Eden Star is a Sci-Fi survival game that blends unique physics based combat, destructible environments and free-form construction with the exploration of a hostile alien world.
User reviews: Very Positive (249 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 30, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Eden Star is a core game developed by gamers, for gamers. We care for the game and the people who play it and therefore, early access provides the best platform to fuse great community ideas with our passion to conjointly see Eden Star reach its full potential.

Components of Eden Star are at multiple stages of development; some prototyped, some in early design and some purely conceptual. We want to gauge whether you feel that the core mechanics are working and how you see them evolving. Our mantra is to build and improve from a solid foundation and, although there may be issues at times, we want to work with you to address these issues as soon as possible.


Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“In short, as long as it needs to be. We are committed to delivering a great experience and – depending on development – will be adding new features, fixing any issues and expanding the gameplay in subsequent updates. Exiting early access is dependent on how well the game is received, so the more people that back Eden Star early on, the more the proceeds can be pushed back into refining the game.”

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

“There are many planned features that are currently at various stages of development.

The Early Access is currently single player only!

We primarily plan to extend the experience to multiplayer but need to test the physics mechanics that affect gameplay before we commit entirely.

We are planning on developing a greater amount of customization via additional upgrades, weapons and the inclusion of armour types. We also plan to expand on the construction, adding to the available primitive Schematics, Defenses and Utilities to allow for more creativity and playstyles.

The lore of the game is also extremely important to us, providing an expansive universe that can provide story to drive the game forwards. The ultimate goal would be to explore this in full.

For further details, see the Trello board below.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access is essentially a starting point from which we can expand upon. The core gameplay mechanics are complete as a single player experience (if a very minimal one) and have been developed with multiplayer in mind.

For a full feature list, please visit our current features and road map thread HERE

We have squished all the bugs we have found but there will likely be more that we haven’t encountered yet, being the small, independent team we are. The tutorial is a work in progress, the controls are convoluted and currently no balancing has taken place. We hope it’s fun, but we want you to tell us if it isn't so that we can make improvements. This is why we wanted to bring Eden Star to Early Access, we need your help to make it the best it can be.”

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

“Our "pricing strategy" is a simple one. The price will reflect the current features in the game. Over time the price of the game will incrementally increase, the game may also occasional drop in price during Steam Sales.

What's the reasoning behind all this price fluctuation?!

Firstly, we want to reward our early adopters and supporters for backing us earlier in the development process. With the v.0.0.1. build we released a free, unique 15 page Art of Eden Star PDF book as a thank you to all of those backers who purchased prior to the v0.0.1. Our goal is to reward early adoption with similar gratitude in the future, including exclusive background Lore documentation and more.

Secondly, we want to build an active and involved community to help us shape the future of Eden Star, so we hope the lower price point acts as a lowered barrier for those who wish to help us mold future releases of Eden Star, but without the free additional reward content.”

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

“The community is an essential part of any Early Access game and Eden Star will be no different.

Please keep abreast of development updates via our Public Trello Board;


We would hugely appreciate you telling us when you encounter any issues so that we can find solutions and deliver updates to you as soon as possible.

  • Is the game not running?
  • Have you found a crash?
  • Is a weapon underpowered?
  • Is an enemy misbehaving?
  • Are you able to find the materials in the world for the upgrade that you want?
  • Are there parts of the game or the controls that you think need to be explained more in the tutorial?
  • Are you having trouble running the game on your system?
  • Are you stuck in a chasm with no way out?
  • etc...

We would also like to know if you think the game is missing something vital. Do you have an idea that you think would fit with the world of Eden Star or improve the way something currently works? If so, we’ would like to hear it. Suggestions are always welcome, we may have already thought of it and have something in the pipeline but you may have a great idea we love and nobody has imagined yet...”
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August 28

August Development Update 3

Greetings Pioneers!

Another development report coming right your way! with insights into further progress on the Island, a vicious flying creature and other goings on.

Lee - Technical Director

This week I have continued with the work to move functionality out of blueprint and into code. I’ve also been working on making sure I stamp on any new bugs this has created.

Tristan - Senior Developer

I have been fixing some bugs with the power and build systems - like telling turrets that have power that they are actually allowed to shoot at enemies and not just to use my power. Pesky turrets.

