveal the game in full during PAX East 2020. The convention will take place in Boston, between February 27 and March 1. If you’re heading there, you can see Hardspace: Shipbreaker at the Focus Home Interactive and the Blackbird Interactive booths.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker

On a personal note, I’m really hyped for this game. Not only because experiencing the physics looks like a blast; solving how to deconstruct each spaceship without horribly dying seems like an exciting puzzle.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker launches in Early Access on Steam in Summer 2020.

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