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:
The world looks much different from fifty days ago. Lots of big things have happened. We celebrated the holidays, ushered in a new year, and sat glued to twitter as we watched the tumultuous transition of our world into this terrifying new post-Brangelina era! I’m still a little bit numb from that. I think someone closed a sale on some historic house, and oh, we launched the early access version of Astroneer. Right. You’re probably wondering how that went.
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.
We’re nearly a week in to December and we haven’t announced the specific release date for Astroneer on Steam Early Access or Xbox Game Preview. We’d love to be able to give you a specific date just as badly as you’d like to learn of one.
Rest assured we’re working hard with Microsoft to deliver the game to the public this December. We hope to have more information to share any day now.
Adam here with a super quick post! We’re happy to announce two bits of information we’ve been asked about often: What will Astroneer’s min-spec be, and which languages will it be available in on Early Access / Game Preview?
Notice the terrain popping? We’re definitely working on that and other performance offenders.
Hi everyone. I’m Zabir and the newest member of the System Era team. My primary role at System Era will be to lead the engineering efforts going forward. Jacob and Brendan have done a great job on this front and I will attempt to lighten their workloads. However, with such a small team, all of us will continue to wear many hats. In this blog post I wanted to talk about two ways we are preparing for Early Access from a high level engineering perspective. It isn’t the sexiest part of development, but here is my process.
Recently we announced details for the launch of Astroneer and that’s something we’re super proud of. Now that the information is out, there’s been two important topics that come up in discussion amongst the team. How will our game be perceived and are we setting the correct expectations?
I don’t enjoy writing about the missteps of other developers, but in the name of transparency I think this is an important point to make: The controversial release of No Man’s Sky fuels a lot of discussions about the development and marketing of Astroneer and more importantly the reaction the gaming community had to it. A lot of the press coverage about Astroneer links the two games together and we’ve seen a lot of talk amongst our community about those connections.
I’m not going to comment on one specific aspect of the game or the people behind it. This blog post isn’t about that. I want to take this opportunity to put into practice the most important thing we’ve learned from witnessing No Man’s Sky: Know what you are saying, but understand what is heard.