Caldera is set in 1849 at the very beginning of the American Gold Rush, where Players have the opportunity to seek their fortunes and learn about the various Mineralization's responsible for Gold-Bearing Ore! Pan for Gold, Mine for Gold, Dig for Gold, Process Minerals, and more!
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Feb 15, 2024

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Why Early Access?

“In order to create the best game possible, involving the Players in the decision-making process is vital. Caldera is not Early Access because there are numerous bugs, Caldera is early access so that the final product is a tailored experience that the Steam community can be proud of.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Caldera is planned to be in Steam's Early Access program for at least one year.”

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

“The Full Version of Caldera is planned to include the following additional features based on the existing 2024 Roadmap:

Early Access Roadmap:
Q1 2024: Carpentry & Chemistry Update.
Q2 2024: Online Multiplayer Update & PVP Update.
Q3 2024: Advanced Base Building Update.
Q4 2024: New Maps.
Q1 2025: Leaving Early Access.

Although Q1 2025 is the planned end of Early Access for Caldera, there are existing post-production plans for long-term development inspired by internal roadmaps. In the end, the valuable insight and suggestions of the Steam community will heavily influence the direction of Caldera throughout the development process. Both before and after Early Access, the goal is to create a genuine, one-stop-shop for all Gold enthusiasts to enjoy, as well as the intention to expand upon the versatility of Online and Co-op scenarios for players of all ages. The Full Version of Caldera needs to be as educational as it is entertaining, if not outright motivating and inspiring.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Caldera 1.0 is Stable with many gameplay opportunities to enjoy, from Gold Panning to advanced prospecting. As of Q1 2024, Prospecting includes but is not limited to; Gold Panning, Digging Paydirt, Extracting Minerals from Paydirt, investigating 10+ real-world themed Mineral Depositions, and more. Survival functionality in Caldera is unforgiving, however the emphasis here is on Gemstones and Minerals, not combat; at least for now. The early America's were built on Cooperation and Knowledge, a concept which is by no means easy to convey.”

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

“Caldera's price will increase as it exits Early Access, but only when the Features and Stability of the product reflect this change.”

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

“The Steam Community will dictate the direction of Caldera through participation in the Community Hub, where their wants, needs, and opinions will be heard and swiftly acted upon.”
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About This Game

In Caldera you play as Robert, an American Geologist and Gold Prospector.

From Gold Panning to Alluvial, Eluvial, and Placer Prospecting, this 1849 adventure will lead you down a path towards Gold Fever. Learn about the Mineralization in Geology responsible for Gold Bearing Ore, and other Precious Gemstones and Minerals through the differentiation between Mafic, Felsic, and Intermediate deposits. Using an intuitive system for Mineral Memorization, you will learn valuable information with Visual References to help you find Gold in the real; or at a minimum, a neat party trick with your newfound vast knowledge of Gemstones and Mineral Depositions. From Pickers to Sunbakers, Specimens to Spot Price, relive this Historic American experience in Caldera!

Get yourself a Pan ready because we're not here to touch grass!

Caldera is an Early Access title made by a solo Developer with a dream to share his Art and passion for Gold Prospecting.

Early Access Roadmap:
Q1 2024: Quality Assurance, Carpentry, and Chemistry updates.
Q2 2024: Online Multiplayer Update & PVP Update.
Q3 2024: Advanced Base Building Update.
Q4 2024: New Maps.
Q1 2025: Leaving Early Access.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or other shader model 4.0
    • Storage: 112 MB available space

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