Open world multiplayer sandbox/RPG game. Explore, discover, build, research, and fight to protect what's yours -- by yourself or together with your friends.
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Release Date:
Dec 4, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early access offers a fantastic opportunity to get the players' feedback at a critical stage of game development when changes can still be made.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until the both the players and the developers agree that it's ready, but the estimate is about a year.”

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

“The only thing we can say for sure is that the full version will have more of everything: more vehicles, more building pieces, more vehicle parts, more enemies. It's ultimately the players such as yourself that will decide how the game will evolve over the coming months.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Polished, stable and feature-rich. There needs to be more variety added to the game, but all game mechanics are already in place and functional. As an example, there's a shortage of water-based vehicles right now -- something we plan on addressing very soon.”

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

“No. The price will remain the same.”

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

“Those that played Windward in its Early Access stage will know exactly what to expect. Windward was made by one person that played the game alongside the other players, listening to feedback and implementing features based on that feedback. There is no wall between developers and players in Tasharen. Have a bug report? Message a dev directly. It's that easy.”
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February 9

PvE Update 3

Hey there explorers, the long awaited third PvE update is finally here!

As those of you who are familiar with Early Access games know, most studios release updates to their games once or twice a year, but they tend to be pretty big. As those of you familiar with Tasharen know, that was not the case with Windward and Sightseer. I, personally, prefer to release updates with small, tiny daily or semi-daily builds. This update, however... unfortunately didn't make this possible.

The problem lied in what I wanted to change -- which was basically everything. I wasn't happy with Unity's built-in terrain system for example, so I wanted to replace it with my own, custom one that wouldn't be so slow and would allow for more impressive looking features.

I didn't like the sky and lighting system I was using and wanted a custom one as well -- something that supported a spherical planet. So the sky had to go too.

With the new terrain and sky came the possibility of dramatically increasing the view distance which make the planet's curvature quite apparent.

To make the game's performance high I replaced the tree placement and drawing system with a GPU-based solution, which allowed for a lot more trees to be visible at once... the list goes on. One thing led to another, and the entire game had to be changed.

If you look at the patch notes, found in their usual place (, and there are 14 pages worth of changes to go through. Since you don't have all day though, I'll point out some notable ones:
  • Windward-style instancing has come to Sightseer. You can now run combat instances (simulations) by yourself or with your friends that will always be of appropriate challenge for the player starting the instance.
  • The loot system has changed. You will no longer get items as drops. Instead, you will receive upgrade kits that you can apply to your existing items, boosting their quality. The item quality is also no longer limited to +5. You can keep progressing as long as you like.
  • The way vehicles and parts get unlocked has changed. You will need to not only acquire the necessary technology, but also upgrade your Mk1 laser to +5 before you can unlock the Mk2 one, for example.
  • Basic questing system is in place, and NPCs will start conversations with you and give a clear objective to achieve.
  • Most vehicles now have additional slots that unlock as the players progresses along their technology tree.
  • You can now transfer power between outposts (once you have the appropriate technology).
  • Threat is now a very useful stat that will give a powerful skill that will scale with your threat rating. The skill is different for whether you're going for +threat (tanking) or -threat (dps).
  • Completely redesigned many of the biomes. 24 out of 27 biomes were changed, so go out there and explore anew!
  • New vehicles, new items, new building types.
  • Upgradeable wheels with improved traction
  • Voice overs done by FP
There is more... so much more. So visit the patch notes, say hello in Discord or, better yet -- fire up some Sightseer to check them out for yourself, because the next step is going to be the full release in May.


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December 9, 2018

Dev Shack Snippets

New terrain with the low angle of the sun looks... Not Bad™
makes for more scenic sunrises/sunsets in the mountains.

Aren Today at 1:30 PM Dec-5th
Just to give you guys an idea of the reason behind the continued delay of the update release, short version is I'm basically trying to make it more Windward-like.
Long version is, I want there to be long-term progression in the game for those that wish it. On the released last version atm, you get to tier 3 weaponry, finish research, and you're basically done. Progression stops. That's what I've been trying to change.
So, just a quick overview of major changes: by default the world will no longer have hostile NPC outposts (can change in options). Default mode will have the entire world will be up for players to explore and populate like a year ago.
Instead, I'm in the process of adding support for instances, like back in Windward. When you want to siege an NPC outpost, you will start an instance, which will effectively teleport you into a remote region where there will be a ready-made NPC outpost to conquer. You can invite friends into this raid, like in Windward. There may or may not be a boss fight. Drops will be catered to the player, based on the player's existing gear, as well as the chosen raid's difficulty.
Players out in the world will still be able to do quests, traders, protect random NPCs from pirates, etc -- and acquire basic and rare quality loot this way, but it's the instanced raids that will progress past +6 gear (with difficulties to match).
Of course player tactics and composition (healers, tanks etc) will help a lot, but I'll try to scale it in such a way that good equipment will matter greatly in such encounters.
All this is a biiig change, which is the real reason for the continued delay.
With the system I have in place, gear will go up to +20 quality for the absolute top-tier raid drops from bosses, although I'll have to change it to primarily boost health and damage instead of other stats.

