Dean Hall announces Stationeers, yet another new sci-fi sandbox

    
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Remember back when DayZ creator Dean Hall was building ambitious sci-fi full-scale sandbox MMO Ion, inspired by EVE Online and Space Station 13? Remember a few weeks ago when it came out that it’s probably a dead game since, y’know, no one is actually working on it and everyone involved is giving weirdly vague statements about its status?

OK. Now fast-forward a couple of weeks to EGX Rezzed in London, where Hall is apparently in the midst of demoing yet another new space game inspired by Space Station 13. It’s called Stationeers, and Hall really doesn’t want people to think it’s Ion, even though it plainly has quite a bit of Ion in it.

“Inspired by the beloved Space Station 13, Stationeers puts you in control of the construction and management of a space station either by yourself in single-player, or online with your friends. Complex systems around atmospherics, power generation, medical, agriculture, food, and gravity require your thought and management at all times.”

The weird bit is that although Hall seemed to imply Ion was dead in the water a few weeks ago, in this Eurogamer interview he seems to be saying just the opposite, or at least that some portion of his big-vision games continues on.

“We don’t want people to turn up and think [Stationeers is] a first-person, hardcore shooter, 3000 player game because that’s not what it is. It’s a hardcore, niche game in an area I’ve been interested in for a decade. We’re working on big, crazy stuff at the studio as well – this is not it.”

The only thing I know for sure anymore is that Dean Hall really likes Space Station 13.

Source: Eurogamer
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mysecretid

The art style puts me off. I’ve never been a fan of that “toyland” pseudo-LEGO look in games.

I know that’s just me, but there you have it.

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CloakingDonkey .

WATCH OUT EVERYONE! I have reliable information that this man is indeed a grenade!

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ihatevnecks

Dean did an AMA yesterday and addressed some of the comments that have come up here about things like DayZ, Ion etc. In short, the Eurogamer quote above isn’t about Ion, as that one’s definitely canceled; his studio is 45+ people strong right now, hiring for 100 by end of year. They’ve put out one game with some minor DLC, have shown at least one other (an offshoot/sequel) currently being worked on.

I’m Dean Hall, I love SS13 and my latest inspiration attempt is Stationeers… AMA from SS13

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Vorender

Dean “30% done” Hall is at it again folks! Go climb another mountain, kid. I ain’t buyin’.

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Robert Mann

Dean Hall news: “Another soon to be abandoned project with recycled assets from years ago was started this year, enhancing the longest streak of annual announcements of such projects…”

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DeadlyAccurate

Show me you can actually finish a game, and I’ll look at it. But if you give up right when it gets really difficult (and it will always get really difficult), then don’t be surprised by your bad reputation.

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silverlock

I don’t normally say this but call me when it’s released.

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Crow
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What the shit is this?! How in the world am I only now finding out about this?! I must be more oblivious than usual. This looks awesome.

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Greaterdivinity

A team of experienced devs? Realistic funding goals? Solid looking design and an interesting take on space combat? A project that’s already pretty far along and isn’t asking for a ridiculous amount of money?

WHY HAVE I NOT HEARD OF THIS YET?! I need to look into it more later today to see if I feel comfortable enough throwing money at them, but this looks great so far.

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Crow

I tipped MOP about it. They didn’t run a story.

I’m trying to determine if the math works to Crowfall-esque force a funding via targeted adverts. I’m becoming depressed that I don’t think it works any way you run the math.

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Christopher Allcock

So… Space Engineers with a Minecraft skin?

Considering he left DayZ, to go make Ion, then for ‘some reason’ that game failed to go past the E3 trailer.. I kinda have doubts this will launch past the early access, because it be fair now PR wise Dean’s name is almost mud.

He should have just not announced anything, released a full product and shown us he’s ACTUALLY a developer not just ‘an ideas guy’ would can’t commit to finish a product

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Boom

Smoking 50’s clearly isnt good for you