Asterisk is a team-based shooter in which starship crews compete to destroy each other in pitched space battles. Each crew is given the controls of their ship, a number of guns, some drones, and are then tasked with shooting their opponents' vessel out of the sky. The game is akin to a real-time action FTL, only each crew member is controlled by another player. The concept was also inspired by the manic communication dynamics of Space Team, the simple, accessible, yet deep controls of Star Control II, and the specialized crew tasks of Artemis (a Star Trek bridge simulator). Guns of Icarus and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime are influences as well.