Empyrion - Galactic Survival is a 3D open world, space survival adventure in which you can fly across space and land on planets. Build, explore, fight and survive in a hostile galaxy full of hidden dangers.
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Release Date: Aug 5, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We need your support and feedback! We are a small development team and Empyrion – Galactic Survival is an ambitious project.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are planning to be in Early Access for at least 1 year.”

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

“Many of the core elements of Empyrion are already in place. The full version will have more planets, more diverse planetary biomes, more intelligent enemies, better physics, more functional blocks, quests, trade and an economy.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version of Empyrion - Galactic Survival is stable, playable and already features many elements of the full version. For more detail, see "About This Game" below.”

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

“Yes, we are planning to gradually increase the price during Early Access when we add new content to the game.”

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

“Community involvement is very important for us. We are planning to work closely together with our community, interact on the forums to gather ideas and suggestions, as well as conduct regular surveys to obtain specific feedback from the community.”
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August 16

Alpha 3.2.1: Patch

Hi Galactic Survivalists,

We have just released another hotfix because we identified major performance problems when flying with large vessels on a dedicated server (performance issues were noticeable also for other players on the playfield). This resulted in severe lagging/stuttering of vessel movements. To improve the situation, we temporarily switched off the colliders of flying vessels. The downside of this performance workaround is that you cannot collide with another moving vessel (or vessel that has a player in the cockpit). So if you want to dock with your SV/HV to a CV you have to ask the pilot to temporarily exit the cockpit. We are working with high priority on a fix - but for now you should notice a significant gain in performance.

Changelog: Alpha 3.2.1 (Build 560)

Changes / Improvements:
- Reduced lags of moving ships and improved performance when other vessels are moving in a playfield
- Added explosion to small and large generator (BA, CV) when destroyed

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed POI shooting through terrain (SP only) - you must start a new game for this fix to take effect
- Fixed motorbike bouncing when disembarking (MP only)
- Fixed weapon bobbing when exiting a cockpit with weapon in hand (MP only)
- Fixed error that randomly appeared on planets with lightning and thunder effect (MP only)

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August 15

Alpha 3.2.0: Small Update

Hi Galactic Survivalists,

We have released yet another small update (Alpha 3.2) because we need to polish the game for the Gamescom version.

Changelog: Alpha 3.2.0 (Build 558)

Changes / Improvements:
- Deco is now placed closer to the POIs
- Tweaked bike controller: less jumping of player on uneven ground
- Slightly adjusted dust on damaged escape pod
- Improved terrain shader
- Changed: All log files are now written in a subdirectory with the build number (e.g. Logs\0558\abc.log)

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Space Orange Trees vanish when being approached
- Fixed: Herds sometimes get spawned in one place and can not move
- Fixed: NPC sometimes spawn in deco and can not move
- Fixed problem that often stones were hidden under the terrain
- Fixed: PDA Mission Bad Karma does not trigger in MP
- Fixed log spamming regarding fixed POIs
- Fixed: Science Lab (deco) does not return materials when de-constructed with Multitool
- Possible fix for error when being kicked while in planet selection screen
- Fixed problem that drones attacked crashed Titan POI
- Fixed several internal errors

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“What’s most impressive is that this is all pre-alpha, but there’s so much to do, to craft, to explore. It’s huge, and barely even the tip of the iceberg if Eleon Game Studios’ future plans work out.”

“Oh my, Empyrion – Galactic Survival might be the The Martian simulator I’ve been craving since I read Andy Weir’s book.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Steam-style survival with traces of No Man’s Sky? Interesting!”


Enrich your gameplay experience with blueprints from the Empyrion workshop: browse great collections of community created vessels and bases, try new and uncommon designs - or upload your own projects!

