The Fifth Day is a post-apocalyptic survival game set in the time after mankind's extinction to the machines that it created. Your role, as one of these machines, is to survive in the hostile world left behind by man.
User reviews: Mixed (430 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 25, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early access allows for a unique opportunity to incorporate community feedback into the development process in order to produce the best product possible. Using this feedback the game can be tailored to fit the community expectations and provide a better gaming experience for everyone.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“With many new additions and improvements planned for the game based on community involvement, it is difficult to give an exact date at this point. Over the next few months, the game will continue to evolve as new content is added and bug fixes are implemented in accordance to community feedback.”

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

“Many exciting new features and changes are planned to be implemented as the game progresses through its alpha and beta stages. A few of which can be found below:

  • More NPC Characters - New machine AIs with varying and unique behaviors that will greatly enhance the level game flow.
  • Expanded Hacking - Many more options and commands for hacking and programming NPCs are planned for development.
  • Expanded NPC A.I. - Better A.I. will really provide an interesting challenge to both online and offline play.
  • New Construction Options - There are quite a few new features for construction that have been planned as well as suggested by the community that will be exciting to implement.
  • Weather Effects - Dynamic weather system that will bring new challenges as well as visual improvements by creating a more atmospheric world.
  • New Environments - New levels, environments, and biomes are planned for addition in later versions of the game.
  • UI Enhancements - Various improvements and polishing for the user interface will make for more immersive play.
  • New Online Game Modes - More online game modes, including possible team based survival play.
  • Additional Skills - New skills and abilities to provide more customization options to your character.
  • More Power Source Types - Additional options such as thermal and hydrogen based power supplies will create more diverse play as each will introduce unique costs and benefits to using.
  • Expanded Sound Design - More SFX and atmospheric sound development will greatly add more immersive qualities to the world.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is currently in Early Access Alpha, therefore bugs and other interruptions in game play may be encountered. It is advised that you purchase the game at this stage only if you are willing to actively support the future development of the project.”

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

“The price of the game will gradually increase over time as important checkpoints are reached in the development process. Based on the breadth of content added, the final version will most likely range from $20 - $25.”

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

“It would be great to have deep involvement from the community in the future development of The Fifth Day. The community forums and early access reviews are good places where users can help by offering suggestions and ideas to further the development process.”
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October 19, 2014

Update V0.0.4

Hello everyone!

This is the latest patch for The Fifth Day. The primary focus for this update has been to rewrite the majority of the multiplayer end of the game in order to provide a more flexible and available multiplayer experience. Apart from fixing a variety of different multiplayer related bugs, I have added the ability to save your progression online, join freeplay matches in progress, and much more!

As I have stated earlier, I do intend to carry out this project to its final release. While I do apologize for the delay in releasing V0.0.4, please keep this in mind for future releases. That said, I will try to post updates on a more regular basis in the future.

As always, please continue posting your bug reports and suggestions in the designated forums, or send them directly to me at thefifthdaydev@gmail.com.

NOTE: Saved profiles for versions less than V0.0.3 are no longer supported. V0.0.3 profiles will still work, but a new game is recommended. You can find a full list of changes for this update below:

  • Added option to join sessions in progress for the freeplay online game mode.
  • Added option to save progress in online freeplay.
  • Added option to play online with unlimited days.
  • Added invert mouse control option.
  • Added notification when there are not enough players to award skill points in multiplayer.
  • Added option to ready up in multiplayer lobby.
  • Changed jump charge to display jump height in meters.
  • Replaced respawn option box from match creation with automatic respawns in online freeplay, and no respawning in competitive Loners or COOP.
  • Fixed bug that caused time to not sync properly online.
  • Fixed bug where npcs would levitate in multiplayer.
  • Fixed bug where container contents would not sync correctly in multiplayer.
  • Fixed bug that caused items to disappear when dropped in underground areas.
  • Fixed bug where dropped items would spawn behind the player or under the player's feet.
  • Fixed bug that caused player shading to appear too bright in underground areas.
  • Fixed bug which caused power sources to not sync correctly in multiplayer.
  • Fixed bug that caused doors to not open or close in multiplayer.
  • Fixed bug that removed inventory prior to constructing an object.
  • Fixed bug that caused players to not recieve alert of other players leaving the game.
  • Fixed bug where RFIDs were not synced correctly in multiplayer.
  • Improved construction system to allow placing multiple structures without having to continuously reopen the menu.
  • Improved movement for npcs in multiplayer.
  • Improved performance for syncing charging stations in multiplayer.
  • Improved performance with RFID tracking.
  • Tweaked image saturation for the players view.
  • Tweaked turret armor to be slightly weaker.
  • Tweaked swarm health to be slightly less.
The next update will be focused on a new physics based construction system, additional hacking options, new inventory, and continuing to resolve bugs and fixes.

