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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Positive (18) - 83% of the 18 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. ;)

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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November 28

Update 0.8.0

"First-half-hour-deserves-more-action" Update!

The Pluto introduction is pretty close to its final state. We did another bunch of improvements and added the new NPCs Noob Henderson and Bacterius (we all just struggled with the flu) to give some action to your nervous trigger fingers!

Will you get the achievement though?

We're curious to hear your feedback on this, as well as on the project in general – if you want to support us, don't hesitate to leave a review and tell your friends about the game!

On with the usual:

New Ships!
  • Cazador
    a three-slotted killing machine...

  • Entrega Grande / Gaseoso
    the cargo centipede (meanwhile got a 3rd slot, too...)

  • Heavier Wing Fighter versions

  • More to get
    We just hit the 30 purchasable ships mark!

Batched Rendering!
  • Massive performance boost in asteroid fields or other sprite count limiting situations

New Weapons & Shields!
  • Shock Cannon
  • Some new faction weapons / shields

Other Stuff!
  • In-space Memorials

  • GAC Courthouse
    judging you all night long...

  • New achievements activated
    "It was the worst of times...", "Curious Neighbor", "Noob friendly"

  • Atlantic Mining Station Gas port

  • Miguel Johnson himself in the house!
    he brought his "currently out of order" Jukebox (mini feature to come, later)

  • McKenzie got a pic!

  • Chests again - this time: Plutonium

  • "Flowers" trade icon
    Y'all have been waiting for this!

  • Ships & Stations burning effect

  • Ships with mixed weapon types try to buy all compatible weapons
  • Big bunch of Turret- & Weapon Reassignments
    (turret slots on some of your owned ships might have changed!)
  • Change the Enlarged Fonts setting to Font Size and enlarge the default fonts
  • Savegame upgrader improvements for landable locations
  • Cooldown HUD: Show the weapon fire interval

  • Zopa portrait "polishing"

  • Final turrets restored (resolution x8)

  • Dialog corrections by Cecell from Discord (Thanks a lot :>)
  • Colored weapon damage types in tooltips
  • Implement ship cargo drop chances
  • Add a shield regeneration rate cooldown when hit and show the regen modifier when shutdown
  • Show "New Savegame" in Savegame list
  • Hide the ship trade arrows when only 1 ship is sold
  • Some menus re-layouted
  • ISA outpost location image updated
  • J12 male portrait updated
  • Mr. Shiro appearance music changed
  • Pilot License does not use a skill point anymore

  • Emitter textures can flicker
  • Crash when the character HUD is open and an asteroid gives you XP
  • Do not allow dialogs while landing or leaving
  • Quickload on an alphanumeric key is still preferred if the character name entry has focus
  • Bartholdy does not talk
  • Zeldi's custom fighter (Ginny) spawned in level
  • Quest person removal can crash after genocide
  • Landable quest icon link can crash after genocide
  • Ships can be bought even if the player has not enough money
  • "0 regen" shields don't recover at all (not even between fights)
  • Nearest asteroid in radar range detection can crash the game
  • Some shield types use the wrong graphics/sounds
  • Landable HUD: Character Portraits are not updated on a portrait change
  • All Caduceus weapons can be spawned in level
  • Wicked ships kill counter is increased even out of range
  • Waechter hacking music repeats endlessly
  • Ship damage (smoke) emitter stuck at 100% ship's velocity
  • Force the shiro dialog on landing if it was evaded
  • Inventory HUD: Ship image can be missing after a video option change
  • Main Menu with vsync off speeds up time
  • XP/Items collected is drawn over ship after an item was received on a landable
  • O Dog continuously rotates
  • Travel Groups can slow down massively if the leader has landed
  • Broken extended characters on some person names
  • Dropping cargo does not notify the quest item counter
  • Re-position the frame window close button
  • "Fight off the Caduceus and free Lashkar Gah Research Station." is broken with older saves
  • Save Overwrite / Enter Description popup: Accept and Cancel are swapped
  • Bulwark ship graphic displayed too small in UI
  • Cram Bokaj money reward is only half from the displayed amount
  • Person Set_User_String() always creates a new user string
  • Pasting text ignores the max text length
  • Tooltip comparison: the lower fire rate has the "improve" color
  • Savegame memory leaks
  • Shaders are not deleted completely on reload
  • Do not crash when loading unknown json enums

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October 20

Halloween Pumpkin Pursuit (Update 0.7.80)

Quest available until 5. November, unlocked content remains!



allow me to introduce myself – it's Count Ixua.

I've come to inform you that the ancient spirits have been released (which sucks). So, now that you know everything, it's time to send them back to the land of the dead.

Counting on you, player!

Get the new Pumpkin Gun...

...hunt down Undead Pirates...

...and unlock the mysterious Ghost Ship!

Regular patch notes:

  • Spotlight turrets

  • FTA Samson container port

  • Shield hit effect

  • Chest opened graphic

  • Twaine Fatman portrait
    • "I even have balls inside my balls."

  • "Player gets airlocked" animation

  • Bartholdy station polishing (see above)

  • CoC Dostravka polishing

  • Some weapon reassignments
  • Only refresh the image cache if "dev_mode" is enabled
  • Drones should only take damage if the player is nearby

  • Reduce the damage of cargo drop collisions
  • Null the physcis collision handler on level unload
  • Pluto person deletion can crash
  • Bartholdy has a null AI
  • Do not allow quest items to be dropped
  • Savegames: Don't crash when the ship weapon slot amount is reduced
  • Ships give no XP
  • Heimwehr_Airlocked() is not called with the longer dialog path
  • Support script error reporting for warnings
  • Savegames: Switch to Shuttle when the ship data was not found

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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

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, 10 (32 and 64-bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB video memory
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 3.3 or newer

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