When John and Aryn take on a seemingly routine salvage mission they could have never guessed what they would find. As Aryn boards the mysterious ship she quickly learns that this old yet highly advanced vessel will send her on an adventure that will change her life forever.
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12 August

STARDROP S-VR Update



Welcome To The Super-Virtual Reality Facility
Another day another update.
I decided to polish up the weapon mechanics I have been experimenting with a little bit to get it at a decent playable state. I tried to not have the gameplay a simple carbon copy of most other shooters but I also didn't want to make anything overly complicated nor very difficult.



What I ended up with after thinking about how to add it into the game I settled with the idea of some sort of enhanced Virtual Reality system. (In-game VR not actual VR). Thus S-VR (Super Virtual Reality) was born.

You're able to access the S-VR Facility in two ways. First is by simply starting a new game. You can get to it using an elevator (Which I have opened up) at the departures level on board the STARDOCKS station. You may also select the SRO Missions on the menu screen and instead of choosing a missions, just head over to Departures and take said elevator.



You will then head over to the facility and be able to start a session once you arrive. I may change a bit of how it works, I cobbled it up pretty quickly but it works.

Now, don't expect anything super amazing. It's just a fun little addition that I was playing around with. There's no difficulty challenge (I believe it's not that easy but still doable) and if I decide to flesh it out more, I probably will change a few more things.



There are two rifles to play with (I have two more but those are for tougher enemies) I also thought that slow motion would be a fun mechanic so make sure to utilize it.

It's not an incredibly big update, but a lot of the foundation has been laid out. I would like to work on a few more levels but they're quite a bit of work. I find it a bit of a fun addition but I would like to hear what you guys think. I'd love to get some feedback and perhaps if you find any bugs, let me know.

Keybindings should be listed in the options menu as well. Nothing is saved, for now it's just a straight endeavor.



Below is a short video on how to reach the S-VR facility and a little bit of gameplay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iTo9eUEJYA&feature=youtu.be


Also, if you enjoyed the game (or even if you didn't) then please consider leaving a review. Knowing what you guys think means a great deal as to what I got right and what I got wrong. :)
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No HUD Screenshots
So, I was browsing the community posts for STARDROP and noticed some new artwork people have submitted after the hide HUD option has been added and I am in love with some of the work. One of my favorites is this one made by Wren:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1816778189
He has more on this page, which you can view here:
https://steamcommunity.com/id/Wrendreaming/screenshots/?appid=552880
Keep posting guys, I love seeing this kind of stuff, it's insanely cool and please feel free to post the on the forums!!!

Final Words
So, that's it for now. Looking forward to reading about your experiences with the new content and take care and thanks for the ongoing support !!!

Joure & Team V
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28 June

STARDROP Content Update



Foreword
Hi everyone!
It's been a while since I posted anything and lots of stuff has been going on behind the scenes. First of all I wanted to thank everyone for the support. I read all the reviews (Sorry if I didn't comment on yours) and I've listened to all the feedback be it positive or negative I appreciate it all.

Today's update is a moderate one. Expanding on the main game just a little bit but I think it's an interesting one none the less.

So, I just finished adding a small new section to the game. I'll go over that in more detail down below. I also wanted to talk a little bit about the future of STARDROP and discus a little bit what happened in between the game's release and now.

I've also addressed some more bug fixes and tweaks and a small new addition.



UPDATE July, 22nd, 2019
NEW: Disable HUD
I figured I would sneak this small update into this news post. A number of you guys have asked for it before and after someone asked me again I decided that I could spend a little time to see if I could implement a HUD toggle feature. Turns out it wasn't insanely difficult, so I rolled it out today and should be working.





That said I have not yet fully tested it out under all the circumstances the game throws at this new feature, so if you find an issue, let me know here or preferably, on the forums.

So how does this work? Easy you can toggle the HUD on or off at random by pressing the M key or pressing the right D_Pad button. You may also just use the options menu to toggle it on or off as well.







Continuing Original Post
NEW: Crew Quarters Section
For those who have played the game and learned about the "Med Bay" section which was closed off, it's now accessible. However it's not called the Med Bay anymore, instead it's now a connector. You will receive a notification at the right time and place if you play throuh the game normally or if you use the Chapter Selection and select STARDROP Unlocked.



