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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Release Date:
Mar 30, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“First come, first serve. ;)

We are a small and independent group of 3 people, hardcore DIY you could say.
Back in early 2011 this ambitious project was started (with a selfmade engine) - and we kept working like mad ever since. We're finally ready to unleash all the mystery!

We strive for a unique, supportive community with tons of feedback within the next months. Our goal is to make this game become awesome - not just for ourselves but for all of you - and to keep working on updates for as long as possible.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The 1.0 version is currently planned to be available in 2019.”

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
  • Improved Leveling, Affinity, Ship buying
  • Special items and equips
  • More upgrade options for weapons, shields, and ships
  • Liveliness of the universe
  • Balancing
  • Gamepad support

Translations (such as german) are planned but will probably not be completely finished with 1.0. Community help is welcome anytime though!

Support for Linux and Mac is planned but may happen after Early Access.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“10+ hours of story and side quests and a mostly complete first story arc (1/5).

Explore a lively solar system with
  • 25+ planets and moons (mostly terraformed),
  • 10 different factions coming with 100+ unique ships and stations
  • 100+ scripted NPCs and unlimited randomly-generated characters
  • Asteroid mining
  • Ship buying
  • A basic skill tree
  • Bounty head hunting missions, Trading missions

and some other things such as space rastafari, quick travelling, abandoned wreck stations and 50+ different debris pieces. ;)”

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. We welcome the feedback of all our players.”
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March 13

THE MUTATO (Update 0.9.0)

Hey aliens,

Hope everyone had a kickstart-2K19. This update brings you a big bunch of new features and maybe even some outer-world experiences. As promised, we polished a pile of features, such as ships (including the community favorite 'Wing Fighter'), and also brought you some new ones. Looking at the new quests, this would have also made a great Halloween update ;)

Because this patch note is going to be a bit more comprehensive, we've decided to give it an own video summary!

Also, the Original Soundtrack is fully released now and available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp and Soundcloud - check it out!

Alright now, LET'S GO!!

New sidequests
  • The Mutation
    Cram Bokaj first sidequest arc finishable (includes 2 new hidden sidequests)

  • "We Can't Stop Here..."
    Introducing O-Dog's secret sidequest

  • Level of Subsistence
    A miniquest about stolen air filters on an ISA research station

Equipable devices
  • Here is a new way to modify all of your ships - the passive device feature is done! The thruster feature has been bound to equips as well, which allows higher-tier thrusters - meaning more speeeed for your vessel!

New ships

And suddenly, it's just there - equipped with a new kind of laser weapon. Pro tip: If you encounter it, quicksave before waking it up. ;)

New weapons
  • Zion weapons: Bucky, Matic, Betta Gun
  • Jodorowsky Zapper
  • Mining Tool
  • More weapon upgrades
  • New spotlight turret

    Spotlights are purchasable now, yet totally useless. ;)

  • Unique weapon icons for the turret class, spam, and shock weapons
  • New trade icons
  • Lab location icon

New achievements

  • Ships
    • AI ship movement improvements
    • J12 ships polishing
    • The Waechter polishing
    • Improve the ship landing behavior
    • Add an option to switch to the ship after buying one
    • Overall ship speed balancing
    • Improve the weapon target is in range checks
    • CoC transporters (resolution x2, turret fix, minor details - overview)
    • CoC Mining Station small restructuring
    • Some station sizes increased (more to come)

  • World
    • Background vs. foreground wrecks: depth effect & parallax improvements*
    • More Zion Farms (including more Trash selling opportunity)
    • Randomly position the asteroid cargo drops inside the collision geometry
    • Prometheus wreck station polishing
    • New GAC ship wreck site added
    • Faction spawner added to CoC Stargard
    • Drones slightly highlighted
    • Cliff Farm / Zion Farms small changes

      *There is a known bug slowing down the parallax movement of background wrecks when zoomed-out - which looks wrong :D Should be fixed in one of the next patches

  • Dialogs
    • New origin selection texts
    • Intro dialog cuts (Auxilium, Shiro / Henderson)
    • Many dialog corrections & improvements

  • Portraits
    • 3 Zion dudes

    • FTA female, Atlantic female

    • Cram Bokaj small corrections

  • FX
    • Dynamic foreground stars effect (higher-speeds feedback)
    • Front thruster emitters for all ships
    • Regular thruster FX improved
    • Shuttle signal lights improved
    • Neon signs (it's a sci-fi game after all!)
    • Airlock "spaced" animation visibility & duration improved
    • "Repeater" / echo effect, used on bats
    • FX improvements on some projectiles (wip)
    • Main menu background & animation improvements

  • OpenGL rendering updates and performance improvements
  • Safer game initialization
  • Add a info.json for the level version info (also useful for modding)
  • Add a savegame "version info not found" state
  • Error logging improvements

  • Ship control instructions updated in tutorial & HUD hints
  • Wei Xiu, Akihiko, Chin-Mae, Frakes, Getty, Huang Feihung, Marley, and Werner now use the Ship HUD
  • Improve the Inventory HUD Cargo Tooltip
  • Item comparison: hovered item is now highlighted
  • Item data cleanup (icons assignments, descriptions & more)
  • Inventory ship viewport expanded
  • Fully integrate the quickbar when the Landable HUD is open
  • Updated the GUI Renderer
  • Add an "Inspect" button for items with text
  • Sidequest icons are smaller
  • Location info textbox expanded

With the full release of the soundtrack, all the mastered music tracks by Miguel Johnson have been upgraded to high-quality audio files.

