The Red Solstice is a tactical 8 player co-op survival game set in the distant future on Mars. Join the fight and lead your customized squad as you roam freely over huge maps, completing random objectives and dealing with random events. The goal is to strategize, survive and conquer by any means necessary.
User reviews: Very Positive (629 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 10, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a small team, Early Access is a great way for us to... well... get the game into your hands early! We'll be able to get important gameplay feedback to make sure it's as fun as it can be, and at the same time polish any rough edges, add much more content, and get the game ready for final launch!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“It will be in Early Access until we're ready to release it. We're anticipating at least a few months.”

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

“The full version will have much more content, more skills, additional missions, new monsters, etc. We also expect to get further feedback during Early Access that will help us determine what you want to see in the final game.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Intel HD Graphics - NOT SUPPORTED
Windows XP - NOT SUPPORTED
Single-player mode is not yet available in Early Access, but will be added for the final launch.

Stability and bugs: There are some rough edges and the game may crash on occasion. However, it's already very playable thanks to early alpha testing, and we're absolutely looking for your feedback to make sure it's as good as it can be. We're very passionate and will be online pretty much 24/7 to gather any concerns or bug reports you have, in order to fix the problems and update the game as quickly as possible.

Gameplay content: There are several different game modes available already to keep you entertained. Most of the skills are done, and we're working on adding more throughout Early Access. You can advance through the full 25 ranks in each of the 8 playable classes, though there's still more work to be done on each class. If story is your thing, there are two primary mission storylines with four missions each, along with numerous bosses and lots of enemies. Most of the weapons and powerups have also been implemented. Needless to say, we feel there's already a lot of content to enjoy!

We really love this game and are/will do anything that's necessary for our Early Access and -- eventually -- the full launch to be a success.

If you have any questions, suggestions on bugs, please do report. :)

Currently in early access you can advance your character, play multiplayer game in sessions with all 8 classes and try to survive for 1h in random encounters.”

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

“We are offering some great discounts and bundles during Early Access, so by purchasing early you're definitely getting a great deal. The price will be higher at launch.”

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

“We're looking for YOU to provide as much feedback and bug reports as you can! We want The Red Solstice to be one of the best co-op/multiplayer games on Steam, and we'll need YOUR help to get it there. Feel free to ask us any questions on the Steam forums, our Facebook page, Twitter or wherever else you want. We'll also schedule frequent play sessions and special events with the development team, so keep your eye out!”
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"The eight player co-op is the heart of the game and really where it shines. Throughout the whole experience it never loses focus on teamwork."
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July 28

The Red Solstice update and +25% exp week

New update is live.
As a way of saying sorry for not delivering bonus XP last weekend as announced, we are extending the bonus XP period until next Monday.


As a sidenote, we have received a number of reports abbout certain players using cheats in multiplayer games. We would like to use this opportunity to warn players that according to Steam Subscriber Agreement you have accepted before buying this game, by using any kind of third party tool or technique in order to edit game parameters form outside the game itself (in other words, cheating), you forfit your right to play. By cheating you are hurting other player's experience, and you are hurting us. Please be fair and don't do it. With this update we have begun implementing mechanisms to better detect cheats, and we will without any further notice start permanently banning known cheaters.

Thank you for understanding.

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July 24

Technical problems

We seem to have an issue with the latest update leading to crashes. Game has been updated to an older stable version while we work on finding the solution.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

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About This Game

The Red Solstice is a tactical, 8-player, co-op survival game set in the distant future on Mars.

One game session can last up to one hour, during which players can roam freely over huge maps, completing randomized objectives and dealing with random events.
The goal is to try to survive and conquer by any means necessary. Get stronger every time. Level up to unlock new weapons and abilities. Try to survive the storm.

Key features

  • Take the Lead: Issue commands and set waypoints and objectives for your friends as you outsmart and outgun your way through the derelict domiciles of Tharsis.
  • Play Your Way, Together: With support for 8-player co-op, play as one of 8 distinct, customizable classes. Each with unique abilities and traits.
  • Odd Jobs: Tackle an onslaught of randomly generated events with just one hour to make your mark. From zone defense to supply retrieval, you’re never short of enemies to kill and objectives to complete.
  • Earn and Learn: Kill to earn experience points and unlock new abilities and classes. Heal allies, deploy turrets, launch grenades, set traps and much, much more.
  • Game NOT Over, Man: Killing ain’t easy. Drive back untold Martian horrors in multiple modes, maps and difficulties and get stronger every time. Even if you perish.



NOTICE: It's still Early Access and there are some rough edges and known issues with Windows XP & Intel HD graphics!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or Later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2320 CPU @ 3.00 Ghz or Better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3800 / Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or Better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: A Fine High Definition Audio Device Never Hurt Anyone
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL / OpenAL
Helpful customer reviews
43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
187.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Been playing this for awhile now but only casually. If you're happy to be a follower and support the team it doesn't get too complicated but if you want to master any particular character it can become a much more rewarding experience albeit frustrating at times. My main concern is there will always be players who will put unnecessary pressure/blame when things go pair shaped - ignore these bullies and just play for enjoyment.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
70.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I love this game.

