The Cycle is a competitive match-based first person quester, from the makers of Spec Ops: The Line. On Fortuna III you compete against other Prospectors or collaborate with them to claim as much resources as possible and escape before the planet crushes the life out of you.
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December 12, 2018

Alpha V is live on Dec 14 & Dec 15

Prospectors, it's that time of the month again! This Friday and Saturday the jump gates to Fortuna III will open once again!

Join fellow adventurers and opportunists for two days of nonstop action! Go it your own way in the afternoon in Solo Mode or join forces with your friends in Squad Mode in the evening. Or better yet, have it both ways (see exact times below).

Your help, support and feedback is crucial to our development process, and we want to show our gratitude. Therefore all participants of the alpha phases will receive rewards when the game is live (beta). We still need to decide on the details, but we will do our absolute best to make it worth your time.

In Alpha V you'll be able to communicate with your pact and team mates using the newly implemented match and voice chats. You can also try out a new contract category and three new abilities.
We've also started a massive overhaul of the central area of the map to make the final stage of the match more exciting. We will add more to it and tweak it in the future, but you will see some significant changes already.
Finally, we've gone through all the community feedback of Alpha IV and addressed it. So expect plenty of balancing changes, bug fixes mod tweaks, etc. and as always, please let us know what you think about it.

Alpha V times and dates:

Friday 14th Dec
  • Solo Mode from 17:00 to 20:00 CET
  • Squad Mode from 20:00 to 23:00 CET
Saturday 15th Dec
  • Solo Mode from 15:00 to 19:00 CET
  • Squad Mode from 19:00 to 23:00 CET


If you're wondering what else we got in store for you in the future, you're in luck!
Check out our latest developer's blog about the road map leading to the closed beta here.
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November 14, 2018

Alpha IV Release Notes - Servers are live on Nov 15, 16 and 17!

  • Alpha Test 4 will be live on the following dates:
    • Thursday 15th Nov 18:00-23:00 CET
    • Friday 16th Nov 18:00-23:00 CET
    • Saturday 17th Nov 15:00-23:00 CET
  • Alpha Test 5 is planned for December 14, 15 and 16 (Friday till Sunday).
  • Like in the last alpha there is no NDA anymore!
  • The progress of the last Alpha test was wiped but based on your feedback we increased the general progression. Let us know what you think about it;
    • The faction progression is faster at later levels.
    • Crafting costs of Mods are much lower.
    • The drop rates for materials have been raised.
    • Overall we want to make sure players can try out as much content as possible, we don't want to lock it behind significant time investment, but some cool stuff is really worth a couple of dozen matches
  • If you have any feedback or questions, please join the following discussion on Steam or join us on Discord Discord .

  • Squad mode - Finally you can play with your Steam friends! And also random people, but together.
    • Squad mode allows players to form up 4-man squads and play as a team. It is possible to form the whole squad, take one trusted friend or even go into matchmaking alone. Then players will be put together in 4-man squads automatically.
    • Balancing of squads was tweaked based on feedback from our experimental playtest.
    • Your friends aren't playing yet? Get on Discord and ask for a key!
  • Female Prospector
    • Players now have the option to switch between Female and Male Prospectors.
    • Changes are only cosmetic and do not affect Gameplay.
  • Weapons
    • Gorgon – Osiris Light Beam Rifle
      • Available in the Osiris Faction at the Associate Rank, priced at 500 Credits
      • A charge-up Beam Rifle that shines in medium-range encounters with skilled operators.
    • FF4 Detonator – Starter Grenade Launcher
      • Players will have the FF4 Detonator available as part of their starter equipment, priced at 900 Credits.
      • Formerly designed for clearing out nests of Vermin, the FF4 Detonator has been modified for tougher targets.
  • Minimap Rotation (community feedback)
    • The Minimap can now be set to rotate, as well as show cardinal directions.
    • This setting is disabled by default and can be enabled in the "GAME" section of the settings.
  • Settings (community feedback)
    • Toggle for Sprint, Aim and Crouch which can be enabled in the "CONTROLS" section of the settings.

