Full speed ahead!: Mkkt Bkkt’s illegal space races [DEV BLOG #13]
All work and no play makes even the toughest bounty hunter a dull boy. So every once in a while, you might want to skip a lucrative contract and have some worry-free, reckless fun instead. And whom better to contact with such a request than our good ol’ friend Mkkt Bkkt? Yes, that is right. This no-good tentacle-wiggler has, of course, booked a flight to the Neox Sector as well. Cause rumor has it that his new-found patch of space is not only the most dangerous but also the most lucrative part of the universe these days. And if there is a good buck to be made somewhere in the galaxy, Mkkt Bkkt will jump at it quicker than you can gulp down a shot of S’kolptorr Rum.
Inside the deadly laser net tube of a tunnel race. As you can see, there is not much space seperating your ship from the deadly lasers on your left and right.
So far, Mkkt Bkkt’s dubious reputation has mostly derived from his galaxy-wide drug operations. But recently, he added a new card to his deck. In the Neox Sector, the shifty multipod organizes illegal space races, so-called sprints and tunnel races. While sprints mostly cater to the speed freaks out there, tunnel races are tailored towards the danger seekers. In a sprint, you have to pass twenty checkpoints, which are strategically placed within an orbit, in as little time as possible. Here, being an apt pilot and making clever use of the boost is key to success. In a tunnel race, however, things are a little riskier as you have to maneuver your ship through narrow laser tubes that do severe damage to your hull as soon as you bump into them. Lose your concentration for mere second and your vessel will go up in flames!
Thanks to their light blue symbols, freelance events, such as Mkkt Bkkt's sprints and tunnel races, can be easily spotted on the galaxy map.
For Mkkt Bktt, these high-speed spectacles are a sparkling money source. Each time a sprint or tunnel race takes place, hundreds of decadent arrivistes bet enormous sums on its outcome. But also for the partaking pilots there is also a lot to gain from these random, time-limited happenings. On the one hand, they mark good occasions to test one’s piloting skills. And on the other hand, those who finish an event will receive a generous reward for their efforts. So whenever you spot a light-blue event symbol on the galaxy map, you better act quick. If you let too many hours pass, the event will disappear. Either because Mkkt Bkkt folded up his tents after all participants finished the race in time. Or because the authorities intervened and shut the event down.
A sprint through the rusty, run-down Forrest Wonder location, which some of you might already know from our latest 360 video.
Of course, Mkkt Bkkt’s illegal space races are not the only freelance events you can take on in Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore. Additionally, you will also be tasked to shoot down AI-operated drones in the arena, prevent convoys of smugglers from reaching the next jump gate or vaporize space waste in front of much-frequented flight lanes. The latter job might not sound too glamorous, but it will put a nostalgic smile on the faces of many GOF2 veterans. And Mkkt Bkkt would not be Mkkt Bkkt if he did not have some other aces up his sleeves… any ideas what other events the five-eyed racketeer might stage next? Keep guessing in the comments!
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