  • Shield does not regen when landed
  • Trade amount window can't be closed with Esc
  • Stationary Traders on planets and stations need more cargo space
  • Unselectable answers can be selected with a controller
  • Correctly restore the disabled_color for controller selected answers
  • Changing music volume ingame from low to high does not work (it is clamped to the start volume)
  • Burst firing is disabled on weapon equip or a forced stop fire event
  • Mining NPC are stuck when they use mines as weapon
  • Inventory HUD: Damage type in slot tooltips is widened
  • Background stars z ordering is broken
  • Location name can be behind the quest target icon
  • Ship damage from asteroid collision is too low
  • Radar window clashes with the notification window
  • Mathilde shuttle can be owned by randoms
  • Cooldown bars freeze when the map camera moves a certain distance
  • Setup the player radar range state instantly on spawn (mainly for bullets)
  • Old savegames: Recreate Bartholdys station if it's missing
  • Hide the selection_info if the Landable HUD is visible
  • A physics engine div by zero fix
  • Show item received/removed notifications longer if on a landable
  • Don't update the Radar HUD when it's not visible
  • Turret lasers don't stop shooting after target was destroyed
  • Bullet speed is displayed on laser tooltips
  • Journal HUD: text lines vertical padding is missing
  • Remove some possible spammy error logging
  • Asteroid nitrogen debris emitter missing
  • Character HUD: XP color is missing
  • Ring spawner: asteroids missing at the arc end on savegame load
  • Assign_Shield(): Initially charged shields can crash if the slot does not match
  • AI: Max distance for shooting ignores the shield radius
  • Firing is still enabled while bursting
  • "Default drops" group added to gemstone asteroids (more drops)
  • Some weapon slot positions and collision fixes
  • Low turn rate ships can circle around landables infinitely
  • Rename the "Decrease Velocity" shortcut key to "Reverse Velocity"
  • Support modifying person savegame json data before loading starts
  • Level_Savegame_Sprite_Json_Loaded() is sometimes not called
  • Horizontal Map Crosshairs missing on lower resolutions
  • Ambient 1 music track ending cut-off
  • Henderson: The Pre_Destroy callback should not be active from the start
  • ship_damage_lightning_1 emitter_iteration_interval is not set
  • Fix Get_Primary_Shield() can return the wrong shield
  • Shield bars blinking when only the second shield slot is equipped
  • Planet rotations: more "authentic" speed and direction improvements
  • Opaque glow removed from GAC ships
  • Quest Item Counter does not display merged stacks correctly
  • Script Get_Cargo_Amount() crashes
  • Item data corrections
  • Ship slot & assignment corrections
  • Glyph missing (long hyphen not supported)
  • Wreck station #5 collision fix
  • Zion Farms have 2 shield slots (Medium + Big)

Snowball Cannons have been removed with this update. If you got them, they will stay with the savegame, though!

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January 11

Update 0.8.14

🔥 Weapon Upgrades
    Some weapons can now be upgraded with the loot from asteroids and other resources.

  • Support old Intel drivers
  • Mine location image
  • Neptune got a continent!

  • Court location icon

  • Target prediction
    • Predict the target future pos for turret weapons
    • Include projectile speed max when calculating the weapon target lead

  • Pluto characters: New-Year's-polishing ✨
    click for hi-res

  • Explosion FX tuning

  • Sort fixed weapons first in lists
  • Analysis HUD: Show the cargo item count
  • Add a big text window for books/papers (Caduceus Brochure)
  • Savegame Menu: Load the selected item with the controller select button
  • Small performance improvements (~2%)
  • OpenGL init improvements
  • Spotlights for space memorial turrets
  • J12 station resize (x2.25)
  • Increase spotlight decay / blur out
  • Increase the respawn time for some cad station ships
  • Small Lashkar Gah surrounding improvements

  • Zopa late game dialog crashes
  • Zopa "sleeping_pod_lie" dialog crash
  • Script crash when "Xentron Revealed" is finished
  • Skill icons are missing after video options are changed
  • Crash when ship.Attack() target is null
  • Old Savegames: player id should not be modifiable (fixes the Kalypso Waechter Guards)
  • Tiled background star drawable flickers
  • Lasers don't hit missiles
  • Revealed Hokucho map icon disappears
  • Laser does not hit affinity enemies
  • Smoke emitter placement is defined by the shield size
  • Controller Button A selection breaks if the mouse select button was changed
  • Savegames: Healthbar can be visible when a ship is dead
  • Double "active_focus_frame" window crash
  • Asteroid ring bg image are hidden too early when rotated
  • Emitter could be hidden too early if particles are rotated
  • Smoke emitter placement defined by shield size
  • Savegames: Ghost turret platforms until they respawn
  • Item cargo could be set with a null item from asteroid drops
  • Set "CAD Guard Ally" to gaia and add affinity for the cad_transport quest
  • Inventory HUD: Support equipping items and opening text items with the controller
  • Controller: Support the exit button in the Question Box
  • Popup Boxes: Select the default focus window (fixes the select button in the amount window)
  • Trade HUD: Can't select merchant items with the controller
  • Exiting the savegames/options menu with the controller does not show the logo again
  • Sun/Saturn ring is spawned with each savegame load
  • Inventory HUD: remove the item comparison text

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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.

  • Realtime Open-World Solar System
  • Handdrawn 4K Graphics
  • Upgradable Ships
  • Original Soundtrack by Miguel Johnson (available here!)

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 catastrophies 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 damn challenge, but we will make the best effort to create something you'd enjoy!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10 (32 and 64-bit support)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB video memory
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 3.3 or newer

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