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 (3,192 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 11, 2014

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“Planet Explorers is an open world RPG for its single player mode, as in there's a storyline with an ending. The game is in alpha, there will be bugs and strange things that we can't explain. Since it's an RPG, there will be more bugs than other games of the voxel type. Also due to the RPG nature, each main update will be spaced by about a month. But due to the decent size of our team, each update will contain a lot of content. We do listen very closely to our players, so you will have an opportunity to impact the direction of the game.”
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"Great RPG/Sandbox game. Mine, quest, build, & kill to your hearts content, this game is fun especially with your fellow friends, it has great potential."

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August 3

A0.885 Beta Build Released on Steam

We had some more bugs last week, causing a slight delay to this build. For the next build, we're focusing on flying AI, NPC AI, more animals, more prefabs in the Creations Editor, and more colony options. We're also starting work on the first person mode.

Changelist

Fixed issue with dodging and getting collision damage
Fixed issue with lack of oxygen regen when reviving in water
Fixed issue with AIs dealing damage after death
Fixed issue of digging area and UI area not being consistent
Fixed issue with fertilizer sprayer using bullets
Fixed issue of player sliding on incline
Fixed issue of not being able to walk backwards onto an incline when equipped with a gun
Fixed issue with rain sound effect loudness not being controlled from options
Fixed issue with scripts being allowed to relearn multiple times
Fixed issue with AI spawning that causes crash
Fixed issue with picking up turrets while firing causing an error
Fixed issue with item count for item missions
Fixed issue with "build a communications array" mission
Fixed issue with item count in build missions
Fixed issue with transparency when up close
Fixed issue of not being able to pick up some items after placing them
Fixed error with the solar charger being able to duplicate items
Fixed issue with words extending too far in the Mission Goals UI
Fixed issue of story drops not appearing
Fixed issue of AI leg IK not sticking to the ground
Fixed issue with punching animation under water
Fixed issue of standing half in water and not being able to jump
Fixed issue of water plane being too high when swimming
Fixed issue of items for a NPC not charging when not displayed as equipment
Fixed issue with irregular animation when picking object with weapon in hand
Fixed error when saving an ISO in the build mode
Fixed errors with build mode when selecting shape and material
Fixed issue with the repair machine not being able to fix items
Fixed issue with NPC running out of the mission area sometimes during a story mission
Fixed issue with not knowing if a story NPC has already been recruited into the colony
Changed the amount of minimum distance for jumping and falling even without start speed
Changed the animation for chopping trees
Changed the area and damage from pick axes
Changed the camera when in digging mode so that it doesn't shake
Changed the default brush in build mode to the selection tool (so you can point, drag, lift)
Changed the lock on and fire for missiles to the Z and X keys
Changed some of the initial equipment for storyline NPCs
Optimized UI code
Added IK effects to using tools or weapons
Added AI GroundIK
Added recoil animation for guns
Added help images to when first using vehicles
Added directional arrows on small map for mission guidance
Added vehicle control tips UI
Added VTOL crafts in the Creation Editor (again with new physics)
Added boats to the Creation Editor
Added being able to revive followers
Added 7 forest animals to Story Mode
Added basic AI herds
Added trade post building to the colony
Added the ability for the flash light to point to where the mouse pointer is
Added damage animation to player
Added the ability to hide some equipment when in a vehicle (such as pick axe)
Added invincibility when performing the dodge animation
Added random treasure boxes to Adventure Mode
Added auto speeches for Story Mode
Added NPC likability settings with over NPCs
Added hotkeys for brush selection in build mode
Added the most used materials to the build mode quickbar

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July 17

A0.884 Beta Build Released on Steam

There were too many bugs with last week's build, by the time we fixed most of the bugs it was Wednesday, so we went ahead and merged it with this week's build. For the next week, we're focusing on fixing/adding digging, building (trying to simplify some of the operations), VTOL, forest AI, colony trading post, and UI.

We've also started work on Coop Story Mode, which is pretty much one of the most wanted from players. This will take about 2 months (or sooner). We're also working on using FMOD for all the sound effects, this will take much longer, but from some tests, this will be very good for our game.

