Each faction and race has evolved its own unique shipbuilding style to reflect their preference and strategy. Choosing the right ship to fly in a particular mission is important, unless your opponent may have you out-teched in a particular function.
The range of Terran ships is diverse, sturdy and mission-proven, having been tried and tested from centuries of expansion and exploration. From short-range fighters such as the Hawk, Inflict or Teneta, to larger combat vessels such as the Cormorant or the mighty Terran Battle Cruiser, each model is specific to its task.
More specialized options in Terran ship design include the heavily armoured Anaan, for shipping cargo or VIPs, and the Gryphon, a long-range bomber. Pricing can vary from the accessible Hera fighter to the prohibitive Veteran, the apex of Terran design.
Nivelian ships are built from a long tradition of small and streamlined designs, customized for flitting through dangerous space on short missions. With a typical U-shaped design and with an emphasis on a show of weaponry, the simple-to-fly fighters such as the Aegir, Kinzer, Wraith or the agile Dace are optimal high-end choices for light combat. The radial and forward protruding extensions, balanced in place of the traditional wingspan concept, can carry some heavy firepower.
The fledgling Mido Confederation has assembled a number of new designs for its fleet, mostly from captured or salvaged parts. Not recommended for intense battle, but solid and heavy allrounders that will get you from A to B, models such as the Badger or Cicero, while not attractive in appearance, are ships with true character attributed to their collected parts.
The flagship Nuyang II is an impressive example of Midorian ingenuity in second-hand parts. Heavily armoured and with plenty of cargo space, its size can be a drawback, leaving some parts prone to fire.
Vossks take particular pride in their shipbuilding, and as a warrior species much attention is given to functional design, while an immediate similarity to a Vossk cranium is noticeable. Most Vossk ships, however, are not built for use by other species, the Empire being cautious of having their ships used against them by potential enemies.
One model that has been customized for interspecies use, the H'Soc, has proven to be extremely popular on the market, netting a fabulous amount of wealth for the Empire, although it does not as such officially engage in galactic trading. Based on the success of the H'Soc, there is rumour that the Vossk are planning to repeat its success on larger and more manoeuvrable models.
Hijacked and stolen ships are tinkered with and painted over by Pirate bands to create their own distinctive, yet thrown-together, designs. An example is the Phantom fighter, an evidently revised version of the Terran Hawk fighter. Pirates can be found flying a large range of such designed vessels, some more capable than others.
The Mantis is the epitome of Pirate design. With all non-essential parts torn out without regard to safety, this ship is all weapons and armour, leaving just enough space for loot.
Some similarities with contemporary Midorian design has been noted, further raising suspicion of involvement.
With frighteningly fast speed and precision, Voids fighters have been appearing randomly in various systems and attacking cargo convoys. The extremely heavily armoured and highly manoeuvrable VoidX fighters are a formidable adversary in combat. Fortunately enough examples have been disabled intact to conduct a thorough study on the technology involved, and Deep Science scientists are working around the clock to unlock their secrets.
If successfully modified for Terran use, this may turn the tide on the mounting threat from this mysterious race.
By deconstructing Voids technology from captured vessels, Deep Science researchers have been able to formulate new cutting-edge designs and ship capabilities catered to combating this particular foe.
Khador, the valued Grey of the Deep Science team, is working on some new and blindingly innovative advances in integrated hyperdrive technology which would give the player extreme advantage in the battlefield. The resources required, however, are rare and in many cases dangerous to procure. While accidents are known to happen in some of these early prototypes, the resulting benefits could be great indeed!
Unlike the other ships in the Galaxy on Fire universe, the four Most Wanted Ships have never gone into mass production, but rather do they constitute extremely powerful and unique pieces, each of which has capabilities, characteristics and a history of its own. While the Bloodstar is a flying fortress with unrivalled fire power, the Gator Custom is a powerful all-rounder with a bulky but functional design and the Blue Fyre is a true eye-catcher to whom even the most stunning ships of the Nivelian fleet look rather pale in comparison. The Amboss, on the other hand, is an agile fighter that combines heavy weaponry, high adaptability and unorthodox design.
These specifically modded ships are only available from the shady dealers that you meet in the dark corners of the Kaamo Club space lounge. Based on some of the most popular ships in the GOF2 universe such as the Phantom or the Teneta, these highly enhanced vessels do not only possess way better stats and capabilities than their regular counterparts, but also do they contain new paint jobs and slightly altered hulls. Since none of these special ships has officially gone into production yet, they can only be obtained from said Kaamo dealers, who are surely not willing to sell their most precious merchandise for bargain prices. So you’d better put a nice sum of credits aside before you stock up your personal fleet with a brand-new Phantom XT or Teneta R.E.D. The six special ships of the Kaamo dealers are only available for players who already own the Kaamo Club as well.
Like pitch-black shadows of doom, the heavily armed Stealth Fighters are dreaded all over the universe, because death and destruction always follows in their wake. To whom exactly these extremely powerful high-tech vessels belong and what kind of sophisticated technology they employ shall remain a mystery until the day that such a fighter will be taken down and its wreckage will be analyzed by the careful eyes of the Deep Science research team.