Each faction has an ARK a giant ship capable of long distance jumps, It is their home base and if it is destroyed their faction is eliminated and those who remain can choose to join either of the other factions until there is only 1 ARK left the victor.
ARKS are AI controlled they appear in the world at game start in a variety of different start locations throughout the solar system. They remain at that location and players spawn at the ark , Your goal is to protect it and destroy your opponents ARK
The ARK has its own turrets and weapons making it extremely difficult to destroy without larger ships.
There are numerous resource heavy locations throughout the solar system, these points need to be captured and built upon. The team that builds upon the location generates resources to spend on new ships and equipment. However the raw resources need to be processed, players will have to build a factory nearby to process resources gathered in the area. A resource point generates 2 types of resource, res and pres, res is used by the team to build structures and is shared and pres is used by the players to build ships and is personal.
Support Ship Type
At the start of the game players can choose between the standard combat orientated ship and the support (tug, constructor) ship, the support ship is less armed and manouverable but it can build things within the system such as resource points and factories. These ships are essential in order for a team to progress to higher ship types. These ships can also aid by repairing both structures and other player and npc ships.
Structures (Some examples)
Factory, the factory comes in 2 types planetary and orbital, the orbital factory is more costly to build but can be used to process ores found off planet. the planetary factory is cheaper but can only be built in a suitable location and is better suited to processing resource found on a planet.
The Ship yard is an orbital and allows you to change your ship from your current 1 to any you can afford, Usually you would have to interact with your ARK to do this but a ship yard allows you to do this wherever it is built, The Ship Yard also has Turrets mounted to it providing some support against enemy vessels approaching.
The recruitment station is an orbital, It provides basic fire support for any incoming enemy ships in the area, also non affiliated ships (players whose ARK was destroyed) may interact with a recruitment station to join that stations faction.
The Sensor Array is a costly Orbital, it will track the movements of ships in the area and feed that information to all ships within its range in its faction.
How the game plays
Each faction spawns at their ARK, they then Either remain in their current starting ship or change it by interacting with their ARK, the ARK slowly generates resource and each faction starts with a chunk of resource to get them started.
Players then fly out in groups constructiong extractors and factories to convert those materials, AI ships fly between these locations transfering the resource.
Players will also attempt to attack and destroy other factions ai ships and extractors in order to slow down their advancement and allow them to build extractors in those areas themselves.
Eventually players will progress to larger and larger ships, build better sensors and discover the location of enemy factions ARK ships. they will then assault those locations with capital ships in an attempt to wipe them from the game.