Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Volcanoid

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'Volcanoids' Early Access Update Adds New Weapons, Challenges And More - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2021 @ 1:54 p.m. PST

Volcanoids is a first-person, base building survival game set in the steampunk era where humans and technology meet.

In Volcanoids you'll take on an expedition to a forsaken island that you once called home. But sudden eruptions triggered by mechanical beings turned the wondrous place into an apocalyptic wasteland. In order to survive the island’s natural elements, you have to outsmart these creatures and capture one of their drillships.

Use their own technology against them as you upgrade the machinery and reclaim your homeland.

Developer Volcanoid rolled out the next big update to their Steam Early Access title, as new challenges and gear await players as they tackle the volcano challenge  - and the mysterious robots defending it.

The Combat Update adds new guns and gear, such as the SMG, Sniper Rifle, and armor. New robots with a greater variety of weapons have been added for new challenges, and new turret add-ons for player drillships are also on the way to help fend off hordes of enemies.

In advance of this update, the Volcanoid team opened up a special beta branch on steam allowing players to get hands-on with an early build and incorporated that feedback into today’s release. 

To celebrate the launch of the Combat Update, Volcanoids is currently 25% off untill January 25, 2021.

What's New?

Reworked Combat Mechanics

We went back to the drawing board and completely overhauled the way weapons behave and how you use them.

We added things like:

  • aiming down sights
  • recoil
  • bullet drop & spread
  • hit indicators, kill confirms (hidden in trailer)
  • actual projectiles (instead of hit scans)
  • and more...

All of these combined change the combat experience drastically.

Reworked Animations

All animations got improved and many were added to support the new weapon behavior.

New Guns

From what I've seen, the two most requested guns were:

  • something light with a high fire rate
  • something long-range

Based on that we decided to add the SMG and Sniper Rifle


I want to address the aimbot first since it's the most mentioned thing in reviews. There will be no more aimbot because the things mentioned above, now apply to COGs as well. One of those things is that they are now also shooting actual projectiles that you can see and dodge.

Every class and every tier now has its unique look, set of weapons, behavior, and sound effects (including voice lines).

Additionally, COGs now carry more than one weapon and can switch between them based on the situation (eg. SMG while attacking you, grenades while attacking your drillship).

They position themselves better. If a COG has a longer-range weapon (sniper, pistol) he will stay in the back but COGs with shotguns and SMGs will charge forward. Also if a COG is low on HP he will retreat to the back.

Last but not least, COGs can be knocked out/down for a few seconds, so make sure to finish them off before they get back up!

New Gear

You won't have to pop medkits every 5 seconds during large fights now. 3 sets of armors have been added that will extend your health bar. With the highest tiered armor, you will able to withstand twice as much damage as you would without it.

New Turrets

Prepare to move some modules around because 5 new turrets are making it into the game!

3x tier 2 turrets: The Mortar, Gatling and Sniper turret

2x tier 1 turrets: The SMG and Shotgun turret

New Tool and Abilities

We've added an old-school defibrillator so you can electrocute your crewmates back to life and also the ability to armor up and heal them too. Teamwork!

New Sound Effects

Lastly, we added a ton of new sound effects and improved the old ones. From gunshots to seagulls on the beach, everything should sound much better.

Key Features:

  • MOBILE BASE: Take the vantage point, stay safe underground or choose a material-rich location and explore. The drillship is a one of a kind base that serves as a factory and armored mobile base.
  • DEADLY ENVIRONMENT: Experience the tension and thrill of surviving volcanic eruptions that turn the island into an apocalyptic wasteland. Time between each eruption is your most valuable resource. Use it to roam the island gathering materials, finding new technology and utilizing production.
  • MECHANICAL MENACE: Deal with a hostile race of robots that use the volcano as a source of energy and resources. Their units are scattered all around the island’s surface as well as below it.
  • BASE MANAGEMENT: Take control over your drillship with many different stations and gadgets. Automate production, research technologies, set up defenses and turn the drillship into an unbreachable powerhouse.

Volcanoids is currently available for Windows and Linux in Steam Early Access.

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