Geneshift is a GTA-inspired battle royale where each round lasts only two minutes. Use exploding cars, miniguns, invisibility, and more to outplay friends in tactical online combat. Loot for special powers, build secret bases, and be the last man standing!
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May 23, 2017
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“If you've got questions, ask them on Discord! https://discord.gg/geneshift

I've been developing Geneshift for over 9 years now. Ever since the demo was released way back in 2009, Geneshift has been developed with the help of its player base. With over 9 years of balancing, testing and player suggestions, Geneshift is ready to go. But I don't want to finish just yet - there's so much cool stuff we can add!

Note: Geneshift used to be called Subvein: Mutant Factions (in case it looks familiar).”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Probably a year or two, but it's hard to know for sure - I'm not very good at estimating time. Geneshift is ready, but why stop development so soon? As long as you keep giving me cool ideas I'll keep on adding them.

I know this is vague, so please only buy this game based on how it exists today - not based on how it may exist in the future.”

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

“The core mechanics of Geneshift are done and have been playtested for years now. I'd like to keep that fairly similar. But there's a lot of new content to add. I can't make any specific promises but here are a few ideas often raised by the existing community:

  • More vehicles. Stuff like tanks, motorcycles and ambulances.
  • More weapons. Repair tools, trip-wires and exotic superweapons.
  • More skills. Just think of all the skills in RPG games. Maybe a skill that lets you fly!
  • More chemicals. Specifically meta chemicals to play more advanced mind-games.
  • More game modes. A king of the hill or CS-style detonation mode would be fun.
  • More maps and user-made campaigns. With the editor you can help make them!
  • More cosmetic unlocks. You want hats? I can add hats.

To be clear these are just examples. None of these are promises! A tank has been suggested for years and I'd love to try it out. But if it turns out to be totally unbalanced I won't add it. Again, please only buy this game if you like how it exists today.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Geneshift is fully playable, well balanced and low in bugs. It's already undergone 9 years of community feedback. Thousands of players and posts in the forums have directly shaped this game, with over 50 huge versions improving it since 2009.

All of the features listed in the game description below are already in the game.

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

“Not sure, but the price might rise after the full launch. I believe early adopters should get a better deal as thanks for the support and feedback you provide.”

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

“The same way I've worked for the past 9 years. I'll come up with a fun idea, post it on the forums and see what you guys say. If the community is interested I'll proceed. For each new version we create a balance and bug thread to track everything that needs fixing.

I chat and theorycraft on Discord a lot. Come join! I've read every single post on the forums (all 30,000 of them) and have over 5000 posts of my own discussing balance and new ideas with the community. I'm a one-man team so I'm fairly flexible. No corporate overhead, just you and me holding hands making an awesome game together.

Chat with the community on Discord: https://discord.gg/geneshift
Or on the Steam Forums: http://steamcommunity.com/app/308600/discussions
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February 4

1.15: Jump Pads, New XP System & 5 Extra Modes!



Jump Pads!
This version adds a new Quake-inspired feature - jump pads! Simply hop onto a jump pad and it will launch you up into the air. Jump pads come in two main flavours, horizontal and vertical. In the gif above we see horizontal ones chained together. Vertical ones are placed next to buildings and let you easily jump over walls and other obstacles.

I added jump pads because I received a lot of feedback that the maps were too maze-like and hard to navigate. Especially in a turbo fast Battle Royale, the last thing you want is to get stuck in a dead-end and killed by the circle. Jump pads solve this issue. I have placed pads in all the dead ends and now it is super easy to get to the centre. So hop into the game and hop onto a jump pad!



New XP & Skills System
I have reworked the XP system to give a new sense of progression. As you kill enemies in-game you will now earn XP, which is similar to the old "points" that you earned to unlock items. However this XP now has a second benefit, which is that it permanently increases the amount of skill points you start a round with. This is applied in the campaign and when playing against bots, and is an optional setting in multiplayer games.

This provides a bit of an MMO mechanic. When you first create an account you will be at level 1. But as you play you'll slowly and permanently level up. After playing for a few hours you might reach level 6, which means you start each game with 6 skill points instead of 1. For convenience I've added a "use previous skill build" button, which instantly loads up the previous build you were using with a single click.

This new system makes you feel more and more powerful as you play and lets you experiment with some fun skill builds. Before, when you started at level 1, the match ended before you had a chance to get a good skill combo going. Now you can enjoy your favourite skills all game.



5 New Game Modes
I have unlocked all 5 additional game modes for base game players (those who don't have the DLC). Previously only DLC owners could play these, but there wasn't much point because there weren't enough players in the servers. Now everyone can play every PvP mode! The new modes are Conquest, Extraction, Checkpoint Racing, Deathmatch and Zombie Survival.

Newbie Checklist
Another big concern with the previous version was the lack of a tutorial. Well this has been (partially) addressed by adding the Newbie Checklist to Battle Royale. It's a little box that sits in the top-right corner of the screen and guides you step by step through all the main areas of combat. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete and can be done in-game while playing, and will teach you how to buy guns, use skills, place and destroy chemicals, and more.



