iPad users striving for the Elite experience on the iPad will soon have an alternative to Warpgate HD, thanks to FishLabs' upcoming space commerce shooter Galaxy on Fire 2, sequel to one of my favorite iPhone titles, Galaxy on Fire [App Store].

Currently available as a Java version, Galaxy on Fire 2 is making its way to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, taking full advantage of each target platform.

Along with a complete reworking of the graphics, the in-house ABYSS game engine has been adapted to the functionality of the modern smartphones. In the new developer diary for GoF 2, lead developer Hans-Christian Kühl extensively describes the changes so far to the original Java version in the port. The new Galaxy on FireTM 2, which previously only required approximately 1 MB of memory for technical reasons, will have over 120 MB of pure game data in the final version.

While there are not a great deal of bullet-point feature details available at the moment, we do have alpha-stage screenshots of both the iPhone and iPad versions of the game.

Have a look. The first row is iPad screenshots, the rest are shots of the upcoming iPhone version of the game.

FishLabs has dedicated a full year to the development of Galaxy on Fire 2 and we're quite anxious to find out more about what's certain to be a rather worthwhile release. Stay tuned for more info as we get it.

  • Jeff

    will you be able to command capital size ships in this game or just only fighters?

    • http://galaxyonfire2.com/eng/index.html Alienmario

      JEFF: yep there are some nice huge ships you can buy but i dont mean the biggest ingame ships you can see

  • Jeff

    will you be able to command capital size ships in this game or just only fighters?

    • http://galaxyonfire2.com/eng/index.html Alienmario

      JEFF: yep there are some nice huge ships you can buy but i dont mean the biggest ingame ships you can see

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

    I think that at this point it's probably best to read the developer diary for that kind of detailed information.

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

    I think that at this point it's probably best to read the developer diary for that kind of detailed information.

  • Brian Rubin

    Want the game. Want it now.

  • Adam

    It looks a little bit more like Freelancer now. Hope it has more variety of missions than the first GoF, which had only 4 or 5 mission types.

    TIE FIGHTER FOREVERRRRR

  • Brian Rubin

    Want the game. Want it now.

  • Adam

    It looks a little bit more like Freelancer now. Hope it has more variety of missions than the first GoF, which had only 4 or 5 mission types.

    TIE FIGHTER FOREVERRRRR

  • Nigra

    why the link to the java version directs to a warez site? I thought toucharcade wasn't a warez site. BTW I think that there is available a demo for free at fishlabs site

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Oops. Fixed. Thanks. We do NOT condone warez!!

      • Nigra

        Great :)

  • Nigra

    why the link to the java version directs to a warez site? I thought toucharcade wasn't a warez site. BTW I think that there is available a demo for free at fishlabs site

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Oops. Fixed. Thanks. We do NOT condone warez!!

      • Nigra

        Great :)

  • Kamazar

    Looks fantastic, not gonna lie.

  • Kamazar

    Looks fantastic, not gonna lie.

  • apopagasm

    omgomgomgomgomg

    yes please

  • apopagasm

    omgomgomgomgomg

    yes please

  • Brandon

    Since I didn't really care for warpgate on iphone (feeling sick I lost $5)
    I hope this will be better...
    It looks WAY BETTER...

  • Brandon

    Since I didn't really care for warpgate on iphone (feeling sick I lost $5)
    I hope this will be better...
    It looks WAY BETTER...

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Part one was also one of my favorite iPhone gaming experiences.
    Really a fantastic game of the early days with loads of content and a great presentation. So, I will definitely get the sequel.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Part one was also one of my favorite iPhone gaming experiences.
    Really a fantastic game of the early days with loads of content and a great presentation. So, I will definitely get the sequel.

  • Pete Jones

    Awesome news.

  • Pete Jones

    Awesome news.

  • http://rpg-fanatics.de Crish

    Judging from the Java version the second one is much better than GoF 1. There is just more of everything and of course better graphics. I loved it.

