Astroneer isn’t an MMO, but it might scratch your co-op PvE sandbox itch

If you’ve had a hankering for a multiplayer survival sandbox but want something more elegant than the typical gritty murderfests on offer, take a look at Astroneer. Developer System Era Softworks dubs it “a game of aerospace industry and interplanetary exploration,” and it does include a multiplayer co-op mode, terraforming, vehicles, trade, and crafting.

“Explore and reshape distant worlds! Astroneer is set during a 25th century gold rush where players must explore the frontiers of outer space, risking their lives in harsh environments for the chance of striking it rich. On this adventure, a player’s most useful tool is their ability to shape their world, altering the terrain and extracting valuable resources from planets, and moons. Resources can be traded or crafted into new tools, vehicles, and modules to create everything from massive industrial bases to mobile rover bases.”

The game landed in Steam’s early access program last Christmas but has been steadily patching up; its most recent update is focused on turning the recent overhaul of Astroneer’s research system to make it genuinely fun. It’s still considered in pre-alpha and is currently priced at $19.99, so it’s very much an early access you may want to just add to your wishlist for now. Take a peek at the assets below.

Source: Steam
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My bf and I both played and enjoyed this a couple months ago. The feature set at the time was still a little light, but what was there was fun and well put together over all. Still needs to be fleshed out, but I’m hopeful that it’ll mature into something worth putting a bunch more time into.


Astroneer is one of the very few games I actually come back to every now and then. The gameplay loop is fun enough, at least for a few hours. I can’t wait till they have this game fleshed out a bit more, with a lot of more content and MUCH MORE gameplay polish.

Even though the improved performance and vehicle experience is much better, its still got a long way to go before I would consider it good enough. I actually played for a few hours this morning and the fps still gets reduced by about 60-70% after ~4 hours of gameplay. The vehicle performance is pretty decent nowdays at the start of the game, as your fps declines during gameplay however, so does the vehicle performance. It’s just not fun at all past this point. That is about the length of the gameplay loop though so a somewhat natural stopping point there.


Seen a few streams of this and it does look fun but it is yet another early access game so its another game I won’t be touching till launch.


The game is incredible fun although I have not played co-op yet


I love me some Scifi sandbox. I bought Astroneer a month or so ago. Some fun exploration game play incentivized by character ability/technology advancement. Not too buggy for me, they are still making major changes to systems which can cause large changes in gameplay, but the one time they made a bad change when I was playing they worked quickly to change it. Currently a little short for my tastes but I assume they will keep expanding.


Already so many LPs for it in Youtube, looks like a game you see all over Youtube for the next year or two, i’ll buy the game when they release it, i’ll wait.