Warning: Game is in early access! Welcome to the mysterious world of Novus Inceptio where new gaming experience of exploring, building and surviving awaits. Explore the true sandbox survival world and take part in the development of the full game.
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Release Date: Oct 5, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Novus Inceptio has been in development, by a small team, since 2014. Our main goal is the creation of a game for players wishing to help tweak and polish gameplay, as we need feedback if our game is to compete in the modern gaming world. That being the case, this is the reason why we’ve decided to go with Early Access instead of a crowdfunding campaign.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“This will depend on how we polish the Early Access version of the game, or what we like to call the “GHOST” version of the game, in preparation for a full MMO experience. Therefore, due to the complexity of development we cannot promise a specific timeline; however, we currently estimate one to two years of development time.””

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

“The game will transition into a full-on MMO. As such, players will be able to communicate and interact with each other; build houses, villages, and cities together; and, we also plan to add new regions, locations, and crafting. As each new feature is implemented, players will be notified and be able to download new content. We have a lot of ideas, so look forward to new updates which we will release periodically!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, the game is in a good state and we are polishing every detail to bring about as smooth an MMO gameplay experience as possible. The most important features necessary to play the game have been implemented and polished. Game optimization will gradually be carried out according to the feedback and needs of players regarding minimum hardware requirements.

Current status, you can watch here: Trello Road map/bugs.”

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

“This is a very hard question to answer at such an early stage in the game’s development, and, as such, there is no simple answer. We believe that early access will help to determine the best starting price. Therefore, price range may alter during development.”

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

“During the first few weeks or months we will focus on optimization and bug fixing. After, we will try to listen to all suggestions of the community and polish gameplay based off of the feedback from forums, social networks, the web, etc.
Please understand that it is not always possible to do everything as requested by the community, however, every request will be deeply considered in regards to future versions of the game. The game, as a whole, should be a result of the work of anyone who wishes to contribute.”
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February 15

Ghost server maintenance

Hello everyone,
due to some changes in our server hosting provider we need to announce unplanned unavailable services of our servers today (this evening/night) in timeframe 01 AM to 05 AM CET/CEST (04 PM to 8 PM PST/PDT) for about an hour.
Ghost mode will not be available during this period and games already running would experience data loss.
We apologize for any unconvenience.

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January 17


Hello everyone,

we have prepared another new update. This is not a huge update, but rather minor repairs and a few details. And it will be a longer period of last update (do not worry we will not end with work on our game ( Novus Inceptio is our baby and we fulfilling our dream with developing this game) - we are now full of energy and we work of our game every day).

But why this break in updates?

Since we are preparing big changes and this changes require time to implement and can not be released in small increments.
Mainly it will be a change around the world, the core code, making in the world a lot of other things we need to fix the core - which requires a lot of work.

We are aware that our game has a lot of shortcomings and bugs and many of them are caused in the core, which must change. A long time, we analyzed and reviewed bugs and repair is necessary, but not easy - even when our game is just an early access, it is more complex than it seems, and if we want to achieve our promises and all planned. We need started in time of changes and not try to repair small things.

We will keep you regularly informed here on Steam, about new changes - in few days will be the first information about the main changes, compare their advantages and disadvantages in comparison with the current state of the game.

But do not worry the changes are not such that they would change the logic and meaning of our game - quite the contrary.

We thank everyone for their support, ideas and reporting bugs - although sometimes we are not able to respond immediately and in time - but believe that everything we read it carefully and write down notes.

Now we need your support and patience more than ever - we thank you!

