Epigenesis is an online multiplayer sports/FPS game in which two sides are locked in a never-ending fight for world domination by playing ball. In this non-lethal ballgame of the future, players leap across platforms suspended high up in the air trying to get a ball located in the middle of the arena and score goals against their...
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Release Date: Aug 1, 2014

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"Want to play basket ball in the year 5000? What lasers and double rocket jumping? Then this is the game for you."
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November 21

Lower Price! Tell your friends!

Hello everyone,

You can now get Epigenesis for incredibly low 4.99€ or your regional equivalent! What's even better, the four-pack is now only 9.99€!

Get a group of friends and spend the weekend exploring the futuristic sports game that is Epigenesis!

Our awesome community is hosting a tournament in December, practice your skills and head over to the following forum thread for more information!

Last week, we released the v1.3 patch and added tons of lore to the forum! Be sure to check that out!

We really wanted to make the price update together with last weeks patch release, but better late than never right!? :D

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November 16

Patch 1.3 released!

Hey everyone!

A new patch has finally been released and we have some more (out of game) updates coming up soon! Here are the release notes:

  • Fall forward acceleration decreased by 77%
  • Missions now reset at 6 hour intervals.
  • Plants Netupdate has been lowered increasing net performance
  • Nodesystem bugfix for texture changes
  • Default config altered to have good defaults
  • As per community request, there is now a hole in the collision box leading out to the statue on ArgosArena
  • Other minor fixes for game play and performance.

We've also released the complete Lore for Epigenesis! Head over to the Lore subforum in our official Steam forum to read the events that led up to the games of Epigenesis, or why not check out the background for your favorite team?

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About This Game

Epigenesis is an online multiplayer sports/FPS game in which two sides are locked in a never-ending fight for world domination by playing ball.

In this non-lethal ballgame of the future, players leap across platforms suspended high up in the air trying to get a ball located in the middle of the arena and score goals against their opponents. Each player carries a gravity cannon capable of pushing enemies (and friends) down from the heights of the arena.

When a player scores, he receives a genetically modified super-seed and gets the opportunity to plant it onto a platform to capture it. To win the game you must capture towers and construct a node system from your goal post all the way to your opponents' goal post. If this hasn't happened by the time that the clock reaches zero, the team with the most scores win!

Teamwork, tactics and precision is key to win eternal glory in a game of Epigenesis!

Visit our official website, facebook and twitter for regular updates and news about Epigenesis!

Remember to visit our official youtube channel for more in-depth tutorials on how to play Epigenesis!

New Feature: HATS!


Complete daily missions and earn Mission Points to spend in the store! Get some swag for your favourite team and show it off in-game! No micro-transactions, only cool hats.

Join the Community


Join the growing Epigenesis community, find people to play with on the official Epigenesis Steam forum and reach out to the devs (that's us!) with suggestions and questions. We are organizing tournaments and play sessions on a regular basis. Have questions about the game or just feeling a bit social? Join us on Team Speak 3 at voice.deadsharktriplepunch.com during events!

Remember to join the community driven Epigenesis Community Group EpiGenCG here on Steam to find more people to play with!

What people are saying

"When you see the trailer you’ll understand why it won this year’s Make Something Unreal contest: it looks brill."

- PCGamesN

"It’s just crazy enough to work, and where it wasn’t crazy enough of its own accord, developer Dead Shark Triplepunch (yes, that’s their real name) just added tornadoes. Done and done."
- Rock Paper Shotgun

"Judges praised Epigenesis for its ingenious concept, engaging gameplay and clever use of a scientific concept inspired by the theme for this year’s competition."
- UnrealEngine

Key Features

  • Ball Sport of the Future
    Play a ball as well as a domination 5-on-5 game on top of tall towers and platforms!
  • Fast-paced high-altitude Action
    Equipped with jumping-jets, players will have to time their jumps or suffer steep falls.
  • Non-lethal combat with surgical precision
    All weapons used are non-lethal force-based gear. Push your opponents down from the platforms and boost your friends towards the goal!
  • One-time use pickup abilities
    Tactically use the Grapple, Dash or Shockwave to further advance your goal-scoring conquest!
  • Customize your loadouts
    There are 6 plants with unique abilites as well as 5 different passive stat-boosts for you and your team. Discuss combinations with your team and choose the plants that best fit your playstyle!
  • 6 unique maps
    Play ball on 6 different arenas constructed across the world of Epigenesis, featuring snowy mountains, lush forests and desolate cities!
  • In-game cosmetics shop
    Earn in-game currency by proving your worth in daily missions and spend it on cosmetic items such as Plant skins and Hats!
  • Single-player and bots
    Internet downed or just want to hone your skills? Face-off against the bots of Epigenesis or have them join your multiplayer matches!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT600+, Radeon HD 7400+
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650+, Radeon HD 7750+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
113.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Great game to play competitive.
It has quite a learning curve but the (small) community is really active and has great support for new players if you stick around on the teamspeak. The community even hosts tournaments twice a year where you can win sweet prices!
I've put a lot of hours into this, it's no casual game, but if you get into it it's really tons of fun.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
58.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Awesome game!

