JCB Pioneer: Mars drops you onto the surface of The Red Planet. Your mission: To survive and prepare Mars for future human colonization.
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Mixed (58) - 46% of the 58 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 1, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to receive your feedback while the game is still in a relatively early stage, so that we can make meaningful changes based upon how you, the community, want to play the game.

JCB Pioneer: Mars is now at a stage where we think it is appropriate to open up to a wider audience to help us test, refine, and guide us in the development of new features.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect the game to remain in early access for approximately 1 year from launch, in which time we hope to develop features and make improvements based upon community feedback.”

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

“The current version of the game has a wealth of content available, but is in need of refinement, bug-fixes and further development. We intend to respond quickly to your feedback, ideas, bug reports, and data generated through your play sessions throughout Early Access.

Here are some specific feature's we're considering and want to work with you on:

- Multiplayer Co-op (This is our highest priority!)
- More vehicles
- More suits
- Different difficulty levels (e.g. Hardcore)
- Bridge Building
- Mining
- Underground exploration
- Frontier game play
- new buildings

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We believe the game offers a good experience and more than enough content to sink your teeth into. The core game play is present: Survive, Explore, Colonize.

Currently, there are three vehicles available which allow you to construct a colony with over 13 different types of building.

Co-op play is not yet available, but this our highest priority feature post-launch.”

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

“Yes, potentially, the price may increase during the Early Access period as more features are added.”

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

“We want to hear directly from the community about their experience in JCB Pioneer: Mars. Player feedback will become a large part of our decision making process going forwards through Early Access and beyond.

We'll be interacting with community through the forums, reviews, and regular polls on contentious features and direction. Further to this we will be monitoring data generated by players play-sessions to really learn how players are playing the game as interestingly this is often different from how both players and the game designers can perceive they are playing the game.”
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June 18

June Announcement #2

Hello Pioneers,

Here’s the next update on our progress.
  • Adding in new missions, with planned rewards and better signage of those rewards.
  • Improvements to the player rank level, with new icons and rewards for when players reach certain ranks.
  • Updates to the UI to handle the various rewards players will achieve during gameplay.
  • A new and improved map system.
  • Visual feedback tweaks to when upgrading buildings through the tech tree.

One of the new tools that will be made available in game, we're calling it the "Gravity Gun"

Additionally, for any who have been able to find the numerous blocked cave entrances, we are working on building explorable cavern systems that will be accessible through those entrances. Complete with their own mechanics and new hand tools which you will have access to on our V2 release. We have been working hard to try and expand the world giving you more chances to experience and explore, gain rewards and face the challenges of Mars.

Next Build
As for our next update patch we are still testing the latest build and will be constantly making new versions for our testers over the next few weeks while we add new features and data.

Interesting in testing Version 2.0?
We're looking for interested players who would like to try out our Version 2.0 Update before it goes live. If you would like to be involved please let us know in the comments section here.

Thank you for reading.

Atomicom Team.
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June 4

June Announcement

Hello Pioneers,
Here’s an update on our progress:

  • We're making changes into improving player feedback; showing player upgrades and stats within the journal.
  • Creating new buildings assets.
  • Improved the Trade post shop, concentrating on the overall UI display and additional signage.
  • We’ve implemented new HUD icons for the CPV.
  • Added two new tools for gameplay, the Rock Cutter and Gravity Gun.
  • Improvements to the repair sockets on buildings.
  • Improvements to the usage of connectors when connecting buildings to the colony, you will now find it easier to remove buildings and re-apply connections.
  • Items are now represented with physical objects, they can be dropped and picked up repeatedly.
  • New mission systems, we’ve mostly been working on how they are displayed and handled within the new journal system.

In regards to our next release patch, we’ve had a new build updated to our QA branch recently which we’ve been testing, however, we want to include a few other more recent fixes and updates before we turn it into a public release.

Again, thank you for reading, and for your patience.

Atomicom Team

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About This Game


JCB Pioneer: Mars drops you onto the surface of The Red Planet. Your mission: To survive and prepare Mars for future human colonization.

Experience incredible survival sandbox gameplay and explore Mars using a selection of futuristic, ultra-rugged JCB vehicles designed specifically for the challenge. Mine precious materials, construct large-scale buildings and research new technologies to ensure humanity's future lies beyond planet Earth.

Soon, you'll be able to team up online with other Pioneers to expand your base and earn special rewards. JCB Pioneer: Mars brings the harsh reality of the Red Planet to life with detailed high definition graphics, vehicle physics and weather effects from Unreal Engine 4.

Key Features

- A hardcore blend of survival and construction gameplay
- Mine new resources, construct buildings and research new technology to grow your colony
- The power of Unreal Engine 4 provides players an ultra-realistic, breath-taking planetary experience
- Traverse the planet using highly futuristic heavy-duty construction and mining vehicles designed by actual JCB engineers
- Overcome everything the hostile environment throws at you including meteor strikes, dust clouds and electrical storms

Coming to Steam Early Access

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit (or later)
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Modern Dedicated Graphics Card
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010)
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit (or later)
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Modern Dedicated Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: TBD MB available space
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