Cheers!

-Touz

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August 22, 2014

Update V0.0.3

Hello everybody!

Here is the latest patch for The Fifth Day, focusing primarily on reworking and producing a better baseline for the AI. I was able to address some of the key concerns expressed by the community, but I still have plenty of interesting ideas for producing more dynamic AI behavior in the future.

I greatly appreciate everybody's help in offering suggestions and posting bug reports in the designated forums; your support is extremely valuable to both myself and the development of a community behind the project, so thank you for being such an awesome group of people!

In other news, the development team is expanding! Over the past couple of weeks, I have spoken to and added a second developer to the project in hopes of adding new ideas and content to future updates.

Below you can find a full change list for this update:

  • Completely rewrote the logic behind npc AI in order to provide more modular functionality and room for expansion on future behavior.
  • Added dynamic pathfinding for AI.
  • Added AI avoidance for steep drop offs and cliffs.
  • Added ability for hunters to shoot targets above or below them.
  • Added the ability for hunters to predict the enemy's movement and attempt to fire at the predicted destination.
  • Added a small chance for hunters and detonators to drop loot upon being destroyed.
  • Added lock on sound for hunter.
  • Added the behavior for swarm to hover around and protect their master by default.
  • Added command to lock swarm patrol area.
  • Added command to unlock swarm patrol area.
  • Added trails to swarm flight paths.
  • Changed command line interface to be case insensitive.
  • Fixed issue that caused AI to walk through solid walls.
  • Fixed issue that caused harvesters to become trapped in trees.
  • Fixed bug where disabling a harvester prior to payload drop off would result in an empty resource pod.
  • Fixed bug where harvester would idly hover in one location.
  • Fixed bug that caused items that were left in containers to be lost after loading a game.
  • Fixed bug that caused hacked AI to be lost after loading a game.
  • Fixed bug that caused a loss in connection to hacked harvesters after loading a game.
  • Fixed bug with turret not working properly after loading a game.
  • Fixed issue with turret attacking its master after loading a game.
  • Fixed bug that caused negative health and player invincibility to occur in multiplayer.
  • Fixed bug that caused sound to not scale properly when using the in-game master volume slider.
  • Increased the size of radiation fields given off by nuclear cells.
  • Increased field of view for hunters.
  • Rescaled the boost given from the luck skill.
NOTE: Keep in mind that some of these changes will not take immediate effect on old save games.

In the next update, I will work on further optimizing in-game performance as well as hopefully adding some new features and items to the gameplay.

Cheers!

-Touz

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About This Game

The Fifth Day is a post-apocalyptic survival game set in the time after mankind's extinction to the machines that it created. Your role, as one of these machines, is to survive in the hostile world left behind by man. Explore, build, and hack your way to victory in competitive online survival, or face the wastes alone in offline freeplay mode.

Key Alpha Features

Explore a world left by man, where rogue AI roam the lands previously inhabited by their creators and masters.


  • Explore dense forests, radioactive wastes, and abandoned cities in hopes of finding resources and surviving to the next day in this desolate world.
  • Join competitive online play. Survive alone or with a partner through a series of five days to come out on top as the superior machines of the new world. Elimination by death brings the challenge to a whole new level as players are removed from the competition after being destroyed.
  • Win online matches to upgrade your character's skills and become the most feared and dangerous machine left behind in this new world.
  • Find resources and construct your own settlement. Build anything from small wooden encampments to get you through the night to reinforced bunkers with automated defenses to protect against intruding AI.
  • In order to power your mechanical being, you will need to find and manage power sources that each bring different advantages as well as costs to using them.
  • Hack enemy AI to follow your commands or support you in your ventures.
  • Face the wastes alone in single player freeplay where all you have is your own strength and willpower to survive in this post-apocalyptic world.

