Last year I reviewed Halcyon 6, a Star Trek-inspired scifi RPG that had a little bit of everything: XCOM style base building, JRPG-style turn based combat, 4X-style exploration and a gripping, tongue-in-cheek storyline that referenced some of the best scifi franchises and games. Needless to say I really liked it, but now I might have to head back into the world of Halcyon 6.
Developer Massive Damage has just announced Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition, a revamped, remastered version that streamlines progression, overhauls the UI, tightens up the economy and leveling system for your starbase and officers, and adds 12 parsecs worth of new content. New subclasses, new prestige levels, 25 new combat abilities and combos, and the new Vice Admiral difficulty level for veteran players who really want a challenge.
I thought Halycon 6 was an excellent game on launch that made good on its Kickstarter promises, but there were a few balance issues that kept it from greatness. I'm really happy to hear that Massive Damage has been working with the fan community to address these various issues and produce the best possible version of an already great game. Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition arrives August 10th.
Hailing on all frequencies! The widely praised Halcyon 6 has been reworked, enhanced, and pushed to its limits by Massive Damage Inc. to create Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition; releasing on August 10th!
Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition brings the best version of the Halcyon 6 base game forward, combines it with every improvement released since the original launch, and adds a galactic fleet’s worth of new content to explore.
“The best part of working on Halcyon 6 is our supportive community who loves this game as much as we do! From the streamlined campaign, new officer classes, new powers, new UI, and many quality of life improvements, Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition drove us back to the drawing board to look over every aspect of the original game. We couldn't have done it without our fans and that's why we'll be giving all of our existing players a FREE copy of Lightspeed Edition.” said Ken Seto, CEO of Massive Damage
Lightspeed Edition optimizations and features as follows:
Streamlined Campaign greatly speeds up progression and tightens the campaign to an action and adventure packed 12 hrs depending on your play style and pace
Streamlined All Systems for faster progression, including economy, starbase, resources, and officer levelling.
New Officer Progression System with 6 subclasses, 3 Prestige classes, new skill tree, and over 20+ new Prestige/Epic powers.
New Ship Loadout and Config screen will let you customize loadouts (and save them) for your ships just before entering combat
New Difficulty Mode called Vice Admiral and slightly increased difficulty across the board
Enhanced Combat includes 25+ new alien faction space combat abilities, more combos for both players and enemies, increased faction weaknesses and resistances, and other balancing tweaks
New UI Overhaul designed for greater readability and usability. Many quality of life enhancements to all areas of the game, too many to list here.
About Halcyon 6
On the edge of Terran space lies Halcyon 6, a derelict starbase abandoned by a mysterious precursor race. It’s up to you to harness this unknown power as Earth slips into the hands of an impending alien threat. Assemble your hand-picked starbase crew and explore to gain the resources needed for Terran Republic’s scientific research, exploration, and diplomatic efforts on the edge of known space.
Halcyon 6 pulls from deep tactics titles and modern turn-based strategy games to create an homage to both role-playing and classic sci-fi. Explore, build your base, and assemble the best crew possible to aid you in your search of the unknown!
About Massive Damage, Inc.
Founded by brothers Ken Seto and Garry Seto, Massive Damage is focused on building unique and compelling game experiences for all platforms.
Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition is a passion project whose design is inspired by our years spent playing classic games like Star Control, Master of Orion, X-COM, Civilization and new classics like FTL