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SOL: Exodus set to revive space combat sims

Looks like one company is finally stepping up to fill the void left by the classics like Descent, FreeSpace and Freelancer — just a few titles from the seemingly defunct space combat sim genre.

SOL: Exodus is an indie game powered by Unreal Engine 3 giving it modest system requirements:

Minimum:

    • OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), or Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.8Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD Athlon X2, or equivalent
    • Memory: 2.0GB
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 256 MB of VRAM;(NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS, ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro 256 MB)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
Recommended:

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz Quad Core
    • Memory: 4.0GB
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 512MB of VRAM; NVIDIA (GeForce GTX260 / ATI Radeon 4870)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit

Creative director Chris Stockma describes SOL:Exodus as “a chance for gamers to get back to some real fun in a genre that’s lost its luster in recent years. We want to revive space combat games. People today want epic games and tense, action-packed experiences and we believe we’ve done that with SOL: Exodus. The game has huge battles and in some cases you are fighting against very large capital ships, which you can take down on your own. It’s a blast in so many different ways.”

SOL features an eight-mission story that covers the first half of a campaign to rescue refugees fleeing the impending supernova. The second half it seems will be available via DLC.  Seems fair enough considering that the price is just $9.99.

The game is set to launch via Steam on January 25.

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