There are always certain games that players will go to as a relief from online fighting, or stressful extreme difficulties, or trophy hunting to 100% the game they’re playing. A game that’s relaxing, easy to unwind with, and an overall great experience. That was the goal of System Era Software when they started to work on the delightful and laid-back space exploration adventure game Astroneer back in 2016.
Astroneer is a sand-box style adventure game that all takes place in a polygon-looking space and planet setting. It has open-world planets and terraforming, allowing players to shape and change each planet to their own personal liking. Astroneer also has a co-op system for up to 4 players at a time in a game that supports cross play between PC and XBox One, so that friends can enjoy the relaxing adventure together. John Liberto’s work with the polygon and texture-less art style gives an intriguing design and feel to it, allowing for a unique atmosphere that only adds to the overall experience.
The game had come out into early access back in 2016, and over the past two years has gone through some extensive updates and developments. Crafting systems were added, more involved mining and scavenging, research, base building, a greater variety of vehicles, and much, much more, all to create a more exciting and different experience for each player. And today, after all these updates, changes, and patches, System Era Software decided that it was time for the big announcement:
That’s right. Astroneer is finally coming out of its two year early access and will be coming out for a full release on February 6, 2019. However, this does not mean players have to wait until then to get a chance to play the game. Astroneer is currently available on XBox Play Anywhere and Steam on PC for $19.99 USD. It’s currently at a 20% discount for a limited time until November 19, but will still be available to purchase for anyone looking for a delightful and laid-back experience.