RODINA is an immersive space exploration game with allows players to seamlessly travel across an entire, full-scale solar system. Seamless means your character can travel anywhere - in space, on planets, and in your ship - with no loading screens!
User reviews: Very Positive (183 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 28, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I consider Rodina to be in "ongoing development". This means that I will keep adding new features and game content as time goes on.

I personally do not favor the concept of "Early Access", as it implies that Rodina has a definite release date with a target feature set. This is not the case- Rodina's development is more reminiscent of games like Minecraft and Dwarf Fortress, where you could imagine features being added forever, and designations like "Released" and "Beta" are entirely arbitrary.

Although I am super proud of it, Rodina is in Early Access because I don't believe that the game has enough gameplay features to justify selling it to people expecting a full, polished game. Once the game is ready, it will be taken out of Early Access.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I will wait until Rodina has significantly more character gameplay - bases to invade, the ability to board enemy ships, NPCs to interact with - before taking the game out of Early Access. This is a bit of a judgement call, since Rodina isn't intended to have a traditional release, but more gameplay is a base requirement for passing that milestone.”

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

“I plan on adding boarding actions, NPCs, and settlements to the game. Right now the only interior you can enter is your own ship. The big mid-term goal will be adding other locations, and NPCs to interact / fight with.

Over the long run, I aim towards making Rodina a "Daggerfall in Space".”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Rodina is currently a "full game" in the sense that it is meant to be played from start to finish, and that there are minimal bugs. You can explore the entire solar system, fight with hundreds of procedurally-generated groups of enemies, and investigate dozens of journals and books.

However, there isn't currently enough content or gameplay. That's what I'm working on right now!”

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

“If Rodina really improves, I may increase the price as time goes on.”

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

“The community is very important to me. In the past, customers have been given the option to vote on what I work on next. In adapting my system to use Steam, I can't guarantee that I will continue that scheme, but I will continue to listen very seriously to community input.

The thing about Rodina is that there are hundreds of possible features, and I'm excited about all of them. The community is very important in helping me figure out which direction to move in next.”
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October 28

New Rodina Update Video

Hi Folks! Just created a new video to share some details about the next update, due soon.

Enjoy!

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September 26

Rodina 1.1.3 Live

Hi folks, after getting the 1.1.3 build stable, I've made it live!

Now everyone can enjoy "Blowing the Airlock" without switching to any specific beta versions of the game!

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About This Game

RODINA is an immersive space exploration game with allows players to seamlessly travel across an entire, full-scale solar system. Seamless means your character can travel anywhere - in space, on planets, and in your ship - with no loading screens!

Walk around your space ship, or anywhere on full-size planet landscapes. Fly through a planet's atmosphere to its surface, or out into deep space. Destroy the alien swarm in thrilling dogfights, and learn the secrets of the demise of the Vanguard Colony Ship and the role of its mothership- Rodina.

Rodina is in continuous development! Please try the free demo before buying!


Rodina is made mostly by one solitary, sleep-deprived developer - a 10-year veteran of the games industry who previously worked at Bethesda Softworks on Oblivion and Fallout 3. You can always contact me at brendan@elliptic-games.com

Current Features:

  • Full-scale, procedural solar system
    4 full-size planets, 50 randomized major asteroids, something like 45,000 minor asteroids, and one enormous star!
  • Seamless planet landings
    Fly straight down to a planet surface from orbit, get out, and walk around
  • Combat with alien ships
    Several different alien ship types, and 5 different weapon types, including heat-seeking missiles
  • Customizable ship interiors
    Easily personalize your ship’s layout and share your design with other players
  • A Story and Background fiction
    As told through books, emails, and logs

Future Vision:

Over time, I intend to work on Rodina towards the direction of "Daggerfall in Space" - a seamless procedurally-generated space RPG on a massive scale.

