Empyrion - Galactic Survival is a 3D open world space sandbox survival adventure. Build powerful ships, mighty space stations and vast planetary settlements to explore, conquer or exploit a variety of different planets and discover the mysteries of Empyrion!
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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 very 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 during 2-3 years.”

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 a dynamic economy.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version of Empyrion - Galactic Survival is stable, absolutely playable and already features many elements of the full version (for more detail, see "About This Game" below):
- Space and planet exploration
- Building of spaceships and bases, extensive crafting system
- Survival and creative mode
- Mining & resource gathering, environmental hazards
- Hunting, farming and food system
- Experience and tech tree
- Single player, multiplayer and co-operative play
Of course, the current version is not yet feature-complete and we are planning to add many more awesome features to the game and refine the existing elements.”

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 working 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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February 19

Alpha 7.6.1: Patch

Hi Galactic Survivalists,

We released a small patch on the Alpha 7 branch. Please continue to report bugs and issues here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/bug-reports-alpha-7-6.36123

Next week, we will post another "Road to Alpha 8: Development Update" where we will provide more info about the upcoming Alpha 8 release - especially the Experimental phase.

Changelog: Alpha 7.6.1 (Build 1466)

- Optimized turrets to obtain a big performance gain when a lot of turrets are involved
- Removed the “last open“ mechanism in favor of “open log if mission is active“ if PDA is opened (e.g. open PDA with an active mission > show PDA log page)
- Changed the way how the "energy left" is calculated for a base: now we only take into account the current amount of energy in fuel tank + battery and divide it by the current consumption

Updated Akua + Omicron Playfields:
- Trading Station is now further away from enemy POIs
- Omicron: resource deposits are placed around wreckage POI
- Akua: resource deposits are closer to wreckage POI

Tutorial Update:
- Added info on how to re-read messages to some of the message popups
- Adjusted wording of some messages
- Added Alien honey to Greenhouse2 fridge

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Problem with huge number of drones gathering at position (0,0,0)
- Fixed: HV's getting stuck under water after going through the green wall.
- Fixed: Survival Constructor 'Allow faction access' & 'Show on map' missing from UI.
- Fixed: End of stairs can create an invisible block
- Fixed: Problem that resource asteroids did not spawn when a low amount was configured in yaml
- Fixed: After removing the capacitor, the solar panel LED's remained on until the game was reloaded
- Fixed: Problem with "ManagerShipFighter Write unknown task" warning
- Fixed: Playfield server exception spam
- Fixed: Several other internal exceptions

Updated Empyrion Admin Helper (EAH) Tool
Patch notes -
- Added: Changed Player column "Cheat" to "Warning"
- Added: Backpack Backup working for remote slave
- Added: Config Discord: Send Auto-Chat's to discord
- Added: Deposit Check (only on local tools): For now it lists all deposits and their current status. The refresh function has to be delayed till A8.0
- Added: Feedback for GetShipDown
- Added: New Items
- Added: Structure limits: Added overall limits for CV/SV/HV Player/Faction
- Added: Admin Profile: Fill automatically with all in-game admins
- Added: Player/Structure: Warp to me
- Fixed: Logs about wrong triangle count
- Fixed: To many space warnings on full backups
- Fixed: Removed Hoover vacuum cleaner and added Hover ;)
- Fixed: Structure limit: Warning sound not right. Now showing high warnings for the last 3 messages

For more details, please visit: https://empyriononline.com/threads/tool-emp-admin-helper-eah-free-v1-40-0.5771/page-39#post-215938
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February 13

Road to Alpha 8: Development Update

Hi Galactic Survivalists!

Last week, we set up a thread where everyone had the possibility to write down questions about the upcoming larger planets. We finally found time to compile all the answers to a shiny Q&A document for your reading pleasure - to be found below ;)

What's happening behind the scenes at the moment?

While the first internal version has been released to our QA team yesterday, the dev team continues to work hard on the design and layout of the new biome system.

The new "Terrain and Biome Generator" will not only allow to distribute the biomes according to certain criteria, like temperature and humidity (Read more: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-7-6-balancing-bug-fixes-and-alpha-8-info.36122/) but it will also allow to generate procedural terrains. Yes - procedural terrain generation is back (no fixed heightmap planets anymore) - in the quality of the Alpha 7 planets and maybe even better!!!

Here are some screenshots of the new terrains:

The best thing is that the "Terrain and Biome Generator" is an in-house production and can be used for creation of playfields and planets by any owner of the game. You will see it will be very easy to create new planets!

