Dreadnought is a combat flight simulator for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows developed by Yager Development and published by Grey Box with Six Foot. The first previews were shown in 2014. Dreadnought entered closed beta on 29 April 2016. On 3 December 2016 at the PlayStation Experience, it was revealed to be available for the PlayStation 4 as well.
The player is the captain of a large spacecraft and uses projectile weapons to attack. The player is able to choose between several classes of ships, each with drawbacks and advantages in categories like speed and size. The ships are massive and are intended to give the feel of being a commander, not a rogue bounty hunter. As a result, gameplay involves large amounts of strategy and positioning. In addition to positioning the ship and choosing targets, the player may also allocate power to various parts of the ship.
In multiplayer, coordinated attacks and focus fire are important. Other players may choose to heal a damaged teammate. Matches last around ten minutes and players may switch ship classes after death depending on the match type.
Players captain their ship, managing crews and diverting energy to systems like engines thrusters, weapons, and shields, all while simultaneously trying to decimate the enemy fleet. Though it isn’t as fast-paced as other FPS or air combat sims, each round of Team Deathmatch is a fun exercise in both teamwork and solo ship-to-ship combat.
There are five classes of ships to play as: two combination Tank / DPS roles, my Destroyer and the titular Dreadnought, the long-range sniper-esque Artillery Cruiser, the Technical Cruiser that can remotely repair nearby ships, and lastly the Corvettes, which while they may not have the biggest guns or thickest armor, can fly (literal) circles around larger ships and act as a scout for the rest of the team.
The game went into open beta on the PS4 on 1 August 2017 and was formally released and moved out of beta on 5 December 2017.