Frankly, this is crazy! I can't make any promises about where Rodina will go or how long it will take, but I can promise to keep working on Rodina for as long as I'm able to. I'm committed to making Rodina great, and I hope that what's already released shows that I'm capable of delivering something different, vital, and fun.

Please try the demo, and if you like what you see and pick up the full game, all your money will go towards Rodina's future development!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista, 7, or 8
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated GPU with 512MB Memory
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Some users have reported problems with Intel cards. Please try the demo before buying Rodina!
    Recommended:
    • OS: Vista, 7, or 8
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated GPU with 1024MB Memory
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Early Access Review
Ive been looking for a good space game for a long time. ive found one. ive always been a story person, lore that will make you feel, this game does that. i just finished the available story (no spoilers!) and im deeply interested in seeing more. the game has its own style that i dont see too often if at all. gameplay is smooth.

i dont wanna tl:dr it, but i seriously recommend this game. holy ♥♥♥♥.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Early Access Review
Very calm at times, just to explore yet still satisfying to the eyes. It's cool to notice a sunrise when the sun isn't moving. But the planet is. Also the combat feels smooth although sometimes difficult. Very Nice.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Early Access Review
The game is pretty great and its potential is amazing. Although i wouldn't recommend it yet. $15 is a little expensive for the little gameplay that this game has. I recommend waiting before getting this game yet, but the developers need the money. If you are looking for a full experience, don't get it yet, but if you're willing to wait a bit, just get it. -Falzon out
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
Well, where to begin?

After watching NerdCubed play this game on youtube I knew I would have to try it for myself and It was an amazing decision, and the best £10 I ever spent. 6.8 Hours non-stop playing a game runs the risk of boredom, but Rodina manages to stay interesting VERY well, whether it's flying around the planets and solar system or fighting fleets of Xeno ships around the 4 planets and hundreds of asteroids nothing is boring.
Cuztomization of your ship is a great addition and so is the rich and engaging story, I can't remember the last game I played with a story that kept me yearning for more, or a twist that actually suprised me and made me re-think everything I knew about my situation.
The backstory is equally as good with it's information on the culture of the time, yet it doesn't let on too much such as the so-called "Bump" that I crave to know more about.

All-In-All this game is WELL worth the money and I wouldn't care if this was released as the final game as it's a hell of a lot more complete than a lot of games we have nowadays, the extra features the Dev (Just the one guy) is planning to add is all a bonus to me.

If you love engrossing stories and lore, Buy Rodina,
If you love challenging combat, Buy Rodina,
If you love Sci-Fi, Buy Rodina,

Hell, stop reading this and buy Rodina, It's worth it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
All I can say about Rodina is that it is going to be huge and even will be No man's Sky only competitor!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Early Access Review
The fact that you can actually physically walk into the interior of your ship to fly it and then fly seamlessly from an asteroid to a distant planet, and then skid across the surface of said planet in a controlled crash before climbing out to grab a slightly humorous datastick about terraforming, then getting discovered by overpowered aliens and getting blasted to pieces in a matter of seconds, makes this game a unique and amazing experience. Best $15 I've spent in a long time, can't wait to go bobsledding in the next update.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Early Access Review
Very good game. You can eject from your ship pretty much anytime with a few stipulations. The combat is very fun, the exploring is great, the world textures are good, i designed my own ship all the way, and though this was supposed to be a 15 minute break from my homework, I played for a few hours...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Early Access Review
very open and expansive game. it still has a long way to go but for now i think its an excellent game for early access
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Early Access Review
This game is still early in development, but it has loads of potential. Looking forward to watching it progress!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Early Access Review
Breaker breaker, come in Earth, this is rocket ship 27. Aliens ♥♥♥♥ed over the Carbonator in Engine No. 4 and I'm gonna try and re♥♥♥♥ulate it and land of Juniper. And hopefully they got some space-weed. Over. How's that, buddy? I don't ♥♥♥♥in know.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Early Access Review
Still in early access but it's still absolutely amazing. So far, I haven't ran into any bugs or crashes or anything like that.
I'd recommend this game to anyone who likes Open World games, adventure, and space.
It's also pretty cool how you can travel around. I'd definetly recommend this & i'll give it a 9/10 rating.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Early Access Review
This is a must buy for any one who likes SPPPPPPPPACE.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Early Access Review
At the moment, I don't like this game for a couple of reasons. One is that the game is desolate as all hell. There's almost nothing to explore except for astroids, which have no variety, and planets. The planets have very small mountains and some stuff to pick up which is a billion miles apart from each other. Very boring game. There are things to fight though that gets old after the first couple of games. If you think that this game will satisfy for No Man's Sky, it won't. NMS seems exciting and filled with stuff, and this is baren and dull. 3/10
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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Early Access Review
The game looked good, and judging from the graphics, I thought it would've ran well on my P.C. (I play Rust all the time, and it usually runs flawlessly), but even when I had all of the settings at their absolute lowest, the game was still lucky to get passed 10FPS, and not to mention there was a bug that'd always happen right when I started my game, so I could never even get to my ship, I always had to reset my character.

