Heat Signature is a game from the developers of Gunpoint where you break into spaceships, make terrible mistakes, and think of clever ways out of them. You take a mission, fly to the target ship, sneak inside, and make clever use of your gadgets to distract, ambush and take out the crew.
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Very Positive (113) - 86% of the 113 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,490) - 94% of the 1,490 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 21, 2017

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November 2

New Patch: 2017.11.01.1

We've uploaded a new patch, here's what's changed:

2017.11.01.1
  • Fix incorrect module destroyed by the Foundry Brick's high-speed collision.
  • Intel missions no longer generated after personal mission cost reduced to zero.
  • Fix crash when selecting two dialog options simultaneously.
  • Fix negative living witnesses.

2017.10.30.1
  • Updated GameMaker to v1.4.1772

2017.10.26.2
  • Disabled sell/stash item in retirement menu.
  • Fixed client messages in liberation menu.

The previousversion beta branch now contains patch 2017.10.26.2. If the latest update has caused problems for you, you can switch to this by right clicking Heat Signature in your Steam library, choosing Properties > Betas and using the drop-down list to choose the previousversion beta.

If you'd like to get patches as soon as possible, the nextversion beta receives patches as soon as they're ready for testing.

If you have problems with any patch or beta, please fill our our Bug Report Form to let us know what went wrong!
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October 27

Death is Canceled for Space Halloween

For the duration of Space Halloween - 27th of Space October to the 1st of Space November - life and death in the Drift will be a little different:

Removed: Death
Due to science, you cannot die during Space Halloween. Bleeding out, suffocating, or being incinerated in an exploding pod will permanently turn you into a living skeleton. Once Halloween is over, you’ll remain a skeleton but any lethal damage will finish you off. On the plus side, skeletons are undetectable by guard’s heat sensors, and can spacewalk indefinitely since they no longer need to breathe.

Actual Ghost Missions
When taking a mission with the Ghost Clause, you are now an actual ghost. As with real-life ghosts, you can still be seen but all attacks pass through you. You’ll return to normal once the mission is over.

Actual Skeleton Crew
Ships running a Skeleton Crew are now literally running a crew of skeletons. The skeletons are functionally the same as normal guards except that they can no longer feel hope.

Does That Mean I Could Potentially Become A Skeleton Ghost?
That’s a ridiculous question. Of course you can become a skeleton ghost.

Other Patch Notes
Unrelated to Space Halloween, we've also nerfed the Foundry Brick a bit.
  • Speed needed to break a module much higher: it's meant to be hard to target a specific module
  • Changes to how impact speed is calculated for hopefully more intuitive results
  • First module impact severely damages ship, repair mini-game will be max difficulty for future damage
  • Price increased from 40 to 60
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Supporter's Edition

The Supporter's Edition of Heat Signature comes with a bunch of fun extras:

  • Play through Heat Signature's development with 8 early prototypes from its 3.5 year development.
  • Watch 9 developer commentary videos showing and explaining its evolution: from drilling through hulls to liberating empires. (Total: 70 minutes)
  • Own the full soundtrack in 320kbps MP3 format. (19 tracks, 83 minutes)

About This Game

Break into spaceships!

Fly your pod up to any spaceship in the galaxy and dock with its airlock to sneak inside. From there, you've got to sneak up on the crew, outshoot them in slowmo gunfights, or outthink them with clever gadgets. Take missions to steal loot, assassinate VIPs, or rescue friends.


Take your time!

Get out of impossible situations by pausing at any time and taking as long as you need to figure out a clever plan. You have a wide range of gadgets with clever uses, and you can switch, aim and fire them with no time pressure at all, letting you pull off ridiculously cool tricks without needing twitch skills.


Liberate the galaxy!

All your missions get you closer to liberating new space stations from the empires that control them, and this unlocks new gadgets to buy in your shops, and special challenge characters to play.

Lots more features!
I'm not making GIFs for all these!
I'm not made of GIFs!
I'm not some kind of GIF-golem!

Emergent gameplay!

Use gadgets like teleporters, stealth shields and subverters to invent your own solutions to tricky situations.

Galactic zoom!

Zoom smoothly from a view of the whole galaxy down to your character sneaking up on guards inside the spaceship you're boarding.

Choose your difficulty!

You choose each mission, ranging from trivially easy to nightmarishly hard. There's also a practice mode where you can try items and tactics with no consequences and instant-restart.


Randomly generated missions!

Each one picks a random combination of guard kit, ship layout, and complications like space battles.

Each life is a new character!

Choose between randomly generated characters with different starting kit, and when you die, play as someone new in the same galaxy.

Personal missions!

Every character has one grand heist to work towards: rescue their brother, steal their gun back, get revenge on their partner's killer.


Modular destruction!

Blow up any part of a ship with breach grenades or fuel barrels. Rip a ship in half. Get sucked into space by the vacuum.

Rescue your friends' characters!

If someone on your friends list gets their character captured, and they aren't able to rescue them, maybe you can! You'll sometimes get a character whose personal goal is to rescue a friend's character. If you manage it, you unlock your friend's character to play as! They don't get it back. They had their chance. It's yours now.

Find your friends' items!

When you retire an accomplished character, you can choose one item to pass on. You get to name it, and both your Steam friends and your own future characters have a chance to find these as loot. Equally, you'll come across items your friends have named.


What Heat Signature is not:

We don't want you to buy Heat Signature if it's not for you. We'd always rather have a happy non-customer than an unhappy customer. So here's what it isn't:

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  • It's not story-driven: there's a backstory to this place and a few conversations with characters, but there's not a story that develops as you play. It's much more about the stories you generate by playing, about how you got out of impossible situation X or pulled off crazy stunt Y.

  • There aren't other careers: You can't mine asteroids. You can't build ships. You can't recruit a crew. You're an infiltrator, you break into spaceships for a living, it's all about that.

  • There are no planets: The whole game takes place in this nebula full of space stations. You can dock at any friendly station and board any hostile ship, but it's not a space exploration game.

  • It's not multiplayer: The friends features mentioned above are fun but they're just sharing content, it's not multiplayer at all and you're never in the same world together.

There are cool games about all those things. This is a cool game about something else!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.7GHz dual-core CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5000 or better (GeForce and Radeon tend to be better)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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