Dev Diary #08: Steam Early Access release by end of year

The latest Dev Diary by 5LS is up! Weapons, effects and environments are all looking good. There is also some information regarding release plans: We are looking at a Steam Early Access release by end of the year, and alpha and beta releases before that!

Dev Diary #07: Code update

The latest dev diary is here, and it is packed with information about the coding side of the game development. read it here.

Survey e-mails not gone out yet

There’s a thread on the forum where people are wondering whether the survey e-mail (asking backers about their preferred delivery platform, shirt size, name for NPC) have gone out yet. This thread got a reply by 5LS teammember Mitch recently, who had the following to say:

Hey everyone. To clarify, no, you haven’t missed out on any of the surveys, none have been sent out as of yet. We’re all so focused on development that it’s easy to get behind on updates. As Andy suggested, we don’t presently have a dedicated community manager, just the five of us all making the game, so it’s a balancing act between developing the game and getting emails and updates out.

We’ll hopefully be able to get updates and surveys out more readily as things progress. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you! :)

Crowdsourcing interview with Brent Waller

Radio New Zealand has an interview up with Brent Waller, member of the 5 Lives Studios team behind Satellite Reign. The interview is mostly about Brent’s LEGO set, but it also discusses crowdfunding in general and Satellite Reign is mentioned. Listen to the interview here.

Dev Diary #06: video preview!

Another dev diary is here, this time it’s a video preview!

Looking excellent so far!

Dev Diary #05 is out: 5LS wrapping up pre-production

Read the newest dev diary here. Lots of good stuff.

Brent Waller side project: Ghostbusters LEGO

Brent Waller, environment artist on the 5LS team, does some amazing LEGO designs as a side project. One of his creations, a Ghostbusters design, has now been selected by LEGO to be made into an actual mass-produced LEGO set that you will be able to buy in a store. Great job, Brent!

Red Star faction too clicheé?

There is an ongoing discussion on the forums about the Red Star faction (read more about it in the latest Dev Diary), specifically about its name. A user by the name iferry says that he is Russian himself and that he finds the name too clicheé.

It seems indeed a bit strange to have ‘Soviet Russia themed’ faction in the game, as the struggle between futuristic mega-corporations that serves as background for the game appears to be an extreme vision of a capitalist, not communist system.

On the other hand, you need to look no further than modern day China to see how a society can present itself as being communist on the outside, but actually be capitalist on the inside.

Satellite Reign expected to go into full production early 2014

There is a thread about the Release Timeline over on the forums, and Chris posted this in it:

We have a a loose schedule atm as we are still in pre production. We expect to go into full production early next year and should be able to give everyone a bit more of an idea of the structure of our schedule :)
- chris

Dev Diary #4

Head over to the official Satellite Reign website to read the latest dev diary. It includes a confirmation of the latest stretch goal reached, concept art for buildings, and information about the Red Star and Eternals factions.

Also, the backer forum is now up.