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Signs of Life is a 2d survival sandbox platforming game set in the distant future. It is designed from the ground up to support drop in/drop out online co-op. Explore procedurally generated worlds full of meaningful handcrafted and procedurally generated content and a wide variety of creatures, some of which don't even want to kill you and eat your corpse. You’ll hunt monsters, gather resources, craft weapons, armor and gadgets, cook the innards of the various creatures you encounter and if you have some time left over maybe you can try and save humanity.

Story:
Sensing that an apocalyptic war was imminent, the United Nations executed a last ditch plan to save what they could of the human race. 2 crafts were launched, a massive colony ship called the Hephaestus and a smaller, faster scout ship called the Hermes. The destination was a recently discovered earth-like planet with the potential to harbor life located roughly 18 light years away. The Hermes reached the planet first in order to establish a presence in anticipation of the arrival of the Hephaestus, but shortly after it reached its destination, all communications between the vessels were lost and never recovered.

4 years later, as the Hephaestus approached its destination a faint signal was detected from a nearby asteroid. Upon investigating the signal, a small artifact of presumably alien origin was discovered. Against their better judgement, the crew of the Hephaestus decided to attempt to activate the artifact, and upon doing so set in motion a chain of events that would ultimately lead to the destruction of the Hephaestus.

The good news is, you managed to survive by hitching a ride on a small escape pod just in the nick of time before the destruction of the Hephaestus. The bad news, is everyone you knew and loved is dead, you have nothing but the clothes on your back, a standard issue wrist laser and a faulty artificial intelligence companion named AGIS. Oh, and the human race is probably doomed. Probably.

Development:
We have been working on Signs of Life for just over a year and we're quite far along, but we are far from finished. The majority of the core systems are in place and most of them are nicely polished and satisfying. The game is starting to come together and is already very fun to play, but we have a lot of work ahead of us. We are shooting for a multiplayer alpha sometime in the next few months. We want to be very open with our development, and plan on doing regular dev blogs which you can follow on our website (www.PlaySignsOfLife.com).

We have ambitious plans for Signs of Life, and we intend to continue developing the game long after the initial release.

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The primary goal with this update was to change the combat balance and armor/weapon progression to be more satisfying across the length of the game. This update is light on the new content because we're still working on the next major content update, but we figured we should go ahead and put out the balance changes in the meantime. Previously, armor provided percentage damage reduction, which meant early armor sets protected very little, the high level armor sets ended up providing far too much protection, and going from one tier to the next didn't feel very satisfying because gaining a few percentage points of defense at a time is really boring. The new system uses flat damage reduction, so if you pick up a helmet that has a defense of 3 it will just prevent 3 damage, which might not seem like a big change but it allows us to make the progression much more satisfying and each new tier of armor or weapons should feel like more of an upgrade. There is a cap on the defense though, and you will always take at least 25% of the damage that is dealt to you. These changes required tweaking the balance of pretty much everything in the game. Most creatures have more health, most weapons do more damage, and we've changed the way armor piercing works so that individual weapons can have specific armor piercing values. We've done a significant amount of testing, but with all the combinations of creatures and weapons we have I'm sure there will still be some balance issues, so let us know what you think. We're definitely not done tweaking the combat balance, but we decided now was a good time to start making some big steps towards a better system. Balance Changes

  • Changed armor calculations to use flat damage reduction instead of percent damage reduction
  • Shields no longer add to encumbrance
  • Encumbrance values tweaked across the board
  • Encumbrance can now slow your melee attack speed if it is high enough
  • Projectiles now have individual armor piercing values
  • The weird pink eyeball creatures can now only spawn spikes on appropriate block types. Also reduced their initial spawn rate.
  • Sulfur gas now does its own damage type, we'll probably make a gas mask or something soon
  • Tesla gun does more damage but uses more energy
  • Base energy regen rate has been doubled
  • Reduced energy regen rate bonus on the Jewel sets
  • Increased damage of most projectiles
  • Increased health of most creatures
  • Increased armor on many creatures
  • Fists now do more damage with better gloves
  • Kicking now does more damage with better boots
  • Increased rocket/grenade explosion range
  • Reduced the spawn rate of creatures
  • Spears no longer prevent you from moving while attacking
  • Increased the amount of sand that generates on the surface of planets

