Drifter is an open-world sandbox space trading game with a procedurally-generated galaxy 100,000 light years across made up of tens of thousands of star systems to explore and features an original soundtrack by composer Danny Baranowsky.
User reviews: Very Positive (86 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 4, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

“Hello!

Because Drifter is an open-world sandbox game we feel like it’s a good fit for Early Access. The game is already enjoyable and relatively bug free, however, it is missing a number of features that we feel should be in the game before calling it 1.0. We hope that this way you’ll be able to have fun with the game while it’s still being worked on; this will give us the ability to create the best game possible based on your support and feedback.

We’ve also created a roadmap on the Drifter wiki (http://celsiusgs.com/drifter/wiki/Development_Roadmap) so you can see where the game is currently, and where it’s headed, to help you make an informed decision before you support the game.

While there will likely be some bugs and hiccups along the way, we will strive to ensure that Drifter is playable and relatively polished during its journey to completion.

Thank you!

Early Access Pricing


Because Drifter is still in development, and as a way of saying thank you for supporting us, the game will be $11.99 while on Early Access. This is 20% off its intended full price of $14.99.”
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"A procedurally generated sandbox of fun, guns, trading and missions. So far I've been having a great time."
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July 1

The Year of Drifter!



The Beginning of the End

Don’t worry this isn’t a post about how we’re giving up. It is in fact the complete opposite of that!

Drifter has been in development for quite some time, almost going on 4 years now! It’s been somewhat slow going at times mainly because it’s a fairly big game and we’re a pretty small team. That said we definitely wouldn’t be here and Drifter wouldn’t exist as it does if it weren’t for the support of amazing people like you who believe in us and have been supporting us along the way.

Trying to juggle development and promotion over such a protracted development cycle has caused a lot of slip ups and it feels like its been hard at times to keep the momentum going. Thankfully we have been fortunate enough to have a game that suits itself well to Early Access and that people have been playing and enjoying it for quite some time now but it is about time we thought about pushing it towards version 1.0 and a proper release.

While there is still quite a lot of work to be done it feels like the end is in sight and if we can maintain a steady pace of development and enthusiasm throughout the rest of the year we’ll be very close to if not at 1.0 before the year is out!

That’s the idea behind The Year of Drifter: we’re going to try and turn the final push towards 1.0 throughout the rest of the year into a celebration of the development of the game. It’s my feeling that this will not only help us keep our pace up but it’ll be pretty interesting to you so you can stay tuned and watch as things come together. We’ll be trying some new stuff as well like live streaming and feature polls and, despite it being a single player only game, I have some ideas of some in-game events that we’re going to be running later on in the summer and going into the fall.

It should be an exciting time and I’ll hope you’ll join us!

Posters

As part of The Year of Drifter, and considering that folks have occasionally complained about the cost of shipping, I’ve managed to figure out how to offer FREE SHIPPING on the remaining posters and I’m offering a special deal where you can buy a poster and a copy of the game together as well.

Not only is it a sweet poster but buying one helps support the development of the game!

http://driftergame.com/posters.php

0.6.2 Is Incoming

I’m just putting the finishing touches on 0.6.2 and that’ll be released by this weekend most likely!

I’ll reserve a full post to go into the gory details but in 0.6.2 I’ve finally fixed the last of the docking queue bugs so you should never again get stuck waiting to launch your ship!

Also you’ll be able to buy special containers that you can permanently place in space as extra storage that you can use while mining (or being an evil pirate) so you don’t need to go back to base as often.



Finally I’m introducing a new mechanic where you can override the hyperspace jump cooldown if you need or want to jump more quickly. Obviously there will be a risk to doing this but I think it should add an interesting dynamic to the game.

0.7.0 And Beyond

After 0.6.2 I’m going to get back to working on the exploration related feature I keep teasing* as the next major milestone but do keep an eye on the Development Roadmap to see a broad list of what I have planned for the coming weeks and months.



*And no, it’s not wormholes (precisely).

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February 20

Drifter 0.6.1 Released!



Drifter 0.6.1 has been released!

The biggest change for 0.6.1 is the UI overhaul started in 0.6.0 is now nearly complete. Most of the UI in the game now supports keyboard and gamepad interaction. It's not quite 100% but it should be pretty good for couch gaming at this point.

We've also updated and added a number of new item and equipment icons.

In addition to this there are a large number of UI improvements and bugfixes, you can get the full details in the release notes page on the wiki: http://celsiusgs.com/drifter/wiki/Current_Build_and_Known_Bugs

Existing save games from 0.6.0 should still work with 0.6.1.