Below is a list of changes for today's update:

Gameplay changes
  • You no longer need to finalize building components - after addition of raw materials is this building component completely finished.
  • In the settings (Section gameplay) is a new option to disable game mouse sensitivity and used as raw input sensitivity from your OS or hardware settings.
  • Added option to rotate objects while laying on the ground using the Page Up and Page Down (scroll mouse can still be used)

Issue fixes
  • Anomalies - Fixed FPS drop - especially in postapo anomalies
  • POI - minor bug fix for cloning abandoned station
  • Fixed problem with Collider at some objects - causing eventual crash
  • Repairing bad translation in the tutorial when tutorial requires "rope" instead of "twine"
  • Repair placement of items in the Container, if it is a mass placing items - actions "put down all".
  • Improved memory management - when loading raw data items from DB - also affects the disturbance minor lag.
  • Slightly reduced demands on memory.

Hotfix 0.10.018
  • Fixed a problem with the extraction of raw materials.
  • Fixed problem with defining the material during production.

Hotfix 0.10.019
  • Restoring the original work with memory when recording RAW data items from DB - new version caused unforeseen problems, and will be appropriately reviewed.

Hotfix 0.10.020
  • Removing lens flare effect at A2 and drone.
  • Added option to rotate objects in building mode using the Page Up and Page Down (scroll mouse can still be used)

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Game is in early access, before purchasing the game, make sure that you fully understand and agree with its system’s requirements and are willing to accept flaws/bugs and changes that will occur during its development such as removing all user data. Information below may not be currently fulfilled in this version of the game. Thank you for understanding.


Novus Inceptio is a survival sandbox game with elements of MMO. It isnt primarily focused on the destruction of structures, the main objective of the game is to create and maintain shared values. Since the game is currently in early access or in GHOST mode, our goal is to create a proper MMO survival adventure focused on building new civilizations.

In the GHOST mode, only single player and 64km2 of workable land is available. GHOST mode is a sample of the full MMO and serves as a preview of the interactions, gaming principes, and the mechanics.

Novus Inceptio is a mix of sci-fi, fantasy and the post apocalyptical world in an unique way. The story is set in distant future on our planet. Earth is no longer how we know it today. Therefore one of the most important topics of the background story is to find out the truth about those who stand behind it all since the beginning...


The dawn of gods
Galaxy is a cold and hostile place. Creators know that. They spent billions of years searching for intelligent life and they succeeded. They protect several planets and further developed organisms with advanced technology. Life must not come to an end. Meanwhile, they realize all the risks which await on every civilization such as a destructive genocide. They try to prevent these risks by secretly manipulating and adding information to DNA from foreign forces.

Rebellious believers
Creators stand side by side with the human civilization since its initiation. But no one is perfect. Not even gods. Instead of maintaining peace, humans tend to worship war and forget about their gods. And Creators? They realized that their experiment failed. They could not stop fratricidal madness among humans. When the last envoy was killed, nailed to the cross, they returned back where they came from through a portal. To a different planet? To another reality? No one knows. But what we do know is that they keep collecting information through the portal.

The end of the world
The next step of the human civilization took nearly 2000 years. During this era a nuclear fission was discovered and whole planet became full of atomic explosions. The war was horrifying and efficient. Everyone who did not hide was hit by radiation and killed. From billions of humans, barely a few hundred thousand were left. This scary message was brought to the creators. They were outraged by the human irresponsibility. They came back and erased the whole human race.  

Human 2.0
The Dead planet kept orbiting in space. During millennia it was slowly getting rid of deadly radiation. The makers decided to begin with a new experiment. With samples of human DNA and surplus of information they returned life to the planet. They made new humans - Homo Novus. They released them on a newly reconstructed planet and were determined to prevent the same mistakes. Therefore, every clone is now accompanied by a personal robot A2-A.

A2-A is the guardian angel. It helps and protects people and over time gives them more a complex knowledge. It monitors behavior of its ward to prevent increase in aggression, which caused the demise of the previous civilization. Still, this system is not completely reliable. Creators counted on that. They created anomalies on the new planet, so clones can travel in time and learn from mistakes of past civilizations. And who knows? Anomalies might even transfer them into another dimension. Maybe then, people will devote their time to discovery and knowledge, rather than killing and destroying.

