Work together to survive the devastating Dinosaur horde in huge, endless environments.
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Mixed (308 reviews) - 58% of the 308 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (27,954 reviews) - 75% of the 27,954 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 15, 2013

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October 3

ORION + Crowdfunding (October 2016)

#ORION is gearing up to launch a massive crowdfunding campaign that will offer a wide variety of rewards and packages, both digital and physical! This event is scheduled to begin on October 7, 2016 and run for 60 days.
#Orion #Crowdfunding #Kickstarter

A Sci-Fi MMORPG Shooter featuring Open Galaxy Gameplay and Exploration on Unreal Engine 4! Featuring Dinosaurs, Robots, Cooperative Gameplay, PvP, Online & Local Gameplay and more!

We all want the ultimate space game. If you've been let down or lied to by other Space games, we are here to remedy this.

We are committed to creating one of the best games of all time and this is courtesy of an extremely skilled team and also our community who we interact with and participate with as much as possible.

When it comes to ORION, it's not about if you'll receive it - but how fast you'll receive it!

We hope you are as proud as we are with what we've accomplished in Year One.

Travel across multiple Planets & Moons with your friends!

Fight against devastating enemies including ROBOTS & DINOSAURS in cooperative gameplay!

A variety of competitive PvP modes with Kills granting store credits and experience!

Swap between First-Person, Third-Person and Top-Down perspectives at ANY time during Cooperative gameplay!

Socialize in beautiful hubs including Space Command Centers, Elemental Moons, Complex Cave Systems and Sprawling Cities!

Collect Loot & Gear along your journeys!

Forge Resources into Gear and other items.


A variety of Side Objectives, Weekly Challenges and Daily Challenges to earn store credits, unlock loot crates and earn new gear!


Track your accomplishments with detailed player statistics and overviews!


Compete with others across a variety of ranks and skills!


Millions of possibilities, including: Armors, Hats, Helmets, Weapon Skins, Shaders, Tracers, Effects, and more!


Decimate your enemies and experience over-the-top violence, gore and gibs! (Can be disabled via gameplay settings).


Take the violence to another level with extreme finishing moves and fatalities!

We will continue to add additional Local Co-Op experiences as ORION continues to grow and evolve!

The majority of Trek Store items can either be bought outright or played for as a variety of in-game systems grant you store credits, including the resources you collect, all PvP kills and bonus missions, achievements, daily challenges, weekly challenges and more! Our store is cosmetic-focused with no pay-2-win!

Pets help assist you in collecting resources, items and gear! Acquire a PET and never be alone again.

Every Player will start with one FREE StarShip. This will be your tool to travel the stars (with your friends) and to explore Planets and Moons!

Become the best Pilot and challenge your friends and foes in a free-for-all dog-fighting game mode which rewards store credits and experience for a variety of gameplay and objectives!

Meet interesting characters! We're going to add a significant amount of NPC A.I characters to the game that will include vendors, faction leaders, visual ambiance and larger-than-life characters!

The Faction Module will allow you to support Legion, Reign or to remain as a Privateer.

Customize your Weapon Loadout per characters, including Primary Weapons, Secondary Weapons, Item Kit and Grenade Type!

Create anything from within your imagination alongside your friends. Build, Break, Destroy and Survive!

Discover and Index over one hundred unique spiritual creatures called Celestials, or CEL's for short! Travel to a variety of moons to locate the rarest ones!

We support Virtual Reality and will be constantly releasing new experiences within The ORION Project with aims to support multiple VR platforms!

We had a few hiccups along the way. Everything is a learning mistake. This is no different than any other person and the only thing we deem important is how you take it from there.

We've invested years of time and money into our communities and products and we do it because we appreciate any level of support but also because we truly love Orion and will see it through regardless, no matter what.

Everyone is absolutely loving working on Orion and we're all creating the most amazing and enjoyable content in the history of our team.

We want to add more, we want to do it quicker and we want to keep pushing this game past the limits that we initially set back just in December 2015.

We had attempted to do a crowdfunding back in 2014, however that was before we had any playable prototype and was mostly based on the core idea and artwork. This was not a success.
We had attempted to do a crowdfunding back in 2015 WITH a playable prototype. This event failed BUT we still honored ALL Backers with rewards AND released the product on time!

We are willing to work night and day for you, for years. Whether it's investing or simply telling a friend, any little action can snowball into the biggest of possibilities.

We know that because we are examples of that and illustrated this on our first game, ORION: Prelude:

We can only create the game. We need your help to share it.

So we've launched a massive ORION crowdfunding campaign that will offer a wide variety of rewards and packages, both digital and physical. We love ORION very much but we also love the industry in which supports indie endeavors like ORION and constantly fight for it and the gamers that create it.

We want to do so much more with The ORION Project and the focus of this Crowdfunding campaign is to boost production speeds as we approach the massive Version 2.0.

We want to afford existing developers more time, we want to bring on more talent and we want to release content even quicker than we already are.

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August 10

F2P Is Live!

ORION: Prelude is Free-2-Play!
Dinosaurs, Jetpacks & Mechs
PvP, Co-Op,& Dueling

All we want now is for you and all your friends to have as much fun as possible. No pay walls, no pay 2 win, no ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t no gimmicks. The whole game for free as was + brand new Year 4 Update content.

