Frozen State is a brutal, survival game set in a world embraced by the man-made ice age meant to protect mankind from pestilent hybrids. Bitter cold and numbing fear are the constant companions in the journey through the retro-futuristic Frozen State world.
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Release Date: Aug 5, 2016

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October 18

The "Sleep Bug" Fixed

Hi all!

The "sleep bug" that causes black screen when you rest in the sleeping bag or any bed has been fixed. We're really sorry for the inconvenience and bad experience.

Please, don't forget to update the game to its latest version.

Thank you,


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October 11

Patch v1.00 Build 278

Hi there,

The new patch is leaving the gates of beta and will be available to everyone. We didn't release it last week, as we initially intended, because we came across a few bugs which we wanted to fix before moving the build into the default branch.

If you missed the change log from the last beta, you can find it here:

Some other fixes

- some other changes:
- PPSh - now use 7.62 ammo instead of 9mm
- loot system has changed a bit
- drops of ammo in large quantity (300+ bullets)
- enemies have higher chance to drop loot
- the cellar door in one of the locations had a chance to spawn without an exit point

Thank you,


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About This Game

The entire world is embraced by the man-made ice age meant to protect the human race from alien hybrids. The last survivors have formed the Resistance.

On the way to the Resistance, the main character gets stranded in the closed experimental city Duga-40, where he has to survive and repair his transport to continue the journey.

The game’s world is vast (65 different locations) and populated with the human survivors, military groups and pestilent alien hybrids. The world and loot are randomly generated every playthrough.

There is a deep crafting system that allows you not only to cook food and make different weapons, but also to build traps, barricades and shelters.

Accomplishing the main goal, which is to repair the transport and not die by the hybrid’s claws, you will discover the story of the city, meet the survivors and understand what really happened.

Key Features:

  • Rogue-like and normal modes
  • Three main characters
  • Diverse enemies
  • Large open world
  • Dynamic weather conditions
  • Procedurally generated building interiors, loot and enemies
  • Stealth
  • Crafting and building
  • Transport
  • Basic needs (hunger, thirst, sleep, etc)
  • NPCs and Quests

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 9800M GTS or Radeon HD 6770M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT 650M or 750M (strongly recommended)
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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92 of 105 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
52.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
At first it was quite challenging to survive in the cold, harsh winter of Siberia. From hunger to thirst, I was searching for better weapons, armor, and loot while avoid/sneaking by mutants(can get pretty tense). Weapon ammo is scarce in the beginning so avoiding enemies is probably best. Had to move out of my safe house so I can travel farther into the randomly-generated, open-world map without wasting any more resources. From there, it wasn't as hard as before but still alot to do and explore. Character level-up is included. Crafting is very useful too. I can build my own wooden cabin with torches all around and a workbench to craft even more stuff. Sorry, no hand-holding here but you can use the ingame manual or actually die/learn like I did. The atmosphere makes me feel like I'm in The Thing (1982), which is one of my favorite horror movie.
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84 of 98 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
59.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 16, 2015
What can be said for a game like Frozen State? A lot.
It's a great game in that it's genuinely tense. The stakes are high and you can't just reset the gambles you make. I have been playing it since, I think about the first month it came to Steam, and it has changed dramatically.
When I first bought it, I was afraid at first, it would be the same generic kind of survival game that has been washing up on the shores of Steam like rotten flotsam. Frozen State is like a big, ice coated barge crashing into the shore and unleashing a horde of the undead onto your normal beach going day.
I have some key things to say about it. The first is that I survived 20 days. That is my current maximum. I found the Mansion, and it was there I died.
Word of warning? Humans Aren't your friend. But I did find a car, and by god, that was the most satisfying feeling on the planet to be able to avoide the Piercers, Jackals, Widows and other horrible monsters occupying the wastelands. I could explore so much easier and take a nice deep breath knowing I had a moment of peace.
I expect the developers will eventually take the feature of beaing safe in a car, away, but if I could ask them not to, it would make playing the game in the future so much easier.

The game is like the era of Playstation 2 horror titles like the Silent Hill series, it's filled with suspense. Every action you do could give you away or get you killed if you aren't careful. I would even say this is a tougher game than Don't starve and I Love how ruthless that game is.

