Dean Hall is back, back again, with a new game, new game. Stationeers is his and RocketWerkz’s somewhat-teased addition to a back catalogue that includes DayZ, the now-cancelled Ion and the VR-based Out of Ammo. It’s a space station management game that looks a little like Minecraft and plays a little like Space Station 13.
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It’s coming to PC via Steam Early Access soon, though no data or price is given in Eurogamer’s announcement post. It’s playable at their indie-ish show Rezzed, however, so it can’t be too far off. Here’s the official description:
“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.”
Hall says he doesn’t know how well it’s going to sell, though probably “at least 20,000 units,” but that it’s a game he’s been interested in making “for a decade.” It is not RocketWerkz’s huge, multiplayer project that’s been previously teased, with only six of the 40 employees at the company working on it.
As far as doing Early Access again, Hall says he didn’t think he would after DayZ, but talking to other developers who’ve done well on Steam’s sold-beta platform – like Rimworld developer Tynan Sylverster and Kerbal Space Program’s Felipe Falanghe – helped convince him. He says the community aspect is what he’s after, and that the early days of his most famous mod are the feels he’s looking for.