New Update for Astroneer Adds Jetpacks

System Era Softworks has released a new update for their sandbox exploration game, Astroneer.

The Exploration Update adds a variety of new items and quality of life enhancements, in particular several types of jetpacks. You can read more here, and watch a trailer above.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

Explore and reshape distant worlds! Astroneer is set during the 25th century Intergalactic Age of Discovery, where Astroneers explore the frontiers of outer space, risking their lives in harsh environments to unearth rare discoveries and unlock the mysteries of the universe.

In this space sandbox adventure, players can work together 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. A player’s creativity and ingenuity are the key to thriving on exciting planetary adventures! In Astroneer you can:

Key Features:

  • Reshape the ground under your feet as though it were made of clay – In Astroneer, players use their deform tool to dig, collect, shape and build anything they wish. Use this ability to dig to the center of the planet, build a ramp into the sky, or make megaliths just by using terrain!
  • Survive on and explore carefully crafted planets that can be entirely deformed and traversed – Our vast solar system includes 7 wondrous planets that players can travel between and explore every inch of, from the entire spherical surface, through treacherous layers of caves, all the way down to mysterious the core. Each of those planets has unique and challenging surface and cave biomes that offer a multitude of challenges for players on their journey.
  • Snap together components and objects to build bases and vehicles – Items that Astroneers craft and find in the world can all be snapped and connected together to create unique creations for any situation. Customize and decorate your bases, vehicles, and Astroneer.
  • Play with friends in 4 player online drop-in/drop-out co-op – Astroneer is better with friends. Group up with other players and work together to create massive industrial bases or to create fun games in the extensive creative sandbox.
  • Discover and uncover the mysteries of the solar system – Once Astroneers are ready, they may choose to attempt to understand and possibly harness the power behind mysterious structures found in the world.

Astroneer is available on Windows PC (via Steam) and Xbox One, with a PS4 port coming November 15th. You can read our review of the game here.

Frank Streva


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