With a little help from my friends
...Okay not really cloning, but that got your attention. It's just a very similar-styled game, hopping from system to system buyin' new ships and upgrades, and doing missions for the cause of 1 of 3 xenophobic governments bent on domination of the galaxy.
It's being developed in Java, by three people, using the jmonkey engine for a bunch of the stuff. But yeah, we've got a working AI with a steerable ship that can shoot stuff, run around a starfield, minimap, landable planets, and PARTICLE EFFECTS OOOOHH!
I am the spriter and director, my friend from college is the coder, and my girlfriend is doing concept and splash art. Once school starts up again for the fall semester we'll be roping in a sound guy and hopefully (PLEASE GOD) a scripter to help us with creating missions and NPC response strings.
We're gonna try and submit it to some indie festivals, as a PC and mobile platform game, but I'll be sure to let you guys know when it's out for playin'.
The working title right now is Space Empires, but that's subject to change.
I'll drop some screenshots all up in this topic later, although the HUD looks a bit poop at the moment, and our asteroids resemble crumpled packing peanuts. Hooray filler sprites!