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Colony Ship now available on Early Access

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Colony Ship now available on Early Access

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Tue 6 April 2021, 19:10:46

Tags: Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game; Iron Tower Studio

It's hard to believe that over five years have passed since Colony Ship had its first development update. The combat demo has been available for about a year now, but today the game reached its most important milestone yet with the Early Access release. As our readers will know, the Colony Ship Early Access build is launching with the game's first chapter, consisting of three locations. The Early Access FAQ has a detailed timetable of what will be coming next, but before I post that, here's the super cool trailer Iron Tower put together last month.

Why Early Access?

We're making this game for you, so not only your feedback matters a great deal, it's an integral part of the design process. It played a vital role when we were working on our first game (The Age of Decadence), helping us improve every aspect of the game and refine our design philosophy.

Now that Colony Ship's first chapter is ready to be evaluated, we'd like to run it by you and see what you think. What you like, what you dislike, what you think is missing or should be improved. Together we'll go through every chapter and location until the game is ready to be released.

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?
Approximately 18 months. We're planning to add improvements on a monthly basis and add new locations as follows:

Jun - Factory
Aug - Mission Control
Oct - Shuttle Bay
Feb - Habitat and the end of chapter 2
Jun - Heart (the mutant town)
Aug - Bridge and the end of chapter 3, all locations are done.
Nov - Endgame (chapter 4)

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

The full version will have 4 chapters. The current Early Access version contains the first chapter, roughly 25% of the game. The game is feature-complete, so all that's missing is the content (3 remaining chapters).

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

The Early Access version includes Chapter 1, consisting of 3 locations (a container town sitting in one of the cargo holds, the armory, and hydroponics). The chapter is self-contained, inviting you to take part in a local conflict with far-reaching consequences. It's fairly well-polished and doesn't have any unfinished content.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?
We plan to gradually raise the price with each chapter.

Colony Ship Early Access is available on Steam and GOG for $25 with a 10% launch discount until next week. Buy it, play it and review it, before it gets more expensive! Additional details are available in the expanded FAQ in the game's Steam forum. You may also want to check out the currently ongoing developer livestream.

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