Welcome to Astroneer Early Access!
This is a quite fun PRE-ALPHA game that I am playing with Lyellin! Come along for our journey as we derp our way through the planetscape in search of raw materials and adventure.
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Explore and reshape distant worlds! Astroneer is set during a 25th century gold rush where players must explore the frontiers of outer space, risking their lives in harsh environments for the chance of striking it rich.
On this adventure, a player’s most useful tool is their ability to shape their world, altering the terrain and extracting valuable resources from planets, and moons. Resources can be traded or crafted into new tools, vehicles, and modules to create everything from massive industrial bases to mobile rover bases. Reshape terrain as though it were made of Play-Doh. Survive on and explore procedurally generated planets that can be entirely deformed and traversed. Build vehicles and travel to new planets and moons. Snap together components and objects to create custom vehicles and modules. 4 player online drop-in/drop-out co-op.
What does this mean? It means that Astroneer is still very early in to its development. We've designed Astroneer from the ground-up to be a game that is developed in Early Access. When you first play the game, you will notice that the core gameplay is there but that we have a lot of work ahead of us. In addition to the features mentioned above, here's what you can expect of a game like Astroneer that is in pre-alpha: Core gameplay and features implemented (see above bullet points). Bugs Crashes Lost save games Unstable multiplayer experience
If you think our core gameplay is compelling enough to want to support Astroneer while its still in pre-alpha, we'd love to have your support. Otherwise, we recommend waiting until Astroneer is out of PRE-alpha and in an alpha state where the game is more stable and gameplay and content is further along. We're committed to making Astroneer the best it can be and including you this early in to its development is a crucial step that that.
What the developers have to say:
Why Early Access?
“Before you read, it is important that you consider this before deciding if you want to support Astroneer this early:
Astroneer is an incomplete game that is in PRE-alpha.
Astroneer will be in Early Access on Steam so that we may get the game in the hands of the players as soon as possible. Engaging with the Astroneer community early on is important to us as that we may work with them to make Astroneer the best aerospace and planetary exploration experience ever.
When it is first release, Astroneer will be in a pre-alpha state: That is to say it will have bugs, it will crash, there will be some performance issues for some players, multiplayer will be unstable for others, gameplay will be unfinished and early, and so on. This is part of the development process and we'd love your support for the game this early. Supporting Astroneer this early will ensure we're getting accurate information about the improvements it needs so that it can be the best version of itself when its finished.”
Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?
“It is hard to estimate exactly how long Astroneer will be in Early Access, though we are aiming for a year or two.”
How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?
“The full version of Astroneer will be the complete aerospace exploration fantasy: Explore infinitely diverse worlds with unique atmospheres, biomes, and landscapes. Shape your world with a myriad of deformation tools and features Survive against a number of reality-based hazards. From weather situations, turbulent environments, and unforeseen medical crises. Build and manage a working industrial base and leave your finger print of the galaxies economy. Customize everything from what your Astroneer looks like, to the modules you produce, and the rovers you own. Play with friends, or strangers, in an online experience that encourages communication and cooperation to succeed. Unravel the mysteries of the galaxy as you search for the elusive rare items.
What is the current state of the Early Access version?
“The current version of Astroneer in Early Access explores the main pillars of the gameplay experience: Discover Explore Research Trade Build Expand