Changelog

Fixed Puja attack error
Fixed position of player when in vehicle
Fixed and changed the area of digging
Fixed issue of superspeed when jumping with a jetpack
Fixed issue of climbing animation when reaching the top
Fixed issue where some story NPCs don't appear
Fixed issue where some ISOs don't show an UI when clicked
Fixed issue where custom items cannot be picked up
Fixed issue where items get lost when moving from the Colony storage to personal items
Fixed several colony UI bugs
Fixed issue of not being able to talk with NPCs after loading
Changed the distance of scavenging animal bodies
Fixed repair machine and solar charger errors
Fixed issue where a game can be loaded from a blank save
Fixed issue with follower UI
Fixed issue with Adventure Mode shops and currency
Fixed error with pressing B
Fixed issue where loading can get stuck on 100%
Fixed the rotation of the shield handle in the Creation System
Fixed issue where the player pauses for a moment after the turning animation
Changed the attack animation of the player
Changed some calculations to allow the hit rate for the player to be higher
Fixed issue where the muzzle effect is away from the gun when moving
Changed the collision layer of some small animals to allow a greater hit rate
Fixed issue of player movement anomalies after changes to the host server
Fixed issue with fast travel in multiplayer
Fixed issue with server data packets
Fixed issue with random NPC shapes in multiplayer
Got rid of auto reviving after reloading a save where the player's dead
Fixed issue with turrets not receiving damage
Fixed issue with NPC following the player
Fixed issue with Workshop UI not working correctly
Changed UI location of followers
Fixed sleep UI, can now select length of sleep
Fixed issue with deducting monorail parts in Build Mode
Fixed issue with laser turret energy turning to zero when picked up
Fixed issue with random NPC auto revive time
Fixed issue with guns not having bullets when equipped
Fixed issue of player still able to use items after death
Fixed issue of player falling through the map in multiplayer
Fixed issue with large map in multiplayer
Added turret disappearing after total damage
Optimized Replicator UI, much faster now
Optimized UI display speed
Added mouse button display when mousing over pickable items
Added player draining oxygen in water (still needs UI display)
Added player damage from falling
Added player gaining hp at rest
Added more types of fish
Added long range attacks for Puja aliens
Optimized how aliens are created
Optimized how animals are created
Changed the physics system for vehicles, easier to control
Added NPC shop logos
Added staggered items in shops, players can now buy multiple items at once
Random NPC now have more than just one look
Colony buildings can now come under attack in single player
Colony NPCs can now be selected as followers
Added sound and visual effect to learning a script
Added help windows to Gerdy's talk at the start of the game
Added new buildings to the Martian Colony in Story Mode
Added energy shield blocking projectiles

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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.

  • 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
  • Pet system
  • Herding
  • Fishing
  • 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
    • Processor: i3+
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460+ HD 5700+
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win 7 +
    • Processor: i5+
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 670+ HD7000+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: i3+
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460+ HD 5700+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.7+
    • Processor: i5+
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 670+ HD7000+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Kernal 3.2
    • Processor: i3+
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460+ HD 5700+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Kernal 3.2+
    • Processor: i5+
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 670+ HD7000+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenCL compatible CPU or GPU (DX10.1)
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Early Access Review
I revisit this game once every 4 or 5 months. Lately I have noticed a massive decline in development progress and feel this will never be finished. I hope I am wrong as it has a great potential and could do really well but it just doesn't seem like the dev team has planned much of what they are doing and rather just do things on a whim. I really wish one of these games would just incorporate a single whole world rather than separate servers all over the place.
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19 of 32 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Early Access Review
One year has passed and the game is still in alpha stage, not even beta and be sure it will stay in alpha for ever. The proof is that we now have "beta updates" of an "alpha game", totaly nonsense, if the game is in alpha then all updates are normal updates. So don't be fooled, what you buy now is the final game and should be criticized like every other game, not as early access

And for now, here is what is the actual game:
- Really poor optimization. FPS drops/ stuttering (often 20 fps with a rig wich run every actual games at 60fps ultra )
Nearly unplayable when fight againt more than 2 or 3 mobs
- Graphics not as good as in trailer, sometime look like a 10 years old game, crappy textures/models/animations
- Bugged story mode due to awfull pathfinding (npc can be teleported undermap, you have to save/reload many times)
- Most sounds are missing (turrets have no firing sound, fighting creatures have no sound, etc). The few sound wich are present are crap (gunshot sound, footstep)
- There are 3 music running in loop, they are awfull and absolutly no SF.
- Memory leak that makes the game laggy as hell after an hour
- Crashs Crashs Crashs
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Early Access Review
There's still a long way to go, but I have enjoyed the game so far.

Not to focus on the shortcomings, others seem to talk about nothing else... The game has a very compelling storyline mode that I've thuroughly enjoyed!

Lately there's been some development stagnation, but they've been making some MAJOR changes that just can't be rushed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Early Access Review
This was incredible fun for the first 39, or so, hours of play.
I would like to see more gameplay and balance elements added.

It's built to be a hybrid, something between minecraft and dungeon crawl. I LIKE THAT!
It isn't minecraft, It isn't a dungeon crawl.

I bet that the majority of the time I have spent is creating weapons..... voxel by voxel.
Because I was more about creating, because there is TONS OF WAYS to create stuff.

You can make structures in the world, you can literally CAD your own weapons in the creation suit, using materials that you have mined or bought. How you build them, and what materials you build them out of affects the stats of the weapon. SOOOOOO GOOOOD!

But, being that is ..... I guess beta and alpha ... or ..... something like that, the gameplay is....... lame.


I have seen that there is constant work and updates to this game.


I would go for this if you like to create stuff and use it in-game.
Don't expect a great story..... (yet????)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Early Access Review
This game is very cool. I can see a great number of ways that it could be improved. Stories and scenarios could be added for generated worlds in the spirit of exploration.

All in all, a cool game, so far well done.
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