I'm thinking of implementing my original idea of there being 1-3 starting spots to choose from for new players, so everyone starts at specific locations and moves out from there. This way players that are there first on the server will get to build things that players that come after will be able to visit. And with the questing in place, the outposts in question will be giving new players a way to progress even without having to build outposts, until they find a spot of their own.
Of course how it ends up being in practice remains to be seen/tested. We'll see.
But one thing I do want to bring back is the feel of adventure, of being the first to visit a part of the world. This feeling is missing if the entire world is populated by NPC outposts.
Perhaps as players expand into the world, add new starting spots on the "frontier", to keep the line moving forward without forcing new players to drive through hours of populated terrain.

Aren Dec 24th at 11:14 PM
I'm beginning to see the light at the end of this long tunnel... might even get the update working some time this century <_<
Instances will need some serious balancing, I'm sure... but they do work. It's nice being able to just start a random raid from anywhere, even while sitting at your own outpost, without having to travel anywhere.
The way I set them up is the difficulty scales up with the tier of the instance, which in turn is based on the player's desired difficulty (but can't be chosen too high above the player's current average loot tier) -- and while inside, you not only have to capture the outpost, but also defend yourself from constant harassment of NPCs trying to take you out.
Each player gets attacked independently, so having 10 players in an instance won't necessarily make the instance easier, as you will literally be getting 10 times the number of assailants.
The NPCs do drop loot, rarely, and even if your luck is terrible and RNJesus hates you, you will still get 2 items for completing the instance itself.
Higher tier instances have a chance of spawning tougher NPCs, even bosses. Bosses are tough (and adds actually don't spawn while a boss is out), but drop loot for the entire group of players when defeated, not just 1 item.

Aren Dec 26th at 1:03 AM
Here's a fun random addition... as I was adding a conversation dialog to the pirate encounter, I decided it would be cool if you could bribe them like in Windward. So I did. You can now bribe pirates, and they will become allied to you, following you around and helping you in combat.
You can even attack other pirates and they will help. I imagine more peaceful-minded players like @Black Cat will find this handy.
They follow you around for 8-12 minutes, then leave -- and you can only have one following you.
if you bribe another, you get an item instead.
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About This Game

Project 5: Sightseer is a cooperative (and/or competitive) multiplayer sandbox game with deep RPG elements, set in a vast, procedurally generated world.

You will start with nothing but a scanner and a mining laser in the location of your choosing -- either by yourself or with your friends, then venture forth to find resources, build outposts, research technologies and ultimately unravel the world's secrets.


Exploration is the core part of Sightseer. As you venture forth into the vast world, you will travel across dozens of scenic biomes, discover natural resources, strange artifacts, find discarded upgrades, and (depending on your chosen world configuration) other denizens that chose to exploit its bountiful resources.


Once you find a nice spot you wish to call home, you can claim it by building an outpost. From simple automatic resource extraction satellites to sprawling, heavily-defended main bases, it will be up to you to turn it into something you'd be proud of.


Outposts will not only extract resources for you, but they can also perform scientific research, unlocking new technologies, vehicles, parts, and structures. Furthermore, outposts built near artifacts will offer additional powerful technologies that can potentially improve all vehicles belonging to the player's faction.


As your grasp of technology grows, you will unlock new vehicles, along with weapons and other components to customize them with.
All vehicles have a role, but it's up to you how to customize them to your own play style. Will you choose to emphasize stealth in a fast, agile race car that gets stronger the faster it moves, or will you choose to take to the skies in a heavily shielded flyer? Or perhaps a sturdy, dependable 8-wheeler with extra threat to draw enemies attention along with ample hull self-repair modules and an assortment of weapon attachment points is more to your liking? Then there are the various weapon types to choose from -- lasers, miniguns, cannons, plasma, missiles, railguns -- they all have their advantages and disadvantages that will unlock new designs as you use them.


Sooner or later, you will need to defend what you've built -- whether it's from opportunistic pirates, or other players (if playing on a PvP server). The easiest way to get your wheels wet is to run combat simulations -- virtual scenarios that won't cause you to lose anything. As you get better and gain upgrades, you will be able to customize your vehicles further, and will be even better prepared to face the world's enigmatic protectors, as well as their ultimate chief.

...or you can just join a cult and worship one instead. Because the world of Sightseer is all about giving you the freedom to play however you like.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 7
    • Processor: Dual-core Intel i3
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 560
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 7
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel i7 4790K
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 or better (resolution-dependent)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: OSX 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 dual-core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 640M
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Best to run the game in non-retina resolution
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: OSX 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 quad core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Non-Intel GPU from 2015 or later
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Best to run the game in non-retina resolution
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Dual-core Intel i3
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 560
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel i7 4790K
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 or better (resolution-dependent)
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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