Earlier this year a couple of the founders of Torchlight developer Runic Games left the company it created to start up a new studio called Double Damage Games. Now that new outfit has revealed the first gameplay of its upcoming space combat sim Rebel Galaxy.

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Contrary to what you might think based on its title, Rebel Galaxy is not Star War-related, though it does have stars, wars, and some weird-looking aliens.

Double Damage described its debut game as "a swashbuckling space adventure, with action-packed combat, exploration, discovery, trade, and 'negotiation' with the outlandish denizens at the edge of the known universe."

You'll play as a ship's commander who cruises through the cosmos exploring strange phenomena, fending off pirates, mining materials, and interacting with the locals. Combat appears to happen in real-time, and Double Damage noted that "Rebel Galaxy is above all a space epic of adventure, exploration, and combat."

This new studio was founded by Torchlight designer Travis Baldree and Diablo 2 co-designer Erich Schaefer, whose brother Max remains at Runic where he's the CEO.

Rebel Galaxy is due out next year on Steam, PS4 and "maybe XBox One".

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