There will be no shortage of water on Xbox Live Arcade this summer.
AQUA: Naval Warfare is one such title endorsing Microsoft’s (unofficial) “Summer of H20” on XBLA. Their game world is covered largely by oceans, and sailing those oceans are deadly naval battleships, powered by ultra-pressurized steam and ridiculously huge cannons, among other things.
Slovak developer Games Distillery was kind enough to give us a glimpse into some of these battleships, and provided us with a fresh batch of screenshots. You’ll be able to customize and enhance these iron giants when AQUA splashes onto Xbox Live Arcade Summer of 2010.
(For more images, click through the slideshow below)
The Vanquisher class battleship is one of the most lethal units of the imperial Gothean fleet. Its powerful Steamhammer cannon with its revolutionary turbine-reloader mechanism can deal terminal damage within a short amount of time. The only weakness of this mighty vessel is its undefended rear section, outside of the firing arc of its main weapon.
The Ironwalls are the pride and backbone of every battle fleet. Not only do they bring their all-obliterating, heavy cannon broadsides to the battlefield, they are also the only ships large enough to provide the deck-space, luxury and kitchen equipment to support the needs and tastes of any respectable fleet-admiral.
The Gothean Ironwall is an invincible adversary, provided you take on the challenge and face it from its sides. Virtually defenceless at the front and rear, slow and hardly more manoeuvrable than an island, you are however very unlikely to meet this ship without the support of large enemy squadrons detached to protect it.
Gothean Guard Invader
The Gothean Guard Invader is a heavy cruiser from the Infamous squadron of Commodore Vanderbolt. This ship is equipped with a revolutionary Medusa-shield device, which can repel enemy projectiles and hurl them back at the unit which fired them. Luckily, to be able to fire its own weapons, it needs to drop the shield for a short timeframe.
The Emperean Glacialis Base “Angelcraft” prototype is the result of a secret scientific project utilizing electrical power harnessed directly from the storm clouds in the atmosphere. The resulting aircraft is quick, highly manoeuvrable and equipped with a devastating lightning attack that can destroy smaller ships with one burst.
The Gothean Detonator is a Chariot-class escort vessel converted to a floating bomb. There is hardly anything more to say about it – avoid the trigger at its front and you will live…
The Emperean Cruiser is one of the ships you will command in the game. This vessel is a real all-rounder – it combines good speed and manoeuvrability with a wide choice of weapons and no serious weaknesses – rapid-firing gatlings, volley shotguns and armor-piercing cannons can all be equipped to this ship. Torpedoes and mines round up the offensive selection. In the hands of a skilled and resolute commander, the cruiser can take up most of the challenges the enemy can offer.