Arid is a gritty, exploration-survival experience that challenges players in surviving the most arid place in the world. By using your skills and adaptation, you must face the loneliness, the extreme temperatures, and mysteries of the Atacama Desert.
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Very Positive (208) - 86% of the 208 user reviews for this game are positive. (86% of 208) All Time
Release Date:
May 26, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As students, we started working on Arid at the beginning of the year. Since then, in a very small amount of time, we managed to achieve great results thanks to the inclusion of the community since the very early stage of the development. Releasing in Early Access is a great opportunity to include even more players in our development cycle and get the feedback we need to create a great experience for our players.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The project will release in 4 weeks.”

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

“For the full version we are planning to work on:
  • UI Art Rework Implementation
  • Mining Town Area
  • Moon Valley Area
  • More narrative
  • More voice lines
  • More optimization and quality of life changes
  • More bugfixing
  • Steam achievements

We are open to community feedback!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current versions contains the entire core loop of the game and all the main features of the game. The player can craft, cook, sleep and balance all the different stats of the character.

Temperature and Sun Exposure are implemented and affecting the player, while the current map content should be able to offer an average of one hour of gameplay.”

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

“The game will be always completely free of charge. No microtransactions or DLC will be added.”

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

“We are actively listening to the community since the first release of our Alpha and we have reached this point thanks to the player. If you want to be part of the development, we invite you to join us on our Discord or on the Steam Forum, to give us feedback and suggestions.”
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We are a team of students from Breda University of Applied Sciences. This is our first project together and we will be working on it over the course of the whole academic year. After a initial concepting phase, we worked 18 weeks to release this Early Access.

Being a student project released entirely for free, the overall scope is limited, but your passion and feedback can help us and impact the game during its development.

You can meet us at our Official Discord, we would love to share this experience with you!

About This Game

Welcome to Arid, a small and contained open world survival experience set during the 1930s in one of the driest places in the world: the Atacama.

Plane Crash

It's the 30s. You are the pilot of a cargo flying 8000 meters over the Atacama*, a mysterious failure in the engine and a miraculous landing has left you stranded in one of the largest and most arid desert in the world. Will you survive the harsh temperature and conditions of this unique setting? Is there even a way out?

*We took some creative freedoms in order to extremize the harsh climate and location in which the game is set.

Survival Open World

As a singleplayer survival open world, Arid aims at delivering a semi-hardcore experience that does not handheld the players. After a guided onboarding the player will be left to explore and progress the story how they prefer. Will you find and repair all the refuges on the map? Will you explore for additional resources? How many days can you survive?

Harsh Environment

Shade in the desert is scarce, as it is water. While exploring the mountains of the Atacama, the player must survive severe dehydration, extreme temperatures, sun exposure and other kinds of natural dangers.

Avoid getting sunburn and be careful to the body temperature of the character. Stock up with resources and look for a safe place!

Weather Events

Prepare yourself, extreme temperatures and sandstorm can occurr at any time. While they're not lethal on their own, they can heavily affect a struggling survivor.

Day and Night Cycle

Survive the day to embrace the darkness of the night. Find a bed to recover energy or embrace the darkness and explore the desert at night. Vision is scarce but without dangers such as the sun exposure and high temperatures, it will be easier to find resources.

Remember to keep your torch well maintained, you will need oil to be able to explore at night or get deeper in the mining network of the Atacama.


  • Avoid sun exposure and keep your body temperature low.
  • Keep yourself well-fed and hydrated. Water will be a scarce resource!
  • Find abandoned locations and uses them as temporary refuges.
  • Consume energy with every action, find a bed and strategize how many resources are needed to recover it back.
  • Unlock different refuge facilities, such as the crafting bench, animal traps and the fireplace.
  • Prepare food and craft all the items required for your survival.
  • Hide from the lethal sandstorms.
  • Discover the stories of the people that lived in this mysterious part of the desert.

Something lies in the darkness...

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 5th gen or better / AMD Ryzen 5 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX1050 Ti / AMD Radeon 570, 4GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 5th gen or better / AMD Ryzen 5 or better
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX1060 / AMD RX 590
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space

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