Space exploration adventure RPG where you command a crew in a story driven sandbox universe. Work to destroy the sensor network and reach the heavily guarded planet before Shavala corporation goons hunt you down, or just go exploring.
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Mostly Positive (199) - 75% of the 199 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 11, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We're a 3 person dev team with no publisher working on this project full time. Without the support of our community through Kickstarter and early access this game wouldn't exist at all. That essentially means people are paying us for an unfinished game because they like us and they believe we will make the game they want to play. We also want to play that game so we're doing everything we can to prove them right.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The planned final version of this game is pretty ambitious and we expect to go through many iterations before completing the single player story and having the game world in a state we consider to be complete. We also want to be able to evolve the game over time in response to feedback so we are expecting early access will last more than a year.”

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

“Expect massive changes on a regular basis as we add features and new types of depth to the engine and the game world.

Our initial early access release represents multiple years of work put into getting the bare minimum framework of the engine and persistent world working as intended. During early access we plan to have many iterations where game-wide features are added, and then content using those features can be integrated into the game world. That means major updates will contain game-changing features and new content such as new zones, new factions, new story arcs, new world generations, new item types, new interface elements, and new game mechanics.

An example of something we plan to add in the future is the ability for EVA activities which will allow entering and exiting ships without using an airlock. It should drastically change how salvaging activities play out and will probably change how you interact with the entire game world.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game has an open persistent world with various space biomes for the player to explore. Each biome will have a different set of enemies and challenges in the form of enemy encounters, space-complexes to explore, and hidden treasures to unlock. The story driven elements are incomplete and more will be added with every patch, but for now the game is mostly a sandbox with some introductory story and setting lore.”

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

“The game might be slightly cheaper during early access. However if you want the best value for your money you are probably already avoiding early access games and we respect that.

We're here because we need income to continue development and if money were no object we would probably hide in our developer caves until the game was finished. The core benefit of buying into early access is participating in the development process and being part of the community that shapes the Zero Falls story and universe. This is not a "get the game for less money because it sucks" sort of deal, it is a "I think these guys deserve to feed themselves while developing their game" sort of deal, and we appreciate your support.”

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

“We have open discussion on our forums and we respond very quickly to feedback and bug reports. I once found, fixed, and uploaded a patch for a bug before the end of a live streaming event where the bug was revealed. We have backers who are designing ships to be put into the single player campaign, and we have been discussing modding tools with the community from day 1. We also sometimes host community ship design tournaments in order to stir up conversations and feedback about balance and game mechanics.

The truth is we're making a big open sandbox game with enough space for a lot of unique game play ideas and elements, and we want to put in every type of kitchen sink. Our time is probably split evenly between 3 tasks:

1. core engine development
2. core story and content implementation
3. tweaks, edits, and additions in response to feedback”
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February 12

0.8.3.05 Patch Notes

Patch 0.8.3.05 is now live.

  • Fixed a bug with crew AI that could crash the game if a crew member tries attacking something while standing in an invalid position
  • All scanners had their energy storage capacity drastically increased so scanner modules can work for longer without interruption in periods of low power availability
  • Design screen: fixed max speed display value
  • Fixed the rule for displaying credits via floaty red text when they are picked up via cargo scoop
  • Fixed a framework issue that was causing one of our fancy new module animations to crash
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January 26

Consolidated patch notes 0.8.3.03

Warning: Activation of Distortion field or TOBI device will cause crash to desktop, it is caused by .dll that went missing during upload, we are working on resolving the issue while fixing few more things. Patch should roll out within next 24 hours.

0.8.3.01
  • fixed a bug causing research to not being progressed

0.8.3.02
  • fixed a crash with AI pathfinding
  • fixed some prices which were not displaying correctly in item shops because their internal data type was a float instead of an int
  • changed speed for ships that are running away
  • updated throttle control for AI ships (now also depends on the ship captain's personality)
  • targeting with TAB hotkey is now more user friendly
  • fixed one possible crash in AI code
  • fixed incorrect dialogue in Survival Arena

0.8.3.03
  • fixed the credit text in the relay quest to use the new number display format
  • fixed a bug that caused the logistics screen to not refresh ships when unlocking a new hull
  • unified all pixel dammage calculation code and fixed a few instances where damage was not calculated properly
  • added a number of stats which can affect ship-wide performance and can be modified by effects and modules in the future
  • fixed a bug with crew that could cause a crash if they died in an abnormal way and tried to drop loot
  • fixed a bug that could cause the game to fail to load if it contains crew with the same faction as a dead ship
  • Three new activated modules
  • -Offensive teleport: causing damage when passing through ships
  • -Distortion field: providing projectile dodge chance
  • -Missile control array: lets you retarget missile mid flight
  • Visual overhaul of most T1 projectiles
  • Projectile speed increased for T1 autocanons and machineguns
  • New impact effects
  • Improved pulse weapon effects
  • New T2.5 ship variant of Exorcist cruiser
  • Fixed memory leak in Logistic screen
  • Two T3 spinal weapons, yet to be assigned to modules
  • New module icons
  • New blueprints
  • For testers: pressing "N" in inventory screen will guarantee blueprints for three new modules (debug mode only)
  • new music added!
  • fixed a bug with passenger deliver missions that was preventing the passenger from leaving after you completed the mission
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About This Game

Our goal was to make a game simulating space combat between large capital ships at extreme detail on the scale of individual crew members. We've spent multiple years building a custom in-house engine capable highly detailed ship interior simulations while still supporting real time combat between large numbers of ships in an open persistent world.

The result is a massive open world where any ship, station, asteroid, artifact, or wreckage can be entered by the player and controlled in real-time. Space battles are epic and immersive because there are no hit points, instead you have to try and survive as pieces of your ship are physically destroyed and ships can be cut in half or filled full of holes. Play as a renegade shooting up neutral supply convoys and scooping the cargo that falls out, or disable and board enemy ships to take back to your hideout. Research technology and upgrade designs to make your favorite ship into the ultimate war machine. The universe is full of loot and enemies and things to explore, and your character will have all the tools needed to design the ultimate ship and put together the ultimate crew.

We also look at progression from the perspective of RPG mechanics. Even though the game is a deep and detailed simulation, we want gameplay to have progression, customization, and specialization much like a character based roleplaying game. Instead of unlocking talent points you will find crew members that add unique utility to your ship as a whole, or you might find module blueprints that allow you to customize portions of your ship's design to suit your play style.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or later 64 bit os
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.60GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 / AMD Radeon HD 7850
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible on-board
    • Additional Notes: makes extensive use of multi-threading and 64 bit features
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 x64
    • Processor: AMD Phenom II x6 or Intel i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 / AMD Radeon HD 7850
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible on-board
    • Additional Notes: makes extensive use of multi-threading and 64 bit features

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