Set in space, Shattered Suns features large-scale, three-dimensional battles among fleets of space ships and stations in a struggle to control territory around orbiting planets and moons. Players design their own ships and stations, loading them up with the right mix of weapons, shields, engines, cargo space and crewmembers to suit the player's unique strategy for victory. Ships mine crystals and ore from planets and moons, delivering their cargo back to the nearest space station to trade them for credits, which can be used to build more ships. Construction crews aboard ships build new space stations in orbit around planets and moons. As the player takes over new worlds, battles erupt when the natural orbits of the planets suddenly bring enemy stations within striking range. Players command fleets in fast-paced battles in all three dimensions, allowing ships to strike from above and below as well as from all sides.