For those of you who missed the overview of the main features for Alpha 8, here we go:

- Larger Planets: increase size from the current 8x4km (32km²) up to 32*64km (2048km²) playfields!
- Updated planet-tech: biome distribution based on humidity and temperature!
- Solar System random generator: just swipe a few sliders and create a solar system on the go
- Procedural terrain generation
- Improved AI behavior (the new NPCs will behave much more natural and will better react to the players)
- New and improved threats (and possibly a new and more varied threat-progression)
- Repair-2-Blueprint
- Better Creative and Building tools

Stay tuned for another blog post about Alpha 8 soon.

Thanks for reading

Empyrion Dev team


LARGER PLANETS - Questions & Answers

== Global Changes ==

Q: Will the planets that have been made before 8.0 now be unplayable or can we convert them from 7.x to 8.0 version?
A: Since we completely changed the decoration system, you will need to add the new decorations to the old heightmap planets with the help of our new editor.

Q: Will the GREEN BORDER with pathing/waypoint problems* be taken care of?
A: Yes - we intend to solve this problem.
[SIZE=3]*Game currently does not pick the shortest route for a marker that lies directly behind the green wall in front of you, but sometimes goes "around the planet"[/size]

Q: Will the larger planets remain square heightmaps wrapped around cylinders or will they be changed to spherical planets, where you can travel to the north and south poles?
A: The playfields of any planet are still rectangular maps, but we aim to improve the technical limitations (red and green wall) to a point where you will hardly notice them.

Q: Are there going to be any changes to performance that I should anticipate (such as more RAM usage, CPU usage, etc) for single player and servers?
A: The new larger planets themselves will not have a higher performance impact.

== Planet Generation ==

Q: Are main biomes treated the same like the sub-biomes now (in yaml definition, entity-distribution etc.) ?
A: Yes

Q: Will it be possible to give a size-range of the generated planets in the generator with possible biome ranges?
A: Yes

Q: Will it be possible to have more generation parameters (like amount of resource rich planets, amount of inhabited planets etc.)?
A: Yes, we will provide several parameters to control the generation of the solar system

Q: How will you handle flora and fauna if the tool you have developed allows complete random and custom planets to be made (or an entire solar system)?
A: Fauna and flora distribution is handled as before, but is much more convenient with the new generator.

Q: Are you planning on adding a wider variety of fauna and flora, or are you considering keeping flora and fauna species rigid with the specific biomes found on the planet surface. e.g. Spider only spawning in a forest, but due to this it will spawn in every forest on every randomly generated planet? The concern is that every planet will have the same flora/fauna since planets will have similar biomes due to each planet accommodating a vast array of biomes now.
A: This pretty much works like before. The creator can choose where he wants to spawn deco, NPC and POIs. There is no such thing like an "universal biome reference".

Q: Will the generator include the ability to cluster POIs better?
A: The generator will allow you to pull the POI setup from your .yaml and directly displaying in the editor view! Same for ore deposits.

Q: Is it possible to have multiple biome types within the same planet ?
A: Of course! This is the overall goal of the new generator/editor approach!

Q: Are there multiple different large planets in the make or do we start with just one?
A: We will rework all the planets that are currently in the game, so you will have a similar same selection as before.

== Global Planet-related Topics ==

Q: Will all planets be the same size?
A: No. The solar system generator will randomize the planet size (note: The same seed will give you the exact same solar system)

Q: Is the heightmap limit remaining the same, so the distance from the surface to orbit or down to the core, regardless of the diameter of the planet?
A: For the moment, we have the same overall playfield height but it may change depending on the size of the planet.

Q: Will day-length vary based on different planet sizes? Or would this only be based on planet rotational-speed, which is not added in game yet?
A: For now the day-length is the same on all planets. However, we plan to integrate tilted planets so that the day/night ratio depends where you are on the planet (eg longer days and shorter nights on the northern hemisphere and vice versa on the southern hemisphere)

Q: Will resource nodes be more spread out on larger planets due to the current limit of nodes we have right now on smaller planets? I.e. If a small planet has a max of 9 Iron deposits on its surface, is a larger planet also going to be capped at 9?
A: The deposits amount and count can still be set in the .yaml. So it is up to the creator of the playfield. However, we might introduce an automated scaling parameter that takes into account the planet size

Q: Will custom terrain files (XMLs and heightmaps) be usable on multiplayer scenarios?
A: For 8.0 this is not yet possible. However, the new procedural planets can be used for multiplayer scenarios.

== Gameplay ==

Q: Will the max traveling speed be increased ?
A: The traveling speed is limited by how fast the terrain is generated. In the current state, we are not planning to significantly increase travel speed.