  • Storm Iteration
    • Storm has been visually improved, as we felt like the older version did not create threat or tension or was nearly as immersive to Fortuna III dynamics as we wanted. See a comparison of old vs. new here.
      • You like to know what is coming in the future? Have a look at our latest developer stream. Lead Environment Artist fennekk showed & talked about the storm improvements and environmental storytelling Twitch or YouTube
  • Iteration on Uplinks
    • Uplinks are now more grounded to the lore, have been tweaked visually with necessary adjustments to provide covers but also ways to escape instead of being gladiator arenas.
  • Ocean side area improvements
    • We felt like previously there was no visual difference between the shallow (walk-able) and deep (blocked water). The distinction should be more clear now, and to make the area more worthy exploration, we added few new item drop locations.
  • Material Iteration
    • Improved performance for certain areas and more visual variety to human structures such as aging effects.
  • Minerals respawn logic
    • Mineral respawn is based on the certain timeframes as well now. In addition, there is a wider range of types which respawn, so if it's just a tiny bit of minerals you need to finish that one last quest, you have a chance of locating a small amount and drill it out fast.
  • Performance Improvements
    • We are not happy with it yet, but it is a start. And we will further try to optimize the performance.
    • We have implemented Level of Detail meshes for Monsters which helps the overall performance of the Game.
    • We worked on the lighting to reduce the cost on CPU and GPU.
    • A lot of tweaking has happened on the graphics setting presets to make sure they run better in general.
  • End of match
    • If the player is killed, he is given information on who killed him and using what weapon.
    • If the player escapes the planet - there is a nice spline animations to show the ship and the area around it before allowing the player to spectate others.

Tuning / Balance Improvements
  • Emergency Triage Cooldown "Shield" Icon is now only shown to Pactmates.
    • Players who are not in a pact with you will not be able to tell if you are in cooldown, so watch out in combat.
  • Pacts (community feedback)
    • In-match credit income for pacts has been increased
  • Emergency Triage (community feedback)
    • The duration of Triage has been slightly increased for Players in a pact, to improve the balance of Solo Players vs. pacts
  • Melee
    • Increased melee damage against other players.
  • Weapons balancing
    • 1000 credit weapons have had their price lowered to 900 Credits and have been re-balanced accordingly.
    • Voltaic Brute shot damage has been reduced from 45 to 35.
    • Thanks a lot to the community for the feedback on Weapon Balance, please let us know what you think of the changes!
  • Resolve dodge jumping from the Aani QuickSuit (dogde and jump to carry momentum)
    • Dodge jump that can be used by the Aani QuickSuit has been changed. Previously it was possible to chain the dodge combined with a normal jump where the jump acceleration would then use the speed of the dodge and not the default tuned jump speed. This have now been changed where any move that links into a jump will reset the acceleration of the character and making it move to a normal jump speed.
    • We did however like parts of the contentious movement of the bunny jump so instead of previously initiating it through a dodge + jump move, you are now able to apply a similar move with different tuning where it's chained through a slide instead. To execute the new bunny jump the execution will be: "Slide -> Hold Forward and jump while in slide motion - Once hit ground again hold CTRL to do another slide restarting the motion again"
    • The jump will get stronger as you level up the QuickSuit.
  • Turrets Limit
    • Turrets lifetime is now limited to 90 seconds.
    • Thanks for the feedback and the magical experience of watching the community break the game
We need your support
We kindly ask for your help to get more insights for some rare issues we have.

If that happens please use the bug reporter in the game or contact us directly in Discord. Please send us your logs (C:\Users\your name[/u]\AppData\Local\TheCycle\Saved\Logs), DxDiag and which map phase (storm, end of storm, middle of storm?,…) it happened.
  • some occasional performance hitches can occur
  • some rare disconnect issues
  • movement lags
  • it can rarely happens that you don't do damage against an enemy while it works again after reloading

What did not get in
  • Weapon Mods - We wanted to adjust mods to be less all-out positive and make sure that they all bring downsides as well as positives. To be frankly honest - we didn't even start with it due to higher priorities. However we removed some which were just too strong and still plan to do so for Alpha 5.
Known Issues
  • Squads with the same score are not ranked correctly in the scoreboard.
  • AZERTY Key remap to zqsd doesn`t work.
    • This is caused by conflicting keys. Q for instance is already used for abilities. Please have a look for conflicting keys until we have a the required feature change to notify players.
  • The warden rolls around on the ground.
    • We get it that warden, we do! It is very cozy on Fortuna III.
  • Multimonitor configuration/ Game can start on the "wrong" screen
    • We need to invest more time to fix this issue. We are in contact with Unreal Engine.
  • In some rare cases, User doesn't proceed to post-match/ EoM screen
    • A really bad bad bug who doesn't like to be easily reproducible.
  • Abilities can become hostile in squad mode after a Squad member dies
    • Just don't die!
  • "EXP" in russian looks not very good
  • Rare client crash in the Unreal Engine renderer
  • In some cases it can happen, that you don`t end up in the Station.

