An old Race of masterful Ship Builders: How the Nivelians gained a Foothold in the Neox Sector [DEV BLOG #6]
Both the oldest and the most advanced of the three classic races in the GOF universe, the Nivelians – a breed of bipedal reptiles – began to conquer space long before the Terrans and Vossk attempted to leave their home worlds. Yet, the rapid progress they made many moons ago did not only bring forth wealth and prosperity. Too widely spread was their empire and too sparsely manned were their outposts. Shattered from within by civil wars and from the outside by revolting newcomers, the Nivelians’ interstellar network collapsed almost as quickly as it came into being. Busy sweeping up the shards of their once-mighty civilization, the Nivelians henceforth focused their efforts on internal rebuilding rather than further expansion. And thus, they did not follow the Terrans and Vossk into the Neox Sector right away. Instead, they only arrived there at a later point, when a sudden discovery reignited the entire faction’s interest in that far-off patch of space.
A collection of rough sketches of a Nivelian capital ship. They all sport the characeristic blue color and iconic double-hull frame.
By the time their fleet arrived, however, vast parts of the Neox Sector had already been populated; and those in charge of the areas in question did not fancy the idea of sharing their newly colonized turf with the Nivelian late starters. So what options did the Nivelians have? Not too many, unfortunately. Still not strong enough to wage war on a dozen different fronts, the reptile commanders grumblingly erected a colony in a still-unclaimed system to show presence and keep a watchful eye on the other factions’ operations – patiently waiting for the day that their glorious empire will have returned to former strength.
Admittedly, the official trailer is rather Terran- and Vossk-centric than Nivelian-focussed. But it still gives you a nice impression of the environment the Nivelians have set up camp in.
Probably the biggest pride of the Nivelians as a nation is their ability to make some of the most elegant and accomplished space ships in the entire galaxy, such as the grand Aegir or the hard-hitting Kinzer. While their fighters are held in high esteem by pilots across all sectors, their capital ships have not yet earned the same reputation. This is due to the fact that the Nivelian frigates and battle ships had not been sent on foreign assignments in ages. And consequently, not many space travelers have seen them yet. When the Nivelians headed for the Neox Sector, however, they got several of these blue-shimmering behemoths in motion again – for the first time in decades! So be aware, everybody. During your travels through the many orbits of Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore, you will sooner or later cross ways with a twin-fuselaged capital ship commanded by proud and principled reptiles!
A polished "final concept" of the Nivelian battle ship in Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore. Wait till you see that beauty floating through the orbit in front of you!
Well, we hope you enjoyed this little wrap-up of the history of one of the galaxy’s most distinct factions. And, of course, we hope you cannot wait to take place behind the control stick of a Nivelian fighter, scout or gunship. We do not want to spoil too much at this stage, but in Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore you will be able to fly remade Nivelian ships from the previous GOF games as well as entirely new models. So let us know: Which Nivelian ships would you love to rediscover in GOF3 the most? And what is the first thing you are going to do when your radar indicates the presence of a Nivelian capital ship?
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