Planet Explorers is an open world sandbox adventure RPG game set on a distant planet. The game uses a new OpenCL calculated voxel system to allow players to change the terrain in any way, create new objects such as weapons, vehicles, objects, and do it anywhere.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (3,569 reviews) - 74% of the 3,569 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 11, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We are a small studio, while we have the ambition, we do not have the resources to simple finish the game and release with all the promised features. Early Access allows us to have the financial resources to finish the product while at the same time allow players to help us figure out and solve problems in design and execution.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“This game should reach a final release candidate by around mid-2016.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The final version will be a smooth experience that allows players to build and share entire game worlds through the world editor. The main game storyline will be complete with many new animations to draw the player into the world.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We are at the end of the alpha cycle and will be starting in beta soon.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, the final game will be priced a little bit higher.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We listen to all the comments posted on the Steam boards and our own message board, we do not agree with all the suggestions, but we do consider them. If there are very good suggestions, they do make it into the game.”
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February 5

A0.921 Hotfix Release

A quick hotfix patch. Also a reminder that the World Editor is working pretty well now and that there’s actually a custom map that you can try out when you press Custom in the main menu.

Changelist

Fixed Adventure mode NPC store UI
Fixed follower death being permanent when logging off right after in multiplayer
Fixed Training Facility not working correctly
Fixed NPCs not being in towns in Adventure
Fixed custom weapons hitting the player when in vehicle
Fixed not being able to aim weapons on vehicle
Fixed trees respawning in multiplayer after already being cut

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February 4

A0.92 Build Released

Hey everyone, a new build’s here. This build was mostly used to fix story problems. The storyline now hopefully goes to where we actually have it. The next build will be released by the end of Feb or early March and will have a fairly complete World Editor, new Adventure mode terrain, new animals, and new story additions.

Changelist

Fixed scuba mask using oxygen on the ground
Fixed group AI disappearing when the server creator logs off in multiplayer
Fixed cylinder blocks
Fixed flying robot bosses not landing
Fixed NPC able to do work in bed
Fixed infinite tree cutting bug
Fixed Nan teleporting to the top of the Andhera cave
Fixed bugs with Firebear mission
Fixed HP bar being too big when close
Fixed NPC falling into the ground in multiplayer
Fixed L1 section crash bug
Fixed Collection Facility not saving
Fixed adventure mode missions and rewards not matching
Fixed Rol not fighting
Fixed save crashes
Fixed planting crops and not getting harvests
Fixed eyes problems for mainline male NPCs
Fixed fishbones not disappearing in the Big Fish mission
Fixed Adisa showing up in the Martian camp
Fixed Gerdy disappearing
Fixed digging causing the player to get stuck
Fixed hiding parts in the Creation Editor not working
Fixed Mariturtles getting pushed off the ground when walking
Fixed problem with NPC Ben being killed off
Fixed block out of range bug
Fixed NPC turn animation
Fixed NPC conversation animation sliding
Fixed Gerdy sitting on ground when getting up
Tweaked skill tree
Added font check box in options for fixing blurry font (check only if you have blurry font!)
Added custom robot ingame
Added NPC moving aside
Added sitting in chair (press e)
Added robot fish AI boss (without attack behavior)
Added NPC in-camp actions
Added new skills to flying robot bosses
Added debuff effects
Added colony self sufficiency in single player

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About This Game

In Planet Explorers, it is the year 2287, one of the first colony ships sent out by Earth arrives at the planet Maria, in the Epsilon Indi Star System. During its landing sequence, something appears in front of the massive ship that causes it to lose control and crash into the planet. Some of the colonists survive in lifeboats, but what they find is an unforgiving land filled with creatures ready to outlast the visitors from Earth. Now the survivors must explorer, gather, build, create, fight, and ultimately, build a new home.

Game Modes


Planet Explorers will feature single and multiplayer modes.

In single player there are 3 distinct selections

  • Story Mode – Story mode is the main meat and bones of the game, it is the action-adventure-rpg-somewhat-4X segment, offering npcs, missions, colony building, farming, ranching, training, diplomacy, and of course, a storyline that you can follow or ignore. This story features a 17X8km world map with many unique character, landscapes, biomes, locations, and over 100 types of potential enemies. Even though we’ve made it seem like a very action oriented game in the trailers, in reality, players can choose to not fight so much as to just plant a farm, make some food, keep the colonists alive, negotiate with the sentient aliens, and defend the perimeter from the local life forms. That can still eventually arrive at the ending. And yes, there is an ending. Story mode also features coop with other players.

  • Adventure Mode – This mode is based on a procedural map generated from a seed. Currently, it comes in a 40X40 kilometer map. Players will be able to complete random missions, defeat bosses, and explore different landscapes in the mode and eventually be able to setup conditions that they want to play (such as tower defense or attack an alien camp). This mode will also feature survival gameplay. The randomization in this mode will eventually pull in player made objects and locations so that a world will always feature something new and unique.