I wouldn't recommend this game to people who have low-end P.C.'s, but I'm pretty sure if you have a high-end, or even an average gaming P.C., this would run fine.
Just a bit disappointed that my fifteen dollars were pretty much wasted...
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197 of 211 people (93%) found this review helpful
56.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Early Access Review
One of the most creative and freeing space games I have seen in a while. It prioritizes its appeal with "open-world" exploration. I put that term in quotes because technically you are not even limited to a single world, but thousands upon thousands of separate bodies floating in space. This ranges from asteroids to planets, and no doubt with more to come in the future!

Rodina understands that if you give the player freedom, and let them discover and do on their own time and in their own way, the experience becomes more personal, more vibrant, and all-around more involving.

With what anyone would swear is a life-size solar system, with life-size planets, and not to mention the 3D arcade-style space-combat currently with a variety of enemy ship types as well as weapons to find and attach to your vessel, Rodina is truly something unique that breaks down the boundaries most games are restricted to in order to guarantee a profit.

This game was built with less bussiness, and more love and creativity in mind.



I can very easily see Rodina being the next Minecraft if it can get the proper attention, as well as some very vital core elements implemented that it currently lacks, such as:
Multi-player
Planet-dwelling life
and Dynamic terrain manipulation (digging)

Buy Rodina. It really needs a sit-down-and-play introduction before you really feel the freedom of this unique game engine. The potential truly is limtless for this project.
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128 of 138 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Early Access Review
Early-Access, review current as of 7/28/14

Ever since I was a kid, it seemed like a dream to have a game where you could fly around in space, then seamlessly land on a planet. A few games have tried this (mostly unsuccessfully), but right off the bat, Rodina pulls it off beautifully. Entering an atmosphere is intense, and you really get a sense of a given planet's scale as you're hurtling towards it as a fireball. Managed to land successfully on my first go, which says something for the intuitiveness of the controls!

Not interested in being a meteorite? There's space combat! Yep, good old shooty fun, right in your own personal ship. Since movement/phsyics appear to be mostly Newtonian, it's less like flying a fighter plane, and a bit more like playing 3D Asteroids. I can tell you that's a lot more fun than it sounds in text: my usual tactic is to cruise-drive up to a group of enemies, spray them in the face, then zip off a few thousand meters in a random direction before their shots land. Tricky, yes. Possible to crash doing this? Oh yes. Very exhilarating!

What's that? Don't like being stuck seeing the outside of the ship only? Then wander around in the inside of it! Check out the furniture, play with the knobs, pull the levers, all that good stuff. From start to finish, it's pretty immersive, especially for an early access game. Whether you're checking your radio, messing with your bed, or putting out a massive fire, first-person in the ship just feels right, not unlike seeing FTL from a personal perspective.