I hope for so much of this game, and that's why I delayed my initial review but as it stands, this game is WORTH your 10 dollars. It is Worth your time. The game is hard, which it should be. It's survival horror and it places a hard pitch on the actual survival aspect. If I hadn't been stupid? I could have gone on for probably close to another 30 days with the supplies I found, but one wrong decision, one wrong choice and you're done. Example? I had gotten to the point to use a series of molotovs and had 6 fistfuls of fire to chuck at Reapers in one of the houses and I was an idiot and caught myself on fire. The heat, the sound, it drew the Jackals and I booked it like a mad man back to my car just to slather Stas in Burn Ointment to compensate for my own recklessness. I barely escaped, but I did by the skin of my teeth.
On a technical level I will give a moderate review as follows:

Graphics: Appropriate - It could be better, but I understand the level and it's satisfactory. I can see things, I know what stuff is. I can make out details and it does the job more than enough.

Difficulty: Hard - This isn't Minecraft. This isn't Don't Starve. This is a hard game with definite rules and hard physics in play. Sure you can carry 13 logs in your inventory, but the point is that you need to be careful and cutthroat with what you have and what you take. You can't just plop down some bricks or garbage and block your enemy and you are lucky if outrun your enemies. Don't expect an easy start.

Gameplay: Stern but fair - This sounds like a difficulty but as mentioned in the previous sections of this review, this game is about what you are willing to do and how careful you are to prepare for the Icepocalypse surrounding you. It is fun, sneaking past your enemies, hoping to god their cone doesn't spot you so you can get home, getting your base built, HAVING A GUN (with limited bullets) SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO MELEE ENGAGE; all these aspects are some of the rewarding elements to it. Being lucky and being careful are the greatest measure a player can have aside from their own preparedness.

Current Cons and suggestions:

Character progression is hard. I wish the developers would consider giving you some of the Level-Up Pills every 5, to 10, to 15 days. I have had such a hard run of the game because I couldn't become tougher in-game, only smarter in how I play.
I wish you could make matches out of gunpowder or maybe use infected meat to make like tallow or some kind of grease to make some kind of natural igniter.
Maybe a lantern not like the flashlight you can build out of scrap metal that you can place would be nice.
If there were anything else, right now that I could ask for? Maybe either the ability to armor plate your car with scrap metal or maybe a scrap metal sword or knife so you can make a spear or have something other than the nailed club or axes to kill stuff with.

Overall opinion: The game is hard, it's like squeezing water from rocks, but when you get it together it can be so much fun. And while I appreciate the game being hard, as it should be, I wish that the guy I killed at the Manor had dropped at least his axe. All he dropped was bedsheets. To bandage my ♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ up.

Beginners tips?
Stones can be thrown as distraction items to lure enemies away.
Behind your house is an underground silo thing that you can access in the back-left corner, usually in there are the thermometer and watch. Sometimes a bed and a workbench. It usually has a plethora of goodies in it.
Crafting will be your biggest ally as some of the weapons you make are invaluable, and you need to upgrade it to make your armor and weapons better.
ALWAYS CARRY SPARE FIRES AND MATCHES and when you find an extra sleeping bag? That also.
Trying to upgrade your weapons can cause them to break. I lost my starting axe and a double barreled shotgun this way. Upgrades are always a gamble.

Buy it out of 10.
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130 of 172 people (76%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
18.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1, 2014
Loot, Eat, Drink, Keep warm and Survive. Darkness, Cold, Monsters and kill to stay alive.
Atmospheric, Dark, open world where you cant hide. Frozen State might just take you by surprise.
Early Gameplay here:
Building my first Cabin here (Update 1)
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109 of 141 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This game is just way to clunky and bland to be sold at its current stage. The combat is absolutely horrible to the point of it being impossible as there is no way to dodge attacks. This might as well have been a turn based game with how slow and unavoidable the combat can be. Some people may like a harsh and unforgiving game, but when the game is hard due to the lack of gameplay polish it borderlines annoying. If you can overlook clunky controls, movement, combat, and gameplay then give it a try. Im sure there is a good game hidden under this pile of rugged garbage but it should never have been moved to the "released" stage.
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63 of 77 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1, 2014
*Early Alpha Review*