Pros:
- Just a really nice game
- Great concept
- Little but AWESOME! community

Cons:
- Little community, you will often find all servers empty
- Buggy

Whould recommend for people that loves being part of a community else no
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Fantastic gameplay, terrific execution of the concept. Currently the community is too small to play on-demand, but during weekend events you can play with people who are playing earnestly.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
+ Sci-Fi version of Quidditch, with awesome guns and boosters.
+ Amazing concept.
+ Sweet visuals / aesthetics.
+ Can be played with BOTs.

- Bad implementation of the Idea.
- Chunky controls.
- Dead online community, hard to find players.

Rating: 5/10 or maybe borderline 6/10 ~ 5.5/10

It's one of those titles which I'd like to give a 'NEUTRAL' rating, but since that can't be done.
I'll 'NOT' be recommending the game unless you can get a couple of friends to play it with you.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
101.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6

"Great game to play competitive.
It has quite a learning curve but the (small) community is really active and has great support for new players if you stick around on the teamspeak. The community even hosts tournaments twice a year where you can win sweet prizes!
I've put a lot of hours into this, it's no casual game, but if you get into it it's really tons of fun." ~~IcyDwarf


"If you like fast-paced action but are tired of first person shooters in which one shot is enough to kill you, you'll probably like this game. And if you like parkour and ball games, you'll like it even more. Even the tower defense fans will love this game!" ~~ProtoQuantum

Epigenesis presents a promising take on the next few hundred years: no grim future centered entirely on war, no post-apocalyptic earth where Darwinian human instinct has taken over; instead, humanity created the most popular sport in history, some strange hybrid of Basketball, Soccer, and Unreal Tournament. It's also an interesting case for why "e-sports" doesn't necessarily have to conjure up images of multiplayer battle arenas and first-person shooters, but that more traditional (albeit fictional) sports can exist in that space alongside the likes of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike. I really like what Epigenesis represents: it's an innovative take on traditional sports that still provides the adrenaline rush of something like Quake or Unreal Tournament, in a well-produced package that you rarely see in games fresh out of Steam's Early Access.


"In Epigenesis, two teams face off in an attempt to plant a ball inside an enemy's goal more times in ten minutes than the opposition across a platformed ravine. The arenas aesthetically resemble something out of Tron but play like something out of Quake. Each player is given a non-lethal laser with two modes: rail (an instant, focused beam which pushes enemies back a small amount) and shot (a mode which fires a missile-like projectile which travels slowly but produces an explosion that pushes back enemies a lot). The gun is a key part of both offense and defense -- pushing an enemy back and causing them to fall off a ledge or preventing them from landing on one in the first place spells instant death, producing a 5-second respawn timer. In addition, hitting an enemy who's in the air with your melee attack sends them straight downward, and if they fail to land on a platform? Splat.

In order to score a goal, a player has to pick up the ball from the middle of the arena, take it to the enemy goal, and toss it in. It's simple, but when presented with power-ups like "smokescreen" (which creates a cloud of smoke over a large area for a few seconds), along with arena-based hazards (like the desert maps' Twister, which pulls players it catches high up into the air), it gets complex and interesting. Upon scoring, a player is given a seed, which they can plant on one of the unoccupied platforms, which in turn spawns a plant, a kind of "turret" which produces effects ranging from firing projectiles which slow enemies, to creating a shield in which players can hide. In addition, each plant provides the entire team with a buff to either jump height or speed. Each player also has a gauntlet called a "meth-glove," whose use is two-fold: the first, called "methylation," allows a player to power up a plant; the other, called "demethylation," allows them to cause an enemy's plant to wither and eventually become inactive. It's here where the strategy of Epigenesis starts to shine: its rules are deceptively easy to learn, but when other humans are thrown into the mix, their collective strategies coalesce into something truly spectacular." ~~Tamriilin


I can not say anything that has not been already said except for this THE COMMUNITY IS NOT DEAD! While there is a small player base there are full games every Saturday and Sunday not to mention the Tournaments! Please buy this game I promise as the head of the community that you will love this game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
This is such an awesome game! It has some clear oversights around getting into a game, but the game itself is fun if you can at least land a 3v3 match. Get a group of friends together and you'll have a blast. It's a shame that the multiplayer servers are always empty.
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4 of 13 people (31%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
-no players
-bad graphic
-hard to control
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5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Epigenesis is an amazing game with a great concept. however the air control is limited to mid-air jumps and slight directional control. This game is crimanally underplayed and suffer greatly for it. I would suggest buying this game even though the small community deprives you of some gameplay, find some friends and play it with them. every new player counts
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Great Idea, fun to play although the controls may be a bit of a learning curve to new players. Sadly there arent enough players to have a competitive match.
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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
A very fun game,and with the recent price drop i really recommend this,i really hope more people start playing this
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Great game with great developers, but unfortunately no players :(
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Tug of war fast paced arena shooter. You capture balls to play a tug of war game with plants that give you active and passive effects. The controls and weapons are simple but powerful. The tug of war is fun and the fast paced movement is pleasing.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Great game. But only one problem. NOBODY PLAYS IT!!!!! It is too good of a game for no one to play it. Cough up 10 bucks people. pls. i cri ervy tmie.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Great game, one of my favourites. I bought this ages ago and you wouldnt believe how much it has changed. The devs are good aswell. i would really recommend that you buy this game!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
This game is flipping awesome, and super fun. I just really wish more people would play this game. Anyways if you have some extra money in your steam wallet BUY THIS GAME. It is totally worth it.


