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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LazyGuysStudio May 30 2013, 8:51am says:

Great one guys, we gotta try it. Good luck :)

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jk4 May 25 2013, 2:56pm says:

Desura quits without any message when I try to install Xenonauts. I have a 64-bit Linux.

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Ragespy May 22 2013, 6:05am says:

Hey, I'm having a problem. I reinstall Xenonauts. It installs fine. When I launch/play, it crashes immediately. Is there any workaround to this? I've tried multiple installs. It hasn't worked on any of those. /:


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Sathra May 22 2013, 7:32am replied:

Its the launcher video crashing. You can update your video codecs (so for Win7, get the win7 codec pack online, etc), or download the launcherfix.bat from the forums.

Later builds (18.51) will have the video disabled by default.

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Ragespy May 22 2013, 7:56am replied:

Thank you so much, Sathra. :) Was getting so frustrated.

Edit: The link for Zenonauts Premium Alpha Beta Candidate 4, isn't working for me.
I'll reinstall from whatever shows up in my games list, and then download those codecs. :]

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Sathra May 22 2013, 9:15am replied:

New one should be authorised in a day or so, if you can wait :P

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Ragespy May 22 2013, 5:47pm replied:

I got it working. I'll just update it when the new build is available. :D Thanks again!

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Stuff0815 Apr 28 2013, 3:00am says:

When will it finally be out?
When I bought it, the plan was close to XCOM. Or is there another XCOM planned and only then ready? :-/

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Belmakor May 13 2013, 1:20pm replied:

Based on the current builds progress I would speculate that it will be finished before August. I can't see much more content beyond the new GUI and number of maps being released after June - which means June will be a solid month of balancing and July will be final polishing. (Speculation all of it)

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Xerberus86 Apr 29 2013, 4:31pm replied:

as far as i'm following the official xenonauts forum their actually preparing the v18 build(s) to be viable for steam as an beta build und after that they work on the final version.

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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.

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