Frozen State - Released in early Alpha today 7/1/14 I believe this game has a lot of potential and I am excited to see where the dev team will take it. My first playthrough I survived roughly 70 minutes. A brief tutorial gets you going with the basics and throughout my playthrough I found myself bringing up the Manual to check things such as crafting and whatnot. GAMEPLAY: In Frozen State's current 'state' do NOT expect a run and gun zombie killing game. I found it to be much more of a survival of the elements and finding safe places to sleep, cook food and stay warm. Most of my time was spent going from house to house looking through cupboards and bedrooms for useful items to either drink, eat or cook with. Building fires is absolutely necessary to stay alive along with finding safe places to sleep. As if surviving the subarctic tempurature isn't difficult enough, there are zombie-like creatures scattered thoughout the game. You start with a Nagant 7.62R pistol and an axe, the enemies (two varients that I have found so far) are not the most difficult to kill but I found myself avoiding them like the plague just because I was dying a slow death trying to stay alive without dealing with them. AUDIO/VIDEO: Both could use a little bit of work. I don't need my games, personally, to be the shiniest thing int he world but the visuals could maybe use some work. Noticed some animations were missing and some, like the flashlight I found, were really impressive adding to the overall atmosphere. Audio was OK, nothing to write home about at this point.

In the end, I was freezing to death, getting hungry and becoming dehydrated. I was out at night during a snowstorm searching for safe shelter where I could build a fire and sleep. I stumbled across a huge building, I think it was a school, went it and went upstairs looking for either a bed or bathtub. I could hear creatures walking around and it was almost pitch black in the building so I had to move by flashlight and focus in on sounds. (You can hold "C" to focus on noises, I thought this was a really cool feature adding to the survival-horror feel) Was killed by a creature that walked on four legs, reminded me of the 'Licker' from a Resident Evil game.

All in all, I really think this is what survival horror is about. Excellent dark, gritty and isolated-survival aspects. Needs a lot of work but so far so good. They have a lot of content planned and I can only see good things for Frozen State. Worth the $10? Yeah, help the dev team out with your feedback and I believe we will all be well rewarded in the end. Enjoy!

*Edit: " I stumbled across a huge building, I think it was a school..." Literally. I found a few bottles of Port Wine and was #$%*ing wasted.
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68 of 87 people (78%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
191.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 5, 2015
After I play this game, I'm absolutely into it. Every night I dreamed of the game. Last night I was 'playing Frozen State' while I was sleeping. I just wanted to save and quit it.

The developers creat terrifying and haunting atmosphere within the game, and make the players totally obsessed with the atmosphere of horror they create.

I'm a girl and living alone. It is too scaring to play at night. I can't withdraw from it in my real life. Every night I ended up with nightmares=0=
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76 of 101 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
It's an interesting game, but the crafting and building is very limited. You can only build around 15 structures, craft around 10 weapons, and make maybe 50+ various inventory items. You can find interesting things from time to time, but even that isn't great. If you manage to kill someone with a gun don't expect to pick up their gun. More often than not it will not appear. Game just doesn't feel complete. Feels early access. There are a lot of cool things that this game does that few other games do not. I can see the appeal. I think all the issues with this game could be resolved with the steam workshop, so if the devs started supporting mods I think the community could do everything the devs didn't have the time(?) to do.
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41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 15, 2014
Very interesting game!

I looked for a topdown survival game and i found "Frozen State"...

The first hours were very very creepy!

"Alone in the dark cold citiy of duga 40. Leaving the start shelter, looking for some fresh water and something to eat. The wind howls around me. The sun goes down - darkness and deep frost makes me sick... no the last sun i see a small datscha - a shelter for the night?....fu** where are the matches?"

This could be your first experiance with this game. I was really excited!

So some opinions about the devs and the game:

+ Fast replying at steam if there are issiues with an update
+ Updates come ca one eath month
+ Are very interested in the players suggestions and opinions

- At the moment nohing bad to tell about them ;D

+ Creepy athmospehre
+ Nice setting ( i like metro etc)
+ Interessting crafting and skill system
+ Many things to loot
+ Nice hearing and stealth system
+ You can travel on a map like fallout 1, your char lost heat, drinking etc
+ Easy to die, when you play like rambo...solid snake is the better way ;O)
+ Build own shelter and fortifications

- crafting is at an very primitive level, basic things to craft only
- no npc quest system
- only a small part of the card can be travelled
- low content for playing longer
- only three hybrid enemies

I thing these would be a great game! There are many things to do ... i will play the alpha and would be happy for each new content they made.

