Set in the distant future, man has evolved beyond flesh and bone and is now one with the machine. Your journey starts as a young Terran pilot, taking your first steps into the galaxy. Build and fly massive capital class warships in real time combat, create factions, corporations and more.
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Mar 21, 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?

“Terran is an ambitious project which makes use of emerging technologies; quality of content and stability of performance are the key deliverables the Heathen team wants to bring to you - the gamer.

The Terran Early Access effort is meant to provide a channel for those gamers most excited for the game and who want to contribute to its final development and testing phases. Know that we have released Terran into Early Access well ahead of its 'feature complete' state such that the community can influence the implementation of the design.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Terran has been in Early Access (Phase 1) since March of 2016 and entered Phase 2 of the Early Access plan in April of 2017. While Phase 1 was not intended to run as long as it did each phase’s run time is dependent on the nature of the feedback received.

Phase 2 of Early Access presents a more complete game and has the goal of bringing Terran to the ‘feature complete’ stage of development. This Phase is expected to last on order of 6 months but may transition to Phase 3 sooner or be delayed later.

Phase 3 (final phase) of Early Access is again planned to run notably faster than the prior phase and will be focused on completing the final release content and resolving any remaining issues.”

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

“Phase 2 (current phase) is focused on delivering the full feature set of the game however most of the narrative and a healthy portion of content such as ship parts, contacts, specific star systems and more will be reserved for Phase 3 or completely reserved till full release to save from spoilers until the underlying mechanics are solidified.

Empire building, character development, contacts and companions, ship building, fleet management and command and control are available in their preview or early forms now and will be further refined and expanded upon during Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Early Access plan. The resulting ‘full’ game is planned to be a large expansive galaxy where players can choose their path, change their mind, explore and conquer in a perpetually evolving galactic landscape.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Terran has entered Phase 2 of the Early Access plan and has recently undergone major updates. Core gameplay features such as empire building, ship building, fleet management, contacts and character development are in an early state with frequent updates planned to bring them ‘complete’ in preparation for Phase 3.

VR support, multi-language support and modding support are not yet available and are planed for Phase 3 (the final phase of Terran Early Access).”

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

“No - we do not intend to change the price due to change in the Early Access status of the game. The Early Access program is a means to get involved with the development and help refine the game. If you are not sure Terran is for you, we encourage you to hold off, bookmark the page and see how the game develops.”

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

“Phase 1 community efforts provided valuable feedback but also had its short comings. Heathen Engineering is dedicated to this project and the community that is developing around it. We are actively looking to improve our community support and currently have presence on Facebook, Twitter, IndieDB and of course Steam.

The Trello roadmap and Terran home page provide an in-depth view of the game, the lore and the development team working to build it all while the Steam Community Hub serves as Terran’s official community home.”
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September 19

Beta patch 545

Patch 545 is available for PC, Mac and Linux now on the beta branch. Don’t know how to access beta? Read this.

Patch 545 introduces a number of changes and improvements to NPCs, contacts and the tasks and missions they offer. Rena Borsch has been updated and will offer players a series of repeating tasks which reset on the 3rd ‘Investigation’ task. Over the next few patches we will be introducing additional tasks and two new contacts Saige Marie and 12CE881.

Underlying systems driving the NPCs and their related tasks have been update in preparation for upcoming content. The structure of save data has been updated as a result of these changes, existing save files should automatically convert to the new model.

Rena Borsch has 3 place holder tasks that will loop as you play through them. Over the next couple of patches we will be introducing two new contacts ‘Saige Marie’ and ‘12CE881’ who together with Rena Borsch will offer a series of interlinked tasks tailored to the players origin choice.

Update to AI logic for wings and solo ships correcting conditions where the AI would hold onto older decisions longer than intended. This should result in a more responsive AI during combat.

Update to the Contact UI in support of new functionality, this update also completes updates to task missions to account for the previous round of changes to asset load sequence. This should correct issues players had with completing Rena’s tasks.

Ongoing work is progressing to complete the strategy systems which drive organization management and organization AI. At current players can claim worlds, manage their own worlds improvements and profit from accumulated resource. Station upgrades, trade facilities and political arrangements are not currently available.

For the time being we have disabled player death, that is you cannot die in space missions. Shield and armour values can drop to 0 however your ship will not explode and the enemy will still treat you as a viable target allowing you to continue play. This is of course temporary as we continue to test and balance ship strength, AI and mission design.

