Play as an A.I tasked with helping mankind explore the vastness of space. Customize your ship, recruit a crew, battle alien vessels, research new technology and explore randomly generated universes.
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Mostly Positive (25 reviews) - 72% of the 25 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 29, 2016

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

The Sentient is about exploration and trying new ideas and gameplay mechanics that are not often seen in other space simulation games.

Because of this, we need a lot of community feedback to help address gameplay issues and make a fun experience for all.

As seen on our website, we have updated the game on a regular basis -- adding features and polish based on tester feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to be adding content and new features for at least the next six months. After that, we will see the current status of the game -- and depending on our (and player) satisfaction with the product, we will continue to add new content or move the game into full release.”

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

“The full version will have the much anticipated power armor system with pilots entering into the crew.

This will allow for new combat mechanics and many new gameplay elements as you hold mission briefings in order to send your crew out on specific missions away from your ship.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, the game has been focused on exploration and ship to ship combat with the initial crew being the Flight Crew and Mechanics. The idea is to continue to polish this gameplay and then begin moving into the power armor system with Pilots.”

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

“The final price for the game is still being decided, but it could increase with added features and content by release.”

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

“We plan to have open discussions on elements of the game and directly engage and fix issues that arise.

The community will be able to make feature suggestions and let us know what is and isn't working.”
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February 10

Unstable Branch Updated to 7.2

The unstable branch has been updated with more polish to the Alpha 7 build once again. There are still some remaining outstanding features so I do not want to push this to the current Alpha stable branch.

Alpha 7.2 fixes many UI issues that crept up however there are still a few remaining just due to the overall size and scope of the game. Doing a major engine upgrade introduces a lot of bugs but also helps smooth things over in the long run so hope to showcase some of those new features soon.

The gameplay improvement with this latest update gives the commander the ability to level up while in the command chair if he is instructing other members of the crew to do their work. The commander will get a percentage of experience based on their leadership skills assuming crew members are leveling up at the same time.

This ultimately will make the commander a very strong unit in the game allowing you to level him up and take over at specific work stations to really push things when you need them.

Working toward pushing out a big update by the end of the month with more features but working toward ensuring it is polished and ready to go. Thanks all for your patience!

  • Updated level loading system.
  • Crew member sitting in the commander chair will now gain experience when other crew members are working in the command deck and gaining experience.
  • Various bug fixes.
  • Additional memory Improvements
  • Several fixes to missing or incorrectly sized labels

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January 28

Unstable Branch Updated to 7.1

Hope everyone had a great holiday break as its been awhile since the last post. Work has been continuing in the new year steadily for the game.

The unstable branch has been updated with more polish to the Alpha 7 build along with a great variety of performance improvements and fixes for several memory leaks throughout the game.

Whereas before there was an emphasis to avoid progress loss, the focus at the moment is to take the time to be thorough and ensure the current state of the game was being optimized. There is still a bit of work to go but overall the game should be much more stable for longer periods of play.

This build also upgraded the engine of the game so there are several UI and graphical issues in the unstable branch. This mainly consists of text not properly sized to the buttons in some cases or images slightly offset etc, but it all should be working.

This should be wrapping up shortly and will then move immediately back to feature development, and content!

Engine Upgrade
  • Upgraded Unity Engine to 5.5. We will likely stick with this version in order to finalize and complete the remainder of the game and avoid time sinks.
  • Massive performance improvements geared primarily at garbage collection and memory leaks.
  • Various bug fixes.

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About This Game

In The Sentient, you play as an artificial intelligence who is asked to help mankind’s failing space exploration plans. Being able to process data relatively quickly you are tasked with bringing as much research and knowledge back to Earth via an orbital station known as "The Ark." At the Ark, you are able to recruit a crew, alter the layout of your ship, and perform research to improve current and new technology in order to aid you on future missions. When away from the Ark, your decisions can result in the life or death of not only your ship but of your crew. Space is a vast unknown so everything must be discovered in order to attempt to work with or against aliens.

Key Features:
1) Procedurally-generated: Explore unpredictable sectors of space.
2) Choose a crew: Recruit a crew with perks and daily needs. Train them well and become stronger.
3) Fully-customizable ship: Design and optimize the complete layout of your ship - from the number of shield generators to toilets. Everything is in your hands!
4) Ship-to-ship combat (based on ship designs and crew capabilities): Not able to withstand enough damage? Increase the number of shield generators and shield consoles. Not enough damage output? Increase the number of weapon tanks and weapon consoles.
5) Ongoing research: Gain research usable in upgrading weaponry, ship stats and capabilities.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0 compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0 compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
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