VoidExpanse - Wallpapers

Added on 15 April 2014 by Lurler.

Initially we planned to release this VoidExpanse wallpapers pack with the Beta release, but since we were mostly working on the bugfixes these past two weeks our artist had some extra time he could spend finishing it. And I've gotta tell you it looks really gorgeous!

Here is an example:

This wallpaper pack is available to all Gold and Platinum game version owners. Thank you guys for supporting us! You can download it in the "My games & items" section.

Additionally I hope we can add even more wallpapers later on as well as adding more concept art images (several of which are in the works now).

VoidExpanse - Update v0.7.10

Added on 11 April 2014 by Lurler.

And it is finally done! This update primarily addresses all the reports that were given on the forums. Really big thanks guys! We were also able to slip some improvements to the game along with bugfixes. Overal I am very pleased with the work done this week. I hope you will like the changes! As usual find the list of updates below.

Oh, and below is an example of a rediculous face you can now create :) PS - there are also Hulk Hogan mustache available :)


New features:

  • Added industrial miner 2.
  • New generator (tritium + capacitor).
  • Whole lot of new face parts for character generator.
  • Consumables drop from pirates.
  • Added autosave interval setting to options.

Changes:

  • Consumables can now be equipped in flight. You don't need to dock to a station to do that.
  • Signposting - we have added clear indications to some actions to make it more clear why you can't do something or how you should do it.
  • Modified and rebalanced Avalanche hulls - now they are actually made for speed as it was intended.
  • Added missing icon for the first quest item.
  • Increased energy capacity for all generators.
  • Tooltips for ships now show tracking angle and tracking speed for each weapon.
  • Other small changes.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed bugs with some quests. Particularly the Scurvy quest was changed significantly.
  • Fixed unequipping of devices when changing hulls.
  • Now it doesn't tell you "Docking failed" when you already docking.
  • Fixed NPC dialogs and container exchange states closing.
  • Now you cannot talk to turret platforms and pirates.
  • Fixed the problem with conversations when you talk to another ship, exit with Esc, the ship was zoomed-in and unresponsive.

Known problems:

  • Path to the game must not contain unicode symbols. Basically only symbols in default Eng keyboard are allowed. It should be fixed soon.

Tell us what you think of this update on the forums!

VoidExpanse - Update v0.7.9

Added on 5 April 2014 by Lurler.

So, here it is! Our first update to VoidExpanse (v0.7.9). It mostly addresses all the issues that were encountered by the players after the initial release. It should make the game much more stable now. Additionally we implemented several small features requested on the forums. But let's get into details!

Changes:

  • Your ship no longer stops when your open the map.
  • Help screen when you start a new game (or press F1).
  • Changes to world generation. You will see systems with anomalies more ofter.


Bug fixes:

  • Fixed inability to control your ship in multiplayer.
  • Fixed a crash when entering space station in multiplayer.
  • Fixed bug with textures in main menu.
  • Fixed issues with startup of the game on some systems.
  • Fixed crash with inventory and other menus.
  • Fixed problem with offline mode and master server.
  • Fixed problems with saving and loading the game.
  • A whole lot of other smaller fixes!

Guide on how to update the game - here.

You can discuss the changes on the forums!

VoidExpanse Alpha Released!

Added on 2 April 2014 by Lurler.

VoidExpanse Alpha is open for business!

After almost a year of intensive work, the AtomicTorch Studio team is excited (okay, and a little nervous) to invite you to play our first game! VoidExpanse started out as nothing more than an idea. To watch it grow and take shape into something that is not only playable, but also enjoyable, has been an amazing experience.

It's always a little frightening to send a work-in-progress out into the world. You start to worry if people truly understand that, as an alpha, there are still many features to come, bugs to stamp out, and concepts to expand. On the other hand, this is exactly why we want people to play as early as possible.

Feedback from players is something that we take very seriously. Whether talking about single- or multiplayer, we want VoidExpanse to be a game focused on community, with players forging alliances and fueling rivalries, modders creating new content, and people arguing the virtues of their favorite ships and equipment on the forums.


Much of our inspiration comes from old-school action-RPGs in which players had the freedom to choose their paths and to deal with the consequences. We see a lot of games that end up going too far for the sake of balance; streamlining character-progression and limiting choices to the point that players are just there to click buttons.

We want people to make the characters they want, the ships they want, and to play by their rules, because that's when a game transforms from entertainment into a truly memorable adventure in another world.

VoidExpanse Ships: Avalanche

Added on 27 March 2014 by Lurler.

So, it is time to continue with the ships demonstration! But this time I found a neat tool to make the demonstration a bit more cool. Now you can actually see the model in action, rotate, zoom and do other cool things with it. Better than the static picture, eh?

There is one thing to keep in mind though, this ship is specifically designed to be low poly to allow for best performance. So, don't expect Crysis 5 graphics quality :)

Anyway, let me introduce...

