It's been a little over a year since Celsius Game Studios formally announced Drifter, an epic-scale space trading and combat game and a follow-up release to their fantastic 2010 space shooter Red Nova [$0.99], and our anticipation has been bubbling ever since. It's not just us, though, as Drifter has found itself amongst the Ten Most Anticipated Upcoming Games list which is based entirely off of how many of our readers have added the game to their Watch List in the TouchArcade app [Free]. In short, we all want this game!

We last saw Drifter in action at GDC back in March, and it was looking great then. Today, Celsius has finally released some more teaser footage of Drifter, this time showing a confrontation with some space pirates in the middle of an asteroid field. Check it out.

As has been mentioned previously, the soundtrack for Drifter is by the great Danny Baranowsky who is responsible for more classic game soundtracks than I can shake a stick at, and the new tunes in the above video definitely add tremendously to the overall atmosphere in the game. It's all seemingly coming together rather well still, and every time I catch a new glimpse of Drifter my anticipation to play the darn thing grows even greater.

As to when we'll all actually be able to get our hands on Drifter, Celsius Game Studios says there is a slim chance it could hit before the end of the year as originally planned, but an early 2013 release is looking more likely. It definitely won't ship before it's fully ready to go though, which I appreciate, so for now I'll just kick back and try to be patient as Drifter's release draws closer.

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  • heronymo

    Is this the Escape Velocity type game I've been waiting for?? Please do a comparison in the review if you can haha.

  • Karzay

    Kinda looks like you're controlling a futuristic boat on a lake at night.

  • Ssylex

    I had no idea that the game engine was "2.5D", rather than offering fully 3D flight. Odd...

  • StriveMind

    I'm curious about the trading aspect. From the video, it just looks like a revamped version of Red Nova played from 3rd-person perspective.

  • araczynski

    never heard of the original red nova, or this even.  looking at the videos though, the bumper cars aspect is a big turn off, it seems to still be present in the new game :(

  • http://twitter.com/TouchedWieners Tyler Piderit

    I kickstarted this awhile back and it's looking fun. I kinda like that its 2.5D for a change. 

    • Shola Akinnuso

      Gotta agree that the 2.5D is what sold me. The camera is VERY appealing here as I normally hate the camera in most space shooters. This game looks accessible and very easy to navigate. I hope that leaves more room for exploration. Can't wait.  Also, never heard of Red Nova before today. Just bought it. 

  • makageorge

    flying is physics based, right? Nice...

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/42YS2N67LP6IDUKBZUUCMSZW7M Pray For Death

      I don't know if I can enjoy 2.5D after playing GoF2

      edit: wasn't meant as a reply to your post

  • Rudolf Hulse

    Kinda looks like Privateer with good graphics! I loved that game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-D-Dunn/679068624 James D. Dunn

    Looks like EVE Online but without the 3D space and a lot of sliding around. Not sure I can go for this. I need more info to get excited about it.

    • ninthdevice

      Gof2 is what you are talking about

  • nickmorgs

    Well i'm a sucker for a space trader so i'll be picking it up.

  • toph101

    I'd love a decent Eve clone, man I was addicted to that game! I had to sell my accounts after two years to stop myself from playing.