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30 years after the events that happened in Starpoint Gemini 2, the universe isn’t the same place any more. The Empire is gone, and the A’Shriari, an alien race, has been pacified, but its representatives still inhabit former imperial territories. Humans have finally accepted the truth: that there are in fact aliens in the universe, many of them, and way more than just one species. After achieving their ultimate goal of destroying the Empire, the aliens withdrew from the war and showed no interest in annihilating humanity. But they walked away cocksure, with their heads held high. Luckily the universe is a large place, and with all Starpoints now open and functional, traveling between former imperial colonies has become a regular activity, helping to keep a relative peace.
Nothing lasts forever though — especially when you’re a young, adventurous spaceship pilot with an extraordinary knack for getting into trouble. Jonathan Bold is your name, and you’re far from being a typical heroic type that tries to adhere to the highest moral standards and focuses on saving the universe. In fact, you don’t give a damn about the universe or its problems. If there’s one thing that you’ve learned, it’s that all legends, veterans, and heroes from previous Gemini wars have ended up sad. They’ve spent their entire lives fighting for magnificent goals, only to witness how human nature ruins them in seconds. So instead of following in their footsteps, you have eschewed high politics, fancy admirals, and saving the world. In fact, you have more down-to-earth objectives – to enjoy life, the good company of beautiful ladies preferably, and make some nice coin along the way. The only problem is that you have quite an unusual heritage, which will force you to intersect with global events more than once, and which will occasionally put you in the thick of things.
Starpoint Gemini 3 is an open-world space action single-player RPG with a heavy emphasis on immersive storytelling and free-roam exploration of the vast universe. The game will make franchise fans feel at home, however one that has had a complete makeover. For the first time, players will get the chance to explore two more planetary systems, as well as the familiar Gemini system. These are all inhibited by animated, 3D NPCs with high-quality voiceovers that players will be able to interact with in order to find answers and help them reveal all the plot twists. Gamers will now be able to observe planet surfaces, as well as space station interiors, and they’ll get the chance to become involved in personal interactions between missions. These new features support a compelling story while allowing players to immerse themselves and truly feel the Gemini vibe inside out.
Unlike in previous parts of the series, this time around, the player won’t be forced to face the challenges the universe throws at him all alone. He will be accompanied by ADAH – a digital consciousness that runs the ship’s computer and can download itself into the gamer’s drone, giving it a self-aware mind and a very screwed-up personality. But hey, it’s good to have a companion while exploring endless space – even if it’s AI-controlled and fairly cynical to boot. Operating the drone will be crucial for completing certain off-ship tasks, such as gaining access to the inside spaces of derelicts, station corridors, and asteroid caves.
All these refinements bring Starpoint Gemini 3 to a whole new level but at the same time are built on the game’s solid core, consisting of adrenaline-packed dogfight combat, a modular ship-upgrading system, a rich, versatile, free-roam environment, an immersive plot, and engaging gameplay.