From a development perspective, Rodina reminds me of how Minecraft was in 2011: loads of fun, and just waiting to be packed with new goodies over time. The upside to this, of course, is players will be able to say exactly what they hope to see, and good ideas might end up put in by Elliptic Games. Given the sheer number of games touting themselves as "early access", yet being little more than a proof-of-concept that makes little progress over a year or more, it's refreshing to see a game out there that doesn't pretend to be something it isn't. Devs aren't calling it complete, but they also haven't put up the equivalent of a semi-interactive demo, like many other early access games do. There is quite a bit in here to keep you busy, and given the ambitious nature of the game, I expect we'll see much, much more.

tldr: If you love space games, buy this. If you want to fly around and shoot things in space, buy this. If you want to see what is, to me, one of the more impressive space-to-atmosphere landing mechanics systems, buy this. Heck, if you like Kerbal Space Program, buy this!

...oops, ship caught on fire while I was writing this, brb
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78 of 94 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Early Access Review
Seriously almost started crying at the start of this game, I've wanted exactly this since I was a wee lad watching Star Trek with my family over thanksgiving dinner and then sequestering myself alone in my room to play galctic conquest mode in Star Wars Battlefront. If you like FTL this is almost like FTL in first person aside from the fact that ther is no other crew on your ship (yet?), it is also like FTl in the sense that fires on your ship can very quickly have you over a barrel. Rodina however is better, obviously that's an opinion and they are apples and oranges but this is quite simplyu a better space-sim. the seamless transitions and real time combat scratch that starship itch that all healthily insane humans are burdened with not to mention the first time you activate hyperdrive you immediately go "♥♥♥♥in' eh how do I control this thing?" and for the first time really understand how much of a little snot Luke is being when he's bothering Chewie and Han in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon. Ten out of ten, I look forward to how far this project can push into the final frontier.
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48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Early Access Review

I've spent and insane amount of hours in this game prior to its release on steam and can say i still play it and get those moments of wonder and joy when encountering enemies, reentry to planets, drifting in space etc. The planets in Rodina are awesome visually. Fly over the edge of Jarilo and see the mist on the mountain ranges, it will blow you away.

For you modelers out there the game has a blender plugin that comes with the game allowing you to make models for pretty much anything in game! already have some mods up on www.nexusmods.com/rodina !

In all honesty this game has been a joy, the dev has been in constant step with the community. and i hope people can get the same vibe i got from it when i started playing.
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52 of 64 people (81%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Early Access Review
Captain's Log Stardate 23.9 rounded off to the nearest decimal point.... We've traveled back in time to save an ancient species from total annihilation... So far no signs of aquatic life, but I'm going to find it; if I have to tear this universe another black hole I'm going to find it.... I'VE GOT TOO MISTER!

Okay now that the fun is over, let us get down to business shall we? This game from what I have played so far is everything I have ever wanted in a spaceship like game. You get your ship grab a few parts and you are off exploring, now obviously the game is in its early stages but I can tell this game is going places. Controls as well are smooth good customs too if you don't like their basic setup.

All in all I think it was worth the 15$ especially seeing as the game will grow with time(It's already quite massive).
I was a little sketched out first thankfully they offer a free demo after playing that I was sold on this title, so I suggest you hit the demo button first if you aren't 100% after you do though be warned you may want more lol.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Early Access Review
The moment I found myself in awe watching the sunset on a barren world framed by a tall range of mountains and the smoldering wreckage of two alien craft I became a fan of Rodina. No other game has left me feeling so excited about the potential this game has. Already the basic mechanics are all there - intuitive flight, challenging combat, the amazing transition between exploring planets and asteroids on foot to slingshotting around the sun to get to your next objective. It just needs more content and more diversity.

If someday down the line I find myself working on creating my own settlement on the shores of a lush procedurally-generated garden world while defending it from the xeno threat in the skies above it will truly be a gem among games.
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