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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Mostly Positive (194 reviews) - 75% of the 194 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (361 reviews) - 81% of the 361 user reviews for this game are positive.
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 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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April 21

Community Events Week 16, 2017

It's Friday, Commanders! Time for your weekly update with what's going on in the Dropzone player community.

Developer Blog


We have a new post on the Sparkypants developer blog! In this second dev blog post, we interview Art Director Ted Terranova about how we create the unique pilots of Dropzone!

Check out the video interview:

Read the full blog post: Interview: Ted Terranova



Hive Buster Cup 2nd Event

When: Saturday, May 6
Regions: All

The second Hive Buster Cup registration page is now up!


The Hive Buster Cup is an ongoing league where players can win cash prizes as well as "Core Points" that qualify them for main event tournaments! Check out the link above for full details.

Community Groups and Resources


Dropzone on Reddit

Did you know we have a community-run subreddit? It's a great place to post and discuss Dropzone content from your fellow players! Join the discussion at:https://www.reddit.com/r/playdropzone/!


Dropzone Nation

Dropzone Nation was our very first fansite from the early days, and they're still one of the most passionate communities around Dropzone. They write guides, run tournaments, and run a Discord channel where many players hang out and chat about the game!

Go check them out: http://www.dropzonenation.com/



intoDropzone is a great resource for looking at the math behind Dropzone's gameplay mechanics. The site was made by player Anxiety, and one of the coolest features on the site is the "Loadouts" page, which lets you plan your pilots and equipment!



Dropzone Germany Facebook group

Speaking of groups, if you are a German player, you might also want to check out Dropzone Germany, an up-and-coming Facebook group. They just started, so give them a look!

Dropzone Germany on Facebook


If you have a Dropzone-related fansite, group, or are organizing a Dropzone tournament or other community event, please reach out to us at community[at]sparkypants[dot]com and tell us about it!

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April 20

Ver. 1955 hotfix (MANUAL UPDATE)

Hey Commanders!

We've rolled out a hotfix to address a few issues, and add a few quality-of-life features to Dropzone. This hotfix requires a manual update, so please follow these steps:

  • In your Steam games library, right-click on Dropzone.
  • Select "Properties."
  • On the Local Files tab, click, "Verify Integrity of Game Files."

That should update your client with the hotfix! Here's the list of fixes and additions:

Miscellaneous Updates
  • Friend Codes shown in the Friends List can now be toggled on or off. You can right-click on your username in the Friends List to toggle displaying your Friend Code. The default is set to ON
  • A "Report Player" feature has been added to Global Chat, Party Chat, Custom Lobby Chat, and Direct Messages. If you encounter a player breaking the Community Guidelines, right-click on their name and click "Report Player" so we can investigate. Abuse of the report function is also against the Community Guidelines, so please use it wisely.
  • There is now a Global Chat room for every language supported by Dropzone. Players will be defaulted to the correct Global Chat room for their selected language, but you can switch to the chat room for any language by clicking on the Language cog wheel located on the right side of the Global Chat banner
  • All Dropzone Developers now have a [Dev] tag by their username in Global, Party, and Custom Lobby chat.
  • In the Watch Menu, you can now search player usernames to find their replays!

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where Cyrillic characters were not appearing correctly in chat
  • Fixed an issue where the "My Friends" filter in the Watch Menu was taking a long time to load
  • Fixed a crash that would occur if a tank used Landfall but died before the ability completed
  • Fixed a crash that would occur if players set as Observers in Custom Lobby games used pings once the match had started

Please make sure to update your game client, Commanders, and we'll see you on Europa!

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“The gameplay feels incredibly solid.”

“Dropzone is a competitive RTS for the modern era.”
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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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