  • http://rpg-fanatics.de Crish

    Judging from the Java version the second one is much better than GoF 1. There is just more of everything and of course better graphics. I loved it.

  • dumas1000

    All they have to do is break up the campaign levels, so that you can switch freely between taking on story missions and completing side missions, and I'm sold. The first GoF forced you to do all 13 campaign missions before the game opened up. At that point, the story mode was already completed and there was nothing left over but repetitive side missions. That sort of a structure made absolutely no sense.

    If GoF2 works more like Warpgate or Space Miner, then I'll purchase it immidiately.

  • dumas1000

    All they have to do is break up the campaign levels, so that you can switch freely between taking on story missions and completing side missions, and I'm sold. The first GoF forced you to do all 13 campaign missions before the game opened up. At that point, the story mode was already completed and there was nothing left over but repetitive side missions. That sort of a structure made absolutely no sense.

    If GoF2 works more like Warpgate or Space Miner, then I'll purchase it immidiately.

  • Elijah

    I can't wait!

  • Elijah

    I can't wait!

  • dumas1000

    Warpgate is a flat, boring, and otherwise uninspired affair. No excitement, no exhileration. It's just a dull and exremely simplified space trading sim diguised beneath a slick coat of paint. Technically, it's impressive. But, at the end of the day, it just ain't any fun.

    • giggidy

      sigh. it's sad but true. yet i still keep playing it. i keep hoping something amazing will happen.

      don't get me wrong, i have enjoyed myself playing the game; i do not feel like i wasted my money or anything. however i just wish there was a little bit more to it...

    • Daivos

      These games fail where a less graphically slick simulations like Outer Empires succeed. It's hard to me to fathom how a space simulation with trading and combat can suceed without a mass multi-player element. What's the point of trading goods, building ships, and owning colonies if you're playing against the computer.

  • dumas1000

    Warpgate is a flat, boring, and otherwise uninspired affair. No excitement, no exhileration. It's just a dull and exremely simplified space trading sim diguised beneath a slick coat of paint. Technically, it's impressive. But, at the end of the day, it just ain't any fun.

    • giggidy

      sigh. it's sad but true. yet i still keep playing it. i keep hoping something amazing will happen.

      don't get me wrong, i have enjoyed myself playing the game; i do not feel like i wasted my money or anything. however i just wish there was a little bit more to it...

    • Daivos

      These games fail where a less graphically slick simulations like Outer Empires succeed. It's hard to me to fathom how a space simulation with trading and combat can suceed without a mass multi-player element. What's the point of trading goods, building ships, and owning colonies if you're playing against the computer.

  • araczynski

    dang, never heard of the first one, here's to hoping the second one brings a sale on the first so i can pick it up.

  • araczynski

    dang, never heard of the first one, here's to hoping the second one brings a sale on the first so i can pick it up.

  • TKO

    Hmmm .. Dilemma: I do like these epic space games, but I never got beyond playing GoF1 for more than 10 minutes. I'm thinking hard about whether I should get this, if there's a good chance I just won't get into it.

    ..I think epic games like this are, for my lifestyle, better suited to the real PC. I tend to use my phone for short-form games only.

  • TKO

    Hmmm .. Dilemma: I do like these epic space games, but I never got beyond playing GoF1 for more than 10 minutes. I'm thinking hard about whether I should get this, if there's a good chance I just won't get into it.

    ..I think epic games like this are, for my lifestyle, better suited to the real PC. I tend to use my phone for short-form games only.

  • AntAstrophY

    defently a eve-online clone, looks wise that is!

  • AntAstrophY

    defently a eve-online clone, looks wise that is!

  • Blades

    Hell, yea. They relate this to Warpgate? Naw. More like Freelancer. Which is a-ok with me. I loved Freelancer and still play it to this day. I have been looking for a Freelancer-esk game for the Itouch/Iphone. And this looks pretty damn close. Can't wait till it's release!!!

