Osiris: New Dawn is an open world sci-fi survival video game developed by Fenix Fire and published by Reverb Triple XP. It was released onto Steam's early access program in September 2016, and is scheduled to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Osiris: New Dawn
Osiris New Dawn Logo.jpg
Developer(s)Fenix Fire Entertainment
Publisher(s)Reverb Triple XP
EngineUnity
Platform(s)
Genre(s)Survival
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Gameplay and plotEdit

 
Screenshot of the shooting mechanics

Osiris: New Dawn is an open world Sci-fi Survival set in the year 2078, during which humans are starting to venture into interstellar travel. The player is sent to the Gliese 581 planetary system by the United Nations of Earth (U.N.E.) as a member of the second colonization team with the task of studying the planets for habitability.[1] During the journey, the spacecraft malfunctions because of the light speed travel and consequently crashes onto a deserted planet, which becomes the player's starting destination.[2] In order to survive, the player must build a base while trying to overcome the harsh, unpredictable conditions.[3]

The game features both single-player and multiplayer gameplay in an open world environment. The game's single-player campaign can be played offline as well. To aid navigation in the early parts of the game, players start with jet boots, along with other items.[4]

DevelopmentEdit

Pre-releaseEdit

Osiris: New Dawn was developed by Fenix Fire Entertainment, a two-man team. Development started five years before it was first shown at the 2016 PAX West convention, where a single-player demo was presented.[5] Fenix Fire's lead developer, Brian McRae, mentioned in an interview that instead of setting out with the desire to make a survival game, he started by addressing the setting. He took inspiration from many science fiction movies, including Prometheus (2012), Gravity (2013), and The Martian (2015). McRae said he hates survival games.[6] The team's first priority was to make the player feel immersed in the game's environment. McRae said he wanted the player to feel "pushed and inspired by the [survival] systems", and referenced The Martian when he said players will have to "Matt Damon yourself out of it".[6] When Osiris: New Dawn was compared to No Man's Sky, one of the developers said that unlike No Man's Sky, which was criticized by many for not living up to promises,[7] they "want people to know what they’re getting".[8]

It’s amazing to finally bring our passion project to gamers everywhere who share our fascination with near-future space exploration, what started as a simple idea has blossomed into a gaming experience far beyond what we thought was possible, surprising even ourselves and driving us to be more and more ambitious with what is possible in Osiris: New Dawn.

Brain McRae, one of the developers[9]

The game was published by Reverb Triple XP, an initiative of Reverb Communications. Reverb also represents Ark: Survival Evolved, another survival video game. The developers said Reverb helped with the crafting elements of the game.[5] The developers mentioned they were from a "Nintendo background", and said they liked the ease of use in Nintendo games and how people were able to "just jump right in and everything is intuitive".[5] McRae said it was an amazing feeling being able to share the game with people who shared their "fascination with near-future space exploration".[9]

On September 16, 2016, it was announced that Osiris: New Dawn was going to be released onto the Steam Early Access program.[10] It was released on September 28, 2016,[9] and the developers have plans to release the full version sometime in 2017, along with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.[11][12][13]

Early access releaseEdit

The game was released onto Steam's early access program on September 28, 2016, accompanied by a new trailer.[14] When it was released, the developers were still working on refining and broadening the gameplay.[15] In a press release, Brian McRae said the game's release was the "very beginning of this epic journey",[3] and noted their plans to continue to update and expand the game based on player's feedback.[3] Since the initial Early Access release, many features have been added to the game, including craftable spaceships.[16] One of the biggest additions to the game during early access so far was the "Prometheus II Unearthed" update, which was released on April 27, 2017. The update added a large amount of new content, including more explorable areas, more weapons, and more enemies.[17] In March, McRae told PC Gamer that around 85% of the content suggested by the community had not yet been added to the game.[16] He mentioned plans to add the ability to build "complex space stations" and possibly being able to build biospheres on the spacestation allowing players to grow food.[16]

ReceptionEdit

While in Early Access, Osiris: New Dawn was awarded the "PAX West Best Survival Game" from MMOGames and the "PAX West Best Indie MMO" from MMORPG.[18] While the game was in early access, it received mixed reviews from critics.[19][20][21] On the day it was launched on Steam, the game rose to the top of the current best sellers.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Osiris: New Dawn on Steam". Steam. Valve. Archived from the original on September 18, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Lemon, Marshall (September 17, 2016). "Osiris: New Dawn looks like No Man's Sky mixed with Ark: Survival Evolved". VG247. Archived from the original on September 18, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
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  4. ^ Shoemaker, Richie (October 17, 2016). "Osiris: New Dawn breaks through, but will it survive Early Access?". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Hall, Charlie (September 16, 2016). "Multiplayer survival game Osiris: New Dawn may be Steam's next breakout hit". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on September 17, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Davenport, James (September 8, 2016). "A developer who hates survival games is making a survival game". PC Gamer. Future plc. Archived from the original on September 17, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Kuchera, Ben (September 16, 2016). "No Man's Sky was a PR disaster wrapped in huge sales". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  8. ^ Kozanitis, James (September 7, 2016). "We Are NOT No Man's Sky: Dual Universe and Osiris: New Dawn". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on September 17, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
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  10. ^ George, Luke (September 16, 2016). "Space Survival Game Osiris: New Dawn is Thrusting onto Steam Early Access". Hardcore Gamer. Archived from the original on September 17, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  11. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions - Osiris: New Dawn". Fenix Fire Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  12. ^ Medina, Nathalie (September 28, 2016). "'Osiris: New Dawn' Indie Space Survival MMO Launches On Steam Early Access Sept. 28". IDigitalTimes. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  13. ^ Lemon, Marshall (October 1, 2016). "Osiris: New Dawn announced for PS4 and Xbox One". VG247. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  14. ^ Lemon, Marshall (September 28, 2016). "Osiris: New Dawn launches into early access with fantastic new trailer". VG247. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  15. ^ Estrada, Marcus (September 28, 2016). "Colonize Space with Friends in Osiris: New Dawn". Hardcore Gamer. Archived from the original on September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  16. ^ a b c Livingston, Chris (March 14, 2017). "Osiris: New Dawn dev estimates 85% of player feedback is making it into the roadmap". PC Gamer. Future plc. Archived from the original on May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  17. ^ "Osiris: New Dawn "Prometheus II Unearthed" Update Coming April 27". Gamasutra (Press release). April 25, 2017. Archived from the original on May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  18. ^ "OSIRIS: NEW DAWN REVEALS THE MAGNIFICENT TERROR OF SPACE SURVIVAL ON SEPTEMBER 28". Gamasutra (Press release). September 15, 2016. Archived from the original on September 17, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  19. ^ Furniss, Zack. "My first life (or ten minutes) as an astronaut in Osiris: New Dawn". Destructoid. Archived from the original on September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  20. ^ Alexandra, Heather (October 12, 2016). "Despite Hype, Osiris: New Dawn Is Not The Perfect Space Sim Yet". Kotaku. Gizmodo Media Group. Archived from the original on October 13, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  21. ^ Caldwell, Brendan (October 3, 2016). "Premature Evaluation – Osiris: New Dawn". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Archived from the original on October 13, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  22. ^ Devore, Jordan (September 28, 2016). "Space-faring survival game Osiris: New Dawn tops the Steam charts". Destructoid. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.

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