The Red Solstice is a tactical, squad-based survival game set in the distant future on Mars, playable in single-player or with up to 8 players in cooperative online multiplayer. Roam freely over huge maps, complete randomized objectives and deal with surprise events that keep you on the edge of your seat.
User reviews: Very Positive (631 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 9, 2015

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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

If you think you have what it takes to survive the onslaught, go forth, Space Marine!

The Red Solstice is a tactical, squad-based survival game set in the distant future on Mars, playable in single-player or with up to 8 players in cooperative online multiplayer.

Roam freely over huge maps, complete randomized objectives and deal with surprise events that keep you on the edge of your seat.

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.
  • Tactical Single-Player: Play on your own and lead a squad through a satisfying single-player campaign, and lead your squad through a wide variety of levels using The Red Solstice's Tactical Mode, which lets you issue commands while slowing down the action.
  • 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.

System Requirements

    • 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
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
357.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
>Wave 15
>Rescuing Tyler Hunt with remaining squad members
>Boss enemy spawns
>Team scatters and runs
>They all fall victim to a swarm of alien scum
>I call in a nuclear strike
>Activate energy shield
>Survive direct nuclear hit
>Everything dead
>It's quiet.jpeg
>Make run for evac ship
>Three Hellspawns rise from the ground
>Make run for dropship
>Blow myself to pieces with my own weapon by accident.
>"Game over"

10/10 would kill abominations again.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
169.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
It may not be the prettiest/best sounding/polished game out there, but it is still one of my favorite games that I have played and will most likely continue playing it for some time. Most games these days lack depth, difficulty, and other elements that exist in The Red Solstice, which is what I’m looking for in games.

While the survival mode of the game is fun to play over and over, the single player story mode campaign needs some work. As I played through it, it felt like the developers kept getting lazier and lazier with the level designs, and it didn’t help that it was comprised of repurposed survival mode maps. The main thing that I didn’t like was that most levels had equipment and weapons hidden in areas that would unlock them for future missions, and while looking for and finding them were fun, the design of maps didn’t work well for this. Many maps were too big and, while most areas were zoned off so you couldn’t explore the entirety of large maps, some weren’t blocked off so I didn’t know if it was a mistake or I should waste hours going around and searching every single building since there might be something in one of them. There are no indicators of whether you’ve found everything in a map, so you either have to look it up online somewhere or search every mission over and over until you find everything.

Another thing that I would like to see getting some polish is making the AI characters do more than just follow you around. It is nice to completely control them, but at the same time they need to be able to do more on their own than just follow you and shoot. Sometimes they won’t even shoot at enemies, especially when you tell them to go pick up and item or do something else.

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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
So...the Red Solstice... It was a coincidence when I stumbled upon this EA on Steam. I've made some bad decisions concerning EA-Titles in the last couple of months, but luckily not with this one.
Although the Game is quite hard and unforgiving, the Community isn't. The People playing this Game are eager to help you if you're new to it. I'd still recommend you to read a Guide, before you blow up your fellow Marines by accident (I assure you, it will happen anyhow ^^)
It still takes some time until you can get a full round with 8 People running, because there aren't that many players around. I hope the community will grow; the Game would deserve it. Sometimes there are occasional Framerate slowdowns, but it has gotten better and better with every Update.
So if you're fond of intense Bug-shooting mayhem and don't mind to learn and fulfill your part in a Squad, this might be just the Game for you.
Feel free to join my hosted Games. They're usually called "Starship suicide Squad". Don't worry, I'm no pro either and as forgiving as all other Players of TRS ^^
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
537.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
The Dark Souls of co-op games

But on a serious note this game is a difficult co-op of up to 8 players with a single player campaign to it also. The Red Solstice has a steep learning curve for new players, and there is also a bit of a grind when coming to ranking up which essentially is just giving you a bonus to stats each time. This game rewards good teamwork and punishes mercilessly bad teamwork. They're plenty of in depth guides for new players and the community is pretty helpful in breaking you into the game. I would advise having a teamspeak or something similar even if its just to listen due to the fast pace of this game. You may notice at times desynch and bugs not gona lie it's nothing game breaking but it's defently noticable especially if you join a high ping host. The player base has been revived so finding a match with others isn't nearly as hard plus it's got a single player now so waiting isn't really much of a problem anymore thankfully. That's not to say the playerbase won't leave in the future but for now it's doing well.

As for gameplay this game features 8 different classes each with their own unique abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. During the gameplay you gain energy which can power these different abilites making them more potent or unlocking new ones. Six different maps to choose from and a myriad of different monsters and bosses all eagerly awaiting to chew your face off. They're 4 diifferent main difficulties from Recruit to Aetridan with 8 different sub difficutlies to add with it. The objective of the co-op aspect is to survive 15 waves of hellish creatures all the while doing objectives and scavenging for items to use. At the end of the last wave you are to complete the last objective and then evac to the a certain point of the map, on average a game winning match will last around an hour.

So would i recommend this game... hell yes i would. I had a great time with it and if you're willing to work with people it's one of the most rewarding experiences beating the game with others
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43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
189.3 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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