Team up to operate an advanced starship and explore a randomized galaxy falling into chaos. Each player (up to five) takes on a unique role and must work together in order to find the Lost Colony.
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Release Date: Sep 15, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We are ready to grow our community of players and testers by making PULSAR available on Steam. The community has helped us shape the game from an early Alpha build to a smoother and more playable experience. We want to expand our network of feedback to the Steam community and make PULSAR something special.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“PULSAR will remain in Early Access until it is ready for a full release on Steam. We estimate it will be in Early Access for 12 - 18 months. However, as we are serious about community feedback and have a very iterative-focused workflow, it is difficult to make any guarantees about the full release date. We need adequate time to implement user feedback and suggestions!”

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

“The Early Access launch version of the game has a small fraction of the planets, ships and sectors that are planned for full release. The full version will include 5 fleshed out factions with their own hubs, missions and ships, a large collection of planets and sectors to explore, and the Lost Colony itself. For more details on our current and planned features, see below.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The majority of core features have been implemented, but not a lot of content has been added to the game yet.

Some of the implemented features and systems have been listed below. They still need polish and balancing but are in-game.

Multiplayer networking, various video and game settings, status screen, teleport screen, ship claiming, various piloting and camera modes, reactor screen, auxiliary reactor screen, jump computer screen, coolant screen, fuel, distress signals, reactor core safety / meltdown, ship startup sequence, ship computer, virus screen, Atrium system / crew death, ship turrets, nuclear devices, gun-play, ship components, repair / trading / warp stations, NPC dialogue, missions and objectives, galaxy starmap, personal inventory, crew level and talent points, dynamic galaxy / galaxy chaos, persistent ship data, game saves, seamless warp travel, planets, ship programs, personal flight pack, ship-to-ship combat, sector commanders, creatures.

We strive to keep the game in a playable state, but it likely won’t be fully stable for a while. It would be wise to expect bugs, disconnects and the occasional crash as we continue to add features during this period.”

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

“The release price will be the same as the Early Access price (outside of any timed sales or promotions).”

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

“We have tried to maintain a strong focus on community interaction since the beginning of development. We post video updates to explain new features that have been added to the game, and we frequently communicate with players through the forum and emails. Although we are not able to respond to every piece of feedback, we try our best to read and take in as much of it as we can. The concept of PULSAR is rather open-ended, and our community has been a great help in providing us feedback to improve the game, as well as suggestions for content and features.


To get a better idea of how we work and the speed at which we make progress, check out our devlog videos on our YouTube channel here.”
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May 23

Beta 14.8 Release Notes

Hey everyone!

Beta 14.8 is now out! It is a small update focused on fixing a few reported bugs.

Changes
-Added a jump computer to the default loadout of the Caustic Corsair

Fixes
-Metal Bandits should now attack players as they should
-When reloading a game playing as the Caustic Corsair it should now reload the correct components
-Creature attack ranges tweaked, should be working properly now

Known Issues
-Certain VR setups have rendering bugs at certain head rotations/positions. Unity is aware and it appears to be fixed in Unity 5.6. More info below.


We are looking into Unity 5.6 which adds Vulkan support. It also seems to fix the VR issue mentioned above in our testing. Unfortunately it also has a few changes / bugs that are preventing us from moving to it as of this moment. They are aware of the bugs and should have the fix out shortly.

Vulkan is definitely something we will be experimenting with. If it’s a good fit and improves performance for PULSAR then we’d like to offer it as an option to players. It might take a little while before we know how well it’s going to work for PULSAR though.


Thank you for your time!

Best,
The Leafy Games Team

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May 19

Beta 14.7 Release Notes

Hey everyone!

Beta 14.7 is now out!



This update focuses on new content and fixes!

We’ve added a new sector commander. An individual known only as “The Alchemist” captains the “Caustic Corsair” a heavily modified Carrier-class starship. The ship is continuously filled with toxic chemicals to making boarding the ship more hazardous than normal. Because of this, the entire crew wears ExoSuits. This sector commander opens up a new ship variant that you can board and capture!

This update also includes an optional mission line centered around a bounty hunting organization named the Grey Huntsmen. There is a chance they will ask you to join from long range comms, but you can also sign up by talking to “Ivok Milligan” (a new NPC in the Harbor) or “Baris” (a robot found in one of the lower levels of Cornelia Station).