And the Creators? This time they don‘t leave the planet, instead they analyze data from thousands of A2-As and wait for the right moment to introduce themselves to their children.


We wanted to build an authentic world that is not just a one big scene. Almost everything can be interacted with - from surface, bushes, trees to your own structures. There are no flowers that are mere decoration - do you want grab that mushroom and eat it? Go for it! Even a simple tree does not only provide wood, but also other resources like bark, leaves, branches, resins etc.

Novus inceptio is world with a natural time flow, daily cycles and weather. Day and night affects wild animals as well and if you stop and listen, you can hear the nature or enjoy the beautiful atmospheric music and relax.

Novus Inceptio allows a natural creation of the character. Characters will get old and die from injures, diseases or exhaustion. In this case, players will find themselves in the role of A2-A and using DNA will create a new clone with same attributes. Another possibility in future updates is transferring DNA to offspring, that allows the player to continue if their main character dies. Aging is not affecting just the player, but also every object in the game. Players will not be able to harvest basic resources or even exchange them for future needs.
And why is Novus Inceptio worth playing? Unlike other games, there are no limits on player‘s skills. Players have complete freedom while making their ultimate character. You wont need to think about starting race or role - attributes will be added according to what is your character doing.

Unlike other survival sandbox games Novus Inceptio has its background an lore, which is not only something irelevant. Full story and lore will be revealed over time. This feature opens up new possibilities in upcoming updates.

There are many portals to other dimensions and times (new will be added in future updates). Those anomalies cannot be mapped - they are randomly generated for each player. In those anomalies you can find unique reward and mostly learn new recipes. Currently anomalies possess no danger to player, but it is subject to be changed in the future.
In new version of Novus Inceptio, you can find those specific anomalies, which are only small hint of what is to come:
Procedural dungeons - each dungeons is unique and contains random rewards
More dimensions and time periods - desert or winter locations
Time flashback - player travels through the time, but stays in the same place. Those anomalies are mainly to learn recipes.

In the beginning the game puts you in the middle of wild and untended nature. With you will only a knife and basic tools. Fortunately, you are not alone! You small personal robot A2-A will be your valuable companion. Nature does not give things for free so you need to find sources of food, heat and prepare for danger, lurking in the deep woods. Also diseases, injuries or even death might knock on your door. Over time you will learn the laws of the world and only then you will be ready for your next trip.

Home is the foundation of survival. You can build your own house, farm and focus on one of the many crafts. The building system works using modular elements where you can plan first and then gather required resources (which, of course, will be a difficult task). The only limiting factors are knowledge of recipes for components, creativity, resources and skill. And of course don’t forget to repair damaged or decaying houses.

You can learn to build new components by exploring anomalies or by buying them in the auction from other players (auctions will be featured in future updates).

Do you like crafting stuff? Then you will love Novus Inceptio. Each and every item in the game is unique and created by the player. Production of any item is a complex process built on many attributes from skill in the art to used material just like in the real world. Crafting system does not tell you how to craft, instead it states what resource is needed - using stone will create stone axe and using iron will produce iron axe - you can even use different materials on every part. For example the durability of the wood is also to be considered.

Novus Inceptio rewards players for crafting. Item quality and technology will improve over time as well as character attributes.

It is not just about the settlement the world, but also about survival and creating a thriving economy. World of life, danger and mystery awaits. There are dense forests, dry desert, vast jungles, underwater life and mountains where you can find different raw materials in an area of 576km² or 222 square miles (64km² or 24 square miles in the GHOST version). Novus Inceptio is a long journey of finding valuable materials and truth about the origin of this new planet.

Investigate the anomalies and find new recipes for crating - anomalies are a way to discover the unknown and expand the gameplay.

System Requirements

    • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX11 Compatible GPU with 1 GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection required. Integrated graphics cards are not supported.
    • OS: 64-Bit Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel I7-3770, AMD FX 8350 4.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX11 Compatible GPU with 2 GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection required. Integrated graphics cards are not supported.
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