Joe - Environment Artist

This week I’ve done an initial pass of Onyx placement for the Island edges of the new map. I’ve also worked on Post Process effects and fixed a bunch of issues that were introduced when the Rock shader was refactored.


John - Lead Designer

This week we have been finalising the progression designs and working through the initial balancing pass on the on the upgrade system in order to review implementation feasibility. I’m also currently working with the team to keep production tight and so far we are on track to release the new build system by the end of next week.

If we can also get the new foliage system finalised with all of the ‘take damage’ functionality, we may be also able to release an update to the current map for people to play around in. My next focus for this week coming will be to nail down the final progression designs (all of the buildings and player loadout changes so that you start weaker, but with new features to balance it - leaving you feeling vulnerable but wanting to progress) and then work towards concepts with Gav Master Flash, AKA. Gav for the aesthetic counterparts.

Yves - Senior Developer

This will be short as I have been recovering from some sort of flesh eating bug in my mouth. I’ve been working fixes for the build, next week is where the magic will properly happen.

Tom - Character Artist

Been working on the Ika’s bigger brother; the IKA Viper!


Carlos - Developer

I have been finalising the last few elements of our new HUD, getting them in and working as we want, adding the new ‘fadeability’ functionality to the elements that need it. The new HUD should allow us to turn more post-process effects on and make our wonderful world even shinier and prettier! In addition I’ve been helping Ricky debug the new Build menu to work perfectly.

Matt & Marcin - Art Director, Designer

This week me and Marcin have teamed up to clean up the build so it looks equally as nice as it works. Matt has been working on additional HUD icons for our build system and clean up of visuals for the material surfaces. As well as collision and socket debugging for build, Marcin has also been working away at Juggernaut mechanics. We are one, we are Matcin.

Lauren - Animator


The wind is in my hair, sand at my feet, and Sheep everywhere. I appear to have gotten lost on the way to work yesterday…Otherwise I’ve been working on updates to the game guide that will be released next week whilst refining animations for all of our upcoming creatures such as the Walker and Swamp Snake. Alongside this I have been finishing the 3rd person Pioneer smash animations ready for multiplayer.

Andy - Lead QA

I’ve been working with Joe and Matt to get the Onyx cliff rocks placed around the edge of our new map. (FYI, it’s not as easy, or fun, as it looks) I’ve also been testing the new build mechanic and working with the guys to iron out any bugs.

Ricky - Developer

I have had the luxury of revisiting many long untouched UI and HUD systems and refactoring them to work with the many many changes going in for our new build system and multiplayer.

Gav - Concept Artist

This week I've been working with one of our other designers on additional creature concepts and a stripped down, basic version of the MATA Tool.


You can keep up with our progress and latest developments via our Trello boards

-Team Flix

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August 21

August Development Update 2


Greetings pioneers,

Lots of new exciting development info to get through this week, lets get straight to it!

Marcin - Designer

This week I spent the majority of my time doing two things. The first was the setup of the Primitives and other building blocks for the new version of Construction mechanics we are currently working on. The other is the Juggernaut creature, for which I have been implementing new combat mechanics.

The whole idea for the Juggernaut came from the fantasy of challenging and cooperative combat against an enemy that is by nature more powerful than the average Pioneer. I believe a ‘mini-boss’ would be a fairly accurate label. While the small enemies such as Splintermites should be able to overwhelm you with sheer numbers, the Juggernaut’s forte lies in its brute force. This means that managing this threat should require an entirely new set of tactics.


For the experience of combat with the Juggernaut, we took inspiration from multi-phase boss battles such as those in ‘Zelda’ and ‘Shadow of the Colossus’. Of course we are not looking for the same scale of the encounter, but more for that moment of realisation that this is the foe you need to step back from for second to consider how to defeat it, because swinging your sword wildly or your regular shower of bullets just simply won’t do.

The MATA Tool plays a huge role in Eden Star and so we had to consider how such a large creature would react to being assaulted with kinetic powers. This involves a lot of new, and plenty of revamped old mechanics that Tristan, Lee, Lauren and I have been working with recently in order put together the Juggernaut’s unique way of being harnessed and smashed; it is simply too large to be pushed around, but it can have its legs pulled from underneath it and collapse to expose its weak spots.

There is of course more to the Juggernaut than just getting tactically beaten up. It has a range of powerful attacks of its own that will prove devastating if the Juggernaut is left to execute them. It can stomp, breath fire, and charge across long distances into you, your friends, and your outpost.


