E3 2018: Hands-On Video – Starlink: Battle for Atlas

E3 2018: Hands-On Video - Starlink: Battle for Atlas

I know what you’re probably thinking, because I was thinking it too. “Toys to Life? Hasn’t that ship already sailed?” It has, but there are a few things that set this apart from those other games which should give this one a chance to survive.

First and foremost, and this was the biggest surprise we had, is that you don’t need the physical ships and parts at all. Sure they’re cool and they’ll be nice to display, but you can buy the game digitally at launch and purchase any of the ships, pilots, and parts as DLC if you want.

If you decide to go the physical route, the moment you attach something to the controller add-on, it unlocks a digital version of the item, allowing you to play the game without having to drag out all the parts each time.

This alone is a huge step forward and will ensure that even if the physical components of the game fail to catch on (or get lost), the entire experience can continue without them.

A mount will attach to your DualShock 4 through the connections at the audio jack. You’ll start by attaching a pilot and then the hull of your ship. Unlike other Toys to Life type games, these items appear on-screen instantaneously. You can then add your wings and weapons by snapping them on.

If you want to get really crazy, you can keep snapping on more and more weapons and things to create a wild configuration. Each item you attach adds weight though, affecting your ship and its ability to fly, so you probably don’t want to go nuts here.

The game itself isn’t really aimed at kids. Mix up a bit of No Man’s Sky, Mass Effect, and Destiny and ease up a bit on the difficulty and you’ll get the idea of what this game is all about. Both Dave and I were really impressed with what we saw. Check out the video of my hands-on time with it below.

Published by Ubisoft and developed by Ubisoft Toronto Starlink: Battle for Atlas will be released on October 16, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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