Development Roadmap

With early access development, community feedback is vital towards producing the best product possible. Since the start of pre-alpha development, feedback and suggestions from the community have greatly helped in shaping the game to the state it currently is. The game has come a long way since the initial Greenlight submission, but there are still lots of improvements and features that can be made.


As the game progresses through alpha, here are a few features planned for implementation:

  • More NPC Characters - New machine AIs with varying and unique behaviors that will greatly enhance the level game flow.
  • Expanded Hacking - Many more options and commands for hacking and programming NPCs are planned for development.
  • Expanded NPC A.I. - Better A.I. will really provide an interesting challenge to both online and offline play.
  • New Construction Options - There are quite a few new features for construction that have been planned as well as suggested by the community that will be exciting to implement.
  • Weather Effects - Dynamic weather system that will bring new challenges as well as visual improvements by creating a more atmospheric world.
  • New Environments - New levels, environments, and biomes are planned for addition in later versions of the game.
  • UI Enhancements - Various improvements and polishing for the user interface will make for more immersive play.
  • New Online Game Modes - More online game modes, including possible team based survival play.
  • Additional Skills - New skills and abilities to provide more customization options to your character.
  • More Power Source Types - Additional options such as thermal and hydrogen based power supplies will create more diverse play as each will introduce unique costs and benefits to using.
  • Expanded Sound Design - More SFX and atmospheric sound development will greatly add more immersive qualities to the world.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP or later
    • Processor: AMD 1.8 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: AMD 1.8 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT or better
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • Additional Notes: Two-button mouse recommended
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or better
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • Additional Notes: Two-button mouse recommended
Helpful customer reviews
287 of 329 people (87%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
Not 1 peice of this game is original, the buildings and AI and all textures are prefab copy and paste the you buy from the UNITY store.

the hand texture has obviously been taken from the hands of BF 2142 charactures.

come on guys, this doesnt seem right to me..... and steam let it gon on the store i mean what!!??!!...

i am certainly going to be asking for my money back because this smells like a cash and run "GAME".
NO, early access is not an escuse..... DO NOT buy this.
I know the textures and ai and everything else is not theirs because i played with it all in the unity engine about 2 years ago.....

STAY AWAY AND KEEP YOUR MONEY DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!.

if anyone upvotes this game then they either are friends with the "dev's" of have no clue.

Peice of Garbage.....
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149 of 158 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Early Access Review
never ever buy this game!. the idea is great with the hacking and ai roaming but after 30 mins its boring.
i assume the game is dead because the developer dindt update it in the last 4 months. i know the developer is alone and its still an pre alpha but lately steam has been sloppy with the controlling there pre alpha products.
its an wonderful waste of 15 euro. i would almost report the game if i thought steam would actually do something about it. but since this game can still be bought i just want to warn people DO NOT BUY THIS GAME.
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92 of 113 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Early Access Review
There hasn't been an update in almost 4 Months, Not only that There are hardly ever any servers. If you are a fan of Rust, Dayz, Ect. Avoid this like the plague. If everyone who bought this doesn't get a full refund I'm sorry but i predict a full community lash-back Larger than WarZ.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Early Access Review
This game has not been updated since October 2014, and no new announcements have been posted. The gameplay is rough, any sort of end goal or progression is nonexistent.
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43 of 56 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Early Access Review
To be honest quite slow production I realize it is very well in early stages of developement, but it just does not look like a really good game wish I could get my money back 4/10 Also there is no enjoyment out of playing the game
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
This game is far too broken to function properly. The basis of the game is interesting and fresh. I was very interested in playing the game after the tutroial, but once you get into the open world, the game disappoints. I am playing on a reasonably good computer, and I had to set the graphics to the lowest settings to get some semblence of work out of this game. Its features are interesting and have potential, but the game is glitchy and disappointing. I think this game can be great and fun, but it needs to have more than THREE patches on it. I understand this is an alpha, but honestly, if you're going to release a game for $15 the least you could do is make sure it WORKS. Like I said, this game has potential, but it needs many many more patches before it can be.
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Early Access Review
They tried so hard and it looked like a good project.

