The ultimate starship designer, powered by a deep game simulation: Design a fleet of ships by placing individual modules including weapons, shields, engines, and hallways. Battle A.I. starships to earn bounties or test your design skills against other players.
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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Since the very beginning of its development, Cosmoteer has been available for anyone to download and play. The feedback from these early players (bug reports, feature suggestions, balance issues, etc...) has been incredibly valuable, and Cosmoteer would not be anywhere near as good without that feedback. We see Steam Early Access as the natural continuation of this player-centric development philosophy, and we will continue to eagerly listen to feedback from the community and use it to make Cosmoteer one of the best games of all time.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We estimate that Cosmoteer will be in Early Access for about one year, though that is open to change as the scope of the game changes. (But rest assured, we will always be dedicated to stability and keeping the game fun and playable at all times, so you won't be getting an inferior product if we decide to push back the official launch to squeeze in more awesome features.)”

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

“We are currently planning to add more gameplay systems (such as mining, missions, and crew customization), more game modes (including a revamped singleplayer campaign and co-op for multiplayer), and more ship modules (new weapons, defenses, and non-combat systems).”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version of Cosmoteer is already very playable and polished, and it is fairly stable. Please see the "About This Game" section below for descriptions of the currently-implemented features.

Note that during Early Access, it is possible that occasional updates may break existing saved games from prior versions. (However, we will try our absolute hardest to never break existing ship designs.)”

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

“The price will likely increase as new features and content are added to the game, probably when exiting Early Access, and possibly during Early Access as well.”

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

“Cosmoteer already has a strong community of thousands of players who have already been providing feedback, sharing their ship designs, and making mods. We developers are on the forums and Discord (chat) regularly responding to questions, suggestions, and bug reports. (There's also an in-game feedback tool that can be used to send feedback directly to us.) We regularly post updates on the game's development and hold community events such as tournaments and design competitions. There is also an online roadmap where you can see all the planned features and vote and comment on them.”
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July 5

Cosmoteer 0.14.14 - "Aim Assist" + Download Free on Steam!

Cosmoteer update 0.14.14 is now available for direct download and, for the first time ever, can also be downloaded on Steam, still for free! This is a small update that adds an optional "Aim Assist" to Direct Control Mode and fixes a handful of bugs.

What's New

"Aim Assist" in Direct Control Mode

The recent 0.14.12 update added the much-requested "Direct Control Mode" that allows players to manually fly ships with the keyboard and aim & fire weapons using the mouse. While the ability to fly your ship with the keyboard was well-received, many players found aiming weapons using the mouse to be too difficult, putting them at a big disadvantage.

This latest update seeks to address that problem by adding an "Aim Assist" feature. Basically, your weapons will automatically try to figure out what you're aiming at and target that thing while taking into consideration projectile speed and the target's velocity, just like they already do when you're not using Direct Control Mode.

In this GIF, we can see how the laser blasters are automatically targeting the parts of the enemy ship closest to the mouse cursor instead of firing directly at the cursor's location:



Also note the new faint-red dotted circle around the enemy ship. This indicates the ship that your weapons will aim at and is typically the ship closest to your mouse cursor. (Friendly ships will have a gray dotted circle, indicating that they are friendly and cannot be hurt.) You can also press the Alt key to lock-on to a ship, making your weapons always target that ship even if another ship is closer. Locking-on to a friendly ship will also turn on "friendly fire" against it, allowing your weapons to target and damage the friendly ship.

Aim Assist is an optional feature that is turned on by default but can be turned off in the gameplay settings.

Steam Downloads, Updates, and Cloud

By popular demand, Cosmoteer can now be downloaded and updated using Steam, the most popular digital distribution platform for PC games! To download Cosmoteer on Steam, head over to Cosmoteer's Steam page and click the "Download Demo" button on the right hand side:



(Even though it's called a "Demo", it's really the full version of Cosmoteer and is not limited in any way. Making it a demo was simply the best option for allowing the game to be downloaded on Steam without giving away the paid version for free. Please note that the demo will likely be removed before Cosmoteer launches as a paid game.)

If you don't want to download Cosmoteer using Steam, that's fine, you can still download the "standalone" version like normal. But there are a couple big advantages to downloading Cosmoteer on Steam:

First, Steam will automatically keep Cosmoteer updated, and Steam's smart patching software will only download the portions of the game that have changed instead of having to download the whole game with every update, saving you time and bandwidth.

