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Release Date: Apr 27, 2015

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September 13

Update 1.2 Pre-release is here!

Hello dear Kerbonauts!

Update 1.2 has finished its Experimentals phase and we’re excited to announce the launch of the Public Pre-release.

During Experimental testing a small team of experienced KSP players threw everything they’ve got at the game in order to help us catch as many bugs as possible, so that we could make the game as stable as it could be. Now we’re proud to say that’ve come to the point where we can finally release the open test build.

This ‘pre-release’ test build is for everyone to have a go before we officially released the update and you’ll be able to opt-in to get the Pre-release builds via the Steam betas, or, for the first time ever, through the KSP Store. Naturally, you’ll need own a copy the game beforehand in order to access these builds. This opt-in branch will run for a minimum of two full weeks before the release date of the final update (the final release date hasn’t been closed, so changes may occur).

To facilitate discussions of the Pre-release branch we’ll be opening up a temporary sub-forum for feedback. Additionally, a Pre-release project will be made available on the bug tracker to report bugs on.

Furthermore, we want to help the modding community by making the modding API public. Click this link and enjoy!

Finally, and as promised, you can get Porkjet’s awesome rocket parts package files here .

We’re almost there and we couldn’t be more excited. Stay tuned for updates and happy launchings!

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September 5

Update 1.2 has entered Experimental testing!

Hello Kerbonauts!

Update 1.2 has just entered Experimentals! We’re eager to finally start the next phase of testing and getting ever closer to the 1.2 release.

During experimental testing a crack team of experienced and hand-picked KSP players will throw everything they’ve got at the game to make it bend, blend and break in many ways. The goal is to catch as many bugs as we can, and to make the game as stable as it can be before we make a public test build available.

Those of you who’ve been around for the 1.1 update will remember that we released a ‘pre-release’ test build for everyone to have a go before we officially released the update, and for update 1.2 we plan to do the same thing. Once the pre-release builds are available you’ll only be able to opt-in via the Steam betas, or through the KSP store.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates and Fly Safe!

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About This Game

In KSP you must build a space-worthy craft, capable of flying its crew out into space without killing them. At your disposal is a collection of parts, which must be assembled to create a functional ship. Each part has its own function and will affect the way a ship flies (or doesn't). So strap yourself in, and get ready to try some Rocket Science!

The game offers three gameplay modes: Sandbox, in which you are free to build anything you can think of; Science Mode, which lets you perform Scientific experiments to advance the knowledge of Kerbalkind and further the available technology; and Career Mode, in which you must manage every aspect of your Space Program, including administration strategies, Crew Management, Reputation, as well as taking up Contracts to earn Funds and upgrade your Space Center Facilities (or repair them).

Add to this the ability to capture asteroids (a feature done in collaboration with NASA), Mining for resources out across the furthest reaches of the Solar System, Constructing Bases and Space Stations in and around other worlds; plus literally thousands of mods from a huge active modding community, all add up into the award-winning game that has taken the space sim genre by storm.

Key Features


  • The Vehicle Assembly Building and the Space Plane Hangar allows players to build spacecraft out of any imaginable combination of parts.
  • Fully-fledged, Physics-based Space Flight Simulation ensures everything will fly (and crash) as it should.
  • Take your Kerbal crew out of the ship and do Extra Vehicular Activities.
  • Fly out to Moons and other Planets.
  • Procedural Terrain delivers detailed terrain at a vast scale. The Kerbal Planet is 600km in radius!
  • Mod-enabled, allows players to create new content and modify the game.
  • Ship systems. Keep an eye out for engine temperatures and fuel levels, and try not to explode.
  • Build ships with multiple stages, and jettison parts away as they burn out.
  • Full control over the ship’s setup allows for complex ships and advanced functionality.
  • Dock spacecraft together to build Space Stations, Massive Starships, or even surface bases on other worlds.
  • Manage your crewmembers, hire them, and send them out into space and make them into heroes.
  • Research and Develop new technologies to advance your Space Program.
  • Take on Missions to attract interest in your Space Program.
  • Discover new worlds and expand the scientific knowledge of Kerbalkind.
  • Extract valuable resources from all over the solar system.
  • And a whole lot more!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista or 7
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:3GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM3 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 8 or 10 64 bit
    • Processor:Core i5
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mountain Lion (10.8)
    • Processor:Intel
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM3 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:El Capitan (10.13)
    • Processor:Intel Core i5
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux (Most distros should work)
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 4 GB HD space
    • Video Card: SM3 512MB VRAM
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor:Core i5
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
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90 of 100 people (90%) found this review helpful
87 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
A wise man once said:

