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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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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October 30

Early Access Roadmap

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: Drone Racing
Our next big update will be all about drone racing! We want to add drone vs. drone racing for fully autonomous drones and also races against the clock with multiple tracks and leaderboards.

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:
  • Drone vs. drone combat arena
  • Terrain rovers (wheels, ...)
  • Environmental events & weather
  • Ice planets
  • Bossfights
  • Improved progression for single player campaign
  • Sandbox planets with lots of settings

We also want to conduct some experiments on how to improve the physic stability for our drones. This could be in form of adding the possibility to interconnect parts with struts or other internal stability improvements.

Suggest and vote for new features
In addition to the features we have already planned, we give our best to listen to your feedback and include features or improvements you suggested in every update! Here is how you can participate:
  • Visit our Forum and go through all the drone part and feature suggestions to upvote the ones that you want to see in the game!
  • Post your own suggestions and ideas, so other players can upvote them :)
  • We look through all suggestions and decide which ones we are going to add for each update. The upvotes help us to see which suggestions are popular.

We plan to keep Nimbatus in Early Access for at least a year. 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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October 24

Patchnotes 0.5.9 Early Access

Hey crew,

We just released the update 0.5.9 for Nimbatus. We have read through all the reviews and feedback since the release and addressed some of the problems with this patch. Thank you very much for reporting bugs and posting feedback!

New Features:
  • Added 2 new jungle missions to have some more alternatives to the bio barrell mission (you will have the choice to reset the map or continue with the previous one)
  • Added a popup to draw attention to our tutorial (can be skipped)
  • Added zoom using the mouse wheel to the test area and the planets
  • Added new Delay gate
  • Added speed setting for motorized hinges
  • Added full and empty events to resource tanks
  • Added a setting for the start state of the factory part (Printed / Not Printed)
  • If the loading of a savegame does not work, we now show the error on screen instead of automatically resetting the progress. If you encounter any errors, please post us a screenshot, restart the game and try again.
  • Changed the galaxy map, so you will encounter lava planets earlier.
  • Fixed that Camera Trackers still were displayed on the minimap after being destroyed
  • Fixed that Sumo drones were not correctly added to the opponent pool anymore
  • Fixed that Batteries or Fuel Tanks still provided energy after being decoupled.
  • Fixed that Resource tanks could not be filled-up after being printed by a factory part.
  • Fixed Issue where Impulse Givers were always on after destroyed
  • Fixed that decoupled parts get destroyed if the previous parent of the decoupler was destroyed
  • Increased the difficulty of Sumo Tournament opponents by increasing the number of required wins to be added.
  • Lowered the difficulty of the Bio Barrell mission by improving the spawn rate and decreasing the amount of deadly cannons.

The new start state setting of the factory part was the most upvoted suggestion in our forum, this is why we have added it to the game!
Please keep upvoting ideas for new droneparts and features in our forum here:

The difficulty of the planetary missions was not really well balanced, it was too hard for beginners and too easy for advanced players. The starting galaxy should now be a bit easier. We will improve this in the future to make it more challenging and fun to play :)

We will now start working on our first big update which will be all about Drone Racing.
More information will follow soon!

Stray Fawn Studio

Edit: Seems like the false positives with the distance sensor is not yet working correctly. We will fix it next time.

We pushed a small Hotfix today with two fixes:

- You could break the relic mission by freezing the torches.
- Exploding parts with TnT did leave some buggy parts behind
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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.

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

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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