Avalanche

Class: Heavy frigate.
Price: 6500.
Armor: No armor, Medium structure.
Hardpoints:

  • Small Energy (left & right sides)
    • Rotary
    • Firing arc: 120°
    • Tracking: 300°/sec
  • Medium Energy (center)
    • Non rotary
    • Firing arc: 0°
    • Tracking: 0°/sec

Utility slots:

  • Consumables - 2
  • Devices - 2
  • Boosters - 2

Specials:

  • Increased maneuverability.


Description: The ship was initially designed for speed yet failed in this regard, but after its other characteristics were properly examined it was repurposed as an interceptor ship thanks to it's maneuverability and good weapon platforms design.

VoidExpanse Alpha Trailer

Added on 18 March 2014 by Lurler.

VoidExpanse Faction System

Added on 6 March 2014 by Lurler.

Here is another update on the progress of VoidExpanse! This time I would like to talk about faction system in VoidExpanse.

As you can see above we have several factions already in the game. The line color shows relationships between the player (in this case) and other factions. You can of course select any other faction and you'd get a very different result. In the example below the "Freedom" faction is selected and you can see how the other factions treat them.

Additionaly each faction has their own territory on the global map where they have the most influence.

In the example above you can see territory of the Order and Freedom factions.
Each of the factions have their own agenda and fleets of loyal pilots and worlds. Depending on who you decide to join you will get very different results. You can join Order for example, and many of the job they can offer you would revolve around getting the galaxy rid of Xengatarn influence. Or you could join pirates. In that case it would be a whole different story. You may be asked to take part in raids on some systems.

Ultimately our goal was to make each faction unique. And offer not just a nominal ability to join a faction, but actually completely new story depending on who you decide to join. And your choice ultimately can lead the galaxy to a very different future!

And finally, as with any other part of VoidExpanse - everything is completely moddable. You can create your own factions, their NPC characters, quests and everything else. We are looking forward to see what the players can come up with :)

Meet the AtomicTorch Team

Added on 3 March 2014 by Lurler.

Today, I want to share some details with you about the AtomicTorch team, about who we are and what we do for fun when not busy working on our first project; VoidExpanse.


Valentin Gukov
I am one of the founders of the company, and the game designer and producer for VoidExpanse. I am the person who talks with our external teams and takes care of the general day-to-day business that keeps AtomicTorch running.
My story as a game developer goes way back to when I was still in kindergarten. My father bought a ZX Spectrum and I tried writing small programs that played sounds by following a guidebook. I didn't understand any concepts of programming back then, but it was a good fun for the five-year old me. Later, I started writing small games using Delphi in school, then online stuff in PHP, then C# in college, and now, here I am finally working on a something big with a team of other awesome people!
I also like to actually play games; my favorites are System shock 2, Stalker: Call of Pripyat, Morrowind, Gothic 1&2, and Evil Islands. For indies I would name Kerbal space program, Minecraft, Factorio, and Gnomoria.
I’m not really the sort of person who watches a lot of movies or television, but I would say that my few favorites are the Star Wars original trilogy, Terminator 1&2, and the Matrix. For TV series, my favorite is Stargate SG-1, which is an important inspiration for this game, as well as, Stargate: Atlantis, and Mythbusters.
When I am not at work on VoidExpanse, I enjoy studying linguistics and game design. I also play airsoft and dabble in electronics (as in soldering stuff together and programming ICs).

Dmitry Zaborovskiy
I’m a developer here at AtomicTorch. I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. I graduated Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, worked as a software engineer for a couple of years, then moved to Ho Chi Minh City to become a part of the AtomicTorch team. My history in game dev goes back to 1997, when my brother wrote his first program in BASIC and I watched over his shoulder. That was the first time I realized what I wanted to do in my life - create something.
I prefer video games that offer unique and interesting stories. Most of my favorite games are from 1995 to 2005 – my golden age of games, including Gothic, Morrowind, Dark Earth, Neverhood, Little Big Adventure, Quake, Drakan: Order of the Flame, Blade of Darkness, Rune, Outcast and many, many more. More recently, I’ve enjoyed Dishonored and The Cave.
I like to let loose creatively with a variety of hobbies in my leisure time; creating my own tiny games, composing music, writing novels or scripts, and other kinds of stuff. Of course, I enjoy spending time with my family - my wife and my son.

Vladimir Kozlov
I come from Samara City Russia. My job on VoidExpanse is developing the client for the game and overall control of the code base. The game client is a piece of software that connects to the game server and actually allows people to play the game, while the server provides the connections and sends information back to the game client. As you can imagine, Dmitry and I work pretty closely together.
When I watch television, I am a fan of the Stargate series, Game of Thrones, and House M.D. For games, my favorites include Fallout, Gothic, The Elder Scolls, Need For Speed, and Operation Flashpoint.
One thing that sets me apart from my coworkers is that I am a fruit maniac! I live to eat fruits and veggies, so if you ever invite me over, make sure that is what’s for dinner.

