Bionite: Origins is an Action-Strategy game based on hover tank warfare, set on various planets and moons throughout the solar system. Action-Strategy games are also called "hybrids" because they combine the FPS and RTS elements into the most engaging gaming experience available for the PC.
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Why Early Access?

“We decided to release on Early Access because we want input from the gaming community. During the time we are in Early Access we will be working on the Multiplayer version of the game. We would like input from the community on how to make the MP version the best it can be by reducing griefing, cheating and increase game/team balancing.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game will be in Early Access for approximately 6 months.”

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

“The Full Version of the game will include the character weapons, the sniper rifle and the jet pack. We are working on adding the complete factory elements so players can build custom vehicles. From the Factory players will be able to outfit their and their wingmen's vehicles with different engines, shields, hulls, navigation systems, and weapons. We will also be adding the Multiplayer version for up to 16 players on a team, including full team strategy mode and coop mode,

During our time on Early Access we will be adding:
  • The customizable weapons loadout system and vehicle customization system for the Factory
  • The pilot sniper rifle and jet pack.
  • At least three additional maps on a variety of planets, moons, and asteroids.
  • At least two more vehicles such as the APC and the mobile Howitzer
  • Several more weapons types to add to the arsenal / armory.
  • Customizable Wingmen attack patterns that can be created within the game and saved for use during battle.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“In the Early Access release players can play in Skirmish Mode against the computer.

This includes:
  • Playing as a commander and as a pilot in First Person, Third Person, Extended Third Person, and Satellite View.
  • Building complex bases with many assets: Factories, Recyclers, Satellite Towers, Bunkers, Service Bays, and Armories.
  • Creating defensive perimeters around bases to protect against enemy attacks, using a variety of gun towers and turrets.
  • Building custom squads of wingmen for commanding in battle.
  • Coordinating wingmen and repair assets for deployment in the field of battle.
  • Resource Management of Bionite and electricity with Scavengers and Power Stations.
  • Upgrading wingmen weapons with the Armory.
  • Using night vision during inclement weather.
  • Skirmish mode on 3 maps located on Mars, Venus, and the Moon.
  • Seven distinct Vehicles including; Bayonet, Rhino, Archer, Kodiak, HammerHead, Longbow, and the Lynx Tanks.
  • A wide variety of weapon types including lasers, mortar, rockets, missiles, miniguns, cannons, and EMP's.
  • Player Ranking based on experience points earned.
  • Fly in Formation command for wingmen to form up on the commander for coordinated attacks on the enemy.
  • Command as a pilot, from within the tank, or from the Bunker (sat view).

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

“We expect the price to increase at the full launch of the game.”

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

“We want to involve the gaming community in our development process through input about how to make the game better, more challenging and easier to learn how to play.”
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November 2

What is the game Bionite: Origins about?

Bionite: Origins is a Real Time Strategy / First Person Shooter Hybrid game, also called an Action-Strategy Game. It consists of Real Time Strategy elements with first and third person views. Wingmen are commanded from a satellite, first, or third person views. Game matches occur on vast outdoor landscapes located on different planets, moons, and asteroids within the solar system. Bionite has two factions; Rebels and IMI. They are at war with each other for control of resources scattered throughout the solar system. The goal of each skirmish match is to destroy the enemy Refabricator before they destroy yours.
The game starts with the squadron captain located inside the team hangar with a Refabricator, two wingmen, and a limited supply of Bionite. All subsequent vehicles and buildings must be created by the Refabricator or Constructor. These ‘genesis vehicles’ use digital printers to fabricate vehicles and buildings (assets) from a material called Bionite. Bionite is the refined form of Bioore, a unique mineral not found on earth. Bioore is composed of Dolomite and a type of mineral that contains a microscopic life form. When extracted from the Dolomite and charged with electricity, the life form contained in the rock can be ‘printed’ into various types of materials. A material that contains Bionite has very unique properties that are highly prized by the military: extreme hardness and the ability to self heal. Once a vehicle hull containing Bionite has been printed it can be repaired simply by exposing it to electricity. On the battlefield a large force of Bionite-reinforced vehicles are very difficult to stop, and impossible to completely destroy.
Gathering resources to produce Bionite is accomplished by harvesting Bioore using a scavenger or an extractor type vehicle. Scavengers collect Bioore located on the planet surface. When over a Biopool the scavenger becomes an extractor. The extractor drills into Biopools to siphon out liquid Bioore in much larger quantities than a scavenger can collect from the surface.
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November 1

How to Launch Game using new Main Menu

The update released yesterday has this new menu for starting the game. When launching, start with the planet that the mission is located on, then select the mission from the menu. Make sure your sound is working (and if you have a subwoofer, crank it up) so you can hear the new main theme track.

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About This Game

Over 6 years in development, BIONITE: Origins is the first in a series of games set in the future of mankind. The mysterious element called “Bionite” is accidentally found on Venus by a crew of prospectors looking for deposits of Helium3. They soon learn that Bionite has a very unique quality that has laid dormant for thousands of years. In order to extract the Bionite a massive mining operation is built on Venus. As the result of a minor disagreement with the military, a group of scientists are banished from Earth and form their own faction dedicated to stopping the military. Because of its nefarious uses by the military and the spread of mining facilities throughout the galaxy, the Rebel Faction has dedicated itself to stopping all Bionite production. Players can participate in battles on the Military Side (IMI) or for the Rebel Faction. Sniping an enemy vehicle for infiltrating the enemy base is a great way to launch a sneak attack…

The game includes 3 maps; The Emze Mine (located on Venus), Biodome 24 (located on Mars), and Hadley’s Hope (located on the Moon). This release is a single player version against the computer which includes Skirmish Mode. The fully developed turn based missions are currently in development and will be released with the Full Version. It is also intended to introduce gamers to the complex command system used in the game. There is a learning curve for Bionite: Origins and requires some time to develop the skills necessary to lead a successful campaign against the enemy. We like to think of the game as “Chess on Steroids”. It requires players to understand how to develop successful military strategies while relying on vehicle-driving skills to win and advance in rank.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz+ / AMD 2.0 GHz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 6600GT+ / ATI X700+
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz+ / AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 3600+
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7800GT+ /ATI X1900+
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
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