Nimbatus - The Space Drone Constructor is an action-packed simulation game. Craft drones out of hundreds of different parts and explore a destructible, procedurally generated galaxy. Build autonomous drones to fight against other players' creations. Do you have what it takes to become a drone engineer?
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Release Date:
Oct 3, 2018

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to make sure our visions are in sync with the ideas of our players. Early Access allows us to collaborate with players to turn Nimbatus into the best game it can be. We plan to release updates on a regular basis.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to have Nimbatus in Early Access for about a year or longer.”

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

“The final version of Nimbatus will have more content and features. We are going to add additional drone parts, enemies, planets and missions. Also new tournaments like races and drone battles are planned to be added during Early Access.

The full version will also be fully localized in multiple languages and will utilize more Steam features like achievements and trading cards.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game currently offers procedurally generated star systems, a drone-building workshop, six different types of planet biomes, sensor and logic parts to build fully autonomous drones, over 50 types of drone parts and thousands of different weapon combinations.

Nimbatus also features a Sumo Tournament, during which players can build autonomous drones and let them fight against drones built by other players.

Gameplay-wise it's currently just a big sandbox. We plan to add campaign and story elements for the full release of Nimbatus.”

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

“The pricing will be consistent during the Early Access. It might increase for the full release.”

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

“All new features we implement are discussed with our community to gather feedback.
We also encourage our community to suggest their own ideas for new drone parts, game elements or other improvements. Votings for new features and improvements take place in our forums:”
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April 16

Nimbatus - Early Access Roadmap Update

Dear crew,

Here is a short overview on what we are working on and what new features and improvements you can expect in the future.

Next Update: New Campaign Mode
For the next update we are splitting the game into three different modes: Campaign, Sandbox and Competitive Mode. The campaign mode will feature a whole new set of rules and an improved progression system. We are experimenting with part unlocking, deployment costs and travel events for the campaign. However in the sandbox mode you will still be able to build huge drones with all parts unlocked from the start.

This is a big update which requires time to develop. As soon as we have something to test, we will open up a preview branch so you can help us find bugs and give us early feedback before the update goes live.

Planned Features and Improvements
There are some features we already promised during our Kickstarter campaign and things we'd like to improve. Those will be added at some point during the Early Access:
  • Ice planets
  • Drone vs. drone combat arena
  • Terrain rovers (wheels, ...)
  • More environmental events & weather
  • Bossfights
  • More Settings for the sandbox mode
  • Localization

Suggest and vote for new features
We give our best to listen to your feedback and include suggested features or improvements in every update. Visit our forums and upvote the suggestions that you want to see in the game and/or post your own ideas.

The current plan is to fully release Nimbatus on Steam in spring 2020.
We are happy to have you on board and we are excited to keep improving Nimbatus together with you!

Stray Fawn Studio
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March 6

Nimbatus Racing Update

Dear Drone Engineers

We just released a brand new update for Nimbatus: Drone Racing!
Lots of things have been added and improved.
Most importantly: You can now build racing drones and compete in new modes.

Compete in time based racing and compare your times on the leaderboard, challenge other players’ drones on autonomous racing tracks and test your skills in the hardcore "Catch" tournament.

Along with these new modes comes a variety of new drone parts, such as the Afterburner, the VTOL Thruster and the Proximity Sensor.
Check out the complete patchnotes and a video showing the new features and improvements in our forums. Patchnotes & Video of new features

If that all sounds up your ally and you don't own Nimbatus yet, now is your chance! The game is currently 20% off. This offer ends on March 13th.

In order to celebrate the release of the new update, we also run a give away for everyone who can't afford the game. If you want to win a Steam key, head over to our forums and join the Raffle.

Cheers & Have fun!
Stray Fawn Studio
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About This Game

Nimbatus - The Space Drone Constructor is an action-packed single player simulation game. Craft drones out of hundreds of different parts and explore a destructible, procedurally generated galaxy. Build autonomous drones to fight other players' creations.
Do you have what it takes to become a drone engineer?

The Nimbatus – the biggest mobile drone factory ever made - was sent out to space. Its mission is simple: To gather as much information about the universe as possible and to find the far ends of it. But beware! There are going to be many encounters hindering this mission. Being in a place far away from home, the Nimbatus is seen as an unwelcome intruder. Taking on tasks related to new discoveries, population control and environmental disasters won’t be easy. It is vital to mine rare resources, advance research and experiment with technologies to combat unknown threats and explore uncharted galaxies.

Create your own drones out of countless parts and explore a procedurally generated galaxy with fully destructible planets.

Complete difficult missions on alien planets or build autonomous drones using sensor and logic parts and let them fight against other drones in the arena.

Compete against your friends' lap times and send your autonomous drones to tournaments against other players' creations in Sumo, Versus Race & Catch.

Collect a variety of resources and use them to research new technology and craft powerful weapons.

Nimbatus was inspired by:

  • Faster Than Light
  • Reassembly
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Besiege

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia® 8800 GT / AMD® 4670 or faster
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia® 8800 GT / AMD® 4670 or faster
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia® 8800 GT / AMD® 4670 or faster
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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