Colin Walsh of Celsius Game Studios stopped by the Touch Arcade GDC war room to show off the latest version of Drifter, his long-in-development open-world space simulation game. The game has been in early access on Steam for a while now, but the game is still planned to release on iOS down the road, and he showed off the game running on an original iPad Mini. Check out the video here:

As you see, you can buy and sell materials, and take missions at different systems throughout the galaxy, using warps and slipstream abilities to get everywhere. The world contains randomness – for example, when we got to the mission objective, the ship was fighting with someone else and their pursuers got mad when they were shot at. Stuff like that can happen all throughout the massive universe that the game provides.

There's no release date planned for the game right now, it's still in development and you can check it out on Early Access on Steam right now, but when it's done, it'll be on a bevy of iOS devices. If you played Red Nova [$1.99], you'll recognize the touch controls in play here. The game needs to be optimized for iPhone in terms of how the interface works, but expect a version for that as well.

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  • JCho133

    This is dreadfully tantalizing

  • CzechCongo

    Drifter news? Squeeee!

  • burningzenithx

    I've been looking forward to this since we first got word of it two years ago. I hope you'll be able to get multiple ships in the final version similar to Galaxy on Fire 2.

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  • EpicGamerDude

    Another GOF?! Yes!

    • darkcrayon

      Like Galaxy on Fire but it's more "2.5D" instead of 3D... I've played this a bit on the Mac but I'd really like it on iOS.

  • brantov

    this one is way better than GOF.

  • garbul

    Game of the Decade?

    • KingAce34

      Galaxy on fire, it was an ios game

      • garbul

        Oh yeah, I know what GOF is, just saying that Drifter might be Game of the Decade instead of Game of the Year. 😉

  • bajaresident

    What's the difference between this and the Firefly game?

  • muttso1o

    playing this on the PC and it is nothing like GOF.
    Where GOF has a storyline that takes you by the hand and is more action based Drifter has no story (yet) and gives you more room to make your OWN career choiche. Drifter is more like elite in that way it makes you figure out the game on your own. And the freedom you have is enormous.

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  • ScotDamn

    This game shall be Glorious!

  • Kaimen

    Oh my, this is SO boring and dull... Looks like Excel tables painted grey. It doesn't deserve to be released.

    • gmattergames

      Thought it was just me. Looks a long way for prime time.

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  • Wilbair

    GDC 2016: ......

  • TripMX

    Words cannot express how excited I am about this game! I too have been waiting for news about its development! Please keep up the great work, and make this game better than you ever imagined! 🙂