Habitat is a physics-based space survival game where you build, fly, and fight with stations you assemble out of space debris. Upgrade and arm your creations with weapons and structures you find in orbit, fly and explore using rocket physics, and do battle with deadly enemies to save humanity.
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Release Date: Jul 8, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Habitat is an Early Access title. We chose Early Access so we can test key game features in order to fine tune the gameplay experience in the final months of development. It is still under heavy development with new features being added on a regular basis. Please expect there to be bugs, locked off content, missing features and other possibly serious game breaking issues.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to be in Early Access for several months.”

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

“The full version of the game will get all the features we implement through this Alpha and potentially more. We will update everyone as we get closer. Customers of the Early Access version will get the full version of Habitat.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Alpha build that supports 70% of game features in a sandbox environment. The build is fully playable and gamers will get a good taste of the key game mechanics that the game is being built on.”

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

“Yes, we plan on raising the price slightly as we add more features and functionality to the game.”

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

“Community feedback will be taken on board during the final months of development to mold the final game features and to make sure the final game delivers a solid and polished product.”
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April 29

Update v0.7 is now live!

Commanders - presenting Habitat v0.7! We’re continuing to add features and expand gameplay; in this version you’ll find the start of our Factions system, enemy Engineers and engineer combat, new physics hazards, the return of omni-thrusters, control improvements, new space junk and more!

NOTE: Many aspects of the game have changed. Not all of the new systems are present in the Tutorials. Read about the details below to familiarize yourself with the changes.
NOTE: Saved game data file formats have changed from v0.6. Your previous save games are not guaranteed to work with v0.6. If you wish to remove or edit them, they are plaintext JSON files here:
PC: Users\<You>\AppData\LocalLow\4gency\Habitat_EarlyAccess_\HabitatSaves
MAC: <Your User Folder>/Library/Caches/unity.4gency.Habitat (Early Access)/HabitatSaves
LINUX: Home/.config/unity3d/4gency/Habitat_EarlyAccess_/HabitatSaves

Introducing Factions

Space is dark and mostly empty - but not the world of Habitat! This update you’ll get introduced to a few factions - the first of several that’ll live in the Habitat world.

Factions have their own agendas - they’re not always out to get you! Each faction has its own allies, neutrals, and enemies, and as we build out Habitat you’ll be tasked with missions that involve them all.

Look for the flags on habitat ships and space stations to identify who’s who:

• Pirate Flag - Space pirates. Their engineers will attempt to sabotage pieces of enemy ships. They are antagonistic to you, to civilians, and to nano machines.
• Yellow Flag - Nanomachines. Their engineers will turn floating space junk into nano-machine hunters to track you down. They are antagonistic to you, to civilians, and to pirates.
• White Flag - Civilians. These poor souls are right in the middle of combat and just want to be left alone. They will leave you alone but will defend against pirates and nano machines.

There are a few more factions we’ll reveal as we go along, space is a big place and there’s room for everyone - until the resources run out!

Engineer to Engineer Combat

With factions, you’ll also notice that each ship and station has its own engineers. Every faction fields their own engineer army, and some of them are out to cause trouble for you and your allies.

Orienting a whole ship just to take out a few menacing space pirate astronauts is a pain; that’s why engineers are packing their own firepower now! Engineers on all sides field the preferred weapon of the space duelist, the Inertia Pistol. These hand-held momentum cannons do physical damage, but also stun and fling the struck engineer backward - which can end in some nasty consequences, especially if they hit a nebula, an explosion, a black hole or even just a really big rock.

Click on enemy engineers to send your nearest available engineer to attack - note that you’ll have better chances if you send multiple engineers! Attacking an engineer is considered an act of war, and other engineers may join in the fight to defend their attacked comrade.

Watch out for anti-personnel turrets on some habitat nodes. They’ll make short work of any engineer that trips its friend-or-foe identification system. For your protection your habitat will be provided with one, and in the next update you’ll be able to buy and upgrade them at towns.

New Physics Hazards - and Danger, Engineers!

We’re continuing to make the world of Habitat a more dynamic place. Three new physics-based hazards join the nebulas to make travel and combat even more interesting:

• The gravity well sucks in objects and deals crushing damage at its core. Once a certain amount has been swallowed, the well will emit a strong pushing force to clear itself before inverting back to a pulling force.
• The tachyon ramp pushes any objects in its field in the direction of the field particles. Send your habitats - or your projectiles - for a ride.
• The force anomaly is a mysterious blue sphere that emits a force wave at irregular intervals. Thoroughly destructive results may result when steering too close.

