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Dev Update #87: ALPHA 2 HAS ARRIVED!

By April 9, 2019Dev Updates

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re excited to finally be able to say… GEARS OF EDEN Alpha 2 is here!!! 

We’ve been working very hard for the past year to achieve this milestone! As always, we maintain our usual disclaimer: this isn’t yet Early Access; this isn’t even a demo! This is an Alpha – which means everything you see is in development and may be replaced at some point down the road. It’s really a proof of concept more than anything else at this stage, but we still hope you enjoy it!

We are extremely excited to share this release with you. Alpha 2 is the product of our blood, sweat, and tears and we simply cannot wait to see what you think. Please be aware, you will need an Alpha Key to play Gears of Eden – Alpha 2. You can get your free key on our website! Once you have your key, you can download a client from Itch.io, GameJolt, IndieDB, or now Steam as well! If you have any questions at all, feel free to stop by our Discord and let us know. We’re happy to help!

If you played our first alpha release, you might be wondering what new stuff we’ve got in store for you. Well, we don’t have time to get into all of it here, but let me give you a quick rundown. With this latest release, we’ve added: a Persistence system so you can get right back where you left off! We’ve also done a full overhaul on the UI system, fleshed out the crafting system, put in some cool Twitch integration for you streamers out there, and gave you some tools to make your time a little more comfortable. Oh, and did I mention that we have filled the asteroid with sights to see, hazards to brave, puzzles to solve and some hints at the full game’s story that we’re very excited for you to check out! And best of all? That’s not even everything! For full details, check out the changelog.

All on its own, this release has been a huge milestone for us, but there’s something else just as big. For the first time in Gears of Eden’s development, we exhibited at a convention! And not just any convention: WE WENT TO PAX EAST!!! This convention was a surreal, amazing experience for us. We went with zero expectations, but hundreds of people swarmed Gears of Eden, playing it, asking questions, hanging out, and really, just overwhelming us with a tidal wave of kindness and support. To go from feeling like your game is a dream that you toil away at night into… all of that? It’s amazing. If you were there PAX and stopped by, know that you made our entire weekend. Just, I might add, as much as everyone who has been supporting us for these past two years.

Thank you all so, so much. Never have we felt so energized and confident in our game. We could keep going with these thanks, but instead we’ll end it here. Please do give our game a shot and let us know what you think. Every bit of feedback we can get right now will help us moving forward to make Gears of Eden the best game we possibly can!

Hey Streamers! If you are on Twitch, we’d love to partner with you! Gears of Eden features 4 chat commands that your audience can use to effect you in the game: zap, turbo, luck and solar flare! Let us know if you’re interested in streaming Gears of Eden – we’d love to send some audience your way!

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