Then the developer probably got pulled back to reality.

Or stopped caring.

A ♥♥♥♥ ton of potential put to nothing.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Early Access Review
Theres only one way to put it. GIVE uS A GOD DAMN REFUND

this game is terrible. there is no updates, and after an hour of playing it gets dreadfully boring. Theres only one map to play on and... for example~~ lets say one of the power things inside a nuclear reactor; it neither has a power peice, and a capacitor. most of the AI's are over powered and can shoot through walls. and if thats not enough for you theres always one dou**e bag in the game that kills everyone. theres only three harvesters in the game and usually its owned by one person. i thought it would be fun to create a base and live there forever. but there are no circuts in the whole map to even create a simple power station.

-buged like hell
-one map
-a little laggy
-the creator hates this game
-we hate this game
-i hate you if you said you like this game
-im probably not gonna get a refund because... the creator hates this game
-i hope the creator hates me. because i hate this game
-30 minutes of gameplay. going in circles to find stuff then dying and having to start over.

ENJOY!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Early Access Review
This game is not ready to be played. I can't get past the tutorial because the game mechanics are basically broken.
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME IT IS BROKEN AND NOT READY TO BE PLAYED

If you are interested wait until it hits beta before you even consider buying it.

You are basically a cyborg that being hunted by other robots that are huntin you and all you have to do is survive. but it is really hard when you cant even jump with the broken mechanics.

DO NOT BUY
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Early Access Review
Omg... I bought another The Stomping Land -.-

Edit: Nevermind, it's a bigger scam than The Stomping Land
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Early Access Review
I couldn't even get this game to start and there hasn't been an update in awhile so
that alone is a red flag. When I was able to play, it was so boring and there's no way
of knowing what to do or how to do anything.

Don't waste your time or money, this is a bad game and something tells me the developer
wanted to put something out just to make a quick buck and then "forget" about the project.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Early Access Review
It should be called the fourth day. because that is how many updates this game got before the creator left. DONT BUY THIS GAME IT IS A WASTE OF GOOD MONEY
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Early Access Review
Next patch or refund.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Early Access Review
Developer disappeared. Gimmie my money back meow.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Early Access Review
This game seemed attractive at first and I still admire some of its unique characteristics such as robot jumping and hacking, HOWEVER, I bought this game expecting it to one day be complete and as far as I can tell, this game is totally dead and is floating in the water now. "Go on, take the money and run" was the soundtrack the developer must have listened to on a loop non-stop while making this game.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Early Access Review
Definately not worth the time ot waste in playing........ think i would rather play a PBS barney game than this crap.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Early Access Review
Never seen such crapgame before! There are exactly 3 servers and you cant join them.. GG!
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Early Access Review
Just dont buy this game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
Game looked promising but has not been updated since I bought it. if it was actually being worked on I might recommend it. Don't bother.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Early Access Review
SCAM ALERT - FORGED STRUCTURES - STILL IN ALPHA

I rate this game -10/10, because it isn't even a game. This is software that was roughly put together that looks just like Half-Life 2. Value - please sue these developers. The floating tower, which remarkedly looks like the big spire from HL2 just happens to have a big black ball at the top just like the big black ball at the top of the spire in HL2.

This is a total scam. This game is in early Alpha, and it didn't say that anywhere until after I had spent $15 and had access to the game. Many of the reviews from several months ago said Beta, but this game is still pre-Alpha. There is barely anything to do in the game, and you can still walk through objects... I game should not be on sale. If it is in Alpha then offer Free Access and ask for dontations.

Within just about 15 minutes of playing I was able to go from one end of the map to the other. There are no online servers for multiplayer. I am pretty sure all of the recommended reviews are forgeries.

STEAM - Please take this game off of the market and refund everyone. Selling games that are still in the earliest forms of development without consent of the buyer is illegal. As a programmer myself, this is completely unethical that the developers would advertise the game as such. If you want a budget to help build development then use Kickstarter or something...
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