If you played the Warcraft 3 Custom Map Night of the Dead ( NotD ) or the various versions of it in SC2, you will feel pleasantly reminded of them once playing this game. It is very much so inspired by them and the gameplay is similar, but also fleshed out and this game incorporates many new aspects, such as the leveling system, the various skills, and the ability to create your class before "dropping" into a mission/map.

Teamplay is key in multiplayer, but you can enjoy the Solo-Mode as well and the game seems to adjust automatically to the amount of players, making it possible to play it with only a handful of friends or even just two player CO-OP.

If you like cooperative missions with great atmosphere ? Get this game !
10/10
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39 of 48 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
The Red Solstice is a gamer killer game. :)

Hard, tense, with atmospheric soundtrack, this one is equally good in single player and multiplayer. But there's nothing better than running around with friends, trying to survive on harsh Mars terrain with so many enemies zerging on you. This reminds me on Dead Nation game that I loved playing in co-op but TRS is much bigger and better.

Highly recommended. I bought it back in Early Access so the price was lower but there was no singleplayer at the time. Now it's a complete game with fantastic and responsive dev team and I hope it will get all the attention it deserves.
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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,002.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
THE GAME

The Red Solstice is a top down Tactical game. It has 8 different classes with different ways to inflict pain upon the enemy. Of those, roughly 4 of them have support abilities that make it easier for your teammates to kill the enemy, and 2 are about trying to keep teammates alive longer. Most classes have an option to take 2-6 different primary weapons and 5 different secondary weapons. You only get one primary and one secondary.

You will run around different (brilliantly designed) maps . There are four difficulties and 7 different game mode sub options, making for a variety of different challenges. Some being more challenging than others. In addition to this you get a squad rating based on the overall experience of the squad, making the game harder and unlocking new missions and bosses.

Or you will complete a series of very tactical (almost to the point of Turn based strategy) single player missions

You generally run around the map looting items from lockers and the ground, killing mobs, and leveling up your character (MOBA style without PVP) while heading to mission locations. A game going to competition takes about 1 hour with fast mode option on, 1:15 without fast mode on.

The sound track on the game is interesting for the first 50 or so hours, but with a non AAA game they cant afford to spend the time developing a full soundtrack for the amount of hours you will invest in the game. Expect to play on mute or with the volume down unless you love repetitve sounds.

WHAT THE GAME IS NOT

Completed – I hope, The devs have officailly released the game but there are quite a few things that need fix'd for consistant gameplay, also there are multiple skills/components that may be fun to use, but often time make the game harder to play, I would like to see these updated into skills that are useful so you dont have one or two skills that are "must haves"

Stable – Crashes have plagued this game throughout its lifespan, although its current state is better than it has been. Right after release I had a long series of crash to desktop// other erros. The Developers adressed the fairly quickly and its more stable, however there are still some serious issues with mob pathing and activity (holers unburrowing correctly when they should)

Multiplayer- its CO-OP. You can’t do whatever you want because your entire team relies on every individual in the squad. One person not doing their job properly will cause someone to die. On higher difficulties, two mistakes mean you lost the game.
Easy- If you don’t believe Loosing Is Fun, and enjoy pushing and developing your skills as a player, you will not enjoy this game.

If you want to buy this game, join us in the unofficial TeamSpeak, and ask us some questions to find out if its right for you. You can find the address on the forums. I’ll even start streaming for you to watch if you wish and I’m on, so you can see what gameplay is like.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
283.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
EDIT: TL; DR: You like true 8 player co-op? Survival? A challenge that can go to really high difficulties? Leadership and class responsability? This game is for you.

Long version: This is by far the most addicting game I've ever played, due to great community, great challenge and great gameplay. I've always liked survival games and good communities. This game has both. It has people willing to teach, people willing to laugh, people willing to play as a team, and now it has lots of new people willing to learn.
Each of the unique 8 classes has a role that will make surviving the hell on mars easier. And each with its own unique style of play, strenght an weaknesses.
The game has big replayability, randomized missions, locations, monster spawns, bosses, everything to make every single dollar spent on it worth it. Even 1000h+ veterans still get surprised by what the game can show. And constant updates and support from the devs keep the game balanced and fresh.
Seriously what are you waiting to buy this game?

My review on Early access:
This Game is wonderful, I've been part of the community Since Late Notd 2 And then Notd: Spec Ops. The makers of this game worked their asses off during lots of years and they deserved this final result. A true co-op survival game with good tactics and randomization. Threats that will require skill and cooperation of your teammates so you can survive. It's also possible to play alone if you're feeling pro, and the game allows you to have some bonus as you play, it's really rewarding to see your characters getting new modules and getting better stats. It's also awesome to kill big bosses or help your team to do it, and the best part is to evac with your team knowing you did your job properly, and trust me it wont be by evacing before you get to see some nasty awesome monsters.

Its on early access and the game depends on people playing but really, if you're active you'll always find games and help people find games aswell. The more people that have the game, the more activity it will have, so get it! Be part of this growing community!
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