Andrew Shevchenko
I was born in beautiful city of Odessa, Ukraine. I am the artist here at AtomicTorch, doing both the 2D graphics and 3D modeling for VoidExpanse.
As an artist, I am inspired by science fiction, fantasy, and historical books and films. Among my favorites are Alien, Terminator 2, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings. My other sources of inspiration are folk metal music, nature, and of course my kids and wife. My favorite games include Dwarf Fortress, Mount and Blade, Planescape: Torment, DayZ and many indie titles.
Sometimes I wear armor and take part in battles, castle assaults and tournaments. I play airsoft and enjoy backpacking in the mountains, and I also enjoy reading about a wide variety of science-related topics, like biology, history, paleontology, astronomy, and so on.

So, that is a little insight into our team at AtomicTorch Studio. Remember, if you are a game developer who wants to work with a great team, you can check our Jobs Page to see what positions we have available. We want to work with the best people. If that is you, please apply to be part of our team.

Some questions answered

Added on 27 February 2014 by Lurler.
I had a discussion about the game a couple of days before and there were several good question s asked. So, I thought I should also post an update with my answers and some additional details. So, here we go!

Will modding tools will be available during alpha?
Yup, modding will be possible from the day one. Actually it is technically possible even now, before the game is released. Just head to our wiki, there is some info on modding already. You won't be able to do much now, but it should come in handy once the game is available.

How buggy the game is and what is your stance on fixing the bugs during alpha?
At the moment it works flawlessly for us, both at work PC's and at home. But we will certainly encounter some bugs when people start playing. Different configurations, different hardware. But it's to be expected. So we will certainly dedicate ourselves to fixing all reported bugs ASAP.

I personally like doing civilian things in space games and I'm interested in asteroid mining. How is VoidExpanse in this regard?
Then you are just like me! :) That's what I like to do in this kind of games too. Rest assured that civilian stuff is going to be a big part of VoidExpanse. Mining for example is already quite complex with how the mining devices work. Additionally we plan a complete overhaul with even more features and complexity once we are done with more pressing things needed for alpha. But we want to keep the game simple and accessibly to anyone, while offering very deep gameplay possibilities for hardcore players.

There won't be any capital ships but what about mining barges and frigates/corvettes? Do ships have a cargo capacity?
There is already a cargo ship that can be used quite effectively for mining, but it only has two utility slots. So, I would say it's not exactly ideal for mining.
But there is also an engineering ship with higher number of utility slots, but small cargo space. So you can mine the ore, then jettison it, and then come back and pick it up with the cargo ship. Be careful though, as someone else may snatch your ore. Or you can mine with your friend. He will be hauling your ore for you! Later we will add more ships specialized for different tasks.
Also here is some information on the cargo ship I mentioned which is called - Freighter. As you can see it has two device slots that can be outfitted with mining modules.

Will there be a dynamic economy? Crafting?
Not in the early access for sure, but these are a few of the planned features. We will most likely add it during the beta phase.
Additionally to crafting we will have upgrade system where each item in the game will be upgradable to make it better in some areas. Basically you will be able to fine tune a particular piece of equipment to better suit your play style.

Will some (possibly larger) ships be able to carry a squad of fighter/mining drones?
We plan to have different drones that you will be able to put in your ship, but it won't be available for early access / alpha and will most likely be added during beta.

Skills that affect mining/trading?
Already there. A whole skill tree specifically for characters specializing in mining. You can mine using civilian miner device, but if you really want to get serious results you can advance down that path and get access to even more miner oriented equipment and abilities. Example of one miner skill is the ability to see contents of the asteroids you are mining which would be really helpful for dedicated miners.

And that is it. Thank you for reading and I hope you will find the game interesting! Stay tuned as we are very close to early access!

And please join our forums where you can discuss this post and VoidExpanse in general!

VoidExpanse Ships: Banshee

Added on 19 February 2014 by Lurler.

While we are preparing for early access here is information on another ship that will be available to you in VoidExpanse.

Banshee

Class: Light frigate.
Armor: Light armor, Light structure.
Hardpoints:

  • Small Energy (left side)
    • Rotary
    • Firing arc: 120°
    • Tracking: 200°/sec
  • Small Ballistic (right side)
    • Rotary
    • Firing arc: 100°
    • Tracking: 100°/sec

Utility slots:

  • Consumables - 1
  • Devices - 1
  • Boosters - 2

Specials:

  • Increased targeting defense.
  • Increased maneuverability.


Description: Fast, light and maneuverable interceptor type hull. Perfect ship for quick attacks and is especially useful against slow, heavy ships. But the best point - it is extremely cheap which makes it ideal as one of the starting choices.

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