JCB Pioneer: Mars drops you onto the surface of The Red Planet. Your mission: To survive and prepare Mars for future human colonization.
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Mixed (29) - 55% of the 29 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Sep 1, 2017
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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?

“We want to receive your feedback while the game is still in a relatively early stage, so that we can make meaningful changes based upon how you, the community, want to play the game.

JCB Pioneer: Mars is now at a stage where we think it is appropriate to open up to a wider audience to help us test, refine, and guide us in the development of new features.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect the game to remain in early access for approximately 1 year from launch, in which time we hope to develop features and make improvements based upon community feedback.”

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

“The current version of the game has a wealth of content available, but is in need of refinement, bug-fixes and further development. We intend to respond quickly to your feedback, ideas, bug reports, and data generated through your play sessions throughout Early Access.

Here are some specific feature's we're considering and want to work with you on:

- Multiplayer Co-op (This is our highest priority!)
- More vehicles
- More suits
- Different difficulty levels (e.g. Hardcore)
- Bridge Building
- Mining
- Underground exploration
- Frontier game play
- new buildings
...more?”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We believe the game offers a good experience and more than enough content to sink your teeth into. The core game play is present: Survive, Explore, Colonize.

Currently, there are three vehicles available which allow you to construct a colony with over 13 different types of building.

Co-op play is not yet available, but this our highest priority feature post-launch.”

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

“Yes, potentially, the price may increase during the Early Access period as more features are added.”

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

“We want to hear directly from the community about their experience in JCB Pioneer: Mars. Player feedback will become a large part of our decision making process going forwards through Early Access and beyond.

We'll be interacting with community through the forums, reviews, and regular polls on contentious features and direction. Further to this we will be monitoring data generated by players play-sessions to really learn how players are playing the game as interestingly this is often different from how both players and the game designers can perceive they are playing the game.”
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September 15

New Patch Live

Patch Notes 1.02r
Happy patch day Pioneers! Our team has been working really hard to improve the game for you and make the play experience as good as it can be! Thank you for all your input on making this game the best it can be

UI OPTIMISATIONS:
  • New interact HUD callouts, making it much easier to see what you can and can’t interact with
  • Esc key will now back out of most menus in the game
  • You can drag items from the suit to the vehicle tab in the inventory to swap items between them and vice versa
  • Interactions between buildings and printers are now highlighted more effectively
  • Using a building that is upgrading should be much easier - look at the printer to use the printer and the building to use the building
  • Added descriptions to the different materials that can be crafted and refined in the refine/ craft tab

ART:
  • New crafting bench asset in the Hab
  • Added a new 3D Printer asset
  • Made the starting cave area less confusing

BUG FIXES
  • Re-added the lost “filling” bars for O2, food and water bottles
  • Ensured that the correct tab will open in the inventory if you are in the vehicle instead of assuming the suit tab
  • Tweaks made to game launcher that should alleviate some of the issues that players are having when starting the game
  • Fixed a bug that was resetting the drag and drop action when players were moving things about quickly
  • Fixed a loss of mouse pointer when player was pressing esc at certain points
  • Damage to vehicle should work correctly now where all damage can be repaired by the repair gun - certain damage types were not being fixed correctly
  • Fix to the gas collectors so they function as a consumable item again
  • Resource pools reset correctly when the player dies

GAME BALANCING:
  • Increased the storage slot count for the warehouse
  • Increased the storage slot count for all vehicles
  • Tweaks to sale price of all found materials
  • Removed exploit that was letting players sell the O2 and Repair ammo for vast amounts of profit
  • Changes made to a lot of building materials for higher up buildings that allow better loading choices for players - Made more of the base level resource so players can now claim bonuses for refining when constructing (eg. Using a refined iron when a building needs just “iron” will count for 5 iron, better bonuses for pure
  • Tweaks made to the scanning levels for resource pools around the starting area to make them appear more readily

OPTIMISATIONS:
  • Game map tile loading optimisations should increase game frame rate

KNOWN ISSUES:
  • The Solid Fuel Generator has some resource generation and drain issues that will be solved in the next patch
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About This Game

WHAT IS JCB PIONEER: MARS?


JCB Pioneer: Mars drops you onto the surface of The Red Planet. Your mission: To survive and prepare Mars for future human colonization.

Experience incredible survival sandbox gameplay and explore Mars using a selection of futuristic, ultra-rugged JCB vehicles designed specifically for the challenge. Mine precious materials, construct large-scale buildings and research new technologies to ensure humanity's future lies beyond planet Earth.

Soon, you'll be able to team up online with other Pioneers to expand your base and earn special rewards. JCB Pioneer: Mars brings the harsh reality of the Red Planet to life with detailed high definition graphics, vehicle physics and weather effects from Unreal Engine 4.

Key Features

- A hardcore blend of survival and construction gameplay
- Mine new resources, construct buildings and research new technology to grow your colony
- The power of Unreal Engine 4 provides players an ultra-realistic, breath-taking planetary experience
- Traverse the planet using highly futuristic heavy-duty construction and mining vehicles designed by actual JCB engineers
- Overcome everything the hostile environment throws at you including meteor strikes, dust clouds and electrical storms

Coming to Steam Early Access

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit (or later)
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Modern Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit (or later)
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Modern Dedicated Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: TBD MB available space

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