Trese Brothers' latest, Star Traders: Frontiers, sets a course for mobile


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We’ve loved the Trese Brothers around here since before there was an around here. Way back when, at another site that you might have heard of, they were recipients of several year-end accolades for their previous title, Templar Battleforce. Their latest, Star Traders: Frontiers, has been out for PC/Mac/Linux since last August, but, today, we learned it’s making the move to our touchscreens. Soon.

Star Traders: Frontiers is an RPG that puts you in the shoes of a wannabe Jean-Luc Picard. Or, maybe, a Mal Reynolds? Or Boba Fett? Basically, you’re a starship commander and can carve out whatever path you want.

You’ll get to upgrade your ship, hire crew, explore procedurally-generated galaxies, meet aliens, make peace, or make war. The options are seemingly endless and, starting next week, you can experience it all on your phone or tablet.

Explore a rich, open universe: Discover endless procedurally-generated galactic maps, meet unique characters, and take on enemies to conquer the galaxy!

Become an intergalactic captain: Take on the role of a spy, smuggler, explorer, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, and more (26 jobs total)!

Customize your own spaceship: Choose from more than 350 upgrades and 45 ship hulls to build your very own vessel to venture across the vast reaches of space.

Assemble and tailor a loyal crew: Assign talents and equip specialized gear for every spaceship crew member.

Experience an ever-changing narrative: Decide to make friends or foes with other factions and influence political, economic, and personal vendettas.

Mold the crew by your choices: As you make decisions and set the tone for your ship, your crew will grow and change to match. Destroy enemy ships with all hands on deck and your crew will become more bloodthirsty and savage. Explore distant worlds and loot dangerous wastelands and your crew will become intrepid and clever … or scarred and half-mad.

Varied Difficulty Options! play with save slots to try out different builds or storylines or turn on character permadeath and enjoy classic roguelike experience

Achievement Unlocks: accomplish story and challenge goals to unlock additional optional (but not better) content like new starting ships and new starting contacts

We can expect Star Traders: Frontiers for iOS and Android on January 30th and it will run a mere $7. If you can’t wait, check it out on Steam at the link below.


Holy crap! I downloaded it on Steam the last time you talked about it, and actually played for a bit, but got myself stuck to the point where I’d have to start over and never really did.

I may just have to rectify that.


Siri, cancel all my appointments for the rest of the week.


A word to the wise - I ended up restarting about half a dozen times so maybe don’t get too attached to your starting character. You’re not spoon fed a tutorial here so it’s easy to make some pretty crippling mistakes. I specialised a character in a different aspect of the game, trade, ground combat, space combat etc until I’d learnt that system. Then I restarted with a more rounded character.

Your mileage may vary, but that’s what worked for me.


If any of the other Trese Brother games are a valid comparison of to be expected content then a week won’t do all that much…try clearing your schedule until the next visit of Halley’s Comet…


I’m going to rock around the clock like Bill Halley and the Comets.


It this game similar to Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander? I only had because I just started Halcyon 6. I’m loading up on some games for a trip but if they are similar I’ll privably hold off on Star Traders a little while just for diversity of games.


It’s a RPG not 4x like Halcyon 6


Sorry if I missed the info, but does this game have cloud support?


Not sure about save games, but it doesn’t sync between devices if that’s what you mean?