"If at first you don't succeed, add more mainsail thrusters."

This man was correct.
This man was me.
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72 of 77 people (94%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
Recommended
296.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Top 5 things that taught me orbital mechanics:

5. Apollo 13 (1995, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon) ~$13 [Amazon.com]

4. Highschool Physics (Newtonian Mechanics) ~Free [Australian Education System]

3. Undergraduate Physics Degree (Keplerian Motion, One body mechanics) ~$8000 /year [UQ]

2. Postgraduate Physics Degree (Analytic two-body solutions, computational Runge-Kutta simulations) ~$10000 [UQ]

1. Kerbal Space Program ~$30
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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
297.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Nothing will prepare you for the moment you first touch down on the Mun with your Kerbals - alive. The sense of accomplishment is magnificent.
Its probably comparable to the crushing defeat you feel as you realize you forgot to make sure you had enough fuel to get back home.
But! You've done it! You managed to get your Kerbals to the Mun, land them safely, lift off and get into an aerobrake orbit around Kerbin!
Aaaand, you forgot to put parachutes on your command pod :|
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64 of 89 people (72%) found this review helpful
82 people found this review funny
39 of 48 people (81%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Launched rocket; watched it explode.
Made adjustments and launched rocket; watched it explode.
Made more adjustments and launched rocket; landed it successfully. Watched science explode.

10/10 Michael Bays.

You should definitely buy this game if you like physics and explosions.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
261.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Harder than dark souls.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
469.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Kerbal Space Program, at least to me is the king of simulation games. While I play numerous others (such as Farming Simulator) they don’t seem to hit every mark in that field. KSP, while challenging at first is the one that throws everything that happens in reality at the player, and force them to deal with it. While a game like Farming Sim only really requires you to keep an eye on fuel or some crops, KSP requires that you maintain a healthy supply of necessities ranging from fuel and electricity, to a satellite connection back home. But the part of the game that truly shines is the feeling you get when you first land on the Mun. A friend who gave the game a shot said
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“it was just...pride. So many Kerbals died in previous attempts, and I finally made it.”

While the game is difficult, I can’t stop asking people to try it. To me, it’s the perfect “life isn’t about the destination, but the journey” and I think this game captures that perfectly.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
And they say minecraft is educational. No, THIS is educational, orbital mechanics, maths and lots of fun.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,379.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Just remember to eat and drink occasionally.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
As goofy as the game seems, you will NOT find a more in depth and accurate space flight simulation out there yet.

At first, it's fun to build explosive and cobbled together monstrosities to launch into space and send crashing back to the ground, but then you learn the basics. Then suddenly a successful Mun landing becomes a point of pride and the next planet over becomes your new goal.

The career mode starts you with simple parts, to be expanded through scientific discoveries and contractual financial incentives.

