Xenonauts is a PC strategy game due for release in 2013. It is a spiritual successor to the classic X-Com strategy games, putting the player in control of an organisation defending the world from an alien invasion. It is a grand strategy game that involves building and managing bases across the entire planet, controlling jet fighters and ground troops in battle against the alien forces, then researching captured extraterrestrial technology to unlock their secrets! Linux version uses WINE.

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V19 Stable Released!

2 years ago News 4 comments

It's time for another update from the team busily working on Xenonauts! We have recently released V19 Stable of the game and have finished the process of porting the updates over to Mac and Linux uploading the game to Steam / Desura / Humble Store. These are all uploaded and should be authorised in the next 24 hours if they are not already available for download.

The first thing to mention is that there was previously an error with our Desura version that meant people had to claim a Steam key and enter that before they could play on Desura. This should now be fixed, and we apologise for this.

V19 Stable is basically three months of changes to the game rolled into a single large patch that has had much more testing than our usual updates, and should therefore be fairly stable (though it is still in beta and will not be completely bug-free).This is a brief summary of the improvements made in V19 over V18:

  • Vastly improved game balance
  • Dramatically improved AI
  • Alien Base missions fully functional
  • All research descriptions written and edited
  • Various visual updates like a new world map, many more painted ground tiles, etc
  • Lots and lots of bugfixes

That only covers the changes at a very high level; the full changelog can be found here in a (very long) forum post. Things like balance and the AI are still being worked on, and there are still missing art assets that have not yet been completed. However V19 was the first time someone sat down and worked on balance for several weeks and the result is something that feels much more like a "game" than it has before. It's still a bit rough around the edges, perhaps, but you can see the final shape starting to emerge.

We are presently working on V20. We are planning this to be the last update to the game that will include new features, and will be where we integrate the new interface, add all the maps, finish the AI, fix some problems with the game accuracy model etc. If all goes to plan, anything after V20 will simply be bugfixing and final balancing on the existing systems.

We are hoping to get the game by the end of the year. This is by no means a firm commitment, but it is the internal deadline we're working towards. The game has come together well over the past three months and if progress continues at this pace then completing the game in another three months is feasible provided nothing major goes wrong.

Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered the game already, as there is no way we would have been able to get the game to the standard that it is currently at without your help!

Xenonauts Steam Launch & Beta

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2 years ago News 7 comments

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Xenonauts January Progress Update

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2 years ago News 8 comments

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November Progress Update & Base Tile Pics!

November Progress Update & Base Tile Pics!

3 years ago News 17 comments

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3 years ago News 12 comments

A quick explanation of our (hopefully) short journey to beta!

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Guest Nov 27 2014 says:


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Overcow Jan 4 2014 says:

When will v20 OSX be uploaded to Desura? Steam is not working for me at the moment.

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bononcinid Oct 30 2013 says:

When will the OS X version on Steam be available? I ask because I used my Steam key to associate the game with my account. It said it was successful but the games doesn't show up in my library at all. If I go to the game's Steam store page it says I already own the game but still nothing in my library indicates I own the game. Can anyone explain what is going on or how I might fix it? Will the game just show up once it is released on Steam for OS X?

I know this isn't because it is a Windows only game on Steam right now. I have tons of Windows games associated with my Steam account and they all show up in my library and I have never had a problem with games not showing up when they are meant for a different platform. Steam is my main gaming environment and I will definitely want to play Xenonauts with Steam when its ready. I'm just worried something went wrong and I just wasted my key.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

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mephi87 Nov 12 2013 replied:

Did it work after you restarted your Steam? That usually fixes this kind of problems.

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jmcewan Oct 5 2013 says:

Bought this game a few days ago and I'm unable to download it. It keeps getting corrupted whenever it is anywhere around 70-96% completed. I tried reaching out to Desura, I got an email asking if I used the direct download method or the client. After I answered "direct download" I've yet to receive an answer. Have this happened to anyone? Think I just want my $20 back at this point.

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lemon-rev Oct 27 2013 replied:

Desura.com login , search the game once you have loged in , click on it,
then it should allow you to download the individual file you need with .zip at the end. try this.

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dt_wojslaw Sep 8 2013 says:

When v19 will be available on Desura ?

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Pucokue Sep 4 2013 says:

I would activate the Steam key, but I fear the game will automatically launch from Steam once I do - when I don't want to use Steam.

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smurfinaus Jun 30 2013 says:

This game worked on Desura previously for me, before steamkey was issued to me.Now it asks for steam key to be added before i launch .Has this game become non drm free now?.

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Omegakill Jun 9 2013 says:

Just waiting for you guys to include the final mission before I buy this on steam, any idea's on when that will be roughly? Good luck with the rest of the development.

Also what are you plans after Xenonaughts? Another game? Expanded content?

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Highest Rated (34 agree) 10/10

F*****g buy it people!

This is why I love indie games, this is what I wanted since X-Com: Terror From The Deep, as this is rightful heir of its throne.

Nov 11 2011 by Pangaron

Lowest Rated (23 agree) 1/10

Only in early alpha many, many bugs. You won't get to play long before you experience a crash or freeze.
Give it a year or two, then take another look.

Nov 7 2011 by Unwanted

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