Balance Changes
I've tweaked a bunch of values based on the feedback over the past 2 months. Here are some of the major changes:
  • I have slowed zombie movement speed so they're less overwhelming.
  • Chemicals are significantly cheaper.
  • Neutralizing chemicals now awards a fixed $3000.
  • Tier2 weapons now cost $2000 instead of $3000 and have more ammo.
  • Default round duration is 2.5 minutes instead of 2 minutes.
  • Rearranged a bunch of challenges based on completion rates.
  • Loot now spawns in specific areas, instead of evenly across the map.
  • Enemies don't show on the minimap while falling in BR.
  • The "new item discovered" popup box no longer distracts you in pvp servers.
  • If you win a solo/duo BR round, you get to keep your gun for the next round.
  • Skills are now capped at level 3 instead of level 5.
  • Skill points can be purchased in all game modes now, not just BR.
  • The skill queues system now works in Battle Royale.
  • Drastically sped up the drop rates for discovering new skills and chemicals in-game.
  • End of round awards now contribute towards your item and skill level progression.
  • The bomb that will become the centre of the next round is now highlighted in the minimap.
  • Self Repair skill now increases the rate you gain mana as you level it up.

25% Discount & Future Plans
Next version I will be reworking the skills system and adding more depth and strategic territory control to the Battle Royale mode. I'll also continue to chip away at the long list of balance, bugs and other suggestions you guys have provided me. It's great to have a clear list of feedback to work from and I hope you guys enjoy this new version!

Also, Geneshift is on sale for 25% off right now. You can fuel my coffee addiction by buying the game for yourself or a friend! If you have any questions you can ask me in Discord at: http://discord.gg/geneshift
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December 20, 2018

Reddit, Future Plans, and a Happy New Year!

So I recently posted about Geneshift on reddit and it exploded to over 64,000 upvotes! This brought thousands of new players to both the game and the Discord. There have been hundreds of positive reviews, plenty of valuable feedback, and non-stop 24/7 players online. Geneshift hasn't been this active all year! The servers crashed twice, and I got about 7 hours sleep in 3 days. It's been wild!



213,000 Concurrent Players
Ok, these weren't real players. This was more of a bug/loophole with Valve's trading card system. Apparently bots were able to idle in Geneshft to collect trading cards, and this spread like wild-fire online until over 200,000 bots were idling the game at the same time. Somehow placing Geneshift on the top 10 leaderboard for the most played games on Steam.. OF ALL TIME! This is totally ridiculous and again, these are not real players, but as a single dev this just blows my mind.



Future Plans
The best part of all this has been the incredibly valuable feedback that I've received. People from all over the world have told me exactly what needs to be done to polish Geneshift up. I'm very proud to say that over 85% of the recent reviews have been positive and am so glad to see people enjoying the game. But there is still a lot more work to be done.

I have read and responded to every single review and comment. I've been compiling a huge TODO list to start working on after Christmas and the new year. This list is massive and will be a few months of work, but it's all valuable and necessary. Here are just a few plans:
  • Controller support
  • A proper tutorial
  • Special events that allow non-DLC players to enjoy other PvP modes
  • Expanding and streamlining the maps
  • Usability improvements
  • Bug fixes
  • Menu redesigns
  • More challenges and reworking existing ones
  • Zombie nerfs and general balancing
  • Upgrading netcode and server stability
  • More translations



Happy New Year
The last few days have been crazy, and I'm still busy responding to everyone and doing tech support. I will make a few minor bug fixes over the coming days, and then it will be Christmas and NYE so I'll be busy then too. But starting in the new year I am pumped to get cracking on all your amazing feedback.

This has been the best Xmas present I could have asked for and I can't thank you all enough for playing, telling your friends, writing reviews, and leaving feedback. All of this really helps our community grow. I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

30% Discount on the base game and Complete Edition DLC
Geneshift is on sale for 30% off right now. This will last for the entire Winter Steam sale. If you want to try the other PvP modes, the singleplayer campaign, or just support the game now is a great time to pick Geneshift up. Thanks!

If you have any questions you can ask me in Discord at: http://discord.gg/geneshift
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Reviews

“I tried it out some more today and you know what, it's incredibly fun.”
GamingOnLinux

“I'm going to be playing some of the Battle Royale mode, and it's actually extremely fun.”
ReformistTM

“Meet the indie dev who spent two years making a game in youth hostels abroad.”
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About This Game

Geneshift is a GTA2-inspired battle royale where each round lasts only two minutes. Use exploding cars, miniguns, invisibility, and more to outplay friends in tactical online combat. Loot for special powers, build secret bases, and be the last man standing!



  • Battle Royale Turbo
    Be the last man standing in the new Battle Royale, where each round only lasts 2 minutes.
  • Zombie Comebacks
    Become a zombie if you die. You can loot for next round - or try kill an enemy to respawn.
  • Challenges & Progression
    Unlock items by completing crazy challenges, like mid-air knife attacks and vehicle jumps.
  • Smart & Sarcastic Bots
    Battle against friends or intelligent bots, who adjust their difficulty to match your skill level.
  • Insane Vehicle Action
    Ride with allies to do drive-by shootings, detonate car bombs, and fire homing missiles.
  • Over 30 Tactical Skills
    Discover special abilities like Invisibility, Bouncing Bullets, Fire Balls, and Teleportation.
  • Secret Base Building
    Place hidden chemicals to gain secret benefits, like selling weapons and spying on enemies.

Note: Buying Geneshift also gives the Complete Edition DLC for free. This includes a singleplayer campaign, online co-op, 5 extra game modes, sexy cosmetics and more!

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1, 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB. OpenGL 2.0+ recommended.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Can run at 60+ fps. Requires the internet to save your progress, stats and highscores.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1, 10
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz multi core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB. OpenGL 2.0+ recommended.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Can run at 60+ fps. Requires the internet to save your progress, stats and highscores.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB. OpenGL 2.0+ recommended.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Can run at 60+ fps. Requires the internet to save your progress, stats and highscores.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz multi core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB. OpenGL 2.0+ recommended.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Can run at 60+ fps. Requires the internet to save your progress, stats and highscores.

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