Jebediah recommends this game to anyone worth their salt in a tin can floating among the stars.
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D. McIntosh
189.1 hrs
Posted: October 1
The developers of this game actually did what they said they were going to do plus more! Thanks!
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Flakenut
997.4 hrs
Posted: September 30
This game is a right brained creative types dream come true!!
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matt.larson47
152.2 hrs
Posted: September 30
A great game except for the crashing.constantly. otherwise a solid game
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BilLaLaBill
10.2 hrs
Posted: September 30
> spend 2 hours building Duna probe lander
> look at my finished gleaming spacecraft with pride
> Launch
> runs out of fuel halfway
> revert to VAB and fix problems
> Re-launch with pride
> Spacecraft decides to Aloha Snackbar after staging the main engine, causing the entire ship to break apart
> " Mmm, snacks...."
> DAMMIT GENE GET BACK TO YOUR POST!!!
> Third time's the charm
> Re-launch
> Finally get into orbit
> Plan maneuver
> Requires INSANE amount of delta-v to intercept Duna
> Realize that you forgot about the planetary transfer window
> transfer anger to real window
> Continue playing despite hands covered in blood and shards
> Re-launch at the right time
> Plan Duna injection
> Complete maneuver
> High five myself because KSP ruined my social life :`)
> time warp while eating Subway (not sponsored)
> look back and turns out time warp shifted my trajectory
> No longer reaching Duna
> Mother c*ck s*cking d*ckwipe son of a b*tchface on a tuna casserole!!!
> Must resolve to-
> NO! I promised myself to never use it, for I must achieve these accomplishments myself
> Re-launch
> Quicksave at Kerbin orbit
> Fails maneuver
> savescum
> fail again
> and again
> and again
> and again

> F*CK IT!!!

> uses mechjeb
> finally accomplish Duna orbit!
> celebrates non-guiltily
> quicksave
> enter atmosphere
> decouples heat shield and releases parachutes
> releases parachutes.....
> release.....parachute.......
> ..................

there were no parachutes.....

> "YOU SON OF A BI-"

*10 hours laytha*

> return from therapy with Dr. Phil
> "Okay, remember what Dr. Phil said, no matter what, it's just a game."
> Continue where I left off
> Feels hatred deep within, but able to contain it
> pauses and revert to Vehicle Assembly
> Revert to Vehicle Assembly is greyed out

"AAARRRGGGH-"

> commit mass kerbal genocide by destroying ksc buildings
> Adolf Kerman would be proud
> repairs tracking station and mission control
> turns out reloading quicksaves disables reverting
> Decide to attempt a futile landing with no parachutes
> extend lander legs and spins probe around to reduce speed
> a single tear rolls down my eye, knowing it will soon crash
> Jeb is love, Jeb is life........
>
>
>
>

> everything explodes but the body

> wut

> science and antenna still intact

10/10 would nearly sacrifice girlfriend to Jeb before getting 90 science points again


P.S. I played this game since 0.20 so the hrs played is a lie, just like cake.
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old soldier (P.R.T.A)
136.8 hrs
Posted: September 30
KSP is a fun game about sending green idiots to space, also you can torture them which is nice.
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Chris Lumley
86.4 hrs
Posted: September 30
The most fun I ever have. Be careful with how many mods you add on, because it can beef up system requirements pretty quickly, and if you do it without CKAN you can screw some things up. (I've had to uninstall and start over twice because I'm an idiot and ruined my files.) A great opportunity to learn about some real principles in rocket science while still being goofy and having a ton of fun. 10/10
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Merlin
504.9 hrs
Posted: September 30
You ever wonder what people mean when they say "It's not rocket science"?

Wonder no more.

This game is all about rocket science. Put in about 500 hours and when someone says "its not rocket science" to you, you can retort with "i know rocket science and im about to show you how much Delta V it takes to crush your kerbals with my boot."
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pugquakers
317.5 hrs
Posted: September 30
Best game ever!, try to challenge yourself to reach the stars. I rate 10000/10
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murph.laz3r
428.1 hrs
Posted: September 30
Do you like planes? Helicopters? Boats, cars, and, of course, spaceships? Of course you do. Or, at least, you think you do, which is why you're reading these reviews right now.

I haven't done anywhere near everything you can do in this game. Hell, 90% of my time is spent making and toying around with fighter jets with weapons modded on to them.

The reason I love Kerbal Space Program is because it's possible to do just about anything you set your mind to, especially with mods.

The fact that Squad have kept up their work with this game even well after the official release, and engaged with the community all the while, is a model for any aspiring game developer to follow.

Do yourself a favor: Buy Kerbal Space Program. Because everything is possible. And I do mean everything.
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Health Inspector is Love
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 30
Yes
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