Trade your wares and eliminate the competition in a cutthroat world. Buy new ships and stations to mine and haul resources. Explore the vast emptiness of space.
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Very Positive (79) - 93% of the 79 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Aug 18, 2017
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We have been working on Helium Rain for more than three years, but there is always room to evolve. We already have some plans, and we'd like to know what our players want to see next.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Helium Rain will stay in Early Access for around six months, depending on the volume of feedback we receive.”

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

“We want to add new content, keep polishing the game, and add new gameplay mechanisms if players request them. Specifically, we are planning on several important features.

  • Story
  • Fuel usage simulation
  • Engine ISP simulation
  • New navigation system
  • New areas to explore
  • New ships to fly
  • New tutorials

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access release features a fully-playable sandbox.

  • Spaceflight gameplay
  • 30 areas to explore
  • 12 flyable ships
  • Dynamic contract system
  • Technology system
  • Game tutorial
  • Joystick support in flight
  • Windows and Linux support

We have been play-testing it for months, and we believe it is already a quality product.”

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

“We will raise the price slightly when exiting Early Access.”

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

“We have been involving the community for quite some time, and will be happy to keep doing so.
  • We have a public bug & feature tracker at http://dev.helium-rain.com, where we've been tracking suggestions from players.
  • We will listen and respond directly to feedback on the Steam community forums and our dedicated subreddit.
  • The source code for the game is fully available on GitHub for the most dedicated players.
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September 23

Helium Rain 1.02 hotfix released

We've released a hotfix to correct a number of issues with the game. The changelog for this update is as follow :
  • Fix fleet controls available on AI fleets
  • Fix auto-trade not actually requiring the Automated Trading technology
  • Fix high memory usage and performance issues in company log
  • Fix typos in texts
  • Fix "buying" transactions not defaulting to the contract-bound amount
  • Fix crash on sector reload
We've also adjusted the rewards from scanning artifacts, to ensure they would be rewarding in end-game, unlike the previous situation.

Please tell us if you find additional issues !
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September 22

Helium Rain 1.0.1 released

Our final Early Access update has been published today, and we've got a new trailer for our upcoming launch !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oAKZwCSxSY
1.0 now available on the default branch
Last week, we released a new 1.0.0 version on the beta channel with many changes:
  • New artifact system to earn research points through exploration
  • New Anomaly & Pharos sectors
  • New economy model
  • New auto-trading technology to let fleets work automatically
  • Trade route & contracts upgrades
  • Lots of bugs fixed !
We haven't seen major issues with 1.0.0, and we're publicly releasing 1.0.01 today with some minor text changes, and a nerf on the amount of research points earned through artifacts. This version is now available on the default branch for the game !

Be sure to tell us of any issue that you see - we'll do our best to fix any problem that pops up.



Looking back on a year of Early Access
Helium Rain was released in Early Access in August 2017 - around 13 months ago. Here's a sample of everything that was added to the game since it released...
  • Modular stations to create your own complex station
  • Economy changes, contracts changes
  • Upgraded space station models
  • Upgraded user interface
  • Upgraded combat with the Skirmish quick-play system
  • Full gamepad & joystick support
  • Full Linux support
We fixed no less than hundreds of bugs - the first few updates alone account for half of that number.



We also didn't add some things we wanted to add. In particular, we planned on adding a storyline to the game - other features took priority - and fuel systems to make fuel and engines a more advanced mechanism - that simply didn't end up interesting and was dropped.

There is still a lot of content and features we would have loved to add, but after more than four years in development, we wanted to complete the project, make every existing system as good as it could, and make sure the game works smoothly. This has been a long and wild ride, with a great community. We're happy to have brought Helium Rain to where it is now.

We will now release the game out of Early Access on October 11 this year, a few weeks from now. We'll try getting some attention - make sure you tell your friends about Helium Rain if you enjoy it !
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About This Game

Build your fleet, trade, explore and conquer


Helium Rain is a single-player space simulation that places you at the helm of a spacefaring company. Trade resources, buy ships and stations to fulfill contracts ! Dock at stations to buy and sell you wares or upgrade your ship, upgrade your technology to be more efficient and militarize your fleet to prevent piracy.

You will need to master both real-time action and long-term strategy: destroying a freighter has a direct impact on the economy, while declaring war will make your spaceflight environment slightly more hostile...



  • 12 playable ships with weapon and engine upgrades
    Build and fly fleets of fighters, bombers, cargos, corvettes or capital ships. Buy new engines and weapons.
  • Fast-paced combat with Newtonian flight, localized damage and joystick support
    There is no speed limit in Helium Rain. You can fly at half a mile a second while aiming backwards. Aim for critical systems in order to disable ships, kill their crew or capture targets, and don't fly into asteroids.
  • Complex economy model
    Take advantage of a complex simulation of space trade to be the most competitive company.
  • A planetary system to explore
    Explore around 25 sectors orbiting the gas giant Nema and its moons.
  • Procedural contracts, world exploration, technology upgrades
    Pick contracts and build your empire to become the largest company.
  • Quick-action skirmish mode
    Setup your fleet, pick an opponent and go into fighting action right away !

A world that feels real


Your ships have generators, radiators, weapons, engines, cargo bays or life support systems - they all work together. Every thruster on your ship plays a role. Aim for engines to pin down your enemies, or send them spinning around by destroying power stations. Most ships have more than thirty individual parts ! You can customize the most important parts of your ships - your main engines, attitude control thrusters, weapons and hull colors.

Your competitors are independent factions, companies with the same goal as yours - ruling the system. They will try to undercut you, or even attack you if you become a threat to them. But don't be too quick to destroy them, as war can break the supply of resources you depend on ! Attacking freighters will destroy resources, making them costlier, with the potential to cause an economic crisis.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel Core® i3
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 470 / AMD Radeon® HD 6870 / DX10 compatible GPU with at least 1GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Windows are supported.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel Core® i7
    • Memory: 8000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Windows are supported.
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04
    • Processor: Intel Core® i3
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 470 / DX10 compatible GPU with at least 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Linux are supported. Check the Linux support thread in the forums !
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 17.10
    • Processor: Intel Core® i7
    • Memory: 8000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Linux are supported. Check the Linux support thread in the forums !

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