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Chicken Invaders Universe is an upcoming MMO-like spin-off in the Chicken Invaders franchise. In this game, you'll join the ranks of the United Hero Force as a recruit fresh out of the Heroes Academy to fight against the evil Henpire. It's planned to start with limited Early Access in November (or as InterAction studios said, the current release date is "The date on which the game will be released"). The version that will be made available will contain most of Cluck of the Dark Side and Ultimate Omelette content.

Features

  • Two kinds of accounts:
    • Guest account (free-to-play, non-unique username, save data stored on local device, available from early access)
    • Member account (costs $5, can change username, can link installations together (e.g. end playing on PC and continue on Mobile), available after full release)
  • Beta just like Cluck of the Dark Side's Christmas Edition, Early Access, planned to start around November, Windows-only, with release on all platforms coming around or after December
    • Progress may be reset several times as it goes on, may not carry to the final release
      • In case it doesn't, early access players will be rewarded with extra Keys
  • Mobile versions may also include ads for guest accounts
  • Steam won't include Guest accounts
  • Won't be distributed on third-party sites like Big Fish Games, unlike earlier episodes
  • Play alone, or engage in multiplayer activities:
    • Form squadrons and explore together
    • Daily Challenges
    • Competing with friends
  • Explore a persistent galaxy and its diverse environments. Visitable areas include:
    • Astronomical objects:
      • >100 constellations
        • Known constellations are: Tyche, Hector, Tethys, Aceso, Epochus, Demonassa, Aura, Delas, Corus, Dius, Pothos, Telemachus, Deianeita, and Oxylus
      • >2000 star systems
      • >10000 planets
        • Certain planets will also have natural satellites
        • Planets and their satellites will show traces of their orbit
    • Landmarks:
      • Spaceship outlet - exchange or purchase spaceships
        • Only known one at the moment is the M-404 PI
      • Auto garage - customize them with items
      • Hero University (Salvificem Mundum) - training courses, a Chicken bestiary and a library of spaceship specs
      • Space Burger, usually orbiting a planet
      • Space Police planned to return
  • Galaxy exploration will use a different interface from the regular missions, first showing constellations, then star systems, then planets, and then their satellites
    • Movement across the galaxy will require fuel
  • Lots of different items will be included, which may be installed on the spaceship or applied to missions. They may be instant-on (active after purchasing), mountable (active after installed), pilot-deployed (pilot controls deployment during mission), or perishable (deployed automatically). Some equipment may be applied multiple times. Items include:
    • Galaxy Exploration:
      • Extra Slot - increases the number of item slots for missions
      • EMP Shield - protects from electric and magnetic surges
      • Heat Shield - protects from extreme temperatures
      • Gravity Nullifier - nullifies gravity
      • Event Horizon Stabilizer - allows orbiting wormholes
      • Orbit Droid - helps with parking your spaceship
      • Warp Drive - makes spaceship travel at Warp 9
      • Warp Boost - helps Warp 9 trigger faster
      • Warp, Interrupted - stops warping
      • Fuel - required to move around the galaxy
    • Missions:
      • Laser Scope - attaches a laser to the tip of the ship, for precision strikes
      • Strobe Lights
      • Extra Life
      • Coolant Canisters - stops Overheat once
      • Poultry Payback - creates a shockwave after death
      • Thrust Vector Control - allows for drifting
      • Bullet Spray Expander - allows weapons to cover a wider area
      • Bullet Spray Condenser - allows weapons to deliver more concentrated damage
      • Invulnerability Extension - extends invulnerability time after death
      • Mass Condenser - increases crash damage
      • Eggular Repulsor - makes the spaceship's hitbox smaller
  • Missions in star systems to clear them from the invading Chicken forces, ranging in length between 10 and 40 waves
    • Missions will be procedurally generated and will have several different types (chicken invasion, supernova, boss rush, food collection, key collection, etc.)
    • You may stitch together your favorite missions to form challenges for others to play
  • At the start of each mission, you will be able to choose the spaceship's loadout, including number & type of Superweapons, weapons, number of lives, starting weapon type, and special power-ups
    • Multiple superweapons may be applied, and they will be seen individually in an upcoming queue
    • Weapon selection in missions will be much more limited, either with 6-7 core weapons unlocked and others requiring weapon licenses, or with only 5-6 weapon license slots
      • Weapons without a license may still spawn, but they are much more rare
  • New weapons may not necessarily have exactly 12 power levels
  • Vulcan Chaingun will be buffed in a future update
  • More kinds of Superweapons, aside from the Missile and Mine Bomb, including:
    • Dimensional Phase-out - saves you from death, and makes you lose not as much firepower.
    • Shockwave Capacitor - creates shockwaves that destroy projectiles and damage enemies
    • Damage Amplifier - amplifies damage for a short while
  • Satellites will be obtained by mounting them on your ship (provided it can do that)
    • Satellites will also have ammo packs which will regularly drop
    • Alien Containers may still appear
  • Three new Difficulty levels - Tourist, Seasoned and another unnamed one, harder than Superstar Hero
  • Every boss from the past episodes returns, and new ones will appear
  • Playing missions together (like earlier episodes, splitscreen style) won't be possible in the initial release, but it might be allowed later on
  • Procedurally generated waves, with around 100 templates to choose from
  • Spaceship customization involves directly changing the design of the spaceship. It also includes paintjobs, though no longer custom
    • Known things you can change are: placement of the engine, engine type, weapon pods, tail wing model, paintjob
  • Different ways of obtaining Keys:
    • Collecting those that fall out of enemies (like earlier episodes)
    • Buying them for an unknown price (available after full release)
    • Key-collecting missions
    • Increasing rate of appearance through installing specific items
    • Selling artifacts or other resources discovered
  • Music from previous episodes will be available
  • Multiple breeds of Chickens, known ones are the Cluck of the Dark Side Chickens, Ultimate Omelette Chickens and Metal-suit Chickens
  • Updates after release including new customizations (starfields, paintjobs), spaceship models, new Weapons, new Powerups, new enemies, new missions, new unlockables and new music
  • Internet connection always required, with updates gradually decreasing the usage
  • No Editions, could still have holiday themed items
  • No Cheats at all
  • Early Access will use lots of Cluck of the Dark Side assets, eventually phasing them out

Current development stage

It's approaching early access. The upcoming first version has already been feature-frozen (that is, it won't have any more features added into it), and InterAction studios are working on fixing the remaining stuff. Once that's done, the server architecture will be deployed, followed by the game's release few days after. This should take roughly three weeks in total.

In the first few weeks of early access, most of Cluck of the Dark Side and Ultimate Omelette stuff will be present, with some new additions in case it's necessary to check mechanics. Later on, remaining Ultimate Omelette, Revenge of the Yolk and The Next Wave stuff is planned to be readded. The full, official release will happen when everything needed from those games gets added. After that, iA will get to add ideas people present on the official forums.

The remaining Editions for the latest Chicken Invaders episode (Easter and Thanksgiving) will not arrive until after this game gets released, if at all.

Forums

You can visit the Chicken Invaders Universe forum to share your suggestions or report stuff. Plan updates are also regularly shared, giving info regarding how the developement is doing.

In case your idea does make it into the game (or something inspired by it), you will get certain rewards in-game, including a contributor reward, your name in the credits, and lots of Keys.

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Trivia

  • At one point of its developement, it was planned to be Episode 6, but then it was radically reworked so much that it became a spin-off. This however doesn't prohibit the main series from coming back later on.
  • This game will be the first one to break the usual edition release schedule, with Cluck of the Dark Side's Easter and Thanksgiving editions likely coming after Universe's release, if at all.