Created by a team of veteran strategy game developers, Dropzone combines core RTS elements of strategy, map awareness and attention management with key MOBA mechanics like tactical positioning, unique abilities and in-game leveling.
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Release Date: Feb 15, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Dropzone has been in development for two years and in closed-beta for the past 6 months. We see our launch on Steam Early Access as simply the next stage in the game’s development, widening the number of players (and increasing the number of games to play!) who will be able to play and suggest improvements/additions to the game to make Dropzone the game you’d like to play. In the past 6 months we’ve honed and polished the core gameplay, and established a close relationship with our existing beta players. We look forward to continued iteration while building more ties across the spectrum of our community.

Early Access is the perfect option for us at this point. Our production team loves to iterate, in fact our whole development process is designed for it; for example, we patched every week during CBT, which equated to roughly 25 patches in total. Early Access will be the best way for us to learn how to further improve our game and address the needs and desires of a larger community.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We anticipate that we will be in Early Access for several months as we add and adjust features based on feedback from the community.”

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

“Aside from additional content (pilots, gear, maps, and so forth), much of our focus in Early Access will be spent building out additional PvE and competitive play elements of the game based on player feedback at all skill levels (casual, amateur and pro gamers). Ranked Play will be an early addition. While the heart of Dropzone is a competitive 1v1 game, we all want to be able to play with our friends and to explore modes of play that go beyond purely 1v1 competitive play (some of which you will see in the upcoming release). As we learn what players most like, we intend to double down on those areas.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We spent a good amount of time in Closed Beta making sure we could start with a polished core experience. We built a custom engine for Dropzone , the Sparkle Engine (the 3rd game engine this team has built over the years), and we believe the “feel” of the game is excellent. Performance is generally good when settings are adjusted properly for older computers but we need to do a better and more intuitive job of adjusting those settings, including dynamically. There are some areas, such as Crafting and Daily Tournaments, which are functional, but haven’t received what we would consider a final polish pass. We currently have 4 of the 5 planned Classes available with 3 Pilots each, 2 1v1 maps, 1 2v2 map, and 120 types of Gear representing the abilities players can configure. During Early Access, a 5th class will be added to the game, along with more pilots, more gear, Ranked Play, pilot skins and other vanity items that will allow you to customize the look of your game. You can also expect to see features and items suggested by you, our community.”

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

“Dropzone was built to be a Free To Play (F2P) game but first we need to get the game and content polished with feedback via Steam’s Early Access program. In Early Access, players will have a choice of purchasing different bundles at two different price points. Our entry bundle, the SQUAD Bundle will feature a selection of Pilots, Rig Classes, Gear, a Pilot Skin and an Exclusive Early Access Player Emblem and Vision Tower. Our premium bundle, the COMMANDER’S Bundle adds additional Gear, additional Exclusive Items, and all present and future Pilots we release. These bundles deliver instant-access to great content and offer exceptional value for players who join the Dropzone community now.”

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

“At Sparkypants, we have a special way of developing a game with Dropzone’s scope. When we started development on the game, we had a prototype running within a few weeks. The entire studio would play the game together each morning, a process we creatively call the “Daily Game.” From that play session, we would make a list of things to add, change, remove, and we’d try to get as many of them done for the next day’s Daily Game. This process drove development, kept us seeing the game as players rather than only as developers and encouraged us to create a new “release” every day.

Fast forward to today and we still do a Daily Game and, during Closed Beta, we typically have a new significant release every week. Our existing Closed Beta community has been invaluable in providing feedback and helping us focus development and balance the game. And now it’s time to extend this idea to a larger community of players. We have a saying at Sparky, “It doesn’t mean **** unless it’s in the Daily Game.” Once we’re in Early Access that will be, “It doesn’t mean **** until it’s in the hands of the community.” To make that happen, we may start with occasionally live-streaming the Daily Games (DGs) of select features, pilots, maps, or whatever when they are close to completion, and then build from there.”
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February 16

Patch Notes Open Beta v1640

Miscellaneous Notes

  • The Match Queue window no longer estimate time to match (WIP)

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a sim server crash that could occur if the player moved out of range of a hive’s glob spit attack in Infestation
  • Fixed an issue where some FX were not playing in the Builder action timeline
  • Fixed an issue where some FX were causing visual corrupted when spammed
  • Fixed an issue where the Match Queue timer was not resetting between declines and region switches
  • Fixed an issue where the game would reconnect after a network hiccup but the reconnecting UI persisted on the screen
  • Fixed an issue where the slot type was missing from the gear received when opening a crate
  • Fixed an issue where audio in the builder was too loud when selecting certain pieces of gear
  • Fixed an issue related to the playback speed slider in replays
  • Fixed an issue where your display name would not reflect your changed name in the Draft, until you had restarted the game first