Enjoy!

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About This Game

Drifter is an open-world sandbox space trading game with a procedurally-generated galaxy 100,000 light years across made up of tens of thousands of star systems to explore and features an original soundtrack by composer Danny Baranowsky. Take on the role of a spaceship captain attempting to eke out a living among the stars by trading goods between star systems, hunting pirates for bounties, mining asteroids for valuable ore, or even becoming a pirate yourself. The choice is yours!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP1
    • Processor: x86 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB OpenGL 1.5 compatable
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: x86-64 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB OpenGL 1.5 compatible
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS or equivalent
    • Processor: x86 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB OpenGL 1.5 compatible
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Early Access Review
So you feel like playing an open world space game, but you don't want to go HAM and play one of the super complex/hard ones like Elite Dangerous, Oolite or even EVE? This game got you covered!

Drifter has all the elements you would expect from a good space exploration/"simulation" game but packaged in a much more casual way, while still feeling very sandboxy with little handholding.

Things you can do with this game:
  • All the activities you would expect you could do: Trading, bounty hunting, mining, courier jobs etc.

  • Play with your left hand while drinking a cup of coffee with your right hand! Drifter has very simple controls and you can reach almost everything with your WASD hand. Only the occasional mouse input is needed. Gamepad's an option too.

  • Experience the thrill of a newtonian physics model! But this time it's much less of a mindfluck because it's restricted to a 2D plane.

  • Play it on your old computer! Has constant 60 FPS on my ancient Linux machine which has only 2GB RAM which it has to share with the low-spec Intel integrated graphics card. Yep! Awesome performance!

All in all even with the limited scope of the early access beta Drifter has hit a wonderful balance of simplicty and open world space simulation and I'm excited to see how the final game will look like!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Early Access Review
Super cool open world space trading!
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49 of 52 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Early Access Review
If you want to play Elite: Dangerous but can't run it, this is the perfect game for you.
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Early Access Review
It has inertia! This may annoy the hell out of you, and you've now been warned at least once to know that that means. Inertia annoys a lot of people in space combat games, but here's how you figure out if you hate it or not: Independence War. That is all you need to know about Inertial space combat. This is in a 2D plane so it's a little bit easier, so if you thought Independence War was difficult, don't worry because I completely agree, IW2 was!

This game is a lot of fun. Big Picture mode friendly! It is very controller friendly, even in beta! That may not matter to you, but that's a plus for a lot of people. You might be annoyed to know that you NEED a mouse (at this point), but in the tutorial I only needed it 3 times, and after that just to interact with inventory, look at map easier, etc. Still, just a bit. It's definitely a PC game, not a mobile port or dumbed down for a controller, if anything it does the same thing as Freelancer did and gives us a simulation without requiring a joystick.

I'm pretty sure I voted No in Greenlight but my memory is a little fuzzy on that so I may have clicked 'Yes of Course This Game Is Great And Belongs on Steam!'. That's what the button says, right? I'm backpedaling really hard so my memory is fuzzy on that subject. Either way, yes it's worth the price of a movie. Whatever metric exists for you at $10-15 for a big screen entertainment ration.

It's still BETA, it says in the top left corner, so if anything about beta versions bothers you (UI, etc) wait for the final release! It's got a bright blue Early Access box for a reason.

It's good. Real good.

I would arguably say it's the same gameplay as Freelancer. Considering the video and screenshots, take that for what it's worth. If you think I'm a fool to compare this game to the AMAZING FREELANCER then it's 5/10.

If you possibly think I'm right, it's (Freelancer +9/10) = 9/10 (-Freelancer)

If you don't like space games, go read The Hyperion Cantos.

9/10 - Early Access, Beta, etc
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Early Access Review
I bought this a couple days ago after reading about the recent update and watching a few vids and reading some comments.. I gotta tell you that I'm pleasantly suprised!

I've been exploring, trading, policing and doing a bit of mining also. Honestly I had to make myself stop playing earlier after noticing I put in 35 hours in 2 1\2 days!

It has some user interface issues and a few glitches getting into starbases, also its lacking content, but I can see how populating a whole galaxy might take a bit of time. The galaxy is absolutely massive though, there has to be thousands of solar systems, and though some look similar they are all different.

All in all I'm very impressed with what I've played so far. Once they fix the UI and make some hotbuttons or full 360 support, plus some more assets and content, I'll be putting a ton of time into this..
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