About This Game

Empyrion - Galactic Survival is a 3D open world space sandbox survival adventure. Build mighty ships, menacing space stations and vast planetary settlements to explore, conquer or exploit a variety of different planets and the allegedly empty space! Fight human, alien and biological hazards and survive in a hostile galaxy full of hidden dangers - on your own or with your friends. The game uniquely combines elements from space simulations, construction games, survival games and ego-shooters. Empyrion is currently under development by Eleon Game Studios.

Space and Planet Exploration:

An absolute free-roaming experience awaits you: warp between planets, fly from planet to moons, land on planets and freely walk around to explore your surroundings. Discover the secrets of the Aliens and tangle with the native fauna and flora. A sandbox full of different, vivid planets waiting for you to explore!

Solar System and Open World:

The solar system is procedurally generated and features several planets and POIs. Each planet has its own characteristics (planet type, gravity, atmosphere, number of moons, terrain, surface, vegetation, climate, and resources).

Building and Construction:

Build large capital vessels, small fighters or exceptional space and planetary bases by yourself - or download a blueprint from the Steam Workshop and customize it with your very own ideas of form and function!

Survival Mode:

Get out of your escape pod, grab what's left from your ship and prepare to survive in a hostile environment. Food and oxygen are rare, resources are scarce, ammo is low and dangers lurk around each and every corner. Keep your eyes open. You need to be well prepared if you want to survive more than a day on an alien planet far away from Earth.

Creative Mode:

Just build and make your crazy dreams come true, without having to bother with food, resources or enemies. Join the Creative Community and upload your creations to the Steam Workshop!

Singleplayer and Multiplayer

Play as a lone wolf in singleplayer or join the multiplayer community: Make yourself a comfortable home in a well-protected PvE area or pick up some friends, head out and beat the permanent dangers of PvP planets to ransack their riches or conquer the solar system with your faction.

Wildlife and Enemies:

Don't get mislead by the peaceful fauna of some planets and the silence in space. Most of the animal wildlife wants to snack on your leg - and aggressive robot drones, alien soldiers and their guardians will try to hunt you down as soon as you are within sight. Watch your six and deploy a range of weapons for your defence.

Mining and Resource Gathering:

For building and construction, you need to gather and mine resources. Dig down to the rich deposits of a planet or drill through an asteroid full of rare ore. You might also plunder alien buildings or scrap any structure you come across.

Extensive Crafting System:

Learn how to combine resources and building materials to craft your equipment. Craft your stuff in your base or while you are on the move and equip your buildings and vessels with a range of different devices, weapons and gadgets for different purposes.

Hunting, Farming and Food System:

Grow your own vegetables and fruits or hunt creatures for their meat to prepare yourself a delicious meal. Some plants help to create medical supplies while others can be picked up and consumed for first aid or to quickly settle your empty stomach.

Experience and Tech Tree:

Do whatever you want - and gain experience points for doing so! Scrap that old stuff and use the points to unlock those shiny new devices in the Techtree.

Terrain Deformation:

Each planet features a voxel-based terrain. You can entirely modify and deform the terrain: flatten it for your planetary station, dig holes to find resources or build a tunnel system to protect yourself. Empyrion is a true sandbox game!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows (7, 8 and 10), 64-bit system required
    • Processor: Dual-Core Processor 2.5 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 or equivalent (at least 1GB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible
    • OS: Windows (7, 8 and 10), 64-bit system required
    • Processor: Quad-Core 2.8 GHz or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or better (with 2GB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible
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2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
Amazing game.Like not many others out there of this type.Thank you so much for this , keep it up the good work !For being an alpha it's already in a good state.I definetly recommend everyone to buy this game.Please developers, add also Italian Language.
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42.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
I normally dont buy "Alpha Games", however I took the chance on this one. I got it for 9.99 during a weekend sale. Holy crap! I sure got my money's worth! This game is amazing. The game is pretty far along....not many bugs. However, the fun factor drastically outweights any negatives associated with its early release.

