Deep and innovative space survival simulation experience. Build your station, manage your crew and explore the harsh environment of Io, the innermost moon of Jupiter. Are you brave enough to survive?
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Mostly Positive (329) - 73% of the 329 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jan 20, 2023

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We have a long-term plan for the game, but we think it would be crazy not to rely on players' creativity to improve our vision. We think that The Pioneers is very Early Access friendly and would greatly benefit from implementing community ideas.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The Pioneers should stay in Early Access during 18 months.”

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

“In Early Access, we'll be focusing on upgrading the overall player experience. A lot of features and content will be implemented, but we will also work on graphics, optimization, UX, and many other features. We will announce a content roadmap to showcase all the core content additions throughout early access.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We decided to release this Early Access version of the game because it contains the three main gameplay loops of The Pioneers: Io exploration, station expansion, crew management. They are far from being representative of the final vision, but we find that they work pretty well together and already offer a deep enjoyable gaming experience.”

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

“We decided to offer a lower price point to Early Players that are willing to support the studio during this stage. The full version will be priced slightly higher.”

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

“We are collecting feedback and discussing with players on our Discord server: We also regularly involve our community in design decisions by asking open questions or publishing surveys. All feelings and ideas are collected, analyzed and participate in the design process.”
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About This Game

The Pioneers: Surviving Desolation is an innovative space simulation game where you play as a crew of specialists that must survive and explore the secrets of the desolated moon, Io.

Planet Earth. 2084. It is time to put your mark on history. You are in charge of Io-1, the first inhabited space mission to Io. The dangerous biomes here feature extreme temperatures, intense volcanic and seismic activity and magnetic storms. Retrieve your space station, prep your crew, manage your resources and get ready to face the most hostile environments in the solar system.

Each game of The Pioneers offers players a unique challenge. Start with 3 different characters chosen randomly among a pool of 15. Adapt to their strengths and weaknesses and use everything they have at their disposal to survive.

Your spaceship has wrecked on the surface of Io but you can still use the parts to your advantage. Produce Materials, build modules and engineering systems, craft wearable equipment and make food. Utilize the game’s advanced health system to monitor everyone carefully to keep them alive.

Volcanos, seismic activity and magnetic storms will put nearly constant pressure on your crew. Monitor your beacons carefully to avoid dying because of a sulfur wind. Anticipate and adapt. Your life depends on it.

Io may be dangerous but it is also home to beautiful, desolate landscapes. Board a rover or a flying drone and venture out to gather precious resources int he various biomes of Io. Explore the land and collect important scientific data to accomplish your mission.

A New Adventure to Experience

The Pioneers: Surviving Desolation features multiple winning conditions and endings. Play again and again, take advantage of upgrades, learn the best strategies for survival, and master all of Io’s unforgiving elements.

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7, 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5 4th generation / AMD FX-8300
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1050 / AMD RX 590
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 10, 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5 6th generation (or better) / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (or better)
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 2060 (or better) / AMD RX 5700 (or better)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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