Explore an infinite universe and its various, procedurally generated planets! Help the locals by doing quests, find precious materials in deep caves to craft armor and weapons, or simply explore the epic landscapes to find a nice spot and build a house or whatever you can imagine!
All Reviews:
9 user reviews - Need more user reviews to generate a score
Release Date:
Apr 24, 2018
Developer:
Publisher:

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Early Access Game

Get instant access and start playing; get involved with this game as it develops.

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?

“We want to involve the community in the development process because your feedback and support helps us to make a great game!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“This game will be in Early Access until approximately late 2019. A detailed road map is available on our website.”

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

“It is planned to add some major features, including dungeons and raids, spaceship combat, space stations, asteroid fields, mod support, and custom maps (community-generated content). Additionally, we'd like to add some more content for already existing features, e.g. more quests, more types of biomes and planets, and so on. See our website for a detailed road map or refer to the "About this game" section for more info.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“You can already do a lot of things in Cube Universe. Travel through the universe in your own spaceship, fight against NPCs, craft items, build a house, do quests, explore epic landscapes, etc.
For more information, please refer to the "About this game" section below. Please note that some features currently do not have a lot of content, e.g. there are only a few different quests. Crafting currently does not include weapons, armor, and matter manipulator modules, and there is only one food item, but we plan to add these very soon.
Some of the character models are either partially textured or have no textures at all, and animations are missing.
At this state of development, you can expect to play at least one hour until you have seen most of the content apart from building things like your own house or even a whole city, and exploring, which can take basically as long as you want.”

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

“We set a reasonable price to reflect the game's current value, also considering some other factors, but when there are more features/the game is released, we will raise the price. Learn more about pricing in our Devlog #8.”

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

“We love to read your feedback, be it positive or critical, since this helps us improve the game. Additionally, you are free to post any ideas in the forums and we may be able to include them in the game.
We will work on mod support soon, so you will be able to create new NPCs, crafting recipes, quests, dungeons, planets etc. We try to make creating mods and content as easy as possible - for most of the content, you won't even need to know much about programming to create it, including items, quests, NPCs, and crafting recipes.”
Read more

Download Cube Universe Demo

Free Demo

Buy Cube Universe

 

Recent updates View all (18)

August 8

[PT] Alpha 0.2.1

Patch 2.1 is now available for testing on the public test version.

Main features
  • New weapon type: Sword
  • Tutorial quests
  • Performance improvements

Gameplay
  • New weapon type: Sword
  • New abilities
    • [Sword] Strike: Strikes the target, the player gains a stack of Furious, stacking up to 3
    • [Sword] Smash: Smashes the target, once for every stack of Furious, consuming all stacks
    • [Fire Staff] Flaming explosion: AoE, dealing 100% of the remaining damage of the target's burning effect + some additional damage to all enemies within 20 meters
  • You now automatically gain weapon experience for the weapon type currently equipped whenever you gain experience
  • Some quests now reward items
  • Added tutorial quests (partly)
  • New items and crafting recipes, especially bags for more inventory storage

Graphics
  • Universe now rendered in the background of the loading screen
  • Added option to render post processing effects in a lower resolution, resulting in about 25% and 50% more FPS for 0.5x and 0.25x, respectively
  • Fixed some self-shadowing issues
  • Particle effects
    • Changed wind elemental effect
    • New effect for Flaming explosion

User interface
  • Added automatic positioning of UI windows
  • Added abilities window (default key: J)
  • Added inventory window with character equipment and multiple bags
  • Added some filter options for crafting recipes
  • Improved ability tooltips
  • Added error messages when too far away, no target, not enough mana etc.

Technical
  • Fixed some edge cases of smooth ambient lighting
  • Added support for multiple ambient light colors
  • Improved light update delay
  • Shader performance optimizations
  • Fixed particle timing issue
  • Fixed damage amount displayed not being accurate in some cases
  • Fixed aborting casts not working properly
  • Fixed NPCs not turning towards the player when in melee range
  • Fixed NPC melee range not correct in some cases
3 comments Read more

July 29

Devlog #8: Pricing

Hello everyone! Today I'd like to talk about some decisions we had to make concerning pricing of the game.

We had to find a way to increase sales to speed up the development because the current sales (and wishlist additions) were not high enough to meet our goal of a December 2019 release that we promised. We therefore considered some options:

First of all, we could lower the price to increase the number of sold units. However, there are a lot of other cheap games on Steam and given that I alone invested something north of $250,000 (*1) worth of work into making this game already, I simply could not give it away for less than the current price of $8.99 (with the exception of discounts of course).

So the second option was to increase the price. We requested Valve to set it to $24.99, hoping this will make the game stand out a little bit more from all the other voxel games since we use a custom-made engine with very sophisticated optimizations to support orders of magnitude more blocks visible at the same time compared to other games. To be exact, it is something between 32x and 128x as many, depending on how exactly you compare it (*2). This is one thing that you will most likely not find in any other game because there are not that many people who could do these optimizations (mainly people who write graphics engines) and of those, probably no one will invest thousands of hours to make a game like this because they got a job that likely comes with a six-figure salary.

We know that the price increase is quite high, and as much as we would love to sell it to you for less than that, our top priority is developing the game so you enjoy it for many, many hours and we hope that this step helps us achieving that goal.

