Starship Theory is a ship building survival game. Mine and trade to gather resources. Plan and construct new upgrades. Train and manage crew. Fight to survive.
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Mixed (725) - 55% of the 725 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 4, 2017

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Community feedback will help shape the development of Starship Theory. Please only buy the game if you want to play it as it exists now, not based on what it might some day become.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Longer than 18 months.”

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

“The full version will include more content, eg:

  • Starmap with dynamic encounters
  • Crew traits
  • Factions, reputation and species
  • Additional resources to manage
  • Furniture and other customization options

The exact content delivered will depend on community preferences.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is stable and playable.”

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

“The price will gradually increase as new content and features are shipped.”

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

“Feedback and suggestions from early access adopters will help shape future content and features.

Join us on the steam boards and”
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Recent updates View all (15)

July 31

Updating save data

Future updates should no longer break save games.

Before this change, updating Starship Theory would have required redesigning all enemy ships. This back end change removes this requirement from future updates.
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June 28

Starting difficulties added

This update adds three starting ships to choose from: an armed military transport (easy), mining frigate (medium) and an escape pod (hard).

Each ship starts with different resource amounts.
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About This Game

Starship Theory is a ship building survival game. You begin with 4 survivors lost in unknown space.


Build a starship your own way. Plan the layout. Construct upgrades. Research new technology. Maintain complex components. Vent oxygen to extinguish fires.


Break apart and mine asteroids. Trade with neutral ships you encounter. Threaten and bribe opponents. Salvage minerals from wrecked ships.


Train your crew in agility, endurance, intelligence, engineering and combat. Keep them fed, rested and happy so they perform at their best. Make sure the ship is clean and topped up with oxygen.


Engage hostile targets by targeting specific components. Unlock new weapons. Manage heat levels. Avoid collisions with asteroids. Endure heat from passing by a star. Engage the warp jump to escape disaster.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 640 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 640 or equivalent
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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