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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Recent updates View all (39)

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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December 27, 2018

LOST CHRISTMAS (Update 0.8.8)


🎄 🎄 🎄

Hey folks!

Space Santa got a bit delayed this year... His GPS was confronted with some major bugs, so he spent the Christmas days in the tool shed fixing them. Now that everything is back on track, we can finally get to the unboxing part! :) 🎁

Miguel has been in the tool shed as well by the way – he just released the original Gaia Beyond soundtrack on bandcamp, check it out!

New Quests!

🔥 Main quests: The Caduceus arc is finishable now!
🔥 New sidequests

An FTA shared cargo container and Rajid's cargo container!

Capital Ships!

Capital Ships for J12 and the Atlantic Alliance. Both come with a new slot type for extremely powerful weapons. We're also having thoughts about a "carrier" feature and slot types that spawn small ships. We will extend on this before making these giants purchasable.

Controller support for all HUD windows

Ship HUD for Rajid's Garage

New weapons
  • X-mas content: Remains once unlocked.
    Snowball Cannon – releasing deadly balls of highly-concentrated H2O.
    Yellow Snowball Cannon – you really don't want to get hit by one of these.

  • More mining lasers!

  • J12 & Atlantic turrets: Laser (capital slot type), Spam, Missile

Other Stuff
  • Background snowflakes (seasonal)

  • Allow shooting down enemy missiles
  • Improve turret weapons precision
  • Re-enable the laser end drawable
  • Weapon optimizations and fixes
  • Controller: Support map movement
  • Dialog improvements
  • Projectile glow FX
  • Icon rework – Mining laser distinction, new colony icon etc.

  • Airlock drop animation visibility improved
  • Bacterius fight should prevent the use of a circle tactic
  • Some local asteroid spawners added
  • Chests added to the first wreck, 'Prometheus'
  • Add a kuff to the last transporter pirate wave
  • Only show the landable location name on hover
  • Hokucho and Nancho mass increased

  • Pluto Colonists shuttles are empty when leaving
  • Hokucho locations are twice for older saves
  • Random cargo for shields is broken
  • The health bar is hidden before the player shield fully recharged
  • Wrong mouse cursor texture can be displayed
  • Placeholder shuttle removed from landing overlay
  • Tyrell Wharf doesn't respawn after being destroyed
  • Ben does not sell shields
  • Special asteroids mass and hull are the same
  • Use a story var for the memorials read counter
  • Free XP (+1XP from dying asteroids)
  • Ships are spawned on every savegame load
  • Controls: Select does not work with the keyboard
  • Correctly default and load unassigned input controls
  • Savegame upgrade: remove the old Memorial location
  • Autopiloting to an Asteroid in map mode crashes
  • Nebula can have a wrong texture when video options change
  • Only update the image cache if in dev mode
  • Inventory HUD: Selection is discarded on cargo changes
  • Trade HUD can crash when re-opened with an old Tooltip still active
  • Quest HUD: Don't allow setting a finished quest to active
  • Controller back in Start menu does not show the logo again
  • Controller: Drop Button is not updated in the Inventory HUD
  • Trade HUD: Show Tooltip on Controller select
  • Person death event can be fired twice
  • FTA quick travel: camera stays on the old location when in map mode
  • Sounds are not limited to the global volume when played simultaneously
  • Music/Sound channel volume could be set without the group volume

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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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