Intense survival experience based on a Sci-Fi, space terror script. Unravel the story of Ferdinand Ludec as he attempts to escape his fortune. Partially procedural world along with different endings to the story. Hunger, avoiding insanity and extreme weather will only be some of the threats to face.
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Jul 11, 2017

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Why Early Access?

The game will be constantly updated, with new features, mechanics and more!

We are small team of developers who have previously worked on Steam and Playstation titles. We are fully committed to this project and we decided to launch Ariel on Steam's Early Access in order to get the right feedback from the right audience. In this way we intend to polish the game mechanics and its essence in accordance to what the project needs based on the player's feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“At least 1 to 2 years, based on the reception of the players, we will continue to update the game until all the features are implemented.”

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

  • Full Mechanics Implemented
  • Full Playable Ending
  • Many possible endings
  • VR implementation
  • Additional perks

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

  • Full gameplay almost implemented
  • Most game mechanics already active
  • Missing playable ending
  • Enemy system almost completed
  • General weather system almost implemented

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

“Yes, the complete version of the game would have a little price raise.
The final version of the game and every update is included to Early Access adopters.”

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

“We plan to raise an organic community based on the feedback that the players provide. We want to get involved with the community regarding what the players want to see in the game, in this way the final product will be appealing to the core section of our community.”
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February 16

Ariel v0.8.2 Update

Hola everyone,

Today we deliver the 0.8.2 version. Lots of work for this update. We list below the changes made for this build:

- Further optimization.
- Analog Zoom.
- Additional type of resource (Dirty Water).
- Further visual tweaks on Weather Events.
- A few mesh replacements.
- Additional implementations and bug fixes.

We are reaching a point where Ariel is starting to feel the way it is supposed to be. There's still plenty of work to do, and in our next updates, we plan to focus on the following:

- AI Behavior.
- Add more elements of suspense.
- A new level which helps the narrative.
- Additional weapons and upgrades.

These are just a preview of the features we will be working on as from today.

We have received good comments about the progression of the Early Access phase. We would like to thank you all for your feedback and interest in the project.

/Nuclear Fiction Team
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December 21, 2017

Ariel v0.8.1 release - Optimized Build.

Hello everyone,

The 0.8.1 version is finally here! We are quite happy with the results, and hope you enjoy the game more than ever. With each update the game is improved to reach the expectations.

First, we will point out the work done for this version:

- Optimization: We took our time making sure the game runs much better than the previous version. In average, we gain 15 frames per second (*see below) We also resolved a known issue where the frames dropped every three or four seconds. The game runs now smoothly and is optimized.

- Item balancing: We finally took the opportunity to tweak further the items given in the world. It is now well proportioned according to the difficulty chosen by the player

- New weapon added: A second weapon is now available. We will eventually add at least 2 new weapons in future updates. For now, the Plasma Gun and the Electro-magnetic Pulse Rifle are available in game.

- Enemy behavior: The current creatures living in Ariel needed a better behavior.

- Extras: We added a few tweaks here and there. We also fixed a couple of bugs and improved some mechanics.

We feel that the version released today should have been the actual release on Early Access. At the same time, it was useful for us to get the game out a bit earlier in order to detect important areas to work on first.

Since we are a only two active developers, it has been a lot of work, but all worth it, since we believe that the project is finally reaching a satisfactory experience. It will be getting better and better, but we can certainly recommend this version to any player who might be intrigued by the project.

As usual, thank you for your support. Let us know if you have any comments. We hope you like this new update!

The Nuclear Fiction team.

*GTX 970
Core i5
16 GB Ram

Older version:
17-40 frames per second with frame drop.

Current Version:
35-50 frames per second, without any frame drop.
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About This Game

Ariel is a First person survival experience, story based, Sci-Fi adventure.

Be ready to experience a unique survival adventure as Ferdinand Ludec, a mathematician who is suddenly kidnapped and forced into a drama. Professor Ludec arrives in Ariel, one of Uranus' moons, only to find an entire crew of scientists dead. He is an expert in Electro Mono-Pole theory, and somehow, this knowledge puts him in an extreme situation which will test his inner endurance. Ariel is the name of a black budget project funded by a mysterious group of men. The space station is desolated; all the crew members from the first and second expeditions are dead; you find yourself alone.

With a partially procedurally generated world, along with different endings to the story (Future Implementation), Ariel takes into account the replayability as one of its assets. Hunger, getting tired and avoiding insanity will only be some of the threats to face.

Ariel - There is no way out -


Survival Mechanics
  • Dozens of items, enemies to hunt down and survival skills will be needed to succeed and escape the isolated moon.
  • Different types of weapons and upgrades.(Future Implemention)
  • Internal Stats are displayed in the player's interface, so you can always be aware of your hunger, dehydration, mood etc.
  • Pressurized station systems, Food and liquid Processors; Manage your resources.

Open World
  • A full open world with mysteries to explore, get lost in Ariel.
  • Weathers Events; Ariel's climate is always changing.
  • Environment that reacts according to your decisions.

Space Terror
  • Different levels of difficulty are considered for the experienced players.
  • Both First and Third Person modes (Third Person to be implemented in an Early Update).
  • VR would be implemented in a future update. Ariel is taking into account the whole VR experience. (Future Implementation)

Sound Design
  • The sound design has been carefully created in accordance to the project's atmosphere and storyline.
  • The composer wanted to pour down mixed feelings; A Sci-fi OST which was unique, not limiting itself to the standards.
  • Many experimental, as well as classical sounds merge to find the right atmosphere.


Ariel is being developed by a small team.

- The lead programmer has worked on various projects in the past, such as Kerbal Space Program.
- The second developer is a musician who has experience on Playstation releases. He worked on the 3D models, sound effects, music and story line. He is the producer of the game as well.

Many skilled people have helped us along the way. Ariel is the result of much dedication and commitment. We are very happy with the results, and we can't wait for you to experience the game.

With a tiny budged and a lot of passion, Ariel stands as an indie videogame that we want everybody to play; we think the price range will allow this, encouraging players into Ariel's experience.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 3.00 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 650Ti or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: 2015 or newer Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or ATi GPU
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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