Gaia Beyond is a handcrafted 2D Action-RPG, an exploration mix built around the core features fighting, mining and trading. Your decisions are footprints within a vast non-linear solar system. Forge alliances among numerous factions and develop relations with hundreds of NPCs.
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Very Positive (67) - 83% of the 67 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 30, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“First come, first serve!

Gaia Beyond is developed by a three-member team, in the spirit of a classic DIY project. It has traveled a long way: From starting to build the engine back in 2011 and handcrafting a dynamic, non-linear experience from scratch to a polished space journey with countless possibilities.

During early development the scope of the game grew into something much more complex than anticipated, so while presenting a finished and complete story arc for release, there will be future updates that will dive much deeper into the universe and even expand it.

With all the work that has gone into this project, it means a lot to us and we want Gaia Beyond to become something people enjoy and remember. Early Access gives us the valuable opportunity to share our vision with the community right now and flesh it out the right way, thanks to all the productive feedback.

The 1.0 release will be a huge milestone and a finished game in itself, but it’s not going to be the final step: We will gradually extend the content to the full vision and add features that didn’t make it into 1.0 (such as translations) - with regular updates just like now, for as long as possible.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The full release is currently planned for August 2020.”

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

“Our main goals for the Early Access period are:

  • Completing the full storyline and all related assets
  • Liveliness of the universe
  • Improved leveling, affinity, ship buying and crafting
  • More upgrade options for ships and weapons
  • Special items and equips
  • Community requests
  • Balancing & quality of life
  • Continuous polishing
  • Partial gamepad support

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“20+ hours of story and sidequests and complete first story arc.

  • Explore a permanently simulated solar system with
  • 25+ planets and moons
  • 13 different factions coming with 100+ unique ships and stations
  • 150 different weapons
  • 300+ NPCs and unlimited randomly-generated characters
  • Handdrawn 4K Ultra HD graphics
  • Epic soundtrack by Miguel Johnson
  • Asteroid mining
  • Hacking
  • Ship buying / crafting
  • Upgradable weapons
  • A basic skill tree
  • Bounty head-hunting missions, Trading missions

and some other things such as a quick travel network, boosting thrusters, 10 asteroid types with many different crafting materials, space rastafari, abandoned station wrecks, plasma fields, lootable containers, mutated monsters and unfriendly xenos!”

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

“Yes, we want to encourage people to join us during the development phase. We plan to gradually increase the price when new features are added.”

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

“The Community is an important part of the development process and - as stated in the first point - a main reason why we went into Early Access. We welcome the feedback of all our players.

To participate in the development, simply visit the Community Hub, where you will also find links to our Discord, Email and Social Media.”
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“The nuances, the colours, the galaxies in the distance, all about Gaia Beyond is an open-air poem. More than once we stopped in front of a planet or a space station to enjoy the show.”
Il Videogioco

“Easily gobbling up dozens of hours, Gaia Beyond still has plenty to offer, from trading / faction management to upgrades, to mining, it really has a full roster of features and plenty of space to explore.”
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About This Game

Gaia Beyond is a handcrafted 2D Action-RPG, an exploration mix built around the core features fighting, mining and trading.

Your decisions are footprints...

within a vast non-linear solar system. Forge alliances among numerous factions and develop relations with hundreds of NPCs. Focus on trading and personal interaction or embark on science missions – hunt down pirates and collect their bounty. Infiltrate dubious factions and uncover secret plots and dark menaces.

  • Explore an immersive and dynamic real-time solar system - two centuries after the devastation of Earth
  • Dive into the Caduceus storyline with 10 missions and discover the truth behind the Ganymede Flu
  • Enjoy hand-drawn graphics in 4K resolution
  • Original soundtrack by Miguel Johnson
  • Find and master around 50 individual sidequests
  • Choices do matter - beware the consequences! Decide the fate of characters in the world
  • Fight pirates, evil bosses, mutants and secret alien ships!
  • Mine dozens of raw materials to craft or buy over 50 new spacecrafts
  • Upgrade your ship with devices, shields and powerful weapons
  • Discover a wide range of ship types, from shuttles to capital ships
  • Constant expansion of storylines, sidequests, customizations, ships and features - prepare yourself!

To deliver a seamless and unique experience, we created our own engine - presenting a massive 2D Open World in realtime, with no loading times inbetween. Every part of the universe is alive and active at every moment.

There you are, human.

At the face of a habitable planet way outside the Kuiper Belt, inquiringly gazing at the same stars as the rest of the living species. Everyone? Doesn’t look like we will ever find out.

The past is shadowed by war. Generations of humanity have fought on the edge of survival. First against themselves – until technology started to rise, created to serve their innate greed for dominance. During Earth times, self-inflicted catastrophes kept humanity struggling and finally forced the big departure. And yet, here they are. Split up all over the solar system, living separate realities under various conditions.

Everything is different – and actually nothing ever really changed. A new mindset of unity, awoken by the end of the Machine War, is facing hard times. Beneath the curtain of false peace and hope, bad blood had always remained. Old and new enemies are rising again and humanity will have to face its greatest trial, yet. Will you be part of mankind's downfall or guide the system into a brighter future?

It's in your hands.

And then there's us

We love gaming and we always wanted to realize our own vision of a good game. Back in 2011, this project was started with the motivation to unify the "good old" mechanics that had been around for decades and give them a nice polish with today's visual and technical standards.

It was influenced by games like Fallout 1 + 2, Diablo, Grand Theft Auto, Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Escape Velocity, Deus Ex & Co. Creating a game only half as good as those titles is a real challenge, but we will make the best effort to create something you'd enjoy!

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2 GB video memory
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 4.2 or newer (anything AMD/Nvidia from the last 10 years)
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3 GB video memory
    • Storage: 6 GB available space

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