This week the team wanted to do something a little different, and give a behind the scenes look at our #screenshotsaturday post. This week’s visual comes straight from the screen of Gene Blakefield, System Era’s resident animator.
One of our primary goals with Astroneer is to provide an open-ended gameplay experience that incentivizes creative problem solving. The socket (snap) system is a big part of this desire, and it was specifically designed to facilitate as-of-then unplanned gameplay systems and interactions. With this update, we’re introducing our first new system that leverages that potential: say hello to Augments! (more…)
Hi Astroneers! I’m Samantha, a game designer and one of the new members of the Astroneer dev team. I’m really happy to be here and I wanted to take some time to introduce myself to the community. I’ve got about ten years of experience in the game industry, which have strongly shaped my approach and sensibilities to game design. There are a lot of you who love Astroneer and want to see it continue to grow and evolve in the best ways, so I’ve tried to hit the ground running and start contributing sooner rather than later. The team has an established culture of transparency of development, which I think is great because I get to participate in conversation with all of you. Today I get to start a conversation specifically about the design details of my work so far – the new research system. (more…)
On April 15th, a mistaken notice was sent out about a Steam Daily Deal that discounted Astroneer. The discount was then ended early. This was the result of an unfortunate series of communication failures, entirely our fault, and compounded by the turmoil of tragedy on the team in the last month.
For this, we deeply apologize. Regardless of how things happen, it’s supposed to be our job that they happen the right way, and that our customers are never misled. We feel that we lost the trust of some of our fans, and that trust is what we value most.
In general, our communication about game discounts hasn’t been nearly as good as it should be. It is our promise that from now on, all discounts will be clearly announced through all our communication channels, and once a sale is announced, it will never be modified or canceled. In the mean time, we’ve reached out to Steam to discontinue any advertising of this sale that may still be public.
– System Era
Hello, this is Zabir from the Astroneer dev team. The last time I wrote a blog post I spoke about the important of optimization and bringing that to Astroneer. Lately I’ve been focused on our plan for increasing performance and stability of the game, and was responsible for the first pass of a bigger update to performance that you would have seen in Patch 125. Performance is an on going challenge of building a game this early. So, I wanted to quickly talk about Astroneer’s performance and what is our plan going forward? There are three major ways we are going to attack the performance problem: streaming system, optimizing algorithms, and better OS/hardware interaction. (more…)
Hey, Riley here. As Brendan mentioned in our last blog post, 50 days, our team is growing and changing offices. For me, that also means moving to Seattle to be in the office full time. For the past few days I was out in Seattle looking for an apartment. (Mission accomplished.) While I was there, I had a some extra time to drink a lot of great coffee and take a look at our new office. It’s exciting to finally get to move into a place of our own, it’s quite the upgrade from our 4 person co-working office space.
Brendan and I took a quick tour of the new place. Take a look for yourself:
Astroneer is now available on Steam Early Access, Xbox One, and Windows 10 Store Game Preview for $19.99 USD! In addition to purchasing the game itself, Steam users will have the option of purchasing an Astroneer + Soundtrack bundle for $24.99.
As a reminder, yesterday we talked about the future of Astroneer and its road-map and how you can be involved through our forum. The day before we discussed what you can expect of multiplayer on Day-1 and beyond. Be sure to check those posts out while the game downloads!
We’re about 24 hours from Astroneer finally making its way to Early Access and Game Preview. To say we’re excited for you to help make Astroneer an amazing video game of aerospace industry and interplanetary exploration is an understatement. The 6 of us at System Era have been eager for this moment for almost 3 years. It’s finally happening.
We get a lot of questions about the exact nature of the multiplayer in Astroneer. Questions range from how many players it supports to what the server model is, to whether there is an online persistent world. As the one who spearheaded our multiplayer capabilities, I thought I’d speak in detail about our current multiplayer capabilities and where we’re headed.