You may also notice - the hard way - that nebulas can now deal damage to engineers. The results can be lethal! Be especially careful if engaging in combat near nebulas, gravity wells, or other hazards; a stunned engineer that goes into a freezing nebula may come out a popsicle. Hypothetically, of course.

Improved Controls: Omni-Thrusters

What are those items on your HQ when you begin the game? They are two omni-thruster producers, and we’re glad to have them back! Omni-thrusters make it possible to maneuver more precisely, and without needing to find and attach rockets.

Controlling them is easy: Just hover over the HQ, and then hold the arrow keys in the direction you want to go.

Some tips:

• It’s easiest if you hit TAB to focus on your habitat, then the mouse cursor stays right where it needs to be.
• You can combine omni-thrust with rocket boosting for precise and powerful control.
• New command bridges you create come with a thruster on them for easy movement.
• In the next update, you’ll be able to buy and upgrade thrusters for your individual habitat nodes, to increase mobility as you need it.

For a future update we’re also considering an “autopilot” where clicking on a destination auto-fires the omni-thrusters as needed to reach the goal. Would it be useful? Let us know on the forums!

New Junk Types

There’s always more out there. We’ve recently come across a set of utility pieces from a large set of mining and refinery ships that used to work the asteroid belts. The pieces we have for analysis here bear a few smudged letters: N_S_R_MO. Our researchers are baffled; no idea what it means! Here’s what we’ve found:

• Colony Waste Tank - A waste reclamation unit from a JPC ReadyMade! brand habitat. Still appears to be processing Omni.
• Colony Hybrid Generator - A solar-powered generator combined with a habitable space; a standard colony unit in the JPC ReadyMade! line.
• Colony Structural Pylon - This reinforced structural pylon comes pre-slung with electrical and life support cabling, and plenty of connections.
• Colony Large Nacelle - A large colony structural nacelle, able to support multiple production units with a variety of cabling and connectors.
• Colony Medium Nacelle - A smaller-size colony structural unit, with room for two production units and good universal connectors.
• Colony Storage Tanks - A JPC All-In-One brand fuel refining and storage facility; the fire shielding is a little out of code but otherwise OK.

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April 23

Update coming soon!

Good day Engineers!

Our next Habitat update is coming up very soon! We’re introducing some new gameplay mechanics and challenges in this latest update:

Factions: Nanos and Pirates
Just two of several factions that you’ll encounter, Pirates and Nanos are both dangerous to you, but also to one another. Watch out for Pirate salvage attacks, and Nano constructors that generate new hunters!

Engineer Combat and Enemy Engineers
Prepare for combat on a whole new level - engineer armies are now fielded by all factions, and can fight with one another using physics-based stun pistols that pack a wallop and send targets flying - sometimes right into a fire nebula. Ouch!

New Space Hazards
Gravity wells, fusion cores, and tachyon belts join the nebulas as dangerous - and potentially useful - hazards that inhabit the game world. Each one has unique properties, each one can be a game-changer in combat.

And More…

Highly stable joint connectors make your creations much steadier, omni thrusters make a triumphant return, making it easy to get underway or escape trouble, and a new pack of space junk salvaged from experimental stations gives you even more opportunities to build and explore! As always, we’ve continued bug fixing and general improvements too!

All this will be headed your way very soon in Habitat v0.7. Stay tuned, and keep on spacin’!

- The Habitat Team

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About This Game

Habitat is a physics-based space survival game where you build, fly, and fight with stations you assemble out of space debris. Upgrade and arm your creations with weapons and structures you find in orbit, fly and explore using rocket physics, and do battle with deadly enemies to save humanity.

Leading your team of engineers, you will have to build and fly your space stations in a zero gravity setting, mastering physics driven flight simulation to explore the space around you. In order to thrive and grow you have to manage your population and their environment. In the event of a threat get creative and turn your space stations into deadly weapons using pieces of debris you pick up such as rockets, lasers and particle accelerators to fight and ultimately survive against attacks from the enemy. This is a space survival game where crisis is guaranteed and your only chance for survival is to be creative and decisive in the face of disaster.

Key Alpha Features

HABITAT EARLY ACCESS BUILD. Please note this is an early development build and is not representative of the final game. Remember to check the announcements for more updates as we routinely add features!