This new hallway leads to the Med Bay (which is still locked) and the Crew Quarters. You'll be able to learn a little bit more about how some of the crew members have been dealing with the situation at the time as well as being able to find a few more souvenirs. I also did my best to make this place feel lived in. The rooms in there display a lot of individual personality traits.



On top of that I also added a video inside the level somewhere in the form of the "STARDROP Production Report". It's a bit of a mix between a behind the scenes video and an interview. We did a live stream way back in 2016 and I cut it up and made something more interesting out of it. You'll be able to watch it in the game itself but you have to work a little for it. I will eventually make that video public on YouTube but for now only the die-hards of you will be able to check it out.



You will also be able to pay a visit to the Holo_Lounge where you can listen to your collection of the OST and enjoy the Holo-Panels which displays space vistas.



Fixes And Tweaks
UI Elements
I have tweaked some UI elements regarding the HUD and the subtitles. I tweaked these widgets to allow a wider aspect ratio compatibility. I am also working on extending that to the HUD itself but that's a lot more work so it will take some time. Below you can see how it looks on standard 1080 resolution and on an ultra-wide resolution.

Standard:


Ultra Wide:


Dev-Blog DataPads
One of the new things I added are these developer commentary DataPads throughout the game. They add a little bit of insight into my thought processes and explanations regarding game and/or level design philosophies.

I think they're a fun little addition and I hope you'll have fun reading them and learn some stuff a bout the game. There are currently ten of them to be found but I might expand that number at some point, maybe.

They look like this:


  • NEW: Two Souvenir Items have been added in the CRew Quarters section.
  • NEW: Connector and Crew Quarter sections added to the game.
  • NEW: Yellow colored Dev-Blog DataPads have been placed throughout the game.
  • TWEAKED: The subtitles UI element has been recreated to deal with more varied aspect ratios.
  • TWEAKED: The main menu has also been tweaked to allow for more diverse aspect ratios. The main HUD is also on the list of being tweaked.
  • TWEAKED: The STARDROP infomercial has been recreated which now shows the actual STARDROP itself.
  • FIXED: The Gamepad can now be used during Ido's camera section.



In Between The Release And Now
I have been prototyping shooter mechanics and am yet unsure if I want to really do something with it. It works and it plays a little bit different from regular shooters but here's the thing. STARDROP is NOT a shooter by design. I'm pretty sure that anyone who enjoyed the game can agree that this was one of its strong points and obviously I agree. I would have added it in there if I thought it should have been. And if I did then the game would have been a fundamentally different experience as my focus would have been on that aspect.

So why have I been prototyping this then? Well, this actually goes a little bit into what future plans I have for the game, or should I say, set of games. I want to explore the idea of creating a bigger universe. This means different stories with different characters.

There are a lot of possibilities that open up when I broaden gameplay mechanics. At the same time I don't want to create yet another shooter game for example with bad guys and epic plot twists. I would like to keep gameplay simple but also not too arcade like. So I am still kind of figuring this out, if possible at all. I don't want to put off people who enjoyed the game for what it didn't do but I myself am also interested in what it could do.

But, there's more than that and it's something that's a little bit more personal. The game did not perform to a level where I am able to be completely independent. I can list the reasons why but I think most here on Steam know the situation regarding Indies and under performing. I hoped that with STARDROP I could grow and do a lot more but the game is just incredibly niche, to the point where it's not sustainable for me in the long run and I've had and am still dealing with that.

I will also readily admit that adding action would draw a bigger crowd. I knew that back then but I just did not want to make a game like that. I wanted to create a game that meant something to me on a personal level. Something that I hope would resonate with others and on that front I am so happy I stuck with it.



The Future
So, for now, the "pew pew prototype" will remain just that. I haven't been able to figure out a narrative where violence is something I feel I can stand behind. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against it per se, it's just a game. I love Doom 2015 and I play CS GO to unwind but for me, it has to means something if I want to fit it into the universe of STARDROP. For those who might get worried about having weapons in the game, or in another game set in this universe, I am a huge Half-Life fan boy. I believe that in the right context and with the right story and characters it can be done. But I have not yet found that story yet.