Known Issues
  • There are known issues with words bleeding outside of their bounding boxes for every language other than English. Fixes are on the way
  • Locking observers slots in Custom Matches only works when both slots are empty
  • The Private Match setting only works when the game is already created, so someone can join in-between
  • Hive Link does not have a cast ring around hives to show where the ability can be cast – fix incoming soon
  • The ‘Easy Pickings’ achievement does not count Hives killed by a teammate towards the goal
  • Jovians earned in Daily Bounties and Level Ups do not count toward the ‘Kingpin’ achievement
  • Global Chat does not reflect your changed name until you have restarted the game

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February 15

Backend Server Update

We hope you've been enjoying day 1 of Dropzone, Commanders! We just updated our backend servers to knock out some issues you may have encountered:

  • Fixed issue with some 2v2 games showing in 1v1 watch list.
  • Fixed issue with the entered name for first time players not being reflected in matches until they restart the client.
  • Fixed issue where some users could get stuck in matchmaking indefinitely.
These fixes are now live!

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About This Game

  • The Squad Edition includes all 12 pilots available at launch
  • Plus an upcoming 5th class with 3 all-new Pilots

  • The Squad Edition comes with all 120 current pieces of gear
  • Plus 24 pieces of gear for the all-new 5th Rig class

  • One exclusive Early Access Portrait
  • One exclusive Early Access Vision tower Icon
  • One exclusive Alter Ego: Daredevil Recon - an unique version of our pilot with different costume and alternate gear loadout

Dropzone is an all-new strategy gaming experience developed by Sparkypants Studios, which includes some of the creators behind the critically acclaimed, award-winning hits such as Rise of Nations, Rise of Legends, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

All of humanity depends on a rare and powerful energy source called Cores mined from Jupiter’s moon Europa—but Europa has fallen. A hostile alien presence called the Kavash has conquered Europa’s vast energy resources and pushed humanity to the brink. It’s time to fight back.

Step into the role of a skilled and daring Core Hunter, part renegade captain and part privateer, and compete against mercenaries and elite military companies for riches at the edge of the Dropzone. As war consumes the galaxy, collect Cores, build your fortune, and secure a destiny among the stars.

RTS or MOBA? It’s Both!

Created by a team of veteran strategy game developers, Dropzone combines core RTS elements of strategy, map awareness and attention management with key MOBA mechanics like tactical positioning, unique abilities and in-game leveling. The result is intense white-knuckle gameplay with endless depth. Try it out and decide for yourself - it certainly is great fun whether you prefer RTS or MOBA!


Face off against your rivals in a 1v1 match or pair up with a few friends and battle on the icy plains of Europa in the fun and furious Dropzone 2v2 mode. Clash for Cores on a custom map with your friend, creating your own signature co-op strategies and wombo-combos. Or hold your ground together with fellow Core Hunters as long as possible in the cooperative Infestation mode.

Explosive 15 Minute Matches

You will command a squad of three highly-specialized battle Rigs in intense 15-minute matches. Collect Cores and complete map objectives to score points, and whoever has the highest score when time runs out wins the match. Every moment counts and every strategic decision matters as you struggle against the Kavash and other Core Hunters that are intent on stealing your glory.

Unique Pilot Abilities

Recruit daredevil Pilots from across the solar system, each with his or her own default Gear and set of unique abilities. At level 5, Pilots unlock their powerful Special Move that can change the course of battle in the blink of an eye. Ravage the battlefield with Pandora’s pulsating Litany of Plagues. Heal your whole squad with Widget’s Rapid Repairs. Or throw the winning punch with Knockout’s stunning Haymaker.

Deep Rig customization

Choose from literally hundreds of Gear options and outfit your Rigs with select Gear choices that grant active and passive abilities to match your play-style. Do you trap your opponents with a Nanite Wall, shock them with electrified Twinned Coils, suck them in with Dyno Vortex, or rain death from above with the Skylance? As you level up, you will acquire blueprints for new gear and use the game’s crafting system to unlock game-changing new abilities.

Devastating Squad Combos

Build your squad from four classes of Rig: the hulking Tank, powerful Gunner, resourceful Mechanic, and unpredictable Summoner. Use your squad effectively to execute creative combos that will send your enemy reeling. Stun a Rig with Turbine’s Positron Condenser and then rain down damage on it with Recon’s Rocket Cluster. The strong may survive, but only the clever will triumph.

PvP and PvE Battles

Accept Transmissions from characters across the Dropzone universe to embark on single-player scenarios and experience combat beyond multiplayer matches. Fight your way to the top of the upcoming single player leaderboards, or find out how long your squad can survive against the endless Kavash hordes in the debut of Infestation Mode for Early Access.

Dynamic Replay Controls

Watch live Dropzone matches, or show off past favorite victories to your friends. Using the game’s best-in-class viewing mode, relive your greatest Core hunting moments and study the moves of the top players to improve your skills. Built with casting in mind, Dropzone’s spectator client directs the action so you can call the action!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.x, Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 460 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
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