I havent bought No Mans Sky yet, but from I have seen of it....this game here is way better!
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Сталин И.В.
15.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24

1. Procedure generated galactic!

2. Damn nice mining, i really feel satisfaction of that

3. Nice lightning

4. Very nice color ambient and i want more variety of this!

5. Really damn great to see moving another planet in sky and know that you will fly there soon and perfect visual atmosphere of alien world!!!

7. Very nice crafting system!


1. Animations of weapons not exist!!!

2. Big crafted are break from tool, need with some crane or teleporter to safe disconnect/move this things

3. Motobike sound too loud, even my head feel pain

4. I see frames of moving shadows and terra morphing

5. Creatures AI:

Raptor dinosaurs and another thats looks like ferocious predators ignores me like a cows no reaction to my presence even in the pack, and some Pygmies that titled "Talon Guardians" need more ai fix, they need to hide from player and spy to him, but now they ingore that guy in helmet, suit and many technical things, and to make them hostile to the drones and drones to them, so they threw spears at them and the player as the same if he comes too close and frightens them

6. Only one track on soundtrack, and need with some more alien atmospheric ambient

7. I see the seeds of a dandelion in the air, why dandelion? this plant from the planet earth! how he managed to get there? and some another things also from planet earth, need for ''alienate'' them

8. Optimisation still wrong, i have 40 fps periodically on my pc configuration:

(CPU) i7 4790K Devil's Canyon

(VIDEO) Sapphire R9 390 Tri-X Nitro 8 GB

(RAM) Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M1A1600C9 (DDR3, 8 GB)

(HARDDRIVE) Western Digital Caviar Black WD5003AZEX (SATA3 500 GB, 7200rpm 64MB)

9. Planets can not dig through to the core, need different colors lava, need acid, need ice core and need rock layers

10. Need more character customisation things, and character connection to multiplayer with all his inventory, level and skills

11. Need more stuff, already good but need more weapons, armor, enemy and add hard access rarely powerful artefact things, black hole cannon/generator, nuke, hydrogen, EMP, hard infection container, acid cloud megabomb, rail cannon, large black prometeum sword or e.t.c. but alien tech

12. Need more and more skills in skill three

13. Need flashlight on suit or nightvision, stupid to see separately flashlight on this futuristic spacemarine

14. Need something dark and horror in game, drones are not scare

15: Stupidest to hear flies underwater!

16: I lost survival constructor inside big rock, need to make it craftable or make rock destructable!

17: Need bioreactor for using Spoiled Food and another organic like a fuel

18: Can not make round shape terrain with F&F Tool, need to make that more precise!

19: Need to include death from lack of water!

20: Need to include vertical turret crosshair motion

21: Need to iclude underwater enemy and things for catch and food

22: Need to include domestication opportunity for all creatures

I'll add to the list as far as finding, hope it help
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30.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
At first I thought, oh another early access survival game on steam... but then I gave it a go as it was 50% off and after 30 hours I am hooked, there is so much content and so much to do, for an alpha this is really good, even if the game stopped progressing, its already worth the price imo. Yes it lacks many animations, motorcycle sound is horrific, it doesnt run well, but its early access, still alpha. What it lacks in polish, it more than makes up for it in gameplay, atmosphere, immersion, freedom for creativity, exploration. Love building ships in this game :)
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3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
For how long the game has been out some of the most basic things are missing. Still no reload animation which was brought up in a review video i had watched from a year ago which makes me question how competent the dev team is that a simple thing like that still is not in the game. The AI enemies can shoot through the ground. Despite having the slots for jetpack and armor there are no jetpacks and armor. All in all the game is not worth the money and i cannot see where they money they are making is going as it obviously isnt going into the game. If you get the game for free cool otherwise wait til it goes on sale for .99 cents if you want to buy it but for its current 19.99 price do not buy it.
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35.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
best sandbox indie space game i have played refund one mans lie and get this buy a takeaway with the money saved and explore the galaxy in your giant pink space dong
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17.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
This is simply the best space survival game on steam, it has alot of content for an alpha unlike "one mans lie"

You will be addicted, its that simple.