Here’s one of the early designs for what the full scope of the Juggernauts interaction could involve. Please keep in mind that it is a work in progress, but when finished, we hope to have a truly formidable opponent for you to fear. Thanks.

The rest of the team have also been continuing work on future features….

John - Lead Designer

This week I have been reviewing and amending the upgrades and system designs, the image below is a little cryptic without the full descriptions of the proposed upgrade modules, but an accurate direction for where I think we want to take it. The general gist surrounds the ability to combo moves and attacks together with the MATA Tool, which would be what the orange bar on the right hand side of your radial HUD is for. Once full, certain devastating AOE abilities and kill moves can be executed all dependant on what combination of modules and nodes are equipped. As ever, this is a work in progress, but feel free to ask any questions in the comments below!


Lee - Technical Director

I’ve been finishing up with putting the AI together for the Juggernaut so the art team can start to add the pfx and audio. I’ve also been moving some functionality from blueprints into code to try and help with performance. The new perception component is still work in progress, but this should also help a lot with performance once finished.

Joe - Environment Artist

I’ve been working on revamping all our Landscape and Rock shaders, as well as adding a bunch of new textures and models. I’ve also started placement work on our brand new super-huge map!


Andy - Lead QA

This week has been spent working through the bug and issues people from the community have been having, meetings regarding Onyx rock placement in the new level and weeping silently at the concept of this being the last week with my beloved Kyle :’(

Tom - Character Artist

Swamp Walker is now all finished! Here is a closeup of this guy!


Chris - Designer


This week I’m in Cyprus, commanding the 300, my glorious Spartans! With our beards and lack of man jewelry we strike fear into the heart of the Persian armies, victory will be ours.. for Sparta! - Kefalonidas

Matt - Art Director

A lot of build refactoring has been done this week, nothing fancy to show just yet as we nail down the updated destruction visuals. I’m hoping to put a timelapse video together soon to demonstrate the improved visuals and variety that can now be achieved.

I’ve also been working on a rebrand of the studio logo, updated shaders and material setups for the new enemies, and level art direction for the 8 km world.


Lauren - Animator

This week I have been continuing work on the Swamp Walker animations, working on its movement and attack. This will be a slow moving neutral creature, best observed from a distance. You might be tempted to get a closer look but you might lose an eye…


Yves - Senior Developer

Visiting the ancient home of the Vikings.

Tristan - Senior Developer

I AM POWER. I AM BUILDING. I AM… sad. Good bye Kyle. May our paths cross again one day. Possibly even Monday. Something about Sunday? On a more relevant note building and power are both working together wondrously which is what I have been doing over the past week. Hope you all enjoy it when we release it.

Ricky - Developer

Has been on a well deserved break. (Most likely, he probably hasn’t worked as hard as he should of, and instead has watched too much Anime, but otherwise it’s well deserved)

Gavin - Concept Artist

This week I’ve undergone a week’s silence in honour of the eventual loss of our epic producer. We will miss you so much… *silence*

KYLE! I remembered his name, all on my own. HA! Seriously though, we’ll miss you Kyle.

In spite of a week’s silence I’ve been working on the side on some environment concepts with Joe and Chris for new world :)


Carlos - Developer

This week I’ve been working on fixing some of the FOV implementation as well as the HUD elements and their visibility. To be more precise I’ve been implementing their fading and reveal when not in use, which clears up the screen a lot when travelling and when in combat as well as our new build menu, working the functionality of fading into it so only the necessary elements remain on the screen when needed.

 You can keep up with our progress and latest developments via our Trello boards

-Team Flix

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““Maybe I’m just starstruck, but this looks entirely brilliant””

“Eden Star is the perfect game for those of who have always wanted to play Mass Effect, but were put off because there wasn't enough Minecraft in it.”

“If it is this enjoyable at Pre-Alpha they’re doing something right”
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Notice: 64-bit Windows Required

You must be running 64-bit Windows 7.1 or later to play Eden Star.

About This Game

Eden Star is an immersive Sci-Fi survival game that blends innovative physics based combat, destructible environments and free-form construction with the exploration of a hostile alien world.

Explore and gather resources from the environment of Pharus 7, use these materials to construct defensive outposts, craft powerful weaponry and upgrade your Pioneer.

NOTE: The game is currently SINGLE PLAYER only.

