SimpleRockets is back, but now it's fully 3D. Build rockets, airplanes, rovers, and anything you can think of with highly customizable parts. Explore 3D planets. Upload and share your crafts online. We're bringing it to Early Access while we work on a Planet Builder, Campaign Mode, and other key features.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Now that we have a solid, fully 3D rocket simulator it's time to get the community involved. We have ideas for key features that we want to implement (such as a Planet Builder and Campaign Mode), but players have great ideas too and we want to include them in the development process and have time to react to those ideas.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our goal is to finish Early Access in early 2019, though we are prepared to change this as we respond to player feedback.”

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

“The full version will include more parts, more planets, and modding support. We also plan to add a Planet Builder where players can build their own planets and share them online. Another key feature of the game will be a Campaign mode, which will provide a means of personal progression. At this point, we're not sure exactly what form it will take, but this is one area where we will be relying heavily on feedback from Early Access participants to help mold the final product.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is already a robust 3D rocket and airplane simulator. Here are the key features:

  • Fully 3D Rocket Designer that allows building anything from basic rockets to very complicated multi-stage rockets, airplanes, rovers, satellites, robotic mechs, etc.
  • Designer has tools that make it easy to rotate, nudge, and connect parts.
  • Realistic rocket physics and orbital mechanics
  • Over 30 parts, including fairings, retractable solar panels, rover wheels, engines, etc.
  • Highly procedural parts that can be resized and reshaped into endless combinations, such as the resizable fuel tank and the cargo bay.
  • Map View to navigate the solar system that displays predicted orbits and encounters. Auto-burn support lets you sit back while the computer executes your planned burns.
  • Fully 3D, rotating planets that can support water and multiple biomes, such as desert, grasslands, tundra, etc.
  • Perisistent sandbox that retains your previous launches
  • Players can upload their rockets and sandboxes and share them with other players.
  • Online community where players can upvote and comment on other players' content.
  • Several build and flight challenges
  • Parts support textures, reflections, and custom coloring.
  • Flight model dynamically updates drag and lift characteristics of your craft as it changes.
  • Re-entry effects including visual effects and part damage from heat.
  • The Nav Sphere allows for easy control of crafts
  • Custom Launch Locations allow for launching from multiple places in the solar system
  • Support for saving custom subassemblies.
  • Crafts can dock together and transfer fuel.

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

“We plan to gradually raise the price as we add new content and features.”

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

“Players have great ideas and they're great at finding bugs, so we strive to make it as easy as possible for them to get in touch with us and contribute to the development process.

  • User Voice - Players can submit their own ideas and upvote and comment on other players' ideas.
  • Forums - Steam Forums and the forums on SimpleRockets.com are a great way for players to get in touch with us for troubleshooting issues.
  • Bug Reports - Players can submit bug reports from within the game and include a screenshot and description. The more information they provide the more it will help us to identify and fix the issue.
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Available: November 2018

 

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October 15

Explosions

When you are building rockets, you're most likely going to run into the occasional rapid unscheduled disassembly. It happens to even the most experienced rocket surgeons. You might as well embrace it and take advantage of the opportunity and snag some spectacular photos.



In addition to the visuals, we also improved the physics of the explosions quite a bit. Now larger fuel tanks will create much larger explosions. We also approximate the surface area of parts and use that to determine how much it should react to an explosion. I've spent far too many hours now sitting on the launch pad blowing up parts before realizing that I had long ago crossed the line between working and playing. Don't tell the other devs.

Here are some more great shots I got this weekend. And of course, a GIF to make this post look complete.



I apologize to the BaconAircraft, Tully, CjrLdy, Shigure, and CoolPeach for blowing up their beautiful crafts.

I would like to apologize to everyone for the intermittent outages on our websites. Our service provider is having issues and they are aware of the issue and working on it. Hopefully, they will figure this out soon.

Also, I should probably mention something about schedule (I know my fellow devs love when I talk about the S-word). We are not going to be launching in October and we are now most likely going to be launching in early November. Please, don't send me any black licorice. I have already purchased some and will be munching on it soon. Sorry for the slippage, but thanks for sticking with us! We hope it will be worth the wait!
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October 2

Beta Testing (PC/Mac)

We have recently started (secretly) beta testing SimpleRockets 2 for PC and Mac. We started with a very small group of people, just to ease into this and make sure nothing exploded, including our brains. So far we've had about 165 bug reports submitted and only Nathan's brain has exploded, so it's going well.

We'd like to add a few more beta testers. If you are interested, please see our post here. You will need an account on SimpleRockets.com if you want to participate.

We can't take everyone, but I will randomly select 25 people. If you are selected, you will receive a notification on SimpleRockets.com by 10/5/2018 at 9pm CST.

Also, I've been keeping an eye on how much we have left to do and the likelihood of finishing SR2 in October will be rather difficult. It is starting to look more likely that we will release in early November at this point. I have a stash of black licorice on standby. It smells gross.

As a bonus, here are some recent screenshots from some of the beta testers.
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About This Game

SimpleRockets 2 is a fully 3D space sim that lets you build rockets, airplanes, rovers, or anything you can imagine and explore highly detailed 3D planets. Upload your crafts and sandboxes and share them with the community to earn points. Join us as we enter Early Access and continue adding new features, such as the Planet Builder and Campaign Mode.

BUILD


Build crafts by snapping parts together. Stretch and shape fuel tanks with easy-to-use tools that help you create exactly what you want. Choose from the available engines, such as the Mage, which is a powerful kerosene-fueled engine. Or choose the very weak, but highly efficient Ion Engine. Or you can choose both. It's your craft! Nothing will stop you. Use interstages to split your craft into multiple stages to reach incredible altitudes. Piece together modular fairings to protect your precious cargo.

SANDBOX


Launch multiple crafts into orbit at once. You can dock with your existing crafts to build space stations, moon bases, refueling stations, etc. Take photos of your journey across the solar system with the built-in Photo Library tool.

SHARING


Download from a huge collection of user-uploaded crafts and sandboxes. Upload your own crafts and sandboxes and share them with the community. Rise through the ranks from a white level builder to a gold level builder.

ROCKET SCIENCE


Kepler wrote the equations 400 years ago, and SimpleRockets 2 uses those equations to model extremely realistic orbital physics. Players will learn about rocket science and astrodynamics while they are having a blast exploring the solar system.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM4, 512MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM4, 1GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Mavericks (10.9)
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Metal, 512MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Yosemite (10.10)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Metal, 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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