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20.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
You turds are just now finding out about this game? Shame on you.
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The Fat Cat
50.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
-Pretty simple and easy to get started, any problems just check out one of the many starter guides they have a pretty comprehensive info.
-Extremely well-built for a game still in Alpha, I mean really there are games that have been released without the amount of polish that this has in an Alpha state.
-Near daily updates and patches, while yes some things are obviously not done but its still in the basic stages.

-It's an Alpha, any negatives will probably be taken out and or fixed.

Overall an amazing well put together game so, I highly recommend it.
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1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
AHHHHH, Glad you like it ... I guess
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371 of 383 people (97%) found this review helpful
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376.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26
I bought Empyrion on sale and didn't really know what to expect from an early access Alpha game. I find myself really enjoying the game and even if development stopped tomorrow I figure I've more than got value for my money. It plays very well for an Alpha. In over 200 hours gameplay I've only had one crash and the game recorded and sent a report to the devs. The next day I had an email asking for more info - good dev response. Updates are coming through regularly and add more content and fix some of the bugs.
It's a survival game. The back story is that in the near future humanity has kind of ruined good old Earth. The melted Antarctic ice cap revealed a crashed Alien ship. Using tech from the ship Earth poured all its resources into building several colony ships and sent them out to find Empyrion - a paradise shown on the incomplete alien starmaps. You are the captain of one of these ships. A hyperdrive malfunction throws the ship off course and you crash into the planet you choose at the start of the game.You, the sole survivor, land on the planet in a survival pod with limited supplies. You have to gather resources and establish yourself on the planet. One objective would be to return to space and proceed with your original mission to find a new home for mankind. You could also just chill on the planet until you run out of resouces - it's all up to you, the game is open and doesn't force choices on you. Aliens will attack you on sight and you can raid their bases for resources and equipment. Some of the wild life is hostile, some is not. A good tutorial guides you through building your first base and your first vessel.
I really enjoy Empyrion's open design environment - I think that is what makes the game. Although there are a few basic blueprints, you have to design and build your own bases and ships. I find the testing and improving of my designs to be a lot of fun and very engaging gameplay. Building is intuitive once you get used to the block system Empyrion uses for construction. You can make a blueprint of your designs and use it to build a duplicate. I also believe blueprints can be shared amongst players although I have not done this.
A good example of Empyrion game play is mining. You need a lot of resources to build stuff, and aside from common metals like iron, cobalt, copper, silicon, gold, etc., Empyrion has included some exotic "alien" metals that you have to go off-planet to find. Unlike some games, extracting the ore is not as simple as walking up to an ore body, clicking it, and walking off with your bags full. In Empyrion first you have to find the ore which involves physically coming within 500 metres of the ore body, so be prepared to travel a possibly hostile planet. Then you have to tunnel into and excavate 3D ore bodies and by the time you are done you will have a really DEEP hole in the ground. How you approach this can determine whether you return to base with a load of ore or starve to death at the bottom of an empty mine, having expended all your drill fuel and being unable to return to the surface. Oh yes, you can starve to death in Empyrion. You can also suffocate in space if your oxygen runs out. You can die if you fall too far. Raptors will eat you. Aliens will shoot you. Plants will poison you. It is a survival game after all. It's not all danger though. You can kick back on the gun deck of your base, enjoying a veggie burger and space fries while watching the rising sun blaze a river of gold across the lake. Great sunrises and sunsets in this game!
In its current state you can travel to several planets, moons, and asteroids within the system. I don't know what the devs have planned for the game, but the warp drive panel and maps have grayed-out slots for galactic travel.
There is lots of content in the game that is not yet explained in the tutorial. Even after 200 hours, I'm still finding cool stuff by accident. I've often thought "I wish there was an easier way of doing this" and then by "fat finger accident" found that there was an easier way. Cool game! One drawback is that this game is sucking up way too much of my time. I recommend it highly!
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1,098 of 1,296 people (85%) found this review helpful
610 people found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11
No Man's Sky with actual content.
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121 of 127 people (95%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
37.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 4
This game is actually strangely good.

