Indie studio Boxelware has released their co-op space sandbox title Avorion into Steam Early Access. Fight epic space battles, explore, mine, trade, wage wars and build your own empire to save your galaxy from being torn apart by an unknown enemy. Avorion is a sandbox game that takes the game feel of classics like the X games and Freelancer, throws in co-op multiplayer and lets you build your own space ships.
All ships are made of freely scalable blocks and can be procedurally generated, leading to infinite and sometimes hilarious alien ship shapes. Thanks to the block structure, ships break into pieces where they’re hit during space fights. Blow off your enemies’ engines or weapon systems! Avorion focuses on combat, exploration, actually flying your ship and experiencing the galaxy. Ship building is easy and less micro-intensive, so you’re not forced to spend hours just to get a flying ship. Players can pilot every craft they own, including stations and fighters.
A few hundred years ago, an unknown cataclysmic event spawned unsurmountable rifts of torn hyperspace fabric and nearly ripped the galaxy apart. Since then, the center of the galaxy has been cut off from the rest of the galaxy, and a mysterious alien race has established a foothold in the core of the galaxy. Grab a few friends, fight bosses, find a way to overcome the barrier to the center of the galaxy and save it from being destroyed.
Lead developer and founder of the game Konstantin Kronfeldner spoke about the release, saying:
“We’re proud to have come such a long way. I have been working on Avorion alone for over four years. After the Greenlight campaign a collegue from uni joined me and we managed to successfully fund a Kickstarter in May 2016. Since then we have been working hard to make Avorion a unique experience, with still a lot more to come. We and Avorion are still only at the beginning of our journey.”