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I like to think I’d be a respectful god. I wouldn’t go poking around inside your head or turn you into a heifer. I might, however, be tempted to dick about with cosmic powers and portents. What will you think when I plop another Moon into the night sky, drop a supernova behind Pluto, or extinguish the Sun? Y’all had better hope that, if I ever achieve godhood, I’m too distracted by Universe Sandbox [official site] to notice.

Rebuilt and expanded in a new engine, the cosmic simulator sequel last night launched on Steam Early Access. Come check out these cosmic calamities:

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Community Announcements - Dan Dixon
Universe Sandbox ² is now available now on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/230290/

Universe Sandbox ² is in alpha and very much unfinished, but it already blows away the original version with improved physics, climate simulations, material properties, terraforming, and awesome collisions.

We welcome you to join us on this journey as we continue to add and improve the sequel into the future!
Community Announcements - Dan Dixon
Get instant access to the Universe Sandbox ² Alpha on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux and pre-order the finished game.

Available for purchase at
http://universesandbox.com/2

While you buy though our website (via the Humble Bundle people), you'll redeem your copy on Steam and the game will appear in your Steam library.

Universe Sandbox ² is in alpha and very much unfinished, but it already blows away the original version with improved physics, climate simulations, material properties, terraforming, and awesome collisions.

We welcome you to join us on this journey as we continue to add and improve the sequel over the next year.
Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 75% on Universe Sandbox!

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time
Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 50% off Universe Sandbox!

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

Kotaku

Universe Sandbox Getting Stellar Update (Not a Pun) Next Year, Mac Compatibility TooDan Dixon, escaped former This is Vegas producer now working on improving his galaxy and planet-smashing sim, Universe Sandbox, told me at PAX that he's working on a significant update to his terrific not-quite-a-game. He expects will be out next year.


The new version, built for the Unity engine, will expand Universe Sandbox to Macs instead of just PCs, will be easier to use (presumably thanks to a better interface), and will feature better explosions. Plus: It will feature more of the life cycle of stars. Because what's a Universe Sandbox without more moons smashing impressively into planets and a bunch of supernovas lighting up your monitor?


Universe Sandbox was cool enough already, but it is getting better. It's nice to hear it will be improving, and it was nice to hear from Dixon that, since Universe Sandbox launched on Steam several months ago, it's been profitable for him.


Dixon has other ideas for improving US, but he didn't want to over-promise. So just keep the faith in this intergalactic endeavor. And trust that, as he told me, he's not going to add many, if any, game-y aspects to it. This is a universe experimentation set. That's fun enough.



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A reader who was tired of my stories about L.A. Noire recently wondered why I hadn't written about Universe Sandbox. What's that? A simulation of the universe I can run on a Windows computer? And here I am at work on a Mac?


At least I can watch the trailer of this marvelous-looking creation. You can get it on Steam for $10. Your enticement might be the trailer above... or these promotional blurbs below, which all are listed as Universe Sandbox features on the game's official website.


*Explore our solar system
*Blow up moons
*Line up the planets with a single click
*Play pool in zero gravity
*Rip Saturn's rings apart in 3D
*Destroy our solar system with a single rogue star
*View the paths of hundreds of asteroids & moons
*Compare the moons & dwarf planets
*View our constellations from other stars
*Make a football orbit a bowling ball
*Explore nearby galaxy clusters


Before today, I didn't know I'd ever want to do these things, nor had I imagined that I could pretend they were possible.


Oh! Here's a Universe Sandbox bombarding our planet with the planet(s) Mercury. Keep that kind of behavior in video games, people.


Link Chevron Universe Sandbox


Product Release - Valve
Universe Sandbox, the ultimate space simulator, is now available on Steam and is 10% off until May 6th at 10AM Pacific Time.

Create and destroy on a scale you’ve never imagined! Spawn a massive moon to tear apart Saturn’s rings or launch a rogue star to rip the planets from their orbits around our sun!

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