Play in progress, alpha version - when you accept this and like survival - just try ;D
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72 of 101 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This game is not ready to be sold in its current state, but shows A LOT of promise. I am personally going to get a refund and wait until game performance and control issues are solved. Right now, frame rate is very low (e.g. 20 fps) on medium settings whereas I can play all other games on max settings (e.g. Witcher 3). The controls are also clunky and hard to use, making the game not fun at all.

I am looking forward to this game being ready to play at which point I'm willing to change my review.
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39 of 52 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
The combat is poorly implemented and feels very unresponsive making it almost impossible to attack or dodge anything. The fact that you are almost constantly battling with the controls makes it even worst. I generally do not play games that are in early access because I hate struggling with incomplete game mechanics in unfinished products. This is exactly why I get even more angry because it feels like this is exactly where Frozen State should still be, in the ALPHA STAGE.

I honestly loved the idea behind this game but there are way too many flaws to overlook. I will definitely not be investing any more of my time into this unfinished mess
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 19
The game is too hard to experience when the clunkiness of it gets in the way - big time.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: October 17
Simplistic and brutal, I wanted to like it. I really did.

While the zombie/monster genres are oversaturated, this game adds something relatively rare. Far from being a hack and slash game or a bullet-fest, it's a survival game set in the aftermath of the apocalypse.

I've seen worse, but thats not a compliment. it's not deliberately retro, nor is it polished. It looks low budget, which to my knowledge is an accurate description of the game in general. If you can live with that, as I could, then this should not be a problem.

The trailers conjured up images of a snowy, immersive, single player version of the free MMO 'Dead Frontier'. If you're looking for that or thinking that way, stop; Despite the similar graphical style, this is not it. Controls feel a little awkward but manageable, but, dodging seems virtually useless as enemy reach is well beyond their visible attack radius, and well beyond your dodge movement. Instead, avoid engagements if at all possible.

This is a strategy game at its heart, and if you try to treat it any other way, you'll be disappointed. The game is made up of a series of smallish incongruent maps rather than a more traditional 'open world', whether seamless (like skyrim, excluding interior cell loading) or seperated by a loading screen (like Dead frontier).
The stealth is fun, if you're looking for a game where you are to creep around places trying not to engage in combat, then this may scratch your itch. Though it is a top-down game, your view is limited by your character's ability to hear or see. In turn, the monsters must sense you before they will attack. Moving slowly helps as does the skill that lets you listen closely to what's around you, allowing you to sense movement (through a visual effect). Bullets seem hard to come by initially, and the monsters are bullet sponges, so save what you have for a special occasion. Melee seems virtually useless too. You may kill one of the less dangerous monsters, but you'll probably be nearly dead by the time you kill them.

The AI on the monsters is simplistic and breaks immersion, it is all too easy to evade them in a chase by utilzing their poor pathing to escape. Seeing as many of them are quite capable of killing you quickly, it felt like exploiting their AI is the easiest way to succeed sometimes. If you're making a brutal game, it should be even harder to exploit a game mechanic that's presumably working as intended, otherwise the player could begin to feel that they could easily get out of the situation but must instead choose to die for the game to play as it should.

Simplistic, unimpressive, but functional.

Most of the problems, bugs, and under-developed ideas would be forgivable for an early access game. However, this game is considered to be in a 'released' state, and overall, I cannot recommend it.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 17
I want to like this game, but it has a lot of bugs that needs to be worked out. Like when I sleep the whole screen goes black, and I can't play. In fact I have hardly done anything at all because sleeping in an essential part. Love the concept, enjoy the survival reality aspects, and diversity the game can offer. Wish there was more independent character development instead of just choosing one of three set characters.

Like I said, I really want to like this game, but until the bugs are worked out, it kinda kills it for me.
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8.6 hrs
Posted: October 15
Fix your ♥♥♥♥ing game.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 12
Mostly irritating, the micro managering is weird.
I really want to like this.
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37.2 hrs
Posted: October 8
TLDR: If you're looking for an entertaining and somewhat challenging survival sandbox game, I warmly recommend this one. It has some quests, a very good mood and environment and a higly randomized open world. And you only get one save slot.