We also got feedback from friends who told us that they ignore games under $10, simply because there are a lot of bad or small games in that price range. We want people to know that this is not a small game and we will not rest until all the features mentioned in the description are implemented. In fact, we want to develop this game to a point where we can raise the price to $45 or more because you will spend hundreds of hours filled with fun and excitement in the game.

Footnotes:
  1. Based upon the number of hours it took to develop the game and a reasonable salary in Germany.
  2. 512m render distance with 250m sea level compared to Minecraft with 256m render distance and 64m sea level gives 4x the number of blocks in X- and Z-direction and about 8x the number of blocks in Y-direction, for a total of 4*4*8 = 128x the number of blocks.
7 comments Read more
See all discussions

Report bugs and leave feedback for this game on the discussion boards

About the Demo

Play the first 3 hours for free! Just download the Demo and start your adventure now!
You will keep your save files when you purchase the full version.

About This Game

Overview

  • Procedurally generated universe
  • Quests
  • Custom engine
    • Up to 128x as many blocks visible compared to other games
    • 0.5m blocks, 2048m building height
  • Planets & Terrain
    • Different types, e.g. Terra, Lunar
    • Mountains up to 1 km tall
    • A variety of different biomes
  • Crafting
  • Singleplayer & Multiplayer

Coming soon
  • Different weapon types
  • Villages
  • More advanced quests
  • Landing on planets (see Devlog #7)

Planned features
  • Dungeons
  • Space stations
  • Asteroid fields
  • PvP in space and on battlefields

More details

Explore a nearly infinite universe, filled with planets of all kinds! Every world in this game is procedurally generated, including quests that you can do to advance your character up to level 50. Venture into deep caves to find precious materials to craft armor and weapons. Or simply spend your time exploring the epic landscapes with mountains that are as tall as actual mountains and wide oceans, find a place where you want to stay and build your house or whatever you can imagine, with blocks of only 50 cm (~1'8'') and a building height of up to 2048 meters (~1.3 miles)!


Cube Universe is currently in Early Access and we are working hard to add new content and features as fast as we can. But first, let's see what you can already see and do in the game:

Planets

Terra

Earth-like planet with oceans, forests, plains, deserts, jungles, tundras, taigas, etc.

Lunar

Moon-like planet with some rare materials that cannot be found on other planets, e.g. lunar essence from lunar elementals and Mithril ore.

Luminous (in development)

Exotic planet with mushroom biomes, red deserts and dark forests.

Quests

Procedurally generated quests that are based on the local area, e.g. you have to kill raptors in the jungle to restore nature's balance or get some furs to keep someone warm in colder regions.

Combat system

Choose a weapon instead of a class - your character can use any weapon, but you shouldn't change it too often since you will get out of practice. Currently, only fire staffs are supported.

Crafting

Craft a variety of things, like armor, food, building materials, etc. There are a lot of professions and you can craft the basic stuff from all of them, but can master only a few to craft advanced items like modules for your matter manipulator.

Building

Build with smaller blocks than in other voxel games, giving your creativity more freedom. Blocks are only 0.5 meters big and you can build up to 2048 meters high, which is much higher than in most other similar games.

Coming soon...

Now, let's talk about all the planned features that will be added as development continues. The following list is ordered by the date we plan to add the mentioned features. Additionally, we will add more content for existing features, e.g. more quests and planet types.


Dungeons and raids
MMO-like dungeons and raids that are procedurally generated. Imagine a pyramid with labyrinthine corridors that ultimately lead to bosses that will hopefully drop your desired item.

Mods and user-generated content
Support for easy modding, including a terrain editor for custom terrains with custom quests. Most of the content is already defined in XML files, so we will only have to add some logic that loads user-generated XML files and some code for interaction between different mods. Additionally, a Lua API will be added to support more advanced mods.
Mods will not only be easy to create, but also easy to install - if you connect to a modded server, you will not even have to manually install mods since this will be done automatically.

Space stations
Feeling lonely in space? No one can hear you scream? Well, then visit one of the space stations and meet with other folks! Trade your goods on the intergalactic market, buy upgrades for your spaceship and much more!

Battles in space
Fight other players and NPCs in epic battles in space. Upgrade your spaceship or buy a better one to stand a chance against those filthy space pirates - or to be fast enough to outrun them.

PvP
Fight other players on battlegrounds.

Asteroid fields
Looking for rare materials? Then asteroid fields are the place to go!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: Intel i5-2400 or AMD FX-6300
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GTX 560 Ti or equivalent GPU
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mouse with mousewheel, Internet connection (2 mbps) for online multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: Intel i7-3770 or AMD FX-8350
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GTX 960 or equivalent GPU (1080p), GTX 980 Ti (4K)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mouse with mousewheel, Internet connection (2 mbps) for online multiplayer

What Curators Say

1 Curator has reviewed this product. Click here to see them.
Customer reviews
High Volume of Reviews Detected:
Exclude  or  View Only
Review Type


Purchase Type


Language


Date Range
To view reviews within a date range, please click and drag a selection on a graph above or click on a specific bar.

Show graph



Display As:
Review Beta NEW!
When enabled, will sort reviews by new Helpfulness score. Read more about it in the blog post.
Show graph
 
Hide graph
 
Filters
Review Helpfulness Beta Enabled
There are no more reviews that match the filters set above
Adjust the filters above to see other reviews
Loading reviews...