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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.

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.

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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4 comments by luciddream00 on Jul 20th, 2014

Hey folks, we pushed out a pretty significant update recently and I figured I'd update you all on our progress!

New Content

  • Added female gender option to character creator

  • Ant Biome - Added to newly generated worlds

    • 5 new creatures, including one mini-boss
    • A new melee weapon
    • 2 new throwable weapons
    • 4 new deposits
  • Energy Slicer - Voted on by the community, this gun uses energy to fire and pierces through up to 3 creatures

  • Salves - Equippable devices/accessories
    • Regenerative Salve - A salve that grants a small boost to health regeneration.
    • Influx Salve - A salve that grants a small boost to energy regeneration.
    • Burn Salve - A salve specially designed to make you fire resistant. Grants 25% fire resist.
    • Corrosive Salve - A salve that grants 25% resistance to that gross spitter goo and other corrosives.
  • Tonics - Drinkable and throwable, uses fullness and grants various effects
    • Clarity Tonic - Cures negative status effects
    • Blast Tonic - Explodes if thrown or if you drink it. Don't drink it
    • Heal Tonic - A strong heal over time. We will likely eventually replace this with something more realistic like bandages down the line, but we already made it so we figured we'd throw it in the game for now
  • Added new clothing items

    • Black Leather Jacket
    • Black Tank Top
    • Black Sports Bra
    • Red Skirt
    • Red and White Shirt
    • Yoga Pants
  • Added Biometric Scanner Device - When equipped, it shows the health of creatures in the world

  • Added GPS Tracker - When dropped in the world, this item creates a long-range GPS signal visible on any standard MEG tool map
  • Added Tech Blower - Blows items and mobs around, consumes energy

  • Added Tech Portable Grill - Can be carried around in your inventory, and once it is placed in the world and deployed it can be used as a heat source

  • Added Mortar and Pestle tool, required for some recipes
  • Added D6 Polymer, a new material that is made by refining plastic with anthracite as an additive.
  • Added a few AGIS tutorial/info popups
  • Tweaked the Pioneer Station a bit, including adding a new room to the barracks

Gameplay Changes

  • Reduced held flashlight energy cost from 4 to 2 per second
  • Reduced wrist light energy cost from 3 to 1 per second
  • Wrist laser energy cost reduced from 5 to 3.5 per second
  • Bows now do up to 50% more damage when fully drawn
  • Bows now take 50% longer to draw

  • Arrows and other ammo are now salvaged as a stack
  • Increased speed of bullets and updated some projectile effects
  • Magnum round damage increased from 15 to 18
  • Beds now advance the time from night to day and from day to night and fully heal the player
  • Beds now weigh 100 pounds
  • Guns, bows and crossbows should now automatically pick a new ammo type if they run out of ammo and you attempt to fire
  • Laser pistol no longer requires you to find the blueprint in-world

Recipe Changes

  • Black Powder, Propellant and Thermite Charge recipes now requires a mortar and pestle tool
  • Replaced Steel with D6 Polymer in most furniture requirements
  • Added D6 Polymer requirement to Tech Bed and Tech Terminal recipes
  • Replaced Steel requirement with D6 Polymer on the Magnetic Inductor

UI Changes

  • Items that are crafted or picked up with the grab laser are now highlighted in your inventory
  • Added item name hover tooltips to items in containers and other menus
  • Increased maximum font size for item requirements in the crafting and build window

New Recipes

  • Ant biome melee weapon (1x Ant Queen Claw Segment, 5x Ant Chitin, 5x Ant Ichor)
  • Ant biome grenade (1x Ant Chitin, 1x Ant Ichor)
  • GPS Tracker (4x LED, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Rough Topax, 1x Copper Wire, must be found in-world to get the recipe)
  • Energy Slicer (1x Steel Gun Parts, 4x Bronze Ingots, 1x Microchip, 1x Copper Wire, 1x Large Battery)
  • Salves
    • Regenerative Salve (2x Unrefined Glass, 4x Juicy Fruit, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
    • Influx Salve (2x Unrefined Glass, 4x Bloo Fruit, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
    • Burn Salve (2x Unrefined Glass, 4x Bana Fruit, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
    • Corrosive Salve (2x Unrefined Glass, 15x Spitter Extract, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
  • Tonics
    • Empty Tonic Vessel (1x Unrefined Glass, 1x D6 Polymer)
    • Clarity Tonic (1x Empty Tonic Vessel, 1x Strange Herb, 2x Bana Fruit, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
    • Heal Tonic (1x Empty Tonic Vessel, 1x Strange Herb, 2x Juicy Fruit, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
    • Blast Tonic (1x Empty Tonic Vessel, 1x Strange Herb, 2x Biofuel, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
  • New Clothing
    • Black Leather Jacket (3x Hide, Tool: Scissors)
    • Black Tank Top (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
    • Black Sports Bra (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
    • Red Skirt (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
    • Red and White Shirt (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
    • Yoga Pants (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
    • Orange Shorts (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
  • Flare Gun (3x Plastic, 2x Iron Ingots, 4x Tin Rivets)
  • Biometric Scanner (1x Microchip, 1x Steel Ingot, 2x Plastic, 1x Unrefined Glass, 1x Medium Battery)
  • Steel Machine Parts (3x Steel Ingots, Tool: Material Printer)
  • Tech Blower (12x Plastic, 1x Steel Machine Parts, 4x D6 Polymer, 1x Large Battery, 12x Steel Rivets, Tool: Material Printer)
  • Portable Tech Grill (1x Steel Machine Parts, 4x D6 Polymer, 1x Large Battery, 2x Copper Wires, Tool: Material Printer)
  • Mortar and Pestle (1x Log, 1x Stick, Tool: Saw)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that would result in the cricket drone being disabled before you get to it
  • Fixed some issues with world generation that would lead to strange holes under bases
  • Possibly fixed a bug that would result in lost items when dropped in the world
  • Projects that are destroyed should now always drop a power core if it is required to build it or has a power core installed at the time it is destroyed
  • Fixed some animation issues related to moving the mouse very close to the player's head
  • Possible fix for rare crash during crafting, not totally sure as I can't replicate the bug myself
  • More fixes for floating grass/foliage near bases
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in the enemy damage noise being too loud
  • Fixed a bug that would result in the player getting stuck in an animation after falling through a platform
  • Fixed some animation issues with the bed
  • Fixed a bug that was causing the big chicken to not fly away at the end of a fight
  • A bunch of other things I forgot about
  • Fixed a bug that could result in items in the wrong place if you closed the inventory menu while dragging an item
  • Fixed a bug with item pickup notification and blocks
  • Impalers can no longer spawn on the bottom of platforms
  • You should no longer be able to knock around Impalers
  • Fixed some missing/inaccurate item names

As always, we'd love to hear your feedback, so don't be shy!

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FuffyMomma Jun 8 2014, 5:58am says:

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

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skullmagnum Feb 15 2014, 3:28pm says:

Awesome game 10/10.

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luciddream00 Feb 2 2014, 3:22am says:

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 Jan 26 2014, 9:42am says:

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:


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 Jan 9 2014, 3:16pm says:

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 Jan 10 2014, 12:21am replied:

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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HackCHECKer Dec 28 2013, 6:50am says:

Starbound with more Realism and more Sci-Fi

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xishnik1999 Nov 13 2013, 11:07am says:

когда випуститееееееее!!!!!!!!!

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SOL-Alex Nov 11 2013, 4:44pm replied:

At this point I think we're going to do a small closed alpha and then put the game on Steam's Early Access if possible for the duration of development.

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