Our new game, The ORION Project will also convert to a Free-2-Play model on August 25, 2016 to celebrate the game series 16th birthday. You can learn more about The ORION Project here:

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“An instant classic.”
Steam Review

“Best transformation of a game I've ever seen.”
Steam Review

“I am completely addicted.”
Steam Review

About This Game

'ORION: Prelude' is an indie Sci-Fi shooter (FPS/TPS) that seamlessly blends together incredible visuals and addictive combat. It puts you and your friends together into intense, cinematic battles using some of the most incredible weaponry and amazing vehicles in which you must work or compete against one another to accomplish mission objectives, explore giant worlds and survive the devastating Dinosaur Horde.

In addition to the return of the adventurous, survival-based cooperative gameplay and retro-inspired Arena Combat, 'ORION: Prelude' features massive, Open World Cooperative and PvPvE.

*Previous version names include ORION: Dino Beatdown (2012) and ORION: Dino Horde (2013).

Supporting up to a variety of game modes, including:
  • Survival (Objective)
  • Slaughter (Duration)
  • Rampage (Playable Dinosaurs)
  • Prehistoric (Custom Variable)

Supporting up to 10 players and offering 2 game modes:
  • Conquest (Cooperative - 5 Players)
  • Vital (PvPvE - 10 Players)

Supporting up to 10 players and offering 3 cooperative game modes:
  • Free-For-All (Deathmatch)
  • Elimination (Stealth)
  • King of the Hill (Territory)
  • Gun Game (Ladder Climb)
  • Instagib (Twitch Reflex)
  • Vital (Open World)

Supporting up to 10 players and offering 3 unique game modes:
  • 1v1 Duel (4 Playlers - Tournament)
  • FFA Duel (4 Players - FFA)
  • Team Duel (5v5)

Key Features:

  • Open World Gameplay
  • Cooperative & Competitive Gameplay
  • Dueling & Melee Combat Gameplay
  • 1st Person / 3rd Person Hybrid Gameplay
  • 15 Game Modes
  • 50+ Weapons & Gear
  • 30 Augmentations (Mutators)
  • 20+ Multiplayer Maps
  • 7 Vehicles
  • Full Weather System
  • Persistence & Player Progression (150 Levels)
  • Class-Based Gameplay & Player Loadouts
  • Statistics & Leaderboards
  • Lobbies, Matchmaking & Server Browser
  • Player Store (Cosmetics)
  • Rewards & Unlockables
  • Real-time Dynamic Day/Night Cycles
  • 10 Dinosaurs (All Playable)
  • 250+ Steam Achievements
  • 12 Steam Trading Cards
  • Steam Big Picture Mode Support
  • Bots & Offline Play
  • Tutorial System
  • SDK & Steam Workshop (Custom Maps)

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows Vista SP2 32-Bit
    • Processor:AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHZ / Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB Graphics Memory (SM3)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 Compatible
    • OS:Win 7 / Win 8 (64-Bit)
    • Processor:AMD 4-Core / Intel 4-Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB Graphics Memory (SM 3)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
45 of 59 people (76%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
has big dinos
has small dinos
has fly dinos
has pew pew guns
has pew pew vehicles

good game
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55 of 80 people (69%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
I got ripped off, I spent 1 dollar to buy it, now it's free.
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43 of 77 people (56%) found this review helpful
63 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Got about lots of copies to gift to friends because I was enjoying the game, but then the lack of proper polishing prevented me from gifting those copies that used to cost like 10 dollars each, because I didn't want to look like an idiot who would gift copies of poorly done games. My friends didn't diserve that.
Now it's gone f2p and I'm stuck with those copies for eternity in my inventory as shame badges.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Futuristic shooter with Dinosaurs. Lots of Defense game modes that mainly consist of surviving waves of dinosaurs and protecting your base from them. 9\10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Well just like a ton of players I also bought this game for around 1 dollar and now its free, well ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥...In spite all that game isnt that bad, you like dinos, you like FPS games, you're gonna like the game...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
This game is good.
It's not like Primal Carnage, or Primal Carnage: Extinction but still it's a nice game. If you can't buy these two, get this game. It's really cool if you like dinosaurs or shooters. There are many gamemodes, much classes with their unique abilities and you can customize your character. I didn't get the game for free, but now it's free to play, which is great.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I bought this back when it was orion dino beat down, i bought four copies and i still have two,the game? its well worth your time if its free ,but the money I spent? Well worth it, I love this game honestly ,my computer has a hard time with it but my pc has a potato graphics card.

In conclusion,should you get it? yes,of course it always been good,even when dubbed "worst game of ever" It was good,even the community is good so just play it already you ♥♥♥
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
140.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Steam just downloaded an update for this game, which reminded me of it. Funny, I thought I reviewed this game before. Nevermind.

The first big problem with this game was that people expected too much from it, even when it was selling for $0.99 (or €0.99, or £0.99, whatever...). It looks tired, outdated and it's got glitches left, right and center, but for that kind of money, who cares? It's a nice, casual little dino shooter to play either solo or coop with friends and/or foes, that's all. And honestly, Orion is way better than most of the indie crap which is sold on Steam for way more than that, also not to mention that the devs are still updating it, surprisingly...

Up until when I last played (a year ago or so), the second biggest problem was the lack of players (and servers, as a consequence). Because most people who bought it wouldn't take it seriously -- and I'm not sure if even the devs took their own product seriously, first selling it for that price, now giving it away for free --, it was always the same little community playing and a few newcomers in between. Hopefully now that it's gone F2P, things will change, and if so, I may be back playing it.

Well, it's free now, so no excuse for anyone not to try it at least...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
This game is fun. I could play for hours and the best thing is trying to get all of the achievements in the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Give me my 49 cents back its free now.
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