    ;

    • giggidy

      i've been looking for a freelancer like game for any platform! any and all iPhone OS devices would be best, of course... that game really was a lot of fun. while that game studio is defunct at this point (right?), the developers should make a clone of it. yes, please do that.

  • Blades

    Hell, yea. They relate this to Warpgate? Naw. More like Freelancer. Which is a-ok with me. I loved Freelancer and still play it to this day. I have been looking for a Freelancer-esk game for the Itouch/Iphone. And this looks pretty damn close. Can't wait till it's release!!!

    ;

    • giggidy

      i've been looking for a freelancer like game for any platform! any and all iPhone OS devices would be best, of course... that game really was a lot of fun. while that game studio is defunct at this point (right?), the developers should make a clone of it. yes, please do that.

  • poesmij

    yeah:D finaly a game to look forward to^^

  • poesmij

    yeah:D finaly a game to look forward to^^

  • http://www.an-ax.co.uk Support

    This game looks very good. I goota be honest ididnt see the first one either. Im gonna downloads this when it hits the app store and see how it goes. Is there any videos of the game on the ipad? I know there are screenshots but i want to see a decent video.

  • http://www.an-ax.co.uk Support

    This game looks very good. I goota be honest ididnt see the first one either. Im gonna downloads this when it hits the app store and see how it goes. Is there any videos of the game on the ipad? I know there are screenshots but i want to see a decent video.

  • darwiniandude

    I think based on my experiences with the first game that I'll like this over Warpgate possibly.

    I'll buy both though, when my iPad arrives from the US.

  • darwiniandude

    I think based on my experiences with the first game that I'll like this over Warpgate possibly.

    I'll buy both though, when my iPad arrives from the US.

  • http://galaxyonfire2.com/eng/index.html Alienmario

    take a look here http://galaxyonfire2.com/eng/index.html and features.
    these things are gonna be there and more in all better graphics (hope)
    this pwns both GOF 1 and warpgate. I am sure :)

  • http://galaxyonfire2.com/eng/index.html Alienmario

    take a look here http://galaxyonfire2.com/eng/index.html and features.
    these things are gonna be there and more in all better graphics (hope)
    this pwns both GOF 1 and warpgate. I am sure :)

  • loewenherz

    Of course it will have better graphics than the mobile version... just look at the screenshots

  • loewenherz

    Of course it will have better graphics than the mobile version... just look at the screenshots

  • Jeffrey

    All I want is Homeworld 2 (or something like it) for the iPad. Will this be close?

    • araczynski

      doubtful, outside of the atmosphere. homeworld was mostly strategy, this is mostly action.

  • Jeffrey

    All I want is Homeworld 2 (or something like it) for the iPad. Will this be close?

    • araczynski

      doubtful, outside of the atmosphere. homeworld was mostly strategy, this is mostly action.

  • http://modmyi.com K.Nitsua

    Looks great, reminds me of Colony Wars for PS1.

  • http://modmyi.com K.Nitsua

    Looks great, reminds me of Colony Wars for PS1.

  • BigBong

    Hmmmm...I won't compare GOF2 with warpgate...in terms of galaxy trade simulation I think warpgate did a pretty good job. I love the game. GOF2 is more like a flight combat simulation...but picture looks pretty...hopefully the gameplay doesn't screw it up. I hope the travelling between system is piloted that will be awesome...

  • BigBong

    Hmmmm...I won't compare GOF2 with warpgate...in terms of galaxy trade simulation I think warpgate did a pretty good job. I love the game. GOF2 is more like a flight combat simulation...but picture looks pretty...hopefully the gameplay doesn't screw it up. I hope the travelling between system is piloted that will be awesome...

  • jason

    this shoots warpgate out of the water, now i regret having an ipad and iphone version ... oh well

  • jason

    this shoots warpgate out of the water, now i regret having an ipad and iphone version ... oh well