Current Features

  • Physics based combat (Smash)
  • Alien Splintermite (Ground Enemy)
  • Alien Ika (Flying Enemy)
  • 2 neutral creatures
  • 1km Map
  • Foliage Destruction
  • Mineral Destruction
  • 8 Material Types
  • Wall running and Mantling

Craftable Weapons and Ammo;
  • Pistol (pre-compiled – Not Yet custom)
  • Rifle (pre-compiled – Not Yet custom)

Multiple “MATA-Tool” Abilities/Upgrade Modules;
  • Kinetic Blast
  • Kinetic Laser
  • Mining
  • Structure Regeneration
  • Reclaim Structures (Undo)
  • MATA-Combat (Smash)
  • Gauss Cannon
  • Basic Melee

Primitive Build-set;
  • Foundations
  • Walls
  • Cubes
  • Ramps

Functional Structures;
  • Eden Kit
  • Auto Turret
  • Energy Turret
  • Missile Turret
  • Energy Walls

For an up to date list of what we are currently working on we have a public Trello board available HERE (you must have a Trello account to comment or vote on features)

In Development

  • Multiplayer (Co-Op initially)
  • 8km Island
  • Energy Generators
  • Juggernaut (large ground enemy)
  • Swamp Walker Neutral Creature
  • Alien Swamp Biome
  • Swamp Snake Enemy Creature
  • Expanded build set (doors, windows, details etc)

In Planning

We will not promise that the following features will make it into the game until they are actually in the game!

  • Refined Melee
  • Expanded World
  • Additional Pioneer Characters
  • Steam Achievements
  • Health Packs
  • Craftable/ Upgradable Armour
  • Utility buildings (generators etc)
  • Caves
  • More enemies
  • More neutral creatures
  • Robotic allies
  • Vehicles
  • Procedural content
  • THE GAWR...

Current Feature Overview

Use your MATA-Tool (Remote Manipulation Device) to harvest trees, foliage and mineral rich rocks within a real-time physics driven environment. Obtain Material Shards for use in outpost building, weapon construction and powerful upgrades. Destroy and recreate your surroundings at will; the world is yours to manipulate, just watch out for the indigenous lifeforms…

Use gathered Materials to craft defenses, walls, ramps and turrets to protect your outpost or construct powerful weapons and upgrades for your Pioneer. Place gathered Materials within your Eden Kit to store, or use them to upgrade the Eden Kit's protective shield and power additional defenses. Expand your territory by building additional Eden kits. How you balance your resources is up to you.

Using unique physics-driven combat you can remotely grab enemies and smash or blast them into the destructible environment. Upgrade your weaponry to tackle the alien hives and claim the territory for your own. Combine different attacks and abilities in order to survive against enemies and environmental hazards. A simple, but fluid movement system gives you freedom to move athletically across surfaces.

Death in Eden Star is permanent. You can be reconstructed back by the Eden Kit provided it contains Teslinium and remains intact, but naturally it must be protected...

The Tech Demo is free and is automatically downloaded with Eden Star. To access it you must do the following;

  • Find Eden Star :: Destroy - Build - Protect ® in your Steam Game Library
  • Right Mouse Click over Eden Star :: Destroy - Build - Protect ® and select Properties from the bottom of the list
  • Left Mouse Click on the 3rd tab labelled Local Files
  • Left Mouse Click on the Browse Local Files button

This Will Open Up A Browser Window

  • Click on the UE3 Combat Tech Demo folder
  • Follow the instructions listed within the associated Readme file within the folder, all instructions are also within the Readme document

To launch the Eden Star Tech Demo you must find the folder where you have installed the Tech Demo and find the following folder;

EdenDemo_5.7 > Binaries > Win64 then click on the application (.exe) "EdenGame" to launch the demo

