Planet-shaping survival game 'Astroneer' launches tomorrow


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After years in early access releases and a fair amount of buzz, Astroneer is almost here. The finished version of System Era’s survival sandbox title arrives February 6th on Windows PCs and Xbox One, and it might be intriguing even if you’ve burnt out on the genre. The central allure remains the ability to reshape its procedurally generated planets with your mining tool. You can dig tunnels (as deep as your oxygen supply will allow), carve pathways and otherwise remake the world to harvest resources and lay out your base.

The finished Astroneer includes expected features like cross-platform multiplayer (including persistent servers that let friends build bases asynchronously) as well as a few additions that should spice things up. There’s a narrative mode for people who want some direction, six new themed planets, more gadgetry “recipes” and cosmetic customizations. Some of these are virtually par for the course for survival games, but they’re still welcome — they help flesh out a game that already reeled some people in based on its uncommon mechanics.

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'Astroneer' brings space exploration to Xbox and PC on February 6th


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Space exploration game Astroneer has racked up a major following in its Early Access stage. After hinting at it, the game finally has an official release date. The title from System Era Softworks will be available for Xbox One and Windows 10 starting on February 6th, 2019. It will run you $29.99 at launch.

If you aren’t one of the two million players to take a crack at the early stages version of Astroneer, here’s what to expect: The interplanetary survival sandbox game is a sort of mix of Minecraft and fellow space exploration game No Man’s Sky. In Astroneer, you play as a space explorer trying to survive and thrive in the treacherous terrain. As you travel through the solar system’s unique and uncharted planets, you’ll find resources that can be used to craft vehicles, build bases and conduct research. Astroneer will support crossplay between Xbox One and PC adventurers and will offer dedicated servers that will allow players to build and explore asynchronously.

The pre-release version of the game is still available from Steam Early Access and Xbox One Game Preview for $19.99. That price will jump up to $29.99 on November 16th in preparation for the public launch. If you get in before the deadline, you’ll get a “Retro” suit for being an early supporter.

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