Experience deeply simulated, hex-based space combat as an elite starship pilot. Explore a ruined solar system, upgrade your ship, and lead your faction to greatness in this tactical, space RPG with 4X elements.
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Positive (29) - 89% of the 29 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 9, 2023

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Relic Space is a complex and ambitious game, and feedback from the community is hugely important. As a game with significant procedural generation and multiple interacting mechanics, player feedback will be crucial to identify balance issues and bugs. And suggestions from the community will also undoubtedly lead to new content and even new game mechanics.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game is expected to be in early access for about a year.”

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

“The full version will feature an original single-player storyline, and will also include an additional main faction and diverse new sectors. It will also feature many more ships, equipment and pilot skills as well as more varied procedural missions. The Early Access phase will also see balance and gameplay improvements.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Since the main storyline does not exist, the focus of the current Early Access version is on procedurally generated missions. As a result the game may come across as having a 'minimalist' feel to some players. Although there is a wide range of ships, equipment, skills and factions, more content is planned before the game will be considered complete. That said, the game is full playable and winnable, and the ability to unlock new abilities and mechanics by upgrading your skills and equipment allows for rewarding runs with many hours of playtime.”

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

“The price of the game may increase after Early Access.”

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

“There will be numerous ways for players to contribute to the development process and join the Early Access community, including a dedicated Discord server, the Steam community pages and a Reddit page.”
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“Relic Space has ambition and good ideas and will appeal to any space sim fan who appreciates turn-based action”

“Definitely one of the turn-based 4X games to have an eye on”

“I found myself getting that “one more turn” itch that the best turn-based games give you”


About This Game

Relic Space is a turn-based, roguelike RPG with '4X' strategy elements in which you help rebuild civilisation following a galactic catastrophe.

In the role of a legendary Omega pilot, you'll engage in deeply simulated, hex-based space combat as you explore and complete missions in over 40 distinct sectors, while acquiring new ships, and upgrading them with hundreds of equipment options.


With detailed combat mechanics, faction-based strategy elements, multiple game modes, and countless ship upgrades, the EA version already offers a complete 'roguelike' gameplay experience with tens of hours of gameplay.

At the time of launching EA the available missions are mostly procedurally generated, and a lot more content – including the full handcrafted storyline, and new pilot skills, ships, and equipment – is planned, to create the truly epic experience we are aiming for. (So if your main interest is in the story, you may prefer to wait until full release before playing the game.)

Tactical turn-based space combat

Use your tactical skills on a hex grid with fast-paced ‘one-tile-per-turn’ mechanics inspired by traditional roguelikes, but with a fluid, modern feel.

Deep Simulation

Realistic combat mechanics simulate damage to individual ship components. Each weapon, engine or utility item can catch fire, leak power, and acquire many more status effects. You will also need to manage heat, energy and fuel levels by making smart movement and equipment choices.

Non-linear exploration

Freely traverse a procedurally generated solar system with handcrafted elements. 4 main factions and 7 minor factions pursue research, trade, construction projects, and other goals irrespective of your actions – though your actions affect their success or failure!

Flexible development

Use your growing reputation and influence to acquire more powerful ships and equip them with countless weapon and utility combinations. Acquire new piloting abilities through a flexible skill tree, and research relics to unlock new powers and equipment.

Immersive setting

Uncover a rich, branching narrative threaded with endless procedurally generated stories in a detailed setting inspired by hard sci-fi. (NOTE: The main narrative will be added over the course of Early Access, and is not yet available. The Early Access version of Relic Space is built around procedurally generated missions.)

Real Space

Movement rules based on actual space physics: motion in a straight line is free, but turning, starting or stopping cost energy.

It is the year 2612 and the galaxy lies in ruins. You are a member of Omega, the elite pilot wing of a community of survivors known as the Order.

Originally an elite military organization set up to protect posthumanity from high-impact, low-probability threats, the Order is a community of genetically engineered supersoldiers with a fierce sense of tradition.

After failing to prevent the devastation known as the Fall, their core aim is to recover lost knowledge and rebuild civilization. But recent events show an emergent new threat to their very existence...

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 7300/ AMD Ryzen 2200U
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 / AMD HD7950
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The game is currently in early access and system requirements may change as the game develops
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+ / Steam OS+ (64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 7300/ AMD Ryzen 2200U
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 / AMD HD7950
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The game is currently in early access and system requirements may change as the game develops

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