Gameplay Changes

  • Changed quick slots to use Z/X instead of Q/E by default, and changed the default dodge behavior so that Q/E make you dodge left/right.
  • Reduced knockdown received from creature
  • Spiked wall creature updated, it is now much easier to damage in the soft spot and much harder to hurt it from the back
  • Fruits can no longer spawn quite as close together
  • During world generation, the area between the mining base and Pioneer Station have been cleaned up a bit. This means fewer spikes, etc.
  • Deposits should now only generate on flat ground
  • Added some grass golems to the far side of the planet during world generation
  • Toilets can now be opened
  • Tweaked some bits of the Pioneer Station and Mining Base. Nothing major, but we're working on fleshing them out a little bit at a time.
  • Renamed Rifle Ammo to 5.56 Ammo
  • You can now click quick slots in order to select them while the inventory menu is closed.
  • Sheared sheep now drop 1 piece of wool when sheared post-mortem instead of 0.
  • Slightly reduced the drop rates of sticks/logs when breaking trees

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some cases where certain energy bonuses wouldn't stack. Let us know if you see more.
  • Fixed some graphical issue with the spike blocks
  • Fixed a crash related to fireballs
  • Fixed a bug with fall damage calculation related to using multiple fall damage reduction items
  • Movement buttons no longer get stuck on if you were holding them while clicking in the search box of the crafting window
  • AGIS message received when you equip the entire prototype mining suit now only appears once
Signs of Life Update 0.7.4 - Independence Day Update

Signs of Life Update 0.7.4 - Independence Day Update

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We decided to celebrate Independence Day in the best way possible, by adding more things to Signs of Life that explode in a brilliant and dangerous fashion...

Signs of Life Update 0.7 - Strange Mysteries

Signs of Life Update 0.7 - Strange Mysteries

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We have a brand new strange and mysterious content update piping hot and ready to go.

Signs of Live Update 0.6

Signs of Live Update 0.6

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This update had two objectives, we wanted to make the underground a bit more interesting and we wanted to do some work on general user friendliness features...

Signs of Life Update 0.5 - Multiplayer

Signs of Life Update 0.5 - Multiplayer

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Got a new update for you folks. The big feature of this update is the long-requested online co-op multiplayer, today is truly a red letter day!

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Handsome_Never
Handsome_Never

i don't know if I want to buy this game yet. Can you release a demo so I can try the game (if possible)

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SOL-Alex Creator
SOL-Alex

We don't have a demo yet, but we would like to do one before we finish the game.

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FuffyMomma
FuffyMomma

you should make the insects tameable,like they deposit eggs ad fight for you and that kind of things

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skullmagnum
skullmagnum

Awesome game 10/10.

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luciddream00
luciddream00

Just wanted to let you guys know that Signs of Life is now available on Steam's Early Access: Store.steampowered.com its 9.99, discounted 25% for the next day! =D

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XenonFORT
XenonFORT

I just checked and comments from ModDB and IndieDB are shared, a really smart idea knowing that most of us use ModDB mostly for everything.

Said that here is an small gift that I already posted on the greenlight page of the game, to make the wait for those eaging to get their hands into the game a bit shorter:

Youtube.com

The guy who plays it seems to have more interest in exploring than in building stuff, but thanks to the comments and the chat between the devs and the streamers you should get a good idea of what to expect from the release.

See you all tomorrow (for me at least here in Europe), have fun and good luck with everything :)

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker

Here is an idea, how about you make it so the camera doesn't stick so closely to the player and instead will gradually rise. So instead of the camera jolting up and up just because the player walked up a tile high level, it will instead slowly move up as he continues walking on the level.

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luciddream00
luciddream00

Yeah we'd definitely like to do more with camera smoothing, I'd also like to have it shift a bit as you're moving the mouse cursor around the screen and stuff. Right now we've got other priorities, but we'd like to get to it eventually.

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TheBlackshot
TheBlackshot

Starbound with more Realism and more Sci-Fi

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