11/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Please buy this game. I love it and almost everyone lese oes too, but it needs more players. It's solid, good looking and hell a lot of fun to play with friends. Every update makes the game slightly better and everything would be perfect if there only was more players.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
If you like fast-paced action but are tired of first person shooters in which one shot is enough to kill you, you'll probably like this game. And if you like parkour and ball games, you'll like it even more. Even the tower defense fans will love this game! The only problem is that it's a multiplayer game and not that many people play it. After all, it's very recent. But that's what bots are for! (multiplayer is still better though)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Epigenesis presents a promising take on the next few hundred years: no grim future centered entirely on war, no post-apocalyptic earth where Darwinian human instinct has taken over; instead, humanity created the most popular sport in history, some strange hybrid of Basketball, Soccer, and Unreal Tournament. It's also an interesting case for why "e-sports" doesn't necessarily have to conjure up images of multiplayer battle arenas and first-person shooters, but that more traditional (albeit fictional) sports can exist in that space alongside the likes of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike. I really like what Epigenesis represents: it's an innovative take on traditional sports that still provides the adrenaline rush of something like Quake or Unreal Tournament, in a well-produced package that you rarely see in games fresh out of Steam's Early Access.


In Epigenesis, two teams face off in an attempt to plant a ball inside an enemy's goal more times in ten minutes than the opposition across a platformed ravine. The arenas aesthetically resemble something out of Tron but play like something out of Quake. Each player is given a non-lethal laser with two modes: rail (an instant, focused beam which pushes enemies back a small amount) and shot (a mode which fires a missile-like projectile which travels slowly but produces an explosion that pushes back enemies a lot). The gun is a key part of both offense and defense -- pushing an enemy back and causing them to fall off a ledge or preventing them from landing on one in the first place spells instant death, producing a 5-second respawn timer. In addition, hitting an enemy who's in the air with your melee attack sends them straight downward, and if they fail to land on a platform? Splat.

In order to score a goal, a player has to pick up the ball from the middle of the arena, take it to the enemy goal, and toss it in. It's simple, but when presented with power-ups like "smokescreen" (which creates a cloud of smoke over a large area for a few seconds), along with arena-based hazards (like the desert maps' Twister, which pulls players it catches high up into the air), it gets complex and interesting. Upon scoring, a player is given a seed, which they can plant on one of the unoccupied platforms, which in turn spawns a plant, a kind of "turret" which produces effects ranging from firing projectiles which slow enemies, to creating a shield in which players can hide. In addition, each plant provides the entire team with a buff to either jump height or speed. Each player also has a gauntlet called a "meth-glove," whose use is two-fold: the first, called "methylation," allows a player to power up a plant; the other, called "demethylation," allows them to cause an enemy's plant to wither and eventually become inactive. It's here where the strategy of Epigenesis starts to shine: its rules are deceptively easy to learn, but when other humans are thrown into the mix, their collective strategies coalesce into something truly spectacular.

At least, that's what I assume happens.

You see, Epigenesis' community is dead. And when I say "dead," I don't mean "there are a few full servers," I mean there are two or three people playing the multiplayer at any given time. It's disheartening, because playing against the AI only provides a challenge until you're out-thinking and out-pacing them, and with a complete lack of single-player campaign, its appeal only lasts for so long before you're wanting something richer. I only got to play a single match against real people, and it wasn't even a full house -- there were four people (two on each team) with the other six slots filled by AI. I'm sure that if I'd gotten to play more of the multiplayer component I would have enjoyed Epigenesis way more, but unfortunately, that's what often happens with Early Access titles: people play them obsessively for a few weeks or months and move on, and then when the game comes out nobody is still playing it.

THE VERDICT

Epigenesis is a strong case for why e-sports doesn't necessarily have to be entirely composed of the likes of League of Legends and Unreal Tournament. It is, unfortunately, a product of the all-too-common disease I have taken to calling "Early Access Syndrome," in which a game's community is essentially non-existent on official release. I'd stay away unless you're buying the four-pack with the intention to play with other people you know, or are content playing against bots -- not because it's a bad game, but because the community just does not exist.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
This game is awesome! It needs more players!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
It's hard to play this game because of the lack of other people who play it. But that one time, when you find a server that has 1 or 2 other people on, and you join it, it is some of the best gameplay I ever had. The game has an interesting gamestyle, almost like basketball, but with low gravity, and guns. Something great about this game is that the guns don't actually kill you, they just push you, causing you to fall off the edge. This face-paced game, despite the lack of players, is very fun. I'm almost always smiling, or laughing when playing this game, there just needs to be more people who play it.
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