During WWDC this week we met with Michael Schade, a developer of Galaxy on Fire 2 by Fish Labs, who walked us through some of the features of the upcoming iPad game and gave us a brief hands on. This sequel of Galaxy on Fire [$5.99 / Free] has similar roots, and actually started as J2ME game that weighed in at a meager 1 megabyte. Galaxy on Fire 2 is a space conquest game, with a massive galaxy map to explore, multiple factions to align yourself to, a dynamic economy, and tons of other neat features that all add up to an impressive amount of depth.

Specifics are a bit vague at this point as the iPad game is still in development, but from our time with it we were shown an extensive listing of achievements to unlock, as well as just the tip of the iceberg of ship customization with all kinds of different weaponry. As you play through the game, the faction system will become an important gameplay component as the missions you choose to do effect your standing one way or the other with the various organizations floating about space. Combat seemed to work similar to the original Galaxy on Fire, with completely free and open battles in space with whoever you feel like shooting at (or running from).

Fish Labs recently released a developer diary discussing the art of the game. What piqued my interest the most from this is the screenshots showing the clear evolution of the Galaxy on Fire series of games.

Starting with the original J2ME version compared to Galaxy on Fire for the iPhone:

And finally, Galaxy on Fire 2 for the iPad:

Fish Labs plans to launch the game on the iPad in September for $9.99 with an iPhone version coming later at $7.99.

  • articulate

    Last screen kinda reminds me of Sins of a Solar Empire. Now that's a compliment!

  • http://touchaholics.com jacques b

    J2ME version= fail
    iPad version= OMFG epic win

    • Nigra

      Oh dude, you have no idea... Galaxy on Fire on J2ME was just as amazing as Zelda was on N64... really dude, graphics are not all, you gotta play it. At the time it first went public there was nothing like that, it was imposible to imagine that thing running on java. It was one of the biggest success, I wouldn't call it fail, without stuff like that you wouldn't have what you have today, this is one of those things that were breakthrough... You know, a before and after, just like crysis... And it definitely deserves some respect.

      • Alienmario

        +1 I played the java version completely, it was so fine for 2005(?)

      • http://touchaholics.com jacques b

        oh I freakin love (note present tense) ocarina of time. if it's anything like that, then that game is a win.

  • Jindo Fox

    iIOS seems to be the last surviving home to space games. So glad to see Fishlabs carrying the torch -- and I'm surprised EA hasn't done anything at all with Wing Commander to match.

  • ConraDargo

    I came <3

  • Jeff

    Why won't the iphone version come out at the same time =(

  • HistorySchol

    Last screen looks like Mass Effect 2. Specfically the Omega 4 Relay.

  • dyscode

    just 2 words:
    Goodbye Warpgate.

    and another 2:
    Insta Buy.

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      You could always have both, you know. They look like two very different games.

  • Yo Bro!

    Cant wait for iPhone version, looks very sexy

  • jc

    Is this actually going to have a story mode? The first one got really boring really fast.

    • Nigra

      The new story is much longer than the first one, you wouldn't be disappointed.

  • http://helsomdesign.com/spam shaun

    sweet! worth the price!

  • Johnny California

    THIS GAME IS EPIC IN EVERYWAY!!!!!!! Hopefully theres a sex scene like in Mass Effect!!!!

  • unqtom

    EVE ONLINE offline? It looks just the same :/

  • Raven

    This game Looks like Freelancer -_- and Freelancer is better .... I dont know what you guys like ... Its True that the game rocks in every kind but c`mon!!! its on 10 cm monitor...Computer Games Rock more.

  • Raven

    Check this video and i hope you like it... ------->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipe7rWuKvo8

  • http://www.appfreakblog.com appfreak

    Mental note: Get hold of an iPad for september. The first edition was my favourite game for the iPhone platform back in the day. Sweet news.

  • Crim

    So, for those who have played GoF2, does it differ quite a bit from the original? The original was decent, but after the story bit you were pretty much just left with a game that doesn't have direction.

    • Alienmario

      yeah. //SPOILER!//after the story you search things through the whole galaxy and create blueprints,explore, do missions, upgrade your ship, buy and sell etc

  • http://www.fishlabs.net Fishlabs

    Actually, you can progress with the story whenever you like or just do missions, hunt pirates, mine ore or do whatever you like ;-) read more about it in the 1st part of our developer diary here: http://bit.ly/9YGbAe