The winter setting has a bit dark taste, which suits the mood for these kinds of game. You start off in a hut with some random stuff in your inventory and around you. At the beginning, the game is challenging, even on Normal difficulty, but your struggles are rewarding. The randomness of well...almost everything in this game makes you feel uncomfortable at each visit to an area, and especially at each death. You might find totally different loot after reloading your only save. You might ponder on this save option making the game "too easy" for hardcore survival gamers, who prefer permadeath above all, but I'd say otherwise: it's a game, its purpose is to entertain you, so it's good to have a limit to the consequences of a decision you make.

- randomness: puts excitement to a new level, you find different area layout at every start of a new game
- open world: you can stop anywhere on the map, the game will generate a random area for you, with some loot, enemies, resources
- one save slot only: and the game only saves when you enter an area or exit the game
- setting: this cold, wintery environment with blizzards and fog and wind can increase your worries, if the lack of save option would not be enough
- many items: you literally have (or...litterally LOL ) dozens of types of stuff to acquire, and many of them have no real purpose, but you cannot know in advance what might come handy later
- support: the dev team is very helpful and responsive

- randomness: sometimes the loot in an object is crazy and somewhat illogical, and you cannot go and search for certain items, because almost anything can be found in any lootable objects...but hey, what if another survivor thought the toilet would be a perfect place to hide an assault rifle, or a box of matches
- abundant loot: after some time in the game you just have too many of everything (except for tech weapons :-) ) -> I've played the game on Normal difficulty only, maybe it's indeed "hard" to survive on Hard diff
- controls: need to get used to it, takes some time, but not long though, still, it's hard to measure proper distance from an enemy with melee weapons
- lack of quests: OK maybe it's not the game's main purpose to provide endless side-missions but there are only 2 quests which you get at the beginning of the game
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 4
Its just bad...
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41.7 hrs
Posted: October 4
This is an awesome game. It is crafting and survival but also reminds me very much of fallouts 1 and 2 with the interface and atmosphere. The game is very easy to jump right into and is initially very forgiving as you figure out how to keep yourself warm and fed. character stats, crafting and combat are all very intuitive, and while other people complain about the controls, I have not had an issue playing on mouse and keyboard.

After putting about 20 hours into it the only complaints that I have are the lack of NPCs and quests. They are there but they are very few and far between, which makes the game feel very desolate, but maybe that was the point.
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116.9 hrs
Posted: September 17
Not much time played but first impressions have menthinking I'll be addicted for awhile atleast, sci fi some horror and a survival game definatly worth a go if ur into those genes, not usually a fan of the top down view but it works, the game makes me forget it's top down view for the most part pretty immersive

UPDATED after 75 hours....
one of my favourite indie games, it could use more crafting content but there are alot of pick ups in the world to compensate, definatly play on hard, normal is cheese mode, way to many supplies, the game starts hard to suvive but after a few days you build up lots of stock to be able to explore. there are a couple small bugs and one exploite ive found but nothing game breaking, there is just enough storyline and interesting pickups to keep you interested just as it starts to feel alittle stale. im still finding new ♥♥♥♥, only problems with the game is that you cant have multiple saves going at the same time, and the fact that when you upgrade your gear you dont change your outfit, just small gripes.

people complaining about the view and controls feel like they are exaggerating the controls are fine and the view only gets annoying once in awhile but you can use your `hearing` to see if there is an enemy just inside the doorway.

Modding would be amazing for this game, would love to make some extra content for this... would definately buy and expansion if they make one in the future
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0.9 hrs
Posted: September 10
I am looking for a crafting / builder ... whatever. Saw the crafting on videos of frozen state. thought I would try it out.

I got totally frustrated with the crafting interface... basically they tell you a whole bunch of stuff you 'can' be made but the ingredents are 'somewhere' else and good luck finding them.

frustrastion for me was food and water - I have an empty can, but can't just walk outside and grab some snow and melt it for water?

I know early release but I have been spoiled lately with early releases being somewhat polished.

The short of it: this is going to be one of those games that I check on every couple of months to see if it improves until I get bored and stop checking on it.

Kinda wish I didn't pull the trigger and get it but maybe the crafting and base building will improve for me
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