Usually survival crafting games tend to be bland.

But this game really takes the boring grinding out of the equation and allows you to build intricate systems and massive bases and ships with incredible ease and speed.

And unlike many other games, there are actually a plethora of locations to loot, explore, conquer and defend, with a universe that actually has stuff in it! What a shocker!

Finally, an early access game that actually has gameplay.
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361 of 483 people (75%) found this review helpful
86 people found this review funny
18.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
Buy this instead of No Mans Sky
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75 of 88 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
80.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 25
Anyone complaining that this game is "grindy" is in fact a "lightweight".

It's easy to get into but challenging to figure out. It's Space Engineers lite (far fewer blocks with features and function, notably pistons and rotors), but it actually has a game and a lot less bugs (there ARE bugs though). I've had it a fortnight and put 80 hours in, single player.

Mning is easy - get a tier 2 drill and you can get a complete set of the basic ores, that will last you for ages, in an hour. When you start, the only discouraging thing is having to do a lot of walking to find all of the basic ores. Once you've found them all (and with care you can build a flyer early on to help you find the last few, a must really), you're sorted and it's all fun thereafter, so persevere with that bit - you'll find 'em.

After that it's base building fun and trips to the moon in your flyer for s**ts and giggles. I built a capital ship version of the God Phoenix from Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets - can dock smaller craft in the nose, which retracts (built from ramps). My base is a concrete and glass post-modern statement. You don't like? I blow you up :) .

Hopefully more features to come. GIve it a look, plenty of fun for the price.
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54 of 61 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
53.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 31
This game makes you feel like a kid again where you had a lego set and could build anything spacey from a few "bricks". For me that was a long time ago and it's great having the freedom to build bases, capital vessels, small fighers and hover vehicles. To say that this game is currently in Alpha state and therefore it is a risk, please rest assured there is plently to do and the only bug I have so far experienced is where I exited my vehicle upside down and then sank through the ground!

If you like space sims, you'll love this; If you enjoy Building games then this is going to be your cup of tea; If playing survival and exploration is your bag then there is plenty to see and do and the worlds (yes there is a few at the moment) then please please take the plunge with this gem. Best £15.00 I've spent since 2015!!

Think of it this way. If and indeed when the developers continue to patch and update the game, be part of this grand ride for you will enjoy the journey. Yes the AI could be better, Flight physics need improvng and maybe the graphics need a bit of spit and polish. However the major thing that a game needs to have is gameplay and this has already got that box well and truly ticked.

I have got Elite dangerous, Star citizen and other AAA games. But this one has HUGE potential and I am finding myself playing Empyrion again and again, and again.....
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100 of 135 people (74%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
357.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
Just like No Man's Sky but with:

- Multiplayer
- Base building
- Ship building
- No lag
- No crash
- 4x less expensive

Empyrion is a $15 (early access) indie game thst is far more superior than a $60, over hyped, single player only, full release AAA title endorsed by Steven Spielberg that does not even work.
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42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
101.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 30
Great game.
I have had lots of fun with my friends playing this game, there are so little cons compared to all the pros. This is the best and most promising space game of its type and I have no doubt that this game will be finished and finished well, Elon studios have failed to disappoint me.

As of now the physics and graphics are great but I want and wait for improvements.

I strongly recommend this game if you wanted a space game with survival and faction aspects, What are you waiting for? Buy this. In the 100+ hours I have spent playing this game in the pre-alpha and alpha stages I gained a love for this game and a trust for the devs and with a procedurally generated Galaxy coming in the future that will mean close to infinite possibilities.
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234 of 359 people (65%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 12
True No Man's Sky

(Game is actually quite decent, played it during a free period.)
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195 of 319 people (61%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
14.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11
Better than NMS
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