You can view my painfully slow progress here. The map screen lets you see a prototype interface for starting missions, though it’s only halfway done so far.
The icon in the bottom right corner takes you to the agent creation screen which is much closer to completion, though still rife with placeholders. Click on the vat to choose base organism (human or alien) and then add DNA strands to create an agent. You’ll only be able to create one if you have chosen the base organism, all five strands are in place, the longevity trait is present and active in at least one of them and there isn’t an active “fatal” trait.
Each DNA strand has 1-3 connectors which have to be connected to make the 1-3 traits active. Connectors that lack a connection will result in random side-effects that get applied during creation. These range from sudden death, through stuff like extra limbs (graphics reflecting that are on the to-do list) to superficial things that are there just for flavour.
There are some rules governing the creation of hybrid that are not immediately apparent, such as humans being better recipients of hybrid DNA, explaining the interest in human subjects.
The Gray DNA will be available to the player from start in unlimited quantity, but to get human DNA you’ll have to abduct people and to get hybrid DNA you’ll have to run long-term experiments on them. These two kinds will get used up, but for now you’re just given some random selection of DNA strands and it costs you nothing to mess around with the system.
The idea is that to put different equipment in your UFOs and to perform various tasks, you need agents with certain traits (the current possible stats are just a placeholder) so you’ll slowly go from simple abductions and experimentation all the way to government infiltration and taking over the world, once you harvest and create enough hybrid DNA to create truly powerful agents that can do that sort of thing.
Edit: Forgot to mention - the working title is MOC-X (since the game is reverse X-COM) and I’m thinking of going the MDK route, that is, not really giving out canonical explanation of what that means. However, I’d like to have a couple of possiblitities handy. The best one I came up with is “Martians of Cydonia”, though there are some others: “Murder of Civilians”, “Mutate, Overcome, Clone”, “Mayhem, of Course”, “Martian Overlords Come” etc. If you have an idea, let me hear it!