Battlestar Galactica Deadlock’s upcoming Photo Mode makes the game look disgustingly good

By Joe Robinson 09 Jul 2020 0

We’ve made no secret about the fact that we really like Battlestar Galactica Deadlock. It's a niche title, to be sure; there aren't that many tactical space combat games out there and not everyone may have seen or even enjoyed the reimagined TV show from 2004 (oh god-ED).

That doesn’t change the fact that it’s excellent. Two task force-sized collections of ships duke it out in a semi-3D space. Both sides submit their orders at the same time, and gameplay is resolved in ‘chunks’ of time after which the action pauses so you can issue fresh orders.

But one thing that doesn’t get mentioned much is how pretty the game is. The team at Black Lab Games have a history of making games that look really good and feel very atmospheric, sometimes to the detriment of other features. Thankfully Deadlock has managed to improve on its shortcomings since its release in 2017, and it’s still just as pretty.

The game’s second ‘Season’ of DLC content kicked off late last year, but as you can imagine the COVID-19 crises has delayed much of the 2020 roll-out plans. Now that things are starting to get back to normal (at least in Black Labs’ home of Australia), they’re hard at work at the next wave of new features for the game.

bsg deadlock photo mode sample

One such set is a range of new objective modes for Multiplayer, such as ‘Extraction’ or ‘Demolition’... but we’re not here to talk about that. We want to talk about the new Photo Mode.

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock is nothing if not a highly photogenic game. After a tactical match is finished, you can re-watch the entire thing in real-time (with no pauses) to see how the battle looks from an observer perspective. Black Labs even added in some ‘Cinematic’ features, such as camera angles and transitions that look like they’re straight from the TV show. It makes fors some excellent clips and with the right tools you can generate some breath-taking stills.

Now Black Labs are bringing some of those ideas ‘in-house’ with an in-game photo mode that will let you pause, find the right angle for a shot, but also do things like change the focus and a bunch of pre-set filters. They shared some samples in a recent blog post and… man, I am HERE.

No word on when these new features will be released, but the team are taking beta sign ups to test things out which will start soon.



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