Launch into space and blast asteroids from the sky before they can hit Earth in this fast paced shooter inspired by the original arcade game. Earn upgrades along the way, maintain your defenses, and complete various side missions.
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Mar 13, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The current build of Asteroid Defender! represents a solid vision for the design of our game, however there are several core gameplay systems that have still not been fully implemented. These missing features are critical to the overall gameplay experience, and the core game experience suffers without these systems present.

We made the decision to launch Asteroid Defender! in its current state, through the Early Access program, as it allows us the opportunity to gather valuable community feedback while implementing, testing, and fine tuning some of the core gameplay systems.

In addition, Asteroid Defender! in its current Early Access state, contains a large amount of temporary programmer art - requiring a dedicated graphic artist to overhaul the games visual look and feel, enhance and replace various particle effects, and fine tune the games graphical user interface.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

Asteroid Defender! launched in March, and the original plan was for the game to remain in Early Access for 3-4 months. Development plans sometimes don't work out the way you hope for in the world of indie game development, especially when you are a startup company of two.

We are still working on various improvements, bug fixes, and new features - but unfortunately development is going at a slower pace than we had originally planned for. Thank you for your support and continued patience as we work towards making Asteroid Defender! the game we originally designed.”

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

“Our goal is to limit Early Access development to 3-4 months. This development timeframe was designed to integrate community feedback as we finish development of several gameplay features critical to complete the overall gameplay experience we envisioned for Asteroid Defender!

EARLY ACCESS DEVELOPMENT GOALS:

UPGRADE VISUAL LOOK & FEEL

  1. Enhanced game visuals (3d models, textures, particle effects)
  2. Implement custom designed player ship model
  3. Enhance the ships laser cannon particle effect
  4. Refine and elaborate upon current gameplay tutorial text

CORE GAME FEATURES

  1. Radar mini-map:
    • visually display the incoming asteroids and where the player is in relation to both the Earth and the incoming asteroids
  2. Core Game Loop
    • rewrite the core gameplay code to be an infinite wave system

COMPLETE FLIGHT SCHOOL TUTORIAL

  1. Training Manuel
    • Complete the written training tutorial
  2. Training Simulator
    • Complete the interactive flight tutorial

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS & FEATURES

  1. Redesign the command shuttle upgrade system interface
    • redesign the current upgrade UI with more appropriate themed buttons and layout
  2. Integrate in game achievement system with actual Steamworks Steam Achievements added to game 4/10/18

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Asteroid Defender! is launching on Early Access with most of the core gameplay features already implemented and fully functioning. However the core gameplay experience is a little rough around the edges, and not quite in line with our goal for the full release of the game.

Our core gameplay is currently lacking several important features designed to significantly improve the games accessibility for less experienced players, along with easing the frustrations of more veteran players:
  • Asteroid Radar mini-map (help the player identify the sector that is in danger, and find incoming asteroids in the vastness of space)
  • Infinite core gameplay wave system (allow the player to continue to play endlessly until they lose)
  • Enhanced mission system (provide the player with randomly generated side missions throughout the game)
  • Expand upon the functionality of the options menu
  • Revise and improve the training tutorials to be more informative with less confusion

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

Asteroid Defender! launched at a price point of $2.99 on Early Access. Currently there are no plans to raise the price while the game remains in Early Access.”

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

“Our goal is to listen to the feedback provided by the Early Access community to help shape the future vision of the game.”
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About This Game


In Asteroid Defender! you take on the role of an elite pilot who has been recruited to the Earth Defense Force. Your mission: to protect our world. Launch into space and blast asteroids from the sky before they can hit Earth in this fast paced shooter inspired by the original arcade game. Earn upgrades along the way, maintain your defenses, and complete various side missions. Do you have what it takes to protect our world?






  • BLAST ASTEROIDS FROM THE SKY


  • Pilot the X-33 space fighter as you launch into space to PROTECT OUR WORLD






  • SEEK OUT AND COLLECT POWER CELLS


  • KEEP THE EARTH SHIELD ONLINE BY KEEPING EACH POWER PYLON SUPPLIED WITH POWER CELLS




  • ACCEPT SIDE MISSIONS TO UNLOCK POWERFUL UPGRADES


  • SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE MISSIONS TO EARN BONUS MISSION CREDITS




  • UPGRADE THE X-33 WEAPON SYSTEMS WITH HOMING ROCKETS


  • UNLOCK WARP GATES IN EACH SECTOR FOR FAST TRAVEL

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2 or newer, 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX ® compatible
    • Additional Notes: Asteroid Defender! is an Early Access game, and minimum specifications may change during development.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2 or newer, 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX ® compatible

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