And second, Cosmoteer supports the Steam Cloud for saved game and saved ship files, automatically backing up your games and ships and syncing them across all your computers. You can store up to a whopping 10GB of saved games and ships on the Steam Cloud. That's about 60,000 saved ship files!

Cosmoteer will display how much space you're using when saving or loading a saved game or ship:



... And more!

This update also has a handful of other fixes and improvements, which you can read about in the changelog.
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June 21

Cosmoteer 0.14.13 - Quality of Life Improvements

Cosmoteer update 0.14.13 is now available for download! This is a relatively small quality-of-life update that improves multiplayer latency (by adding support for "peer-to-peer" networking), adds an "auto" mode to Tractor Beams, tweaks mine balance, and fixes a handful of bugs.

What's New

Peer-to-Peer Networking

Prior to this latest update, playing Cosmoteer online (i.e., on a server as opposed to on a L.A.N.) required all network communications between players' computers to be routed through the server. This meant that every ship command, every gameplay update, every chat message, had to first be sent to the server, which would then forward the message to the other players. This basically worked, but created a lot of network latency (long response times to player commands) for players that were located far from the server (which is in New York, USA). For example, imagine two players in Sydney, Australia wanting to play multiplayer with each other: All of their network communications would have to travel halfway around the world to New York before coming right back to Sydney, which added a huge amount to their network latency. Wouldn't it be better if those player's computers just talked directly to each other?

It would! This is where "peer-to-peer" networking comes in: Instead of routing all network communications through the server, all the server does is help setup a direct connection between the host of the game and all the other players in it. If the players are close to each other or far from the server, this can greatly reduce latency and make multiplayer a better experience for everyone in the game!

For the most part this "just works" and you don't have to think about it at all. In some cases a peer-to-peer connection might not be able to be established, such as if you're playing on a restrictive school, work, or mobile network, or you have an unusually restrictive router. But even if a peer-to-peer connection can't be established, that won't stop you from playing, it will just mean that the network communications need to be sent through the server and you may experience more latency.

I am aware that some players may be wary of doing anything that could reveal their I.P. address to other players (especially streamers and others who may be at high risk for things like DDOS attacks and doxing). For that reason, there is also an option under the multiplayer settings to turn off peer-to-peer networking, which will force all network communications to be routed through the game server.

Multiplayer Game Searching, Sorting, & Filtering

Since multiplayer support was added to Creative Mode in the previous update, the number of multiplayer games has nearly tripled! This is awesome, but it also makes finding the ideal game for you a bit more challenging!



And so, by popular request, this new update adds the ability to search, sort, and filter the list of multiplayer games. Typing in the search box will hide any games whose game name or host name don't match what you typed. You can also sort the list of games by various things like open status, ping, and credits. And you can filter the list of games, hiding those that are closed or don't match the desired game mode, credit range, or ping.

Tractor Beam "Auto" Mode

Another commonly-requested feature was the ability to tell a tractor beam to automatically push or pull to keep the other ship at the desired distance. You can now do that! Selecting a Tractor Beam and clicking its mode button will now display a 3rd "auto" option:



When this option is chosen, the Tractor Beam will attempt to keep the targeted ship at a specific distance, automatically switching to pull when the target is too far and switching to push when it is too near. The actual distance it tries to maintain is whatever distance you set when attacking or following the ship. (If you target the tractor beam on a ship that you aren't attacking or following, it will default to a distance of 125 meters.)

Improved Mines

"Mines need a buff!", you say! I hear you loud and clear! And so they've received one: Mines now release twice the number of shrapnel, which now also flies twice as far, making it harder to avoid them:



... And more!

This update also has a number of other fixes and minor improvements, which you can read about in the changelog.

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About This Game

The ultimate starship designer,
powered by a deep game simulation...



Cosmoteer is a starship design, simulation, and battle game. Design a fleet of ships by laying out individual rooms and corridors, including cannons, lasers, shields, and thrusters. Battle other starships to earn bounties and use that money to expand your own ship. A dynamic crew and combat simulation makes every design decision important and interesting.

Best-In-Class Starship Designer



Design the greatest starship ever made using an interface that is easy-to-learn yet incredibly flexible.

Build your ship by placing individual modules onto a grid—weapons, shields, engines, reactors, crew's quarters, and more! Few restrictions and no pre-defined, creativity-limiting hull shapes mean you can create almost any ship you can imagine.

The exterior of a ship is like an artist's canvas, but it requires no drawing ability to make your ship look great! Simply pick a color and texture to customize your ship's basic appearance, then optionally add decals such as shapes, symbols, and letters to give it extra visual flourish. Painting your ship is free and has no effect on gameplay.

