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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.
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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Drifter 0.5.3 Released

May 27th, 2014

Drifter 0.5.3 has just been released! This release is primarily a bug fix release, but I've fixed quite a few!

For a full list of changes and fixes, please visit the Drifter wiki page for the current build here: http://celsiusgs.com/drifter/wiki/Current_Build_and_Known_Bugs

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Drifter 0.5.2 Released

May 13th, 2014

Drifter 0.5.2 has just been released! This release includes a number of bug fixes and improvements.

Improvements include the long-awaited addition of ship modules and manual docking! I've only included 3 modules in this update as I had to re-write the module system once already and I want to make sure that it's working properly before I add more.

For a full list of changes and fixes, please visit the Drifter wiki page for the current build here: http://celsiusgs.com/drifter/wiki/Current_Build_and_Known_Bugs

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About the 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!

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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

Linux System Requirements

    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
87 of 94 people (93%) found this review helpful
260 products in account
7 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Tons of potential, but in my mind not really ready for even early access. The tutorial was frustrating to figure out, the radial menu is very much not clear. My main problem though is the game is paced way too slow. My first mission I got wanted me to deliver an object to another system. Ok, fine. I figured out how to plot the course and noticed it was 57 jumps away...ok... I did my first jump to see how it works and noticed the jump drive disables for a 60 second cooldown. 57 jumps = 57 minutes IF you jump exactly on the cooldown second every time. That's pretty poor design.

Buy it if you want to support it. There is tons of potential here and I expect it will be greatly improved. This is the reason I am recommending it, but if you don't know how to read my review and can only look at the thumb then I can't help you.
Posted: March 4th, 2014
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54 of 56 people (96%) found this review helpful
208 products in account
11 reviews
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I've played Drifter for 70+ hours pre-Steam, and while there is a steep learning curve at the moment and a lack of content in some areas, the level of detail and the all around playability already make it one of the better space trading sims out there.

One of the first things you'll notice when starting a new game is that your ship follows the laws of momentum, and doesn't come to a full stop every time you thrust in a different direction. Couple this with projectiles and energy weapons that take time to reach their target, and you get tense and often disorienting battles, fighting as much with the laws of physics as with the pirates that want whatever it is you have.

Outside of a few core systems the galaxy is procedurally populated with star systems and destinations, some friendly and reliable, others viciously hostile teeming with marauders. there's trading opportunities everywhere, and it's up to you how safe you want to play it.

As for the trading, it's a steady if slightly shallow source of income. However the framework for it is in place, with regional price differences and the need to balance what you can carry with what will make you the most money, and with this being Early Access new content is always in the works.

Like with trading, the available missions are steady cash flow but a touch mundane, with patrol missions being the preferred combo of seeing new places and blowing up things.

All in all, the fanatical level of polish and the overall level of detail, combined with the devotion of the devs and the steady stream of new content make Drifter a very highly recommended purchase.
Posted: March 4th, 2014
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
198 products in account
1 review
4.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
It's essentially Elite but not in first person. It looks lovely, plays well - even at this stage - and the developer seems to be a genuinely nice guy who listens to those people who have decided to support his game and helps wherever he can. What more could you want from an indi title currently in development? :)
Posted: March 6th, 2014
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
62 products in account
16 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I love this game! i dont have like any steam hours on the game, but i have had this game since around and maybe before christmas. i have played it for countless hours and loved it! If you really like exploring massive maps, then this game is for. why? because there are THOUSANDS if not HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of solar systems to explore! If you like space games then you will probably like this game alot! you can mine asteroids and fight bandits or be the bandit and shoot NPCs who are flying around or mining. You can take on contracts to get extra cash to buy new ships or wepons or armour, etc. you can sell your ores after you refined them into sell able bars at the stations. This game really is good! If you want to see what the game looks like and how the mechanics work, catch my live stream this weekend! www.twitch.tv/airintc solid 9/10 P.S: keep in mind when purchising this game that many items are still place holders and there are bugs and glitches.
Posted: March 4th, 2014
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
254 products in account
12 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
At the time I am writing this review, I have no gameplay time what so ever. This is a review of the Dev himself, and the interactions ive seen and the one that Ive had. Many times I have said to myself " No more early access games " for the simple fact that Devs dont seem to react or even care how the fanbase feels about the game.
Example: ( http://store.steampowered.com/search/?developer=3000AD http://steamcommunity.com//id/cirruspaxton/recommended/285670/ ) The Dev of 3000AD removes bad reviews and bans players for being "Trolls" for saying negitive anything about his games. But from what Ive seen, this will be different. When I play Drifter, Love it, Hate it, I know that my opinion will matter. This review is not meant to tell you about the game, you know if its you type of game already before looking at the reviews. The team behind the game can be just as important as the gameplay itself, thats why I bought it, Thats why this game gets my Thumbs up, becuase i Support the Team behind Drifter!

Correction : Had to use the game for 5 mins before I could review it =P
Posted: March 17th, 2014
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