Space Station Designer is a construction and management game that puts you in charge of creating and expanding a network of orbital outposts in Earth and Lunar orbits.
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Space Station Designer is a construction and management game where you are in charge of building and expanding a network of orbital outposts in Earth and Lunar Orbit.

Perform a wide range of activities such as recruiting and managing astronauts, building and installing modules, providing commercial services, manufacturing commercial goods, acquiring and commercializing industrial R&D technologies, leasing modules, and a lot more in order to make your network the best it can be!

Or, if you prefer a more chilled experience, fire up the sandbox mode and come up with your own creative designs. Your imagination is the limit!

Space Station Designer is the second large game from the creators of Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager and it’s under heavy development. There’s no planned release date, as this is a labor of love and we are working on it during our spare time. If you want to support our efforts and stay up to date with its development, please add it to your Steam wishlist and follow us on Twitter. We’ll be providing updates on a regular basis.

The year is 1984. As an extremely accomplished and well-respected billionaire that made their fortune in the logistics and technology sectors, you’re well aware of the potential benefits that a permanent presence in space can provide. After meeting with many world leaders for several months and pitching your ambitious ideas, government officials from China, the Soviet Union, the United States of America, and the European Union all want to partner up with you in order to setup a government-industry venture in order to establish a network of orbital outposts in Earth and Lunar orbits.

Unfortunately, these four superpowers are not interested in working together! Will you partner with the US and receive a commercial goods transactions bonus and an extra influx of initial funds? Or maybe go with the European Union and receive a permanent bonus on propulsion and research points generation? The Soviet Union prepares their astronauts for maintenance duties a lot better than the rest of the regions, maybe that’s the best option? Or probably partnering up with China looks more appealing, as they provide a significant manufacturing boost?

After selecting your partner, choose between three initial configurations of the Core Module, launch it into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), and begin your journey! A typical week as a Director of this government-industry venture will find you ordering modules, arranging resupply spacecraft, training astronauts, acquiring technologies from a vast tech tree, and providing commercial services to private companies and contractors.

Once you’ve established a solid presence in LEO, expand your network by opening further outposts in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), High Earth Orbit (HEO) and the Moon. Your career as a Director will span 50 years. Develop a strategy and see how far you push this venture during this period of time!

As of August 2021, Space Station Designer features both a Sandbox and a Campaign mode. The Sandbox mode gives you a blank canvas with a massive palette of modules that you can assemble as you see fit, whereas the Campaign mode provides the following options:

  • Choose between four unique regions to establish your company. Each one of them provides different bonuses and perks.
  • Setup your LEO station by choosing from three different Core Modules.
  • Purchase modules across a wide range of categories (electricity, cooling, structural, research, manufacturing, etc) and install them.
  • Manage the members of your astronauts corps, whose individual morale ratings are affected by the assignments they get and other external events.
  • Discover and unlock technologies from a complex tech tree which comprises over 55 technologies.
  • Order space station modules from different types of contractors featuring unique strong points.
  • Request and prepare resupply missions in order to bring consumables, raw materials and astronauts to the station.
  • Provide commercial services and lease your modules to private companies in order to bring much needed funds.
  • Experience random events that affect different aspects of your company.
  • Assign astronauts to maintenance duties in order to keep the station fully functional. Sometimes modules will break, though! So make sure you have enough crew members available to jump in for unexpected repairs.
  • Setup complex production lines in order to produce commercial goods, which can be sold back on Earth in a constantly evolving market.
  • Develop Industrial R&D technologies, which can be leased or sold to private entities.
  • Expand your network to higher orbits such as Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and High Earth Orbit (HEO). You can even establish an orbital outpost in Lunar orbit!
  • Build and manage Earth facilities, which provide extra bonuses and the option of running Continuous Improvement Programs (CIPs).

Planned features for the campaign mode include:

  • An optional mini-game where you will manually pilot resupply spacecraft and guide them to the target docking port.
  • Deeper interactions with your astronauts.
  • More random events and emergent situations.
  • A minigame when launching resupply spacecraft.

We’re also implementing modding support for both the Sandbox and the Campaign modes, which will allow you to add new modules and astronauts or replace existing ones. And of course we’re designing a massive list of Steam Achievements and coming up with loads ideas for Steam Trading Cards!

There’s no planned final release date for Space Station Designer yet. If you like the premise of the game, we encourage you to join the Steam playtest and let us know your feedback by opening a thread in the forums. We read each and every single thread opened there, and we’ve already started implementing some of your suggestions. A recent example is the interactive tutorial system added in version 0.3.6, which was published in mid-August 2021.

See you in the forums!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: A graphics card with DX10 capabilities.
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: macOS Catalina (10.15)
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Dual Core Processor

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