Intelligent Crew Simulation



Every starship is operated by a crew numbering from half-a-dozen to hundreds—sometimes more than a thousand—of individually-simulated people.

A ship's crew is its lifeblood. Crew not only operate its controls, but they also carry supplies such as ammunition and power batteries to weapons and systems. When a weapon wants to shoot, the crew go pick up ammo or batteries at an ammo factory or reactor and bring them to the weapon—all simulated in real-time.

Crew are pretty smart and act mostly on their own, which is a good thing since there can be so many. Your crew are smart enough to figure out what controls need operating, what systems need ammo or power, and how best to get around your ship. They're even smart enough to avoid routes that are already jammed with other people.

The crew simulation is what makes starship design so interesting, because how fast a cannon can shoot or how long a shield can stay charged depends directly on how quickly crew can deliver ammo or power to it. As a player, you'll have to think carefully about how you design your ship's layout so that it operates at peak efficiency without exposing its more vulnerable (and sometimes explosive!) modules.

Physics-Driven Flight & Combat



Every ship is part of a 2D physics simulation, and the position and orientation of its thrusters realistically affects its movement. Small ships with lots of thrusters are fast and nimble, while large ships with proportionally fewer thrusters are naturally slower and more difficult to maneuver.

Weapons obey the laws of the physics simulation. Whether or not a cannon or laser hits an enemy depends not on a dice roll but upon the trajectory of the shot and the size and speed of the enemy.

Damage is tracked module-by-module, and each module can be individually targeted & destroyed. Some modules can explode, causing collateral damage to the surrounding modules, so you'll have to think carefully about where you place your reactors and munitions. Too close to the edge and they'll be exposed to enemy fire; too far and your weapons won't fire fast enough.

Ships can break apart into multiple pieces when their connecting modules are destroyed. Usually this will be a crippling blow, but any piece that has a control room, power, and thrusters can continue to operate independently, potentially remaining a threat to the enemy.

Single-Player



You are a bounty hunter, traveling from sector to sector, hunting down renegade enemies and destroying them.

Earn money for every enemy vanquished. Use your income to repair and upgrade your own fleet, growing bigger and more powerful with every victory.

Explore a galaxy in search of bigger and more powerful enemies. The galaxy will crumble before your almighty armada!

Or play in a creative sandbox mode with unlimited credits if being a bounty hunter isn't your cup of Earl Grey—the only limit is your imagination! (And the power of your computer.)

Multiplayer



Battle your friends and enemies in real-time, pitting your designs against theirs. Compete to be the master "Starship Architect & Commander" against up to 7 other players in Team vs Team and Free For All battles.

Configure a variety of game options by specifying number of ships, total funds, game speed, and other options. Play tiny skirmishes, massive fleet battles, or anywhere in between.

Play online in public or private lobbies. Local Area Network and direct I.P. address connections are also supported.

Important Note: Multiplayer is NOT SUPPORTED between 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems!

And more!



Everything you should expect from a PC game, including customizable controls, windowed and borderless display modes, support for high-resolution displays, no mandatory locked framerates, and dozens of other options to tailor the game to your own preferences.

It's easy to share your ship designs with friends and other players. Ships are saved as simple PNG image files and can be easily shared on social media like Twitter, Discord, and the official forums—just drag-and-drop the image from your browser right into Cosmoteer and the ship will be instantly playable!

A powerful modding framework lets mods change almost any part of the game data, opening up a universe of possibilities beyond the base game. A mods manager makes it easy to install and uninstall mods created by the Cosmoteer community.

Unobtrusive tutorials that don't interrupt gameplay and are easy to dismiss or turn off altogether. There's no special "tutorial level" you need to play through—the context-sensitive tips are built-in to the main Bounty Hunter mode.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 (Service Pack 1 required), Windows 8.1 (8.0 not supported), or Windows 10
    • Processor: Dual-core Intel 2.0 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB DirectX 9.1 Graphics Card or better
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer is not supported between 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. A 64-bit operating system is recommended for compatibility with most other players. No internet connection is required to use singleplayer features.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 (Service Pack 1 required), Windows 8.1 (8.0 not supported), or Windows 10
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel 2.5 GHz (or AMD equivalent) or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB DirectX 11 Graphics Card or better
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer is not supported between 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. A 64-bit operating system is recommended for compatibility with most other players. No internet connection is required to use singleplayer features.

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