Mode 7 Games has revealed the first details for Frozen Synapse 2, and has released its first trailer, showing pre-alpha gameplay footage. According to the team, the single player mode is set in a procedurally generated city and Frozen Synapse 2 will add a significant number of new unit classes as well as more detailed individual perks.
As the press release reads regarding the game’s city map.
“Taking some influence from janky-yet-wonderful strategic monolith X-COM: Apocalypse, the player’s initial role is to investigate a series of incursions by a powerful force.
However, a number of AI-controlled factions are also vying for dominion. Do factions ever do anything other than vy? Vye? Anyway, these factions do that and they do it extremely well. Each will express its own ideology through its strategic choices; every faction will have a different approach to the incursions.
The city map is a living system, with factions determining their own goals independently: think Alpha Centauri but with fewer worms that burrow into your brain. You can pick up contract missions from factions or play in an entirely freeform manner, stealing the resources you need to get ahead, like a cad and/or bounder.
Everything in the game is “on the map”, from money and supplies to VIP’s, hostages and even the player’s own in-game avatar. If a faction is transporting their ill-gotten gains back from a raid, the player can set up an ambush and try to snaffle the bounty themselves. If the player’s base is raided and they are killed, the game will end. Which is nice.”
Frozen Synapse 2 will feature a new AI that will enable stealth tactics. For example, if a guard spots your squad, he will then activate the building’s security system, placing defensive teams on high alert.
Everything in the game will be fully analogue rather than grid-based, so players can adapt their plans perfectly to fit the level.
Regarding the game’s multiplayer mode, here is what Mode 7 Games had to say.
“Frozen Synapse 2 will add a system we’re calling “Advanced Tactics” in multiplayer. This will be optional for high-level players and will allow the creation of elaborate conditional plans. More to be revealed soon!
On top of this, we’re adding new multiplayer modes as well as a completely new style of competitive Frozen Synapse.
If the game performs well in Early Access, we will look into adding requested features such as 3v3 and 4v4 multiplayer as well as single player co-op modes.”
Frozen Synapse 2 will enter its beta phase later this year.