The Pioneers: Surviving Desolation

Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Developer: Supercube
Release Date: 2024

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'The Pioneers: Surviving Desolation' Available On Steam Early Access

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2023 @ 11:19 a.m. PST

The Pioneers: Surviving Desolation is a deep space survival simulation experience where you build your station, manage your crew and explore the harsh environment of Io, the innermost moon of Jupiter.

Planet Earth. 2084. It is time to put your mark on history. In command of the crew of Io-1, players will have to overcome the cold harsh realities of surviving in a hostile environment. Low gravity, volcanos, seismic activity, extreme temperatures and magnetic storms will put constant pressure on your crew and their ability to survive. Carefully monitoring beacons because of sulfur wind will be critical to survival in the toxic atmosphere.

Retrieve your space station, prep your crew, manage your resources and get ready to face the most hostile environments in the solar system.

As players start their intense adventure in The Pioneers they’ll need to choose three crew members from a pool of fifteen each with different capabilities and specialties. With the constant pressure of survival on their minds, players will have to juggle each of their crew members' strengths and weaknesses in order to adapt. 

Are you brave enough to survive?

A key part of the game for players will be exploration. With multiple varied biomes filled with valuable resources needed to stay alive, exploring the dangers of Io is imperative. Low gravity, volcanoes, seismic activity and magnetic storms are always a possibility and players will need to do whatever they can to prepare for each including carefully monitoring beacons due to sulfur wind.

After gathering precious resources players can use them to build up their base. There are a variety of facilities for players to create in order to make a suitable home for their crew members. From crafting equipment to improved engineering and healthcare, each facility will make Io more bearable. 

The Pioneers: Surviving Desolation is now available on team Early Access, and remain so for about 18 months.

During Early Access, Supercube plans to continue updating the game using player’s feedback and help. And with multiple ending conditions and numerous strategies to try, players can look forward to a unique experience each time they jump into the game.

“We decided to release this Early Access version of the game because it contains the three main gameplay loops of The Pioneers: Io exploration, station expansion, crew management. They are far from being representative of the final vision, but we find that they work pretty well together and already offer a deep enjoyable gaming experience.”

“In Early Access, we'll be focusing on upgrading the overall player experience. A lot of features and content will be implemented, but we will also work on graphics, optimization, UX, and many other features. We will announce a content roadmap to showcase all the core content additions throughout early access.”

Key Features:

  • Explore - Io may be dangerous but it is also home to beautiful, desolate landscapes. Board a rover or a flying drone and venture out to gather precious resources int he various biomes of Io. Explore the land and collect important scientific data to accomplish your mission.
  • Build - Your spaceship has wrecked on the surface of Io but you can still use the parts to your advantage. Produce Materials, build modules and engineering systems, craft wearable equipment and make food. Utilize the game’s advanced health system to monitor everyone carefully to keep them alive.
  • Survive - Volcanos, seismic activity and magnetic storms will put nearly constant pressure on your crew. Monitor your beacons carefully to avoid dying because of a sulfur wind. Anticipate and adapt. Your life depends on it.
  • Manage - Each game of The Pioneers offers players a unique challenge. Start with 3 different characters chosen randomly among a pool of 15. Adapt to their strengths and weaknesses and use everything they have at their disposal to survive.
  • Simulate - Multiple winning conditions and endings. Play again and again, take advantage of upgrades, learn the best strategies for survival, and master all of Io’s unforgiving elements. 

The Pioneers: Surviving Desolation is in development for PC (Steam), scheduled for 2024.

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