Q: Will the view range be adjusted and will LODS/view distances be increased so we can see objects further since the planets are bigger?
A: We are currently not planning to increase the view distance.

Q: If planets are larger on the surface, does this also mean the spherical representation of the planet in the space playfield will also be larger?
A: Yes.

Q: Will there be quirks such as it is faster to get to the other side of the planet by going to space first?
A: As long as we do not increase the heightmap of playfields, yes this would be a shortcut. Think of how a rocket nowadays can get faster from point A to B if it goes through space.

Q: On larger planets, would the solar panel theoretically have a wider "sweet spot" due to a wider area that the sun is hitting? i.e. On a small planet you only have say 500m where you are near the equator, but a large planet could be 2km (providing random numbers)?
A: Yes

Q: Will the entire planet share the same weather?
A: We are currently not planning to change the overall weather system. We might add biome-dependent weather.

== POI & Dronebase Threats =

Q: Will there still only be one Drone Base that provides drones for the entire planet, or will there be regional drone bases?
A: We could increase the number of drone bases to have regional bases. However, we are not yet sure to include this feature in A8

Q: Will drones and transporter have an increased speed factor, reaction agility, larger attack force due to larger planets ?
A: Yes.

Q: Will there be more than one Patrol Vehicle per planet?
A: This is pretty much up to the creator of the playfield.

Q: Will we see larger POI settlements now with larger flat areas and will it be easier to spawn POIs without a drastic change in drop or climb of terrain
A: The larger planets will have larger areas of "flat terrain" (Of course this depends on how the playfield creator designs the terrain)

== Deco & Additions ==

Q: Will there be more ENTITIES (POIs, RESSOURCES, Drones, animals, enemies, etc.) on the larger planet possible (right now very limited) ?
A: There is an entity limit for any playfield. This means the amount of NPC, POI, deposits that are on the planet at the same time, is limited. However, we are planning to increase the entity limit per planet.

Q: Will there be caves, deeper oceans, underwater caverns and large redwood forests with this larger planet update.
A: This is planned for the future.

Q: Can we get few more planet types aka 'I want new additional planet textures'?
A: Additional terrain textures will be considered in the future.

Q: Are you planning to introduce different GASES as environmental factors on new planets to make them more diverse & dangerous?
A: Entirely new planet types are planned for the future, yes!

Q: Will you introduce "ice" as ore in underground rock form on some barren, desolate or toxic future planets (and in space in asteroids)?
A: This is also a topic for a future update (more different materials in general)

== Other ==

Q: Are there any plans to make the space playfield larger as well to keep it from feeling too crammed together?
A: Yes, the space playfields can now be significantly increased as well (probably more than 100 times the current size)

Q: Will way-points act any differently? A big planet could have lots of spots marked and really start to fill up your screen. A player might only want to see them within a certain distance, or they might want to hold down a key for a quick check against them.
A: This is planned for the future.

Q: Will there be something dynamic between POIs, proper AI vehicles, wildlife migration routes, regular Zirax patrols, anything?
A: We are currently working on improving the ground AI. Expect some cool stuff and stay tuned for more info on this topic in the near future.

Q: Will we see a first implementation of a wildlife pecking order, meaning territorial behaviour less randomised, more centralised on certain environmental conditions according to species.
A: We are currently working on improving the ground AI. Expect some cool stuff and stay tuned for more info on this topic in the near future.
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About This Game

Empyrion - Galactic Survival is a 3D open world space sandbox survival adventure. Build powerful ships, mighty space stations and vast planetary settlements to explore, conquer or exploit a variety of different planets and discover the mysteries of Empyrion!

Fight human, alien and biological hazards and survive in a hostile galaxy full of hidden dangers. Play as a lone wolf or team-up with your friends, build new friendships, create alliances or make war to conquer the solar system.

Empyrion uniquely combines elements from space simulations, construction games, survival games and ego-shooters. In Empyrion, you can forge your destiny in a galaxy with infinite possibilities!

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 different alien races and tangle with the native fauna and flora. A sandbox full of different, vivid planets is waiting for you to explore!

Solar System and Open World:

The solar system is procedurally generated and features several planets and interesting 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 mighty space stations and vast planetary settlements 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 smart and 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 craziest 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 single player or join the multiplayer community: team-up with your friends, build new friendships, create alliances or make war. You can build yourself a comfortable home in a well-protected PvE area or face 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 animal wildlife 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. Fight for your life and deploy a range of weapons against fierce and obscure alien creatures.

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: 8 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: 16 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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