Additions
-5 New Missions: Grey Huntsmen bounty hunting mission line, specializing in taking out dangerous outlaws (three found frequently in neutral space, one near long range warp stations, and one near CU space)
-New Sector Commander: Caustic Corsair
-New Carrier Variant: Alchemist
-New Tracker Missile: Acid Missile

Changes
-Internal network security improvements to blind jump networking
-Galaxy generator tweaks that should put more variety in the average run
-Can now access Escape menu while selecting a class
-Enemy CaptainBot AI is much more robust than before (won’t get stuck as often and has more behaviors)
-Bots can now automatically put on ExoSuits when ship air is toxic
-Research upgrades involving the scanner are no longer restricted to the Scientist class
-Carrier starting EM sensors upgraded one level
-Ships now drift much less after exiting warp

Fixes
-Fixed an issue that would occasionally show a pink asteroid (no material)
-Fixed a UI scaling issue that could cause some item stats to be unreadable
-Join Private Game menu now properly shows game name
-Changed how the trading system assigns shop IDs over the network to help reduce syncing errors
-Fixed an issue with an internal system that caused ships to sometimes spawn with incorrect components
-AI bots a little smarter about equipping items, will use better items if they have access to them

Known Issues
-Certain VR setups have rendering bugs at certain head rotations/positions. Restarting the game / VR runtime will sometimes fix it temporarily. We are working on a fix.

Thank you for your time!

Best,
The Leafy Games Team



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About This Game

Team up to operate an advanced starship and explore a randomized galaxy falling into chaos. Each player assumes a role aboard the ship: Captain, Pilot, Scientist, Weapons Specialist and Engineer. Coordination between your crewmembers will be essential in order to survive the perils that await you.

Control the various stations that run your ship. Reroute power between ship systems, scan alien planets for lifeforms, run powerful programs to change the tide of battle, or start up the warp drive to escape a conflict you cannot win. The strategies you use are up to you—or your Captain.

Embark on missions, investigate abandoned stations, and scavenge for components that could aid you in your voyage. Teleport down to the surfaces of alien planets, where you may face extreme environments and dangerous creatures. Trek across the galaxy, and discover what lies on its fringes.

PULSAR: Lost Colony is our attempt to create a fully cooperative space-faring experience, because it’s one of the games we've always wanted to play.

Current Features

  • Online drop-in / drop-out multiplayer
  • Command and control an advanced starship
  • Five unique classes; everyone plays a role on the ship
  • Fast-paced and tactical ship-to-ship space combat
  • Teleport to other ships, planets or stations to join the away team
  • Loot planets and stations for valuable items
  • Board enemy ships to capture them or destroy systems
  • AI crew bots
  • Research and Sample Collection
  • Gamepad support (work in progress)
  • Ship-To-Ship hailing (diplomacy, trade, intimidation)
  • Customizable AI priority system to enable custom crew bot behavior
  • Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support (w/ motion controllers)

Planned Features

  • The Academy (In game tutorial)
  • Meta-multiplayer (daily leaderboards, etc)
  • AI crew bot improvements (with advanced specialties for classes and enemies)
  • Offline LAN support
  • A healthy amount of polish and love to the systems we already have
  • Optimization improvements
  • Challenge modes
  • More languages
  • A large amount of content to explore and interact with

FAQ

Is there an in-game tutorial?


Not at this time. We are planning on integrating one in the future, however we want to make sure most of the ship systems are finalized before building it. If you want to learn about how to play and use the various ship systems, you can click here to view the manual!

Can I stream and/or monetize game footage?


Yes! This is our written permission to do so.

Simulation or Game?


We like using the term simulation because it helps convey the fact that each starship is a large collection of systems and mechanics working together and reacting to its environment. However, this is a game first and foremost. Because of that, we aren't afraid to go outside the realms of reality if it makes the experience more enjoyable. This is not a 100% realistic simulation, it's a game with simulated elements.

Player versus player modes?


PULSAR was designed from the ground up to be cooperative in nature. None of the mechanics are prepared to handle the specific challenges of PvP combat. We believe that this focus on pure cooperation will enable us to create an experience that is unique and feasible by our small team.

Singleplayer?


We are focusing on a multiplayer experience at this time. We do offer AI crew bots that can take over unfilled roles, but they are very much a work in progress. The game is very teamwork heavy so the recommended experience is with multiple people. If you looking for a more complete singleplayer experience, you may want to consider waiting until the AI is fully developed.

Where can I get more information?


For more information, check out these links below:

Classes

Factions

Roadmap

Manual

Forums





The game is currently under development. New systems and mechanics are still being added and tweaked, and there is not a large amount of in-game content to see yet.

If you prefer to play more complete games and have no desire to be part of the testing / feedback process of a game in development, we highly recommend waiting until the game is more complete before considering a purchase.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5000 (Shader Model 3)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5000 (Shader Model 3)
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB Dedicated Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32 bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5000 (Shader Model 3)
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32 bit)
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space

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