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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4 comments by GoldhawkInteractive on Sep 19th, 2013

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!

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DarkMajor21 Jun 1 2013, 5:38pm says:

So this does not work on XP?

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hwholic Jun 1 2013, 10:29pm replied:

I have a XP SP3 system and the game works well. There's no problem with this OS.

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DarkMajor21 Jun 1 2013, 10:57pm replied:

Okay sweet thanks. I was wondering because it said in the minimum requirements, that Vista SP2 was the minimum.

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GoldhawkInteractive Creator
GoldhawkInteractive Jun 1 2013, 11:41am says:

Yes, the Desura version will continue to be updated. You can use this instead of Steam if you want.

I don't know why the standalone file is malfunctioning but there's an updated one awaiting authorisation anyway, which is a much more stable version. Best to wait for that!

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rickneven Jun 1 2013, 12:16pm replied:


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EdCarnby Jun 1 2013, 7:19am says:

Fix the windows link!

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Schwarzbart Jun 1 2013, 1:47am says:

@GoldhawkInteractive I hope you continue to suport the Desura Version even after you got on Steam.
It would be kind of bad if you cut of the people preordered here at Desura from things like Expansions, DLCs or even just updates.

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GoldhawkInteractive Creator
GoldhawkInteractive May 31 2013, 9:37pm says:

Steam keys are now available if you have a Desura key. If you want to claim yours, then go to this link: Secure.desura.com

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Simoun May 31 2013, 11:40am says:

The link to the windows download is down (404...)

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kycol May 31 2013, 6:44pm replied:

Can't seem to download it as well.

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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, 1:58pm by Pangaron

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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, 5:51am by Unwanted

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