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Within the Cosmos is a single-player first-person sci-fi RPG.

Available on Steam in 2021!

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The year is 2278, and humanity is on the verge of extinction. You were sent there to preserve the human race, as they are fighting a war they will not win. You are one of 500 people who work for UESA (United Earth Space Agency). You were put in cryogenic sleep and sent to the planet 'Berith II'. A planet that is tucked away in the Adallio star system, hidden, and far from the war. However, once you arrive, you and your crew come under attack by an unknown enemy, and it is up to you to figure out who is behind the attack, and why.

Features:

  • CREATE YOUR CHARACTER: With the ability to create your characters appearance, and customise the various armour types available, you can truly create a character that is your own.

  • ATTRIBUTES: Distribute your Attribute points to help set the base for your character. Want to solve things scientifically? Increase your intelligence! Want to make an agile, stealth oriented character? Increase your Agility! How about resolving potential issues through dialogue? Increase your Charisma!

  • SKILLS: As you level up, you'll get skill points which you can use across 14 skills to fine tune the character you created, allowing you to play as the character you want to play as. Want to pressure and scare people into giving you some information? Increase your Intimidate skill! Want to just fight people in hand-to-hand combat? Increase your Unarmed skill!

  • PERKS: Perks will allow you to upgrade your character in various ways; giving you multiple new abilities you can use in and out of battle. Obtain perks by completing missions, finding them in the world, or by leveling up!

  • FACTIONS: Encounter factions with different ideals, beliefs, and morals. Join them, betray them, or fight them. It's all up to you!

  • EXPLORATION: Explore hand-crafted planets in the Adallio star system. As you try to unwrap the mystery that has befallen you and your crew mates, you will make choices which will affect the way the story develops; along with how your companions and others perceive you, and end game scenarios.

  • CHOICES: There are always choices, and multiple approaches to complete objectives. Approach NPC's to try and extract information through dialogue, take the stealth approach and sneak behind them, or simply shoot through your enemies using a wide variety of weapons.

  • WEAPON CUSTOMISATION: Weapons can be upgraded, and customised to your liking. With various skins and attachments, you can easily customise the weapons to suit your play style.



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Hi everyone! I hope you've all had a lovely March. The game continues to be developed, and as more systems fall into place and come together, the closer it gets to being the game that I was dreaming of making. Today, I'll be covering an important aspect of this game, which is, Stealth. Stealth touches on so many different aspects of the game, ranging from skills, perks, AI, weapons, etc. I'll be showing some Stealth features which overlap with each of these topics, and I'll also showcase some of the non-lethal options you'll have at your disposal.

Let's get right to it!

The "abilities" in the game have been re-worked and they're now known as Software. There are some Software that you can install which will greatly benefit people who are attempting to play stealthily. One of the Software that you can get is the:

CLOAK Software
I believe I've shown this before. The CLOAK Software will render you nearly invisible for a couple of seconds (the duration can be improved based on how you upgrade your character), allowing you to evade any enemies that are in your way, or allowing you to move closer to an enemy to perform a sneak attack.

To be able to really use your Software to its fullest ability, you'll want to upgrade your Sneak skill! There's no point of being cloaked when the enemies can still hear you! Improving your Sneak skill will ensure that enemies take longer to detect you, and that your footsteps produce less noise, thereby allowing you to effectively sneak up on unsuspecting enemies.



If you want to maximise how effective you will be while sneaking, you'll also want to invest some of your Perk points into some of the Sneak perks, some will allow you to do more crit damage while sneaking, or increase your crouch movement speed, or increase the chances of a malfunction on a trap that you accidentally set off.



When you feel confident enough in your sneak skills to takedown an enemy, you'll be able to sneak up behind them and perform a non-lethal takedown.



If you take down an enemy in a location where you're afraid that enemies will spot the body, you can pick up and move the body to a location where they won't think of looking.



If your sneak skill is high enough, you'll be able to successfully pickpocket people without alerting them. If you're pick-pocketing with a low sneak skill, there's a chance you'll be caught immediately, and you'll have to pay a fine or you'll be outright attacked.

AI

When playing a game stealthily, you need to be cautious about how you take out or evade enemies. Observing their patrol route to time your movements is crucial, but if there's no obvious way around the enemy, you'll have to get a little creative. One way of doing this, as shown in the previous dev update, is by hacking nearby objects that produce noise, which will distract enemies and lure them out of the way.



