Explore procedurally-generated islands, live off the land, and build things piece by piece. Ylands is a vibrant sandbox game with light survival elements. Alone or together with friends – your next adventure starts here.
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (36) - 61% of the 36 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (2,386) - 69% of the 2,386 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 6, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Some features of the game are still in an experimental stage and we would like to gather additional feedback from the community and improve the overall experience before the full release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“When we originally released on Steam Early Access, we anticipated that it would take about 5 months to graduate to a full release. Since then, we decided to increase the scope of the game, and we now have a clear understanding of what it will take to reach our goals for Ylands version 1.0. Therefore, we can now confidently say that Ylands will officially release early 2019.”

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

“The full version of the game will contain additions and improvements to existing game systems, an additional world to explore as well as numerous fixes and improvements aimed mostly at balancing the singleplayer and multiplayer performance.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Fully playable with no major bugs.”

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

“When the game leaves Early Access, the price will be increased by one third.”

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

“Players will be able to provide feedback both in the game's forums and from within the game itself. This feedback will be reflected in updates provided on a regular basis.”
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January 18

Dev Diary #61

Hey there, fellow ylanders.

Some of you have asked when we’ll discuss what we have planned for the rest of 2019. We are still fine-tuning some of our plans, but we’ll be able to present you with some information really soon.

Let’s start with some good news. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve made some very nice progress with fixing the ships (and even improving how they sail) and you'll be able to see the results in the 0.12 update.

We are now testing the first version of the rewritten pathfinding which, when we’re done with it, will enable us to make the Explore mode much more interesting.

As you can see, debugging a pathfinding system is a ton of fun :)

We have made a long list of features and issues which the new Ylands players find confusing or difficult to understand, and which made many leave the game without even realizing that there’s more to it than picking up stuff and crafting very primitive objects. We will be going through various actions that are not intuitive and making them more user-friendly. Also, we are making sure the radial menu becomes much more useful than it currently is.

We are further tweaking the combat based on the feedback received, so that it is faster and snappier in 0.12 while retaining some tactical elements.

More and more things are becoming accessible via Visual Scripting in the Editor, so Creators will have much more creative freedom in the upcoming update than ever before.

We also understand that GUI still needs a lot of love as well, and very soon we will be able to show you some images which we hope you’ll like.

And that isn't everything by far.

Now let's spend some time over your questions:

Are farming activities and animals planned? Chickens, cows and such.

Yes. Not before 1.0, but this is actually one of the first things we plan to add after the game is released.

Are procedural terrain brushes planned?

We are definitely not happy with the current terraforming options. The brushes we currently have don't allow the creation of natural looking terrain. Also, the newly painted terrain doesn't allow a good enough blending with the existing terrain. These things are already in our 2019 roadmap.

Any plans to make the power barriers cooperative? Can we lock them and give keys to friends for example?

Even though this is a topic for another time, I think it's quite obvious that what Ylands heavily lacks and needs before 1.0 is a better way for friends to play and communicate among themselves. Since nothing like that has ever been done in any game, let's call it - I don't know - a "friends list" (wink). We will be adding this to the game, and once we have this, various in-game features will be linked to this.

That’s it for today. Have a great weekend, ylanders, and as always - stay classy!
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January 16

Weekly sneaky WiP #4

Anyone? :steamhappy:
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About This Game

Explore, live off the land, and build things piece by piece. Ylands is a vibrant sandbox game with light survival elements. Alone or together with friends – your next adventure starts here.

Key features

Your lands

Journey across a vast sandbox of procedurally-generated islands with biomes ranging from tropical rainforests, to sandy deserts, arctic tundras, and more. These landscapes are populated with many different animal species and hold a wealth of natural resources such as plants, soils, minerals, fuel, and a new mysterious and exotic material to the world: ylandium. The open world also features day-and-night cycles and changing weather conditions. For those brave enough, a new discovery is always on the horizon.

Go explore

You find yourself stranded on a deserted island. What do you do? Mine the terrain, hunt animals, pick plants, and figure out how to craft thousands of unique items that might be essential for your expeditions. Climb magnificent mountains, descend into hidden caves, and sail across uncharted waters. This is your opportunity to seek out Ylands’ many secrets and boldly go where no one has gone before.

Build things

Break out your imagination and start building. From tree houses, beach mansions, castles, and bat caves, all the way up to ships, cars, and elaborate energy devices – if you can think of it, you can build it. There’s also a special Create mode that gives you unlimited access to a library of all the available game objects and special terraforming abilities. You’ll have everything you need to surprise even yourself.

Play together

By yourself or with friends, live out your fantasies by combining your knowledge of survival, engineering, architecture, and science. Explore, create, or play one of the many custom games and seamlessly switch between singleplayer and multiplayer at any time. Plus, Ylands’ innovative Sharegames functionality enables you to save your multiplayer creations in the cloud. That means you can always pick up where you left off without needing to worry about server resets.

Custom games

Take part in a growing number of official and user-generated free custom games. The Ylands workshop hosts nearly every video game genre, such as platforming, roleplaying, racing, and even simulation. Of course, you can also unleash your own inner game developer. Ylands’ powerful 3D editor and massive library of content lets you build anything from simple structures to sophisticated game modes, which you can then easily share with the rest of the community.

Ylands in-game store

We want to be transparent on how we plan to fund our development in the coming years. For the most part, we expect to earn revenue through the sales of the game itself. On top of that, we’re also providing Ylands fans with the opportunity to purchase a few special cosmetic items via the in-game store. These items consist of a selection of skins, emotes, avatars, pets, decorations, and blueprints. Altogether these items make up a fraction of the content available in Ylands, and none of them are essential to playing the game. We consider these items as little bonus rewards for some of our most dedicated supporters, and a way to make Ylands' free future updates even bigger and better.

Made by Bohemia Interactive

Ylands is made in the Unity 3D engine by Bohemia Interactive. You might also know us from the Arma series and DayZ. The Ylands team have been working on the game for a few years now – planting trees, coloring rainbows, teaching parrots to swear, and everything else that's needed to develop a great sandbox. Anyway, it’s time to play; so let us wish you a wonderful time on your Ylands, and we hope to hear about all your adventures in-game!

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64-bit Operating System Required)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-4160 @ 3.60GHz processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: discrete DirectX 11 GPU with at least 1GB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64-bit Operating System Required)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4690K @ 3.50GHz processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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