e.g. :: C:\Eden\EdenDemo_5.7\Binaries\Win64\EdenGame.exe

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1.
    • Processor: Intel i5 CPU @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX @ 3.5GHz (8 CPUs)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 650 / or AMD equivalent
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
    • Additional Notes: Over time content, programming changes and feature updates may change the system requirements for this game. Some system components such as mobile chipsets, integrated, and AGP graphics cards may be incompatible. An internet connection may be required to access in future.
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Early Access Review
Eden star is an amazing game. It combines so many strange crazy ideas such as Minecraft, mirrors edge, mass effect and survival and somehow pulls it off but not just that it does it so well. The point of the game is that you are whoever you think your character is future Steve, Commander Shepard, a dog in a space suit, and you must survive as long as you can. Think Minecraft but with a survival mode during the night. During the night monsters will emerge and attempt to attack your base's heart the Eden Kit. The Eden Kit is important because it is responsible for three things. It allows you to respawn, it creates a shield that blocks out the radiation of the night which will eat away at your shield and it helps you regen health which as far as I can tell cannot be regenerated any other way. Also you die easy. The world is huge and it contains a gorgeous landscape that you could spend hours exploring and admiring. Even now though I have seen a lot of the environment it still makes me go wow as the colours and designs and contrasts are perfect. The render distance also helps as you can see so far and see so much. There are many puzzles comprised of jumps and plat forming however there is a free running mechanic. The free running mechanic is almost as good as mirrors edge the only problem is that the game doesn't run at 60 fps for me so it is a bit clunky but otherwise reminiscent of mirrors edge (which had one of the best free running system I have ever used that put assassins creed to shame). The crafting though simplistic is still detailed and very creative you have four different types of building shapes. Primitive which are simply cubes that can be crafted out of several materials, panels which is self-explanatory which can be made of many materials as well. Foundations which you use to create a flat area to build your base on and finally ramps which are ramps shocking I know. The game also comes which a weapon system and upgrade system. So far there are few upgrades and only 2 weapons. A pistol and rifle. Yet the aiming feels precise and the weapons powerful while the upgrades feel effective. The respawn system is my favorite out of every game ever as it is good but so devilish. You use this material called tesliuim which is used also to increase the shield radius of your Eden Kit and it is used to respawn however it requires one but since there are no chest or other storage containers if you die you lose all your materials, blocks and ammo. So might as well be carrying 1 tesliuim but happily you keep all your weapons and upgrades. There is some much more to Eden Kit and there is some much is being added for example the developers have considered adding a multiplayer which sounds amazing.This game has so much potential it’s crazy especially because the concept is so strange. It is one of those ideas that if pulled off right will be just the best. Please check this game out at least go on YouTube and watch some gameplay because even if it never gets updated again it is worth the money. Have a great day and never stop gaming ever. Well unless you need a break.
NOTE TO DEVELOPERS: Excuse me developers if/when you add multiplayer please make it private so friends can invite each other their games cause otherwise we will get what happens in mc grievers, trolls and other abominations of the gaming community, yet if it can be played amongst friends it will be just the greatest game ever made.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Early Access Review
2 hours in, and i think this is good game. One day this will be great thank you devs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Early Access Review
IM SURPRISED!!!! its really good in style, flow (theres parkour and its really good!) and overall fun!
i wish there was more guns and less lag becuase theres a bit of that LAG SPIKE thing going on they NEEEEEEEEEED TO FIX!
but overall well worth the money just make sure u can run it and a bit more! 7.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Early Access Review
This game is incredible for an Early Access game. The crafting is solid. You can build your shelter in many shape or form which looks really good. You can craft things from one of many material which gives different stats (pro and cons for dmg resistance). Combat in this game is also very good. Although there are only two kinds of enemies(Flying and ground ones) and two kinds of weapon(Pistol And Combat rifle) in this game, but the combat is a blast and pretty solid. You can throw your enemy against trees to make it collapse and collect the tree resources later. Customization is also good. You can craft many upgrades for your armor, such as faster resource collecting and an ability to repair your building. This game also has a clear tutorial and guide for how to play it, so it should be easy for anyone. In conclusion, Eden Star is a very interesting project and fun to be played. There are very fews content for now, but also very fews bugs to be found. Just get the damn game since it worth every baht and penny.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Early Access Review
First of all this Game is Amazing for an Alpha State Game. Nearly no glichtes, its super playable.

What I like most of the game ist alle the Stuff you can do its feels like an nice mixture of an Survival-RPG-Egoshooter-Portal Game with a hell lot of particel effects. The look and feel is amazing and i can highly recommend the game.
The only bad part about it is that when you played it for about 12 hours there is absolutly nothing new to discover.

The following recommandations for the great team behind this game.
PLS let us upgrade the eden kit even further. I need so much more slots for Turrets.

how about some hard wired points for upgrading the denen kit like if you hit lvl 5 shield upgrade you can develop the base into a new state wich also looks different?

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