Ostranauts is a hardcore noir space-sim. Manage life aboard your ship, and beware the cost of every decision you make. Scavenge and explore the boneyard. Create, build, and customise your ship. Hire a crew to help but remember, nothing is more certain than death and taxes.
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Very Positive (18) - 88% of the 18 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date:
Sep 10, 2020

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I want Ostranauts to become a storytelling platform for space crews in a dystopian System. It's going to take a lot of effort, and fan feedback will be a crucial part of achieving that goal.

Ostranauts is very much a spiritual sequel to Blue Bottle Games’ previous game Neo Scavenger. Neo Scavenger famously held a long early access period during which the game drastically evolved based on player feedback. The plan for Ostranauts is to follow this precedent.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Approximately four years. We have a fairly lengthy list of features and content we'd like to add, and we'd also like to engage players and incorporate their feedback. So we anticipate this support cycle being fairly substantial.”

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

  • Detailed Custom Ship Design
  • Crew Needs
  • Systems Management
  • Crew AI
  • Social "Combat"
  • First Person Control Panels
  • Low-Stress Controls and Pace
  • Original Soundtrack by Josh Culler
  • Modding Support

Check on the community hub our roadmap in the product description for more details.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“A fair range of working ship equipment will be available, with gas simulation, temperature, power, and lighting. Crew will be required to eat, sleep, and maintain a range of physical needs, as well as psychological needs like social contact, esteem, and autonomy.

We will regularly update the status of the build with announcements on the Steam Community Hub, as well as brief notes in-game.”

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

“In all likelihood, the game will have a slight increase in price at 1.0 launch. The scope of the game at 1.0 will be much larger than at Early Access, and will include more localisations, quality of life improvements and more content.”

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

“Dan already has a reputation of directly chatting with fans across the sites mentioned below, and plans to continue this level of player interaction.

We will engage with the community across multiple platforms, but especially the Steam Forums. We also communicate via Reddit, Twitter, the Blue Bottle Games official site, and Discord. These are our prime hubs.

We will constantly be checking their feedback. In the future (which will be highlighted in our shared roadmap) we will implement a Player-Driven roadmap where players can vote in game and ultimately shape the course of the game.”
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About This Game

In a solar system cut-off from a ravaged Earth, you play as a scavenger trying to make a living in the dredges of space. Wage-slave scrapper life isn’t enough anymore, and at last you’ve pulled together the funds (plus a hefty loan) to have a go at independence.

Based in the same universe as Blue Bottle Game’s last hit NEO Scavenger, learn to manage your dysfunctional crew and ship as you fend off bankruptcy...or worse.

Every choice you make will affect the outcome of the game. In character creation, you’ll use a Career Kiosk to shape your character’s background, income, and qualifications. Use it to customise your traits and skillset, which will be essential when managing your ship, its crew, and anyone sticking their noses in your business. You’ll start out the game with enemies, ex-lovers, and acquaintances to seek out… or avoid. Just remember your early decisions will affect your options and outcomes in conversations down the line.

Build your dream ship from the ground up, using detailed, functional parts. Scavenge “pre-loved” parts in the boneyard to upgrade your ship - finding old or rare parts in the system is much cheaper than tracking down the original manufacturer. Who has time to scour the solar system? Hook up subsystems, add extra power and fuel, and be sure to replace parts which have worn out during your adventures. Parts are essential to your experience and will change how your ship feels to fly.

“I cannot change the laws of physics, Captain!” In Ostranauts you will be piloting a ship under the laws of Newtonian flight, learning to fly using in-world manuals and sheets. It will be your job to manipulate control panels, flip switches, and to resist the urge to press the big shiny red button… Every craft has a different flight feel based on thrusters, hull mass, and how you’ve customised the ship. Remember to use a light touch whilst docking, and try not find yourself in the outer rim with an empty fuel gauge.

Even in the darkest corners of space, you are not alone. Each character you encounter runs an AI that is constantly making choices based on their current needs and past experiences. They have physiological and emotional needs, ranging from basic wants like food, oxygen and water all the way up to deeper needs like intimacy and security. As captain, keep an eye out at the space port, scout out a crew and build those relationships. Your background will shape out how you are able to interact with other characters and if they will join your ship - have you developed a silver tongue or does fear rule your ship?

Based in the same universe as NEO Scavenger, Ostranauts will be rich with lore for those who wish to explore. After the collapse of civilization on Earth, colonies and factions formed - colonising other planets, moons and asteroids - with only those able to adapt to the harshness of space able to survive. As states and corporations spread their reach through the System, whispers of unexplained phenomena are creeping through back channels.

Blue Bottle Games encourages players to join the discord, share modding ideas, and to help grow the world of Ostranauts. Modders who want to make their experience more unique are able to edit a wide variety of game data - most of the game's data is in plain-text files for easy access. If you have an inquiry, send us a message in Discord.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Potentially sensitive content includes:

- Alcohol/drug references (usable items and world-building)
- Violence (ranged/melee combat between people)
- Sexual/intimate references (Text-based character interactions)

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7 SP1+
    • Processor: Dual Core 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4600 (AMD or NVIDIA equivalent)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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