Trade your wares and eliminate the competition in a cutthroat world. Buy new ships and stations to mine and haul resources. Explore the vast emptiness of space.
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Aug 18, 2017
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We have been working on Helium Rain for more than three years, but there is always room to evolve. We already have some plans, and we'd like to know what our players want to see next.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Helium Rain will stay in Early Access for around six months, depending on the volume of feedback we receive.”

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

“We want to add new content, keep polishing the game, and add new gameplay mechanisms if players request them. Specifically, we are planning on several important features.

  • Story
  • Fuel usage simulation
  • Engine ISP simulation
  • New navigation system
  • New areas to explore
  • New ships to fly
  • New tutorials

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access release features a fully-playable sandbox.

  • Spaceflight gameplay
  • 30 areas to explore
  • 12 flyable ships
  • Dynamic contract system
  • Technology system
  • Game tutorial
  • Joystick support in flight
  • Windows and Linux support

We have been play-testing it for months, and we believe it is already a quality product.”

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

“We will raise the price slightly when exiting Early Access.”

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

“We have been involving the community for quite some time, and will be happy to keep doing so.
  • We have a public bug & feature tracker at http://dev.helium-rain.com, where we've been tracking suggestions from players.
  • We will listen and respond directly to feedback on the Steam community forums and our dedicated subreddit.
  • The source code for the game is fully available on GitHub for the most dedicated players.
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December 16, 2017

Helium Rain beta updated

Hello !

We've updated the beta branch for Helium Rain. The new version brings a new Unreal Engine version, primarily meant for better Linux support, with a new audio pipeline and better support for older distributions. No major changes are expected on Windows.

While we expect this beta release to work exactly like the general release, please be warned that this version is less tested and could have issues on you system. Game saves are compatible to and from the general release. We'll welcome feedback from our most daring users !

Here is what we are currently working on.
  • The next gameplay updates will focus on economy management, and the brand new Skirmish gameplay. We're currently targeting January 2018 for the next update.
  • We plan to continue working on the game with a story update next spring.
  • Early Access to Helium Rain will turn into a full public release on Steam in 2018.

As usual, we'd like to thank you for your continued feedback and support. Enjoy the game !
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December 1, 2017

Helium Rain patch released

We've released a new update with minor interface improvements, and a number of corrective measures, mostly UI issues with the recent modular stations.
  • Add an option to list spacecrafts as fleets in lists
  • Add pause button on trade routes
  • Add clean black bars to the story pages
  • Sort resource slots by input/output status
  • Reduce cockpit blur

  • Fix crash on fast forward with high numbers of stations
  • Fix crash in the trade route menu
  • Fix docking at complexes with large ships
  • Fix complexes not listed in the trade menu
  • Fix fleets not ordered in a sane way
  • Fix spacecraft hotkeys not ignored while typing
  • Fix display issues on the orbital map
  • Fix Pendulum quest not taking resources
  • Fix fleet tutorial sometimes stuck
  • Fix cracks in RCS audio
As usual, thank you for keeping the feedback coming.
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About This Game

Build your fleet, trade, explore and conquer


Helium Rain is a single-player space simulation that places you at the helm of a spacefaring company. Trade resources, buy ships and stations to fulfill contracts ! Dock at stations to buy and sell you wares or upgrade your ship, upgrade your technology to be more efficient and militarize your fleet to prevent piracy.

You will need to master both real-time action and long-term strategy: destroying a freighter has a direct impact on the economy, while declaring war will make your spaceflight environment slightly more hostile...

A world that feels real


Your ships have generators, radiators, weapons, engines, cargo bays or life support systems - they all work together. Every thruster on your ship plays a role. Aim for engines to pin down your enemies, or send them spinning around by destroying power stations. Most ships have more than thirty individual parts ! You can customize the most important parts of your ships - your main engines, attitude control thrusters, weapons and hull colors.

Your competitors are independent factions, companies with the same goal as yours - ruling the system. They will try to undercut you, or even attack you if you become a threat to them. But don't be too quick to destroy them, as war can break the supply of resources you depend on ! Attacking freighters will destroy resources, making them costlier, with the potential to cause an economic crisis.



  • 12 playable ships with weapon and engine upgrades
    Build and fly fleets of fighters, bombers, cargos, corvettes or capital ships. Buy new engines and weapons.
  • Fast-paced combat with a Newtonian flight model, full joystick support
    There is no speed limit in Helium Rain. You can fly at half a mile a second while aiming backwards. Beware of asteroids.
  • Realistic economy model
    Take advantage of an accurate simulation of space trade to be the most competitive company. If diplomacy fails, blockades are in order.
  • Localized damage model for spacecrafts
    Aim for critical systems in order to disable ships, kill their crew or capture targets.
  • A planetary system to explore
    Explore around 25 sectors orbiting the gas giant Nema and its moons.
  • Procedural contracts, world exploration, technology upgrades
    Pick contracts and build your empire to become the largest company.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel Core® i3
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 470 / AMD Radeon® HD 6870 / DX10 compatible GPU with at least 1GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Windows are supported.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel Core® i7
    • Memory: 8000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Windows are supported.
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04
    • Processor: Intel Core® i3
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 470 / DX10 compatible GPU with at least 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Linux are supported. Nvidia hardware works with proprietary drivers, AMD hardware is supported as a beta.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04
    • Processor: Intel Core® i7
    • Memory: 8000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Linux are supported. Nvidia hardware works with proprietary drivers, AMD hardware is supported as a beta.
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