It has been a rather quiet summer for the survival sandbox Steam Hammer. There haven’t been any patches since early June, and even those were rather small affairs. Some players on Steam have even taken to calling it “abandonware” and urging the developers to sell or release the code to a studio that could do something with it. The forums look equally abandoned and do not indicate an active and involved development team.
However, we are starting to see some traction for this steampunk title. First of all, the game’s currently 50% off on Steam, allowing interested fans to pick up this early access title for $10.
Second, the team issued a short statement on Twitter Monday promising that there would be an update for the game on August 31st. So is it premature to call this game dead and cooked? Let’s hope not for its sake.
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This week we have stories and videos from Splatoon 2, Hellion, Epocylipse, Logres, Steam Hammer, HEX, Ingress, Mabinogi Heroes, Pox Nora, and Heroes and Generals, all waiting for you after the break!
We’d never heard of Big Way Games’ Steam Hammer before last week’s debut on Steam’s early access platform: It’s a multiplayer sandbox survival game (64 players to a shard) built around making steampunks fight dieselpunks. Reviewers thus far have likened it to Wurm Online and Life is Feudal, and several have complained about the lack of female characters, but surely that’s just a matter of time and patches. The most recent patches, in fact, have made some big balance and QOL changes already, including doubling gathering speed and increasing both spawns and gathering materials.
The game raised over $50,000 from crowdfunders last year, though it was in development a year or two before that. Possibly the most shocking thing about it is that it’s actually delivering on schedule — its Kickstarter promised a May 2017 alpha, and here we are.
The game is not to be confused with SteamHammerVR, a virtual reality game also in access on Steam. The full launch is expected at the end of 2017; early access will set you back $26.99 as of press time. Want to see it in action? We got an early look over the weekend!
If you’ve been dying for a survival steampunk game (or hopefully living for one!), Steam Hammer is here for you. Early Access just started yesterday, and Massively OP’s MJ is diving in to see how long she can last in the industrialized world. The best part: She can build an airship! Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for a very first look into the mechanized workings of…
What: Steam Hammer
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Enjoy the show!
For those craving more Telsa coils and calculation engines than swords and spells, there’s the brand-new Steam Hammer that’s coming to Steam early access on Friday, May 12th.
Players begin by crash-landing their airship on an island in an industrial revolution-level world. Faced with rebuilding their society and technology, the community will craft their own weapons, buildings, and airships from materials around the island. It won’t be a cakewalk, due to the inherent conflict between the two factions vying for power.
Steam Hammer is a 64-player survival sandbox with lots of steampunk gadgets and weapons, including chain swords, airships, motorcycles, alchemistry, and Telsa generators. Also, there are turkey farms, because it isn’t just about nonstop killing.The game just had a wipe of its global servers two days ago to prepare for its big moment on Steam. In preparation for the early access release, you can check out the trailer after the break.