The Cycle: Frontier is a free-to-play PvPvE Extraction Shooter driven by suspense and danger. Prospect for resources and other riches on an abandoned alien world ravaged by a deadly storm, inhabited by monsters and other ambitious Prospectors.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (118) - 94% of the 118 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (45,207) - 62% of the 45,207 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 8, 2022

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as ignored

Notice: The Cycle: Frontier is no longer available on the Steam store.


Follow the link on the right to join.

About This Game


Making this decision was very difficult for us, but ultimately it was a necessary one. You can find more information about this, as well as refunds, our final patch, and any questions you may have in the Steam announcement section.


You’re a Prospector living aboard Prospect Station orbiting the dangerous alien planet known as Fortuna III. The powerful factions running the Station often send you on missions in search of resources and precious loot. Choose the gear and weapons best suited to your goals, pick your destination and within mere seconds you’re dropping down onto the surface, ready for adventure. Be prepared for Prospectors like you out there, with their own goals and agenda.


Which jobs to tackle and where to explore is entirely up to you but keep your guard up: Fortuna III is a dangerous place! Your goal is to survive and escape to the station with whatever loot you’ve managed to acquire, picked up from the ground or taken by force. The risks are yours to take. Falling prey to the planet’s dangers will see your body encased in protective foam, with your loot and equipped gear left behind – but should you manage to escape, ka-ching!

Other players will also be wandering each of the three available maps. They have their own agendas and are likely armed to the teeth. Fights are tough and can end quickly, so be sure to trust your eyes and ears, use the terrain and pick your fights carefully – sometimes it’s best to talk your way out of a sticky situation. Other players aren’t the only threat though, as packs of hostile aliens and a supercharged radioactive Storm try their best to bring your forays to a premature end.


Three locations are currently available in-game, each with their own rich environment, dangers, and secrets to discover. Bright Sands is where most Prospectors will earn their first stripes. Many abandoned human structures found there can be searched for crafting materials and other loot. The local fauna is aggressive but not quite as dangerous as in other locations.

Crescent Falls is the largest map, with very diverse biomes ranging from desert to jungle. The wildlife is considerably more dangerous, but the valuable loot makes it all worthwhile. This is also where higher level missions happen, which include calling a giant laser drill for big profit and, for the dungeon-delvers among you, exploring the Crusher Caverns.

Tharis Island is the newest map introduced with Season 2. It’s a small remote island host to labyrinthian cave systems, full of secrets, highly valuable materials and, of course, highly dangerous wildlife. Expeditions to the island are no walk in the park and players will have to gain experience first and unlock access through the faction campaigns. The depths of Tharis Island offer the most tense and challenging version of The Cycle: Frontier yet – the highest risks for the highest rewards!


Whether in an escape shuttle with a backpack full of riches or covered in foam and bare of your belongings, each trip to the surface will see you back home – Prospect Station. This is where all that precious loot can be put to good use: buying and crafting better gear and upgrading your private quarters. New jobs and missions from the three factions are also available. The more of those you complete, the higher your faction levels, giving you access to better gear. Special faction campaigns are a great way to learn more about the world of The Cycle: Frontier – especially after a significant expansion in Season 2.

In addition to the standard issue Co-Tec weapons, you can unlock more powerful gear from the faction arsenal over time, all the way to legendary weapons like the infamous Zeus Beam. You can further modify weapons with a variety of attachments to fit your needs and play style. These range from a simple flashlight, to expanded magazines, armor penetration mods and more. Finally, a new way to add powerful perks to your weapons and equipment lies buried in the depths of Tharis Island, waiting to be discovered!


The latest season for The Cycle: Frontier comes with an array of changes and additions. Keep an eye on the skies as the monstrous Howler makes a landing on Fortuna III and steel yourself for a tough fight as the factions ask you to face the new threat head-on and explore their nests. Wander the streets of an updated Prospect Station and fill your arsenal with a collection of Mk 2 weapons. Finally, advance your prospecting career in an environment where every choice and action matters in the long run. After all, mandatory wipes are a thing of the past!


  • Challenging, high stakes PvP encounters 
  • Tense extraction gameplay – players lose loot and gear on “death”, but keep all loot on successful extraction  
  • Three unique playable maps to explore  
  • Play solo, as a duo or in a squad of three 
  • Near-instant matchmaking thanks to persistent map instances  
  • Multi-faceted progression system 
  • Elaborate gear customization system 
  • Deep material and crafting system 
  • Season pass with free and premium levels (Fortuna Pass) 
  • In-match Voice chat  
  • Cross-play between Steam and Epic Games Store 

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R9 270; 2GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 37 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Target framerate for minimum requirements: 30FPS
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5-6600 or AMD Ryzen 5 1400
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 570; 4GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 37 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Target framerate for recommended requirements: 60FPS

What Curators Say

102 Curators have reviewed this product. Click here to see them.

Customer reviews

Review Type

Purchase Type


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

Filter reviews by the user's playtime when the review was written:

No minimum to No maximum
Display As:
Show graph
Hide graph
Excluding Off-topic Review Activity
There are no more reviews that match the filters set above
Adjust the filters above to see other reviews
Loading reviews...