Traverse punishing environments, looting, crafting and evading the constant threats to your life. The unprecedented levels of character customization and progression are your ultimate tools for survival.
Recent Reviews:
Mostly Positive (625) - 74% of the 625 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (83,121) - 74% of the 83,121 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Aug 29, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“SCUM is a next generation, story driven survival game featuring extremely complex game mechanics and unrevealed survival features. Gamepires is an experienced team oriented towards innovation and perfection in game production and have decided to develop SCUM side by side in collaboration with its community with the goal of making the best possible survival game yet.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“SCUM will be in development for at least one full year during Early Access and to complete all planned features and content. However, additional community requests and ideas might shift the final release date.”

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

“Gamepires has planned a wealth of features and content additions to be added for SCUM during development. Some of these features will be fully finished upon release into Early Access while others will be polished in the following year of development. During this period we will include many community suggestions and ideas, fix bugs. Furthermore we will improve game performance and upgrade gameplay experience on all levels to make SCUM ready for the full release.

For the final version of the game we plan to finalize all gameplay segments, then connect it with high level gameplay, include skill based crafting system from no skill up to advanced skill level, add fully developed combat system (melee combat and armed combat - all skill based), detailed character customization, mission objectives, character leveling system, vehicle support and many other features.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version of SCUM will be playable and relatively stable with most features included on a basic/medium level of functionality. This means that players will be able to perform limited amount of actions or these actions will not be fully polished until game gets to final development phase. The players will be able to explore the island, build up their characters, engage other players, NPCs or wildlife and make simple alliances with their buddies. Early Access will not include high level gameplay – story driven mission objectives. The progress of the game development can be followed on our official SCUM dev blog -”

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

“The price of SCUM will increase slightly as the game gets closer to release date with the initial lower price serving as a 'thank you' to the community that supports us in the early development phase.”

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

“Gamepires encourages the community to post their comments, ideas, feature requests and bug reports directly on Steam’s discussion pages, official game dev blog or even third party sites (Reddit, Wiki, etc...).

All posts, suggestions and ideas will be closely examined by our community managers and they will give their best to respond to each and every post you make. A good deal of your requests will be implemented in the game and the best to communicate your ideas to us is by making group requests or polls – if more people want something then we can shift priorities and make it happen faster. However please be patient, game development is fun, but things don’t happen overnight and remember that good things come to those who wait. :)”
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“Scum has a rare crafting system, a wonder of the modern age perhaps, that doesn’t force players to jump through hoops or spend hours engaged in busywork. And it does this all while maintaining an air of realism.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“The developers say that they’ve created the most realistic simulation of the human metabolic system ever made, the end result of which is a fairly regular requirement that my avatar urinate and empty his bowels.”

“Owners of the Scum Supporters Pack will get an additional two inches on their unit, which they can swing around as a badge of honor or sacrifice for bonus points elsewhere. Not even kidding.”
PC Gamer

About This Game

Explore, loot, craft and customise your way to dominance – or inevitable death. SCUM is a truly immersive and hyper realistic survival experience where you have total control of your progression.

You start as a prisoner on the super-max SCUM island under the watchful eye of the sinister TEC1 corporation. Roam the rolling fields, lush forests and other rugged terrains of the island, using skills, guts and cunning to survive.

Incredibly complex simulation makes every detail matter. Eat the right diet, keep your wounds free of infection or it won’t just be the physical threats that take your life. Seek to take out other players or join forces while you loot and craft your way to better gear and weaponry. Flex your creative muscles with extensive base building options and reinforcements that will make your fortress impenetrable.

The island is vast and full of ways to die, from fellow prisoners to killer mechs and sinister ‘puppets’ suspended between life and death. All you have is what you’re carrying – everything else is up to you. Inventory space is minimal. Progression will be tough. Noobs will die.

Oh, and one more thing… you’re not just a prisoner. TEC1 is also an entertainment company, and they’re broadcasting every triumph and failure on SCUM island to a bloodthirsty audience of millions. So’re on TV.

SCUM is built with Unreal Engine 4 and will expand throughout the Early Access period. Fans can follow details on development with weekly dev updates on the SCUM website and on Twitter @SCUMgame.


Complex Simulation: SCUM utilizes dozens of complex systems, allowing you to go as deep as you choose into character creation and management. Immerse yourself in the survival experience through systems that control your character’s metabolism, inertia during movement, and even how fast layers of clothing dry on and off the body. The devil is in the details...

Massive Landscape: Explore 225 square kilometres of terrain that includes dense forests, picturesque beaches, serene fields, abandoned towns and rundown airfields. This enormous terrain can be traversed by foot, land vehicles, boats or aircraft. Each location tells its own story, presenting new dangers…and opportunities, too.

Tough progression: loot what you can and craft with raw materials. Improvise, adapt and upgrade. Think smart, take risks and carry what you need. Build and protect your base with a wide range of customization options. Grow your character and become the terror of the whole island.

Omnipresent threat: Discover new ways to die in a punishing world without a moral code. Face your fellow prisoners, armed mechs, undead puppets and your own metabolic system – if your rivals don’t get you, maybe dehydration will.

Online Multiplayer: You can go solo or squad up. Survive with up to 64 players per server with the option to rent your own server.



The following features are not yet in SCUM and are planned as a part of the Early Access period. The timing and depth of these features are subject to change based on community feedback and development realities.

  • Missions, Side Quests, End Game Content.
  • Advanced Visual Character Customization.
  • Advanced Combat System [Martial Arts + Improved Weapons Control and Movement].
  • All Soft Skills and Skill Levels Fully Implemented.
  • Advanced Crafting System.
  • Rebellion Experience System.
  • Advanced NPC and Animal AI.
  • Additional NPC and Wildlife Sets.
  • Advanced Team Mechanics.
  • Additional Network Events.
  • Advanced Fame Point System.
  • Additional Weapons and Gear.
  • Ongoing Optimization.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

The game allows nudity but has an option to turn it off. It features alcohol and some drugs.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 / AMD FX-6300
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 70 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon RX 580
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 70 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD

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