Astroneer Graduates from Early Access Next Week

After two years in Early Access and the Xbox Game Preview program, Astroneer is ready to hit primetime. The team at System Era Softworks announced recently that their “aerospace exploration fantasy” will get a proper 1.0 release and exit Early Access in early February.

Astroneer is an indie game that looks as though it could be described as the love child of titles like Minecraft and No Man’s Sky. As an Astroneer, you’ll set out to explore various procedurally generated planets. While you adventure across their landscapes, you’ll find yourself able to reshape the planet’s terrain as you wish.

Upon scouring the various planets, System Era Softworks teases that you can acquire resources allowing for you and your fellow Astroneers “to build custom bases above or below ground, create vehicles to explore a vast solar system, and use terrain to create anything they can imagine.” If you watch the trailer above, you’ll see how the Astroneers are able to modify the environment into their own personal playground.

Cooperation is encouraged in Astroneer. The game is playable in groups of four online, with drop-in and drop-out allowed at any time without affecting the others in your party. System Era Softworks also confirmed that the title will incorporate cross-platform support between the PC and Xbox One audiences.

Within February’s Astroneer 1.0 launch, the developers will be introducing seven new planets to explore, a slew of new customization options, and the aforementioned cross-platform support. This all debuts for PC and Xbox One on Wednesday, February 6th. The title costs $29.99 on both platforms.

If you’ve been along for the Astroneer ride over the last couple of years, it looks like the future is brighter than ever for this promising planetary adventure. Or, if this is your first introduction to the game, with 1.0 looming there certainly hasn’t been a better time to jump in.

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