Discover a mysterious, interconnected alien world in this sci-fi action-exploration game. Earn game-changing equipment through skillful combat and solving puzzles. Customize your gear, pilot insane vehicles, and repair your powerful home ship for the ultimate advantage.
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Mixed (15) - 40% of the 15 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Aug 9, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The game has undergone substantial development over several years, has demoed well at various trade shows, and is undergoing refinement in private Beta. We are using Early Access to get feedback from a wider audience.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to launch the finished game later this year, 2021.”

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

“During Early Access, large portions of content or gameplay may be inaccessible during any given update, in order to focus testing and feedback. Some content depicted on this store front may not be available during a given update.

We estimate that the full game has well over 40 (!) hours of play for the average gamer. At the beginning of Early Access, there will be be many hours of gameplay over several zones available. Over time we will unlock other portions of the already-developed game world, reveal more enemies, puzzles, boss encounters, vehicles, equipment, story secrets, and progressively make home ship functionality unlockable.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game version in Early Access is substantially feature complete and generally performs well on modest hardware.

The gameplay, game world, story, weapons, items, characters / enemies, visuals, audio and music are all substantially developed. There are various known gameplay bugs and likely many unknown bugs.

Content is not fully tuned and may be inappropriately easy or difficult at times.

In general, the gameplay and features described in our "About this Game" section describes play in Early Access versions of the game. As mentioned in the section above, large portions of content may be unavailable during any given Early Access update, *including some depicted on the store* but there will always be many hours of gameplay available at any given time. Gameplay related to home ship upgrades / repairs will also be initially unavailable.”

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

“The game price may increase during or after Early Access.”

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

“We encourage everyone to use the in-game bug reporting tool at the pause screen to submit constructive and well-written bugs. We also have a Discord server for interacting with us and other gamers during development. Our Discord is the best place for the latest info and quickest feedback.”
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About This Game

Anew: The Distant Light is a single-player adventure across a massive, open game world. Explore, battle, and puzzle through exotic and surreal environments. Seek out game-changing equipment, upgrades, and vehicles to expand your options for combat and travel. Discover exotic creatures and intelligent life, unlock the power of Materiel, and repair your home ship. Locate your missing copilot and find yourself. Complete your mission.

"Of all places, Hope's navigator brought me here, to this moon, twenty light years from Earth. She's damaged almost beyond repair, my copilot is missing, and I barely recognize myself. Orbiting a dead planet and punished by a brutally hot sun, my mission log holds just one objective: PLANT THE SEEDS."

This is a game for those who love to explore and solve mysteries, enjoy skill-based combat, and appreciate visual storytelling that doesn't interrupt gameplay.

Game Features:

  • Explore a massive, hand-crafted game world filled with diverse environments, strange life forms, puzzles, and surprises.
  • Forge your own path through dozens of hours of nonlinear gameplay.
  • Discover unique, game-changing weapons and equipment.
  • Traverse the alien moon by climbing, swimming, jetpacking, skating, swinging, jumping across planetoids with their own gravity, and more.
  • Battle a huge cast of enemy creatures, machines, and screen-filling bosses.
  • Lay waste to deadly enemies by piloting powerful vehicles like the giant mech, dune buggy, rocket, and flying saucer.
  • Unlock your Hope home ship to upgrade your suit and weapons, fast travel to distant areas in the game world, and more.
  • Collect exotic microchips and optimize your suit's programming for your play style or to overcome a specific challenge.
  • Survive the burning alien sun, which creates a cycle of changing hazards, enemies, and rewards.
  • Show what you're made of through a high skill cap featuring tough, but fair challenges.
  • Maintain complete control over an extremely agile hero, designed from day one for tight analog twin stick and mouse + keyboard play.
  • Unravel several mysterious narrative threads - each communicated through visuals, sound, and music.
  • Immerse yourself in a surreal, beautiful alien world, thanks to a gorgeous original score by award-winning composer Wilbert Roget, II.

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System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: Any dual core or better CPU should perform reasonably.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any GPU should perform well.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1080p or better, 16:9 or 16:10 recommended
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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