Dropzone is a game of action, strategy and skill. Win 15 minute battles by scoring points. Unlock gear, customize your squad of up to 3 Units and compete in Team 3v3, 2v2 or 1v1 matches. Lay claim to the riches of Europa!
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Mixed (37 reviews) - 67% of the 37 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (616 reviews) - 74% of the 616 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 15, 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?

“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 Build to be a Free to Play game and as such we plan to keep it Free to Play beyond Early Access.
We might explore the option of offering specific bundles or additional content via DLCs in the future.”

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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August 15

Patch Notes Early Access v2448

Hello Core hunters! This week's patch will release August 16th. We have some quality of life changes and some fixes, but most importantly we have added a 'Consent to Transfer' message/setting for all current players. You can follow this link for all the details as to why we have done this:

Change of Publisher

If you have any question about this please do not hesitate to post in the thread or message me directly if you see me in-game. Thanks everyone!

Message to All Players
  • 'Consent to Transfer' message and user interface has been added
    • On September 6th, 2017, Gameforge will be relinquishing its role as publisher of Dropzone and handing the game over to its developers, Sparkypants
    • All items, game progress and unlocked content remain yours
    • If you click ‘Yes’ during the popup message your Steam ID and account name will be transferred from Gameforge to Sparkypants
    • If you click ‘No’ your account details will not be transferred to Sparkypants and you will have to create a new game account if you want to play Dropzone again
    • If you wish to change your mind, you can do this at any time from the Account Settings menu in the Player Profile section of the game until the September 6th transfer
Miscellaneous Notes
  • You can now mute individual teammates via the “Show Stats” hotkey menu
  • The Watch menu filter now remembers the previous search parameters when loading back in
  • The Friends list is now anchored to the very right of the Main Menu. In situations where a lower resolution still causes overlap of the Friends list and the Global Chat window, there is now proper z-indexing to bring forward the window you have clicked on
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where entering siege mode would clear your current target when it should not have
  • Fixed an issue where the Rewards Screen would not show up after the Post-Match Results Screen due to a player disconnecting and then reconnecting
  • Fixed an issue where team coloring during Replays was incorrectly using yellow-green for the right-side team
  • Fixed an issue where deselecting a rig would break the UI and HUD for observers during Live games and/or Replays
  • Fixed an issue where the details UI of the replay list would break if you re-entered the Watch menu with the “Show Spoilers” checkbox ticked
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the Match Seek timer to continue running, falsely, if you left a party after returning to the Main Menu together from a completed match
  • Various localization fixes
Known Issues
  • Locking Observer 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
  • Global Chat does not reflect your changed name until you have restarted the game
  • Due to the new leveling system, older replays will be using observer information that is out of date. A replay wipe will be in the near future, so we suggest video capturing any replays you would like to save

So there you have it everyone. Plenty more is in store for Dropzone in the future, and pretty soon Sniper 3 will be available for everyone! Thanks as always and let us know if you catch any bugs we missed!!
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August 15

Change of Publisher

On September 6th, 2017, Gameforge will be relinquishing its role as publisher of Dropzone and handing the game over to its developers, Sparkypants.

This will not change anything for you – all items, game progress and unlocked content remain yours.

In order to continue playing with your account, we need to receive consent to transfer your account details to Sparkypants by September 6th.

From August 16th, a window will open when you launch Dropzone in which you can provide consent to transfer your account details with a single click. This window will appear only once.

Simply click on ‘Yes’ and your Steam ID and account name will be transferred from Gameforge to Sparkypants.

We will not transfer your data if you do not so wish. Simply click on ‘No’ if that is the case. Your account details will not be transferred to Sparkypants and you will have to create a new game account if you want to play Dropzone again.

Please note:
  • If you wish to change your mind, you can do this at any time from the profile account settings menu in the game until the September 6th transfer.
  • Sparkypants are based in the USA and therefore different privacy laws apply.
  • If you do not agree to the transfer, your details will be deleted on September 6th. All previous game progress will be lost. If you wish to continue playing Dropzone afterwards, you will have to create a new account.
  • On September 6th, we will need to carry out extensive maintenance, during which time the servers will likely be offline for several hours. Of course, we will try to keep this downtime to a minimum.
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“The gameplay feels incredibly solid.”

“Dropzone is a competitive RTS for the modern era.”
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Pilot Pack: Threshing Trio

Get started in Dropzone with 3 additional Pilots - save time and money with this high value bundle!

The Pilot Pack: Threshing Trio includes:

  • Knockout the Tank
  • Fury the Gunner
  • Cortex the Mechanic
  • 7,500 Jovians for additional Pilots or Gear

Please note: If you buy this bundle but have already unlocked one or more of these 3 Pilots in the game, there will be no refund or compensation for the affected Pilots

About This Game

It is the 22nd century…

Compete to win in the Dropzone - part renegade captain and part privateer, you strive against other mercenaries and elite military companies for Cores, reputation and glory!

Explosive 15 Minute Matches

You will command a squad of up to 3 highly-specialized battle Rigs in intense 15-minute matches. Fight against your opponents and the alien Kavash over Cores to score points. Experience the rush of beating the buzzer and score the winning point in the last second.

1vs1, 2vs2, 3vs3, CO-OP, PvE and more

Control 1, 2 or 3 units across a wide variety of modes including competitive 1v1, 2v2 and Team 3v3 battles, PvP and PvE, custom maps, single player gameplay against AI and a cooperative wave-based Infestation mode

Unique Pilot Abilities

Recruit Pilots from across the solar system, each with his own default Gear and unique abilities. Then build your squad of three Rigs from four classes: the hulking Tank, powerful Gunner, resourceful Mechanic, and unpredictable Summoner.

Deep Rig Customization

Choose from hundreds of Gear options granting active and passive abilities to outfit your Rigs. Match your squad to your play style and use it to execute effective combos that will send your enemy reeling.

Dynamic Replay Controls

Use the game’s replay system and observer modes to watch live Dropzone matches, relive your greatest moments and study the moves of the top players to improve your skills.

Coming Soon

In-game tournaments, ranked leaderboard, new maps and the mysterious 5th Rig class, with all new abilities and Gear to bring even more options on the battlefield.

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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