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A sci-fi sandbox game of creation and survival on procedurally generated planets. You've crash-landed on an unforgiving world with nothing but a few tools and your imagination.

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Planet Nomads is called a planetary survival sandbox game for a reason. Let's take a look at the survival mechanics that we are building for the Early Access release of Planet Nomads in April.

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Survival, the bread & butter of Planet Nomads gameplay. Read through these lines carefully and you’ll be able to imagine the everyday struggles of the nomadic life.

This planetary survival sandbox game is launching Early Access in April on Steam and GOG.

Avoiding Death

The main driver of the survival gameplay is death. You may die in Survival Mode and when you do, you respawn either in the escape module or in one of your cryo-beds if you've managed to build those already.

The Death


The best way to avoid death is to keep a healthy life-style. Which doesn't necessarily have to include a 20 minutes of yoga every morning, but eating good food, drinking pure water and having enough sleep is a good start. As is avoiding poisons, injuries and radioactivity. In return, your body rewards you with more energy throughout the work day. You endure more, can run faster, etc. On the other side of the spectrum - if you punish your body with cold, heat, thirst or hunger, your general will being will suffer and you may expect movement penalties, impaired vision, nausea and eventually complete bodily functions shutdown.

Alien Creatures to Keep You Company


Planet Nomads Xenodeer


Most planets are inhabited by various animals, so you don't feel alone. They are a great source of protein... if you are able to catch them. You should avoid some alien species at first though, because you are also a good source of protein for them. You will find out which ones to hunt and which ones to avoid. We expect there will be a painful learning curve when doing so.

Survive by Building Useful Things


Building things is your best chance of staying alive. You're more of a Matt Daemon type of astronaut rather than space marine from Aliens. Your multi-tool is your best friend.

Bio Generator - Tier 1

When you decide to build things in Survival Mode, you will be placing skeletons and welding them to their final stage. Building blocks require materials that you need to find, mine and refine in 3D printers. Those 3D printers and all other functional blocks like wheels, doors and lights need to be powered by generators, which in turn need fuel to generate electricity.

Let's Hear it from Tom

The main programmer for Planet Nomads explains the survival mechanics on Nomadic Journals - our monthly development vlog.

Multiple Biomes on a Single Planet

We are finishing the game design of Planet Nomads biomes - density and intensity of dangers, richness of resources, difficulty of the terrain and such. So far we have deep forest, jungle and badlands biomes ready (below). Desert, arctic, tundra and green forest are soon to follow, nicely covering the initial planet from pole to pole.

Deep Forest Biome

Planet Nomads Jungle

Badlands biome

There's news bits and pieces leaking on Twitter and being added on Trello too.

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JLVC
JLVC

Looks very promising! I'm looking forward to see what kind of creatures one can encounter. They're not procedurally generated are they? I would prefer if they're not, so you can be very imaginative when designing them.

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craneballs

Hey! They are all hand-made :) We're going to get in more variety inside one specie by adding biome specific colors and making the alpha-male version of each animal (bigger horns, bigger size, more courage, etc.)

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