So, for now I am working on a new project. I can't really say much about it other than it is not STARDROP related. But, if all goes well I might finally be able to become independent enough to focus on more STARDROP. And there's a lot more that I have been planning. What I will say now is that I do have a new side mission in the works. Not too big but something at the very least yet I can't promise when I will be able to release it.

I also have plans for a proper expansion. It will tie into the main story but also expand on the universe itself and hopefully move away from the main game's narrative into something new and exciting. I also have plans to do a lot more with the game itself but again, I can't go into that too much. I hate promising things that I can't guarantee one hundred percent so I won't.

All I want to say right now is that if it was up to me, I'd be working on a lot more STARDROP stuff right now, but as it is it will have to take a little longer than I hoped. I can only hope that you guys will understand and that knowing more will come down the road is good enough for now.

Also, if you enjoyed the game (or even if you didn't) then please consider leaving a review. Knowing what you guys think means a great deal as to what I got right and what I got wrong. :)
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Final Words
So, again thank you all. Let me know if you liked the small additions to the game and what you didn't like. Let me know if you have any issues and I'll do my best to remedy them.

Until the next update I wish you all a good day and take care!

Joure & Team V
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Reviews

“Dialogue is a unique highlight that makes STARDROP a one of a kind experience.”
GameGrin

“Stardrop is a slick, story driven first person adventure game that takes place in the vast reaches of space.”
Alpha Beta Gamer

Find Out More






The STARDROP Official Play Guide was created to help you with understanding the game's mechanics and other topics. It explains how things work and also provides a whole bunch of tips to avoid getting stuck!
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=928579725

About This Game


STARDROP is a single-player first-person interactive narrative adventure game where you take on the role of a Salvage & Rescue Operative named Aryn Vance. With her partner, John Kindley, at her side, the two embark on a journey full of mystery and suspense with some laughs along the way. STARDROP tells a genuine heart-felt story about a long lost starship, its crew and one individual in particular.



STARDROP presents its narrative through traditional cut scenes and in-game cinematic story telling as you play. The main campaign is where the heart of the game's narrative lies but you will also be able to experience the universe of STARDROP through its side missions.



Exploration lies at the game's core but so does accessibility. While the game offers puzzles and asks the player to figure out what to do or where to go next, the flow of information within the game will always guide you. Objectives are always made clear and designed with logic in mind. However, those who venture off the beaten path will find that there are more than enough secrets to be discovered.



Throughout the game the player will be able to interact with various types of interfaces such as control panels, elevators and security systems as well as other various interactive objects such as computer interfaces where you can read emails, listen to audio logs and more.



Your All-Purpose-Design (APD) space suit is equipped with a set of tools that you will need in order to succeed. The suit comes with a built-in flashlight. The object scanner enables you to identify objects of interest that you can interact with and it's also capable of zero gravity mobility under certain circumstances.



The DataPad is an essential tool. It enables you to view your current objective, read audio and text logs that you've collected and it also comes with a built-in mini-map.



Our main focus will always be on the game's story but we strife to deliver breathtaking visuals where possible. Our efforts have lead us to win Best 3D Graphics in the Intel Level Up Contest of 2017. We will continue to uphold these standards if not lifting them up even higher.


  • Four full fledged chapters that concludes the main game's narrative.
  • An engaging story enthralled by a captivating mystery.
  • Explore multiple spacecraft, Outposts, Stations and more as a salvage & rescue operative.
  • A small but diverse cast of characters brought to life by incredible voice talents.
  • A range of light environmental puzzles and a touch of stealth.
  • Exploration mixed with narrative driven gameplay.
  • SRO side missions



TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT: We have a demo of the game available right here on our storepage. Be sure to give it a try before you buy it. We want you to enjoy the game but only if you're sure that STARDROP is your kind of game. Also be sure to read up on our Early Access Guide:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=928579725

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8 (8.1), Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 3.00 GHz / AMD CPU 3 GHZ
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB (AMD Radeon HD 7970 or Nvidia GeForce 1060)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8 (8.1), Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 2.5 GHz / AMD CPU 3,5 GHz
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB (AMD GPU: AMD Radeon R9 200 Series or Nvidia GPU: Nvidia GeForce 1080)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 15 GB available space

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