  • Build Mode – In this mode, there are no enemies and an infinite amount of building material. It also currently comes in a 40X40km map. Players will be able to build whatever they want in this mode, including everything in the Creations Editor. Think of this as the perfect testing ground to test everything you build. Or…it’s your place to build your garden without ever worrying about the pesky aliens.

Multiplayer allows Local Area Network and player hosted servers. It features several modes but some are still on the drawing board or going through technical trials so the final result is still in flux. Players playing multiplayer should be able to bring at least one of their created objects into multiplayer games, be it a sword, gun, or vehicle.

  • Coop – Coop comes in many selections, such as adventure mode, tower defense mode, build mode, etc. This is pretty much an open world sandbox with a max of 32 players (this number still needs to be stress tested).

  • Versus – This mode allows teams of up to 16 players to battle against 16 players from another team. We allow full terrain manipulation in this mode. Currently, it's a point based system where one team wins if they reach a certain point level based on kills, built objects, resources mined, etc.

Game Features


Current

  • 20+ hours of storyline
  • 70+ types of enemies
  • 20+ unique mainline NPCs
  • Able to dig
  • Able to build
  • Able to plant farm
  • Able to build colony
  • Able to have followers
  • Creation Editor to create vehicles, weapons, objects, vtols, and more
  • Day/night cycle with realistic moon cycles
  • Weather system
  • 15+ types of mineral types
  • 200+ unique items
  • Resource scanner
  • Realtime AI pathfinding
  • Multiplayer COOP
  • Multiplayer VS
  • Realtime water physics

Planned

  • Finish up the single player storyline
  • 30+ more enemy types
  • More mainline NPCs
  • Multiple boss types
  • Story Editor
  • Herding
  • AI bot followers
  • Ingame music player
  • Hardcore survival mode
  • Negotiation with aliens
  • War with aliens
  • Missions to the moons
  • More objects in Creation Editor (boats, mechs, armor, etc.)

Maybe

  • Riding animals
  • NPC Marrying
  • NPC Procreation
  • Season system

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Win 7 64bit
    • Processor: i3+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460+ HD 5700+
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1) 32bit can run, but will experience some memory crashes on higher qualities
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win 7 + 64bit
    • Processor: i5+
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 760+ HD7000+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: i3+
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460+ HD 5700+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.7+
    • Processor: i5+
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 760+ HD7000+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Kernal 3.2
    • Processor: i3+
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460+ HD 5700+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Kernal 3.2+
    • Processor: i5+
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 760+ HD7000+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
199.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Early Access Review
I've played over 195 hours now, and have finally gotten to the point that the "100%" load bug make this game unplayable for me. The game has alot of potential but when you but 10+ hours into a game only to have to restart it because of a load issue, and the only solution is to start a new game... it's just not worth it.

Developers are slow to release bug fixes, and alot of the same ones keeps this game from being a really good game.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
a very advanced sandbox minecraft esque game. You can make your own weapons, armor, vehicles (including ground, air and water vehicles) and decorations. The company has been off on basically all their deadlines however its not that big of a deal considering how amazing this game is. I recommend this to anyone who has a creative itch, this game will scratch it.
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18 of 28 people (64%) found this review helpful
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Early Access Review
Bought this a long time ago, dissapointed at how long it is taking to get up and rolling given the amount of players investing in Alpha. Still a while to go.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
171.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Early Access Review
I greatly enjoy this game. Making custom items, weapons, and transportation in a simple editor is what makes this game just that much better. I love the sounds of the enviroment around you as you play. It gives the sense of beauty to an uknown planet and how alive it is. I have started to get back into the game since the latest update and I'm not disappointed. The graphic changes are amazing from what it used to be! Still can't believe this was made on Unity. Overall, it's a great survival and building game. It's even better with friends! If other reviews or images make the game not seem worth it, the game is still worth a try.

Tip:
The bigger the weapon the more damage it does. So if you're building a sword, make it a big one.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
489.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Early Access Review
Planet Explorers have finally come good on all their promises of what this game would be and I got to say it's pretty awesome!!

I know it is going even further forwards but man the game now is just so cool compared to what it was back in the 0.8x versions now at version 0.911 and it has compatibility with my GT 750M, No Full Screen Issues, All brushes and materials can be used, No NPC problems like prior.. sometimes they run into trees and things but quickly navigate around them but it means you can use trees as cover sometimes to avoid direct hits which is a logical step forwards :)

Oh and they brought back First Person View. I would recommend this game to anyone who has enjoyed playing ARK Survival Evolved, Space Engineers, Minecraft or similar.. it has a lot of the same functionality but lets you take it to the next level in terms of customisation, invention, exploration and building.

There are plenty of hostile enemies out there in the wilderness and you really do have to survive, you can grow crops.. start up a settlement... get into trades with NPC's or other players if that's your thing.

The only thing I would say is a potential issue currently : The game needs some Officially Hosted Dedicated Servers.. Right now all dedicated servers seem to be player hosted. Best Multiplayer Mode in my opinion = Adventure Mode : Survival Setting
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