TAXINAUT is a space-taxi sim / adventure set in a sci-fi fantasy open-world with a huge galaxy.
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Sep 15, 2022

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Why Early Access?

TAXINAUT is an ambitious project for a single developer: it has a huge open galaxy and many little mechanics and moving parts. The game is playable (its main story can be completed) but I want to make the general game-play like running regular taxi fares a lot more interesting.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I've basically designed the game so I (and possibly others) can keep expanding it and create more content for it. However I want to create a version 1.0 that I feel marks a certain basic standard. I'm guessing that in itself will take more than a year.”

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

“The full version aims to provide more:
  • More story-lines that lead you to certain items and places.
  • More interesting passengers by having some have their own story-lines.
  • More difficulties (e.g. aggressive ships) in certain zones and especially in space.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

TAXINAUT has been worked on for 6 years. It is playable, has a full tutorial and story that can be completed. Just running fares is quite exciting for a while but it all needs to be expanded and have more interest. Obtaining certain items is just a matter of having a lot of luck at the moment and this in particular needs work. It also probably needs a good bit of balancing things like prices and difficulty etc.”

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

“The full version will be more expensive.”

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

“There's no "plan" here other than that I'm open to any comments, suggestions etc. (You can use the Steam-forum or the mosgrom discord, etc.). Depending on how much of this I get, I might not always be responsive because it's only me and I'm simply busy trying to improve TAXINAUT.

I'de like to mention here that TAXINAUT is fully moddable (you have to know or be willing to learn Java and there are no tools). I can't make any commitment on documenting this and/or making it easier but it is there fully functional (the base game itself uses it extensively).

Also, if you're interested in donating art-work (like NPC portraits) or even music then let me know. It will have to fit with my "vision" of TAXINAUT to ship with the game.”
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About This Game

TAXINAUT is a space-taxi sim / adventure in which you play a war veteran searching for a friend in the underbelly of a sci-fi fantasy world while trying to make ends meet as a taxi pilot.

Explore an open galaxy as a lonely TAXINAUT carrying fares across alien worlds. Descent onto planets and fly over alien cities and landscapes. Land at bars, diners, garages and many other common and exotic locations. Interact with the locals to ask for directions or learn about the many esoteric and sinister aspects of the Kyprei-41 galaxy. Experience a variety of items and effects like food, equipment, weapons, damages, repairs, injuries, diseases, cures, mental states, permits, memberships, etc.

Your search for "Birdie" will take you into a dark world of exploitation and cloning, and maybe give some insight into the nature of VUDU (the galaxy's currency, energy and life-force), cycling (the act of dying and being reborn) and the Nexus (an ancient network of places where VUDU can be stored and people are reborn).

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

As a taxi driver in TAXINAUT you explore the underbelly of a sci-fi fantasy world. Things like: sexual exploitation, slavery, drug & alcohol abuse, organ-trade, violent crime and depravity are kind of the subject of the game. You should expect occasional descriptions, interactions and images of a violent, sexual, and/or mildly disturbing nature. They are always short, not detailed and in an unrealistic, often comical, fantasy comic-book-like style and setting.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: A good Intel Core i5 (the game relies heavily on the CPU).
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: REQUIRES: Separate mouse (not a touchpad) with left and right button and scroll-wheel. Gamepads are not supported. TAXINAUT is played with a beverage in one hand and your mouse in the other.
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