Enemies also display a detection meter, which will let you know just how close they are to detecting your presence. How fast it fills is determined by your Sneak skill, your distance, whether you're cloaked or not, and whether you are standing or crouching. It is also determined by the difficulty you're playing the game on. When an enemy enters the Alert state, they will alert nearby enemies to your presence, so make sure you're not detected so you can avoid any unnecessary confrontations!

Weapons

Aside from all the Skills, Perks, and Software you can upgrade, you'll also have some choices when deciding what weapons you want to use to suit your play-style. One very important part of playing stealthily, is having the ability to equip silencers on your favourite weapons. You can equip them on nearly every weapon in the game. You'll see how the silencer will affect your weapons base stats when you equip it. Using a silencer will greatly reduce the sound your gun produces when fired.



If you want to be non-lethal, you have some weapons at your disposal. You will be able to use the Tranquiliser Pistol, which will put enemies to sleep immediately if you land a headshot. If not, it will take a couple of seconds for them to fall asleep.



If you're a person who likes to take people out from afar, you'll be able to make use of the Tranquiliser Rifle, which works like the Tranquiliser Pistol, but at a much greater distance. Headshots will put enemies to sleep immediately, body shots will take a few seconds before the effect kicks in.



If you see a group of enemies that are too close to each other, using a Tranq. Pistol or Tranq. Rifle probably isn't the best idea. If you want to tranquilise them without being spotted, you'll be able to use Gas Grenades. Throw it near their location and the Gas Grenade will put enemies to sleep after just a few seconds. If you're infiltrating a location, and want to plant traps to take people out non-lethally, you can plant Gas Mines, which will only activate once someone gets near it. These gasses will affect you too unless you have the appropriate Software installed.

Closing Statements

These are just some of the ways that you'll be able to approach situations in Within the Cosmos. There are some things I wanted to cover here that totally fit into these categories (like the Smart Tranq Pistol) but I'd rather leave some stuff strictly for the gameplay video that I'll be recording and releasing in the coming months. Please remember that the game is still in development so some things may change, and things are still being worked on, but I hope you like what you've seen so far!

I'm trying to post a development update (roughly) once a month now, and I hope you'll look forward to reading the next one next month! I will never tire of thanking all of you for your patience, understanding, and support throughout the development process. Thank you so much!



If you'd like to follow the game on any social network, here are the links:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Official Website

Thanks again!

February 2021: Development Update

February 2021: Development Update

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In this update, I showcase the scanning, hacking, and I showcase a couple of new GIFs and screenshots!

January 2021: Development Update

January 2021: Development Update

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In this update, I give you all an update on the state of the game, and I showcase a couple of new GIFs and screenshots!

Within the Cosmos: July 2020 Development Update

Within the Cosmos: July 2020 Development Update

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In this update, I showcase some new screenshots, GIFs. I also share some info about the Inventory, Abilities, and Crafting, as well as what's next for...

Within the Cosmos: October Development Update

Within the Cosmos: October Development Update

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In this update, I cover and showcase some of the RPG mechanics, additions and changes, and what's next for Within the Cosmos.

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JennyPahar
JennyPahar

This sounds really cool! One thing I'd like to ask for is though, the ability to switch to third person view as well. I mean, what's the point of customizing your character's appearance if you can't even enjoy it? Just because Cyberpunk and The Outer Worlds did it, doesn't mean it has to become a staple, you know?

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Guest
Guest

At the risk of sounding pushy, is there a possible release date in the near future? I am not trying to rush you, i am just really excited about the game. Thanks for all your time and effort!

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thecosmosdev Creator
thecosmosdev

Hey, no worries, It's fine!

I'm still working on it at the moment. I'm aiming for an Early November release date, but nothing is final yet. I'll update this once I have a firm release date!

Thank you so much for your interest, and understanding!

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Guest

will there be any space ship type game play? even if there isnt i am still getting the game. It looks amazing.

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thecosmosdev Creator
thecosmosdev

The entire game is on foot only! Thanks so much!! :)

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Guest

how much do u thionk it will cost on release? kinda interested in gettin it

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thecosmosdev Creator
thecosmosdev

Hey there, it will be $15 USD. Sorry for the late reply! Didn't see this until now!

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Guest
Guest

looks like a working little brother of no mans sky. awesome

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thecosmosdev Creator
thecosmosdev

Thank you! I'm glad you like it! :)

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Can't wait for this to be released.

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thecosmosdev Creator
thecosmosdev

Thanks so much! Still working hard on it!

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