Known Issues
Rena Borsch’s mission tasks will loop on the 3rd mission ‘Investigation’. This is deliberate for patch 545. It is also known that the wording of missions may have errors and are generally lacking, these are placeholders and will be replaced in upcoming patches with final content.

Claiming worlds from the profile view does not correctly cost the players accounts. The worlds will still be claimed they simply will be claimed for free. This will be corrected in an upcoming patch.

Switching to profile and from profile switching back to map via one of the ‘Find’/’zoom’ buttons of the profile does not always animate through the galaxy correctly. The conditions for this error have been isolated and will be corrected in an upcoming patch.

Some elements of the profile view’s organization report do not sum/total correctly. This is due to some aspects of the report with pending dev work and will be corrected over the coming patches.
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September 9

Beta patch 535

Patch 535 is available for PC, Mac and Linux now on the beta branch. Don’t know how to access beta? Read this.

Build process and design save process bugs have been corrected, new designs should appear in your Fleet > Engineering ship list and built ships should appear in your Home > Ships list. Note building of a ship does take time and the UI elements for displaying the current processing builds is not yet available. Typically, a ship will build within 1.5 months; the UI will be extended in an upcoming patch to include display of currently active builds and the ability to cancel pending builds.

Ship Parts
Adjustments have been made to the origin point of several parts to improve placement and surface snapping. These changes will affect existing designs but will not cause errors or designs to be lost.

New Game Experience
Government players will be shown a list of up to 10 available home worlds on creation of a new game. This is an early step in the process of improving the new game experience and similar subtle features will be applied to Private, Syndicate and Corporate on creation of new profiles. Each origin option will have a unique flow through the first few steps of the game to help players make those early decisions such as ‘What home world to choose’, ‘what ship to fly’, ‘who to fly with’. Keep an eye on the Steam announcements for more information.

General Improvements
Quite a few minor bugs and gaps have been resolved between the 525 and 535 builds. The majority of these are maths corrections and sequencing fixes. Organization Reports, Asset Reports and ship stats have been greatly improved but are not yet complete. Cultural impact, Fleet maintenance and Trade calculations are still being ignored by the rollup calculations as these aspects are under construction. Organization influence and population calculations should be now be working as intended.

Known Issues
Rena Borsch tasks cannot be completed, Rena’s mission controllers are still in the process of being updated for recent changes and should be completed over the next couple of patches. Saige Marie and 12CE881 contacts are undergoing similar conversions and will update along with the Rena Borsch fixes. Updates to the contacts missions are being held until corrections to the organization rollup calculations are complete.

Ship build pricing is deliberately being calculated lower than intended, this to insure its easy for players to build and test new ship designs, ship maintenance costs are not yet being figured into organization experiences.

The build order UI under Fleet > Engineering only allows you to build a single ship at a time and forces that ship to your private inventory. Fleet management is currently under construction and when complete the build order UI be unlocked to allow construction of fleet ships in bulk.
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About This Game

Heathen Engineering’s Terran brings real time space combat, grand strategy and open role-playing adventure to the Milky Way. Uncover and explore hidden stories throughout the galaxy, create a syndicate network to control and manipulate the great factions or forge your own corporate or government empire and dominate the competition.

You will pilot capital class warships in highly detailed environments across the galaxy. Meet new characters and learn their stories, discover and unlock new technologies, ship parts and more. How you play the game is your choice right from the start. Select one of 4 origins to get you started on your path and change your mind taking you and the galaxy down a different road.

Fly solo or amass a fleet the likes the galaxy has never known. In Heathen’s Terran you pilot your ship, you target your weapons and you pull the trigger. When you command a wing, division, flotilla or a full fleet you issue orders to your commanders while taking an active role yourself in the battle marrying action, tactical and strategic combat into a single cohesive experience.

You are a Terran pilot and have direct control of your ship in combat. Choose from an expansive array of prefabricated Vanguard ships or design and build your own warship from a huge list of parts and weapons in the ship editor. Collect ships across 12 categories ranging from the fast and nimble Corvette to the massive Fortress.

In Terran you chose how you play and you have the power to change your mind. Select your origin and start your journey as a private party, the head of a syndicate, founder of a start-up corporation or the head of a small government. Each role offers its own flavour of game play and players can work their way from one role to another through the decisions they make.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo Processor or Equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 capabilities
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+ 64bit, SteamOS+
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo Processor or Equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 capabilities
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
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