  • Komrad missile mini launcher has crosshair displayed when aiming
  • Blink Dagger sometimes fail to teleport
  • Turret may not be placed correctly on surfaces
  • There is no limit on how many Comm Wheel voice lines player can trigger in a short period of time
  • tutorial - marker stays after pact mate is dead
  • Blink Warp can make you get stuck in geometry
  • Recall teleporter - easy to get stuck in human settlement meshes
  • Enemies, farmon refiners and minerals pop in and out in spectator mode
  • DBNO interactions are displayed while in downed state
  • Weapon Reloading sometimes doesn't work
  • Settings - Game starts in german/russian but setting says english
  • DBNO - Turret shoots at player in triage
  • Player can enter DBNO from falling damage
  • Reloading does not auto-retrigger after cancelling it with sprinting
  • Did not get bounty when putting player with bounty on their head into dbno
  • [Russian] Position marking in the quest list is displayed incorrectly
  • Blueman footprints for tracking quest is barely visible
  • Lobby - Connecting players are not counted in the total
  • Kinetic shield deploys with half energy
  • Bombardment does not damage the kinetic shield
  • Turrets have no targeting time/feedback
  • If you select no faction in the lobby, you will always use Korolev instead of the previous faction
  • I can't pact from a long range but the game says I can
  • User can see "Press T to invite to pact" during spectator mode
  • Automatic rifles randomly stop firing
  • Player not fully in foam when killed in DBNO
  • Sound stuttering occurred
  • can't evacuate the planet in sandbox mode
  • aiming with sniper while jumping and unaiming keeps the FOV stuck at zoom level
  • Turrets don't explode when they are destroyed
  • It can happen that 2 languages are mixed in the tech tree
  • Loca - "Load into station" is translated incorrectly
  • Melee attacks show no knife
  • Turret killing boss does not score against the quest
  • Heavy Charge kit mod doesn't apply extra damage to charged attacks
  • All kind of attacks are affected by weapon mods attributes
  • muffled sound after getting hit by AI
  • Camera gets stuck in third person when triggereing an ability while reviving from DBNO
  • Interaction prompt can show the second assigned key instead of the first
  • you can hear the waterfall in the lobby
  • "Thumb Mouse Button" keybinds are not working
  • Audio loops if you tab out of the game
  • Some Monster ragdolls despawn rather fast, including their credits
  • SFX Volume Slider doesn't affect all SFX
  • Main power up station gives 2 VP per contract when powered up for the second time
  • Station that is currently being powered up can reset when main power station shuts down.
  • Player does not regenerate health correctly after coming back from DBNO
  • EoM - Player in first place did not get counted as first escapee
  • while using a gun with chain reaction mod you destroy your own nearby teleporter
  • Mod icon didn't update while changing the active mod in a lobby
  • The DOT of Radioactive Rounds persist if you get downed and teleport away
  • there`s a delay before farmon refiners and overgrown terminals register that they're being shot at
  • Enhanced delivery mod breaks the rate of fire
  • Enhanced delivery mod doesn't apply correctly on Voltaic Brute
  • Comm wheel VO is not heard by other players
  • Healing beam upgrades don't work
  • Cloak is not visible in third person (emoting)
  • Playtest: Always get the same squad invitation although its not valid anymore
  • Weapon/kit mod descriptions are not correctly translated
  • Alpha Warden didn't spawn
  • Cannot use settings menu while in game after opening settings in pre-match lobby
  • Lots of collision and Stuck spot fixes
  • ... and many, many more
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About This Game

The Cycle is a competitive match-based first person quester, from the makers of Spec Ops: The Line. On Fortuna III you compete against other Prospectors or collaborate with them to claim as much resources as possible and escape before the planet crushes the life out of you.

In The Cycle the explored galaxy is controlled by massive Factions, but the mysterious outer reaches are still up for grabs. In their race to control these frontier resources, the Factions need contractors to do their dirty work. You are one of these contractors, competing for objectives such as collecting minerals or hunting wildlife while being careful to avoid or take down the competition.

  • A New Frontier: Explore the world of Fortuna III – a hostile, beautiful new world, full of fortune, alien life, and other players looking to take its riches.
  • Competitive Quester: Shooting may give you an edge – but the best players are those who can take on dangerous jobs during a match.
  • Station: Orbiting Fortuna III, the station is a leftover from a time of colonization and exploitation. It is now home to Prospectors and the factions that have an interest in their excursions – for different reasons.
  • Factions: Take on jobs for different factions when you are down on the planet. As reputation grows with a faction, players will get access to more technology which might change the way they play and win.
  • Co-Operation: Players can meet on the surface of Fortuna III and join uneasy alliances with one another as they complete contracts. Or players can directly start as a squad on the planet.
  • Storm: The cycle leaves only a narrow window of opportunity – stay too long, and you will be trapped on the planet.
  • Progression: Items found in matches can be used for crafting in the station which can then in return be used in matches.
  • Customization: A wide selection of gear that players progress through, tailoring their character to their individual playstyle, with more options regularly added.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-7260U Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris 640
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection

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