These are the features you can expect to experience in this early build:
  • Explore a procedurally-generated orbital playing field with a dozen space junkyards to raid
  • Manage a team of engineers to build, rearrange and repair your habitats
  • Assemble your habitats to any size, using 40 different types of items and dynamic connectors
  • Combine or split apart your habitats at any time, have as many habitats as you want
  • Fly your habitats with rocket physics, using boosters and steerable thrusters
  • Experiment with unique weapons including lasers, grappling hooks and particle accelerators
  • Destroy and salvage enemy space stations, and take on nano-machine hunters to survive

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD3000, Nvidia GeForce GT8600 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 3 GHz processor
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 550 ti 1GB ram or or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 6XXX or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: 2 GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD3000, Nvidia GeForce GT8600 or equivalent
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: 3 GHz processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris (Iris Pro) or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 6XXX or higher or NVidia 6xx series or higher
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 32-bit (Linux machine configuration not supported)
    • Processor: Dual-core 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD3000, Nvidia GeForce GT8600 or equivalent, supporting Shader Model 3 equivalent
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 32-bit (Linux machine configuration not supported)
    • Processor: Dual-core 3 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 550 ti 1GB ram or or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 6XXX or higher
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Early Access Review
As it is I can't recommend it.

This will probably change as the game progresses.

This game has issues... beginning with the tutorial.
In the first mission I managed to put the two parts right next to each other ... only one block apart ... too bad that they are bigger than one block .... and so they generated phantom forces making the ship spin out of control.

Yeah it is bad in a tutorial* ... but in the real game is devastating.

*= which has also the issue that it only shows the buttons that you are allowed to use instead of graying them out. That lead (in my case) to a total confusing start in the real game.

Same in the 2nd tutorial ... it is a bit awkward to be shown rockets on the side and later not to know that isn't possible ... and the unlink function is disabled (aka. completely missing).

There is also the issue of the camera angle ... everything in this game with this gameplay screams "I am meant to play top down" but the camera won't let you (probably a objection from the artist: "but think about all those great 3D models") ... leaving your ship in the way all the time.

The other not great thing is that ship parts towed by your crew can be towed through your ship ... which should be changed in later versions so that is moved under or above your ship. ... That shouldn't be too hard.

The game ends up starting throwing you unprepared in middle of literally one million things from what are more than enough enemies.

The circumstance that you have to do one million things and that there is no way to slow it down seems to me as preperation for making it multiplayer. But multiplayer can lead to all sorts of problems in this kind of game.

So what I am missing is a third part of the tutorial in which is everything present, but no enemies ... so that you really can learn how to build and how to use the UI.

Or at least an easy mode for the game ... a "slow" start (in which you won't encounter enemies for at least a while after starting the game) would also do.

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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Early Access Review
I wish i could reccomend this game I really do. After playing for a while i have noticed serious gamebreaking bugs. my ships break everytime i go to lunar orbit and ship parts constantly break off for no reason when first placed as well as the worst one which does not allow me to recruit engineers but wastes the resources and stunts all my ships stats so no matter what i add on it never changes. i have tried unistalling it and starting new saves but the bugs persist. I will continue to play this game but can't recommend it at this stage in development.
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34 of 57 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Early Access Review
This game has single handedly stopped me from buying early access games. I picked this up 8 months ago when it was first released and it was unplayable. I wanted to love it, so I decided to leave it alone and give the developers more time. 8 months later it is still no where near completion. There have been some improvments to the UI and there are starting quests which help but there is still no purpose, it takes eons to move your ship and god forbid your ship is slightly off balanced from the random crap they provide because you will have to constantly turn on and off one engine to compensate for the imbalance. Overall it's not even worth $1 at this point. See you in another 8 months when it will hopefully be nearing alpha stages.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Early Access Review
For an early acess game it's pretty good. the only problem is the gameplay, it should be more exciting than traveling to places. On the other hand you can attack enemy ships and stuff but you have to travel to a location to take on the missin and then travel again to get to the enemy. You can build multible ships which is cool and toggle between them. theres a few bugs, like my engineers dying from lack of living space when i have 4 living towers, but not many major game breaking bugs. Since they are updating it I feel like it was worth my 15$ now and will be worth it later. All i have to say is DO IT..... FOR THE BURGERS.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Early Access Review
It is good fun for short while but the current state that it is in really isn't worth spending the money on. Numerous bugs (although this is to be expected) and very little content - most of the enjoyment was created by me trying to set challenges for myself and experimenting - not what the game actually provided. In the future after more time has been put into developing it this could be a fantastic game.
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