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You, are Jesse Enner; a Research Engineer aboard a vessel called Aurora, tasked with seeking new planets to colonize and develop. Explore the surface of an unknown planet, survive its harsh weather conditions and find a way home.

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Hello all,

If you've been following the Trello board for Prospect lately, you'll have noticed that I've spent a lot of time finalising features, ready for demo release. What began as a long list of things to create and implement has dwindled down to a few items, and this makes me happy.

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The alpha demo has one playable mode, Exploration. This is essentially a Survival game mode, there is no save/load feature as yet, so when you're dead; it's over.


So, what can we do in the demo? Well, quite a lot in the 60 minutes I've allocated. When you enter the landscape you're given a brief preface into the circumstance Jesse is in. You're told that you're stuck here and that you have two objectives; the first is that you must find a way to send a distress call off-world and the second is simply to survive. With this in mind, here's a list of things that you can do in the demo.

You can:

- Craft all items required to build the communication and power instruments.
- Place all deployable items once crafted.
- Link all of the above together to create a powered circuit.
- Find mineral deposits to mine, which will yield Metal Fragments so you can craft components.
- Explore the limited-scale (for now), randomly generated landscape and find a variety of objects.
- Use a drone to uncover parts of the map and interesting items and/or landmarks.
- Become immersed in a world that is ever evolving with each new update.

Controls:

- WASD to Move.
- Tab to Toggle Inventory/Map/Crafting.
- Escape to Toggle Pause.
- F to Interact when prompted.
- Mouse to Look.


Things I'm thinking about implementing, based on user feedback:

- Introducing Jog/Run, which will increase resource consumption and movement speed.

I ask you to have a go and let me know what you think; whether a feature can be improved, suggestions on new features, or even bugs. There is still a lot to be done, but this is just the beginning.

Finally, some other news. Prospect will become available on Desura at some point in the near future, there are a few things I need to do to get it there, but with your support anything is possible.

Thanks for reading, lethal_d0se.

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GrindCrushLLC
GrindCrushLLC

I had fun (downloaded this one first so I can see the changes in the next version).

I found the recon drone and started a search pattern using my map and the drone. I spent about half hour (lunch break) searching 8 map tiles. Found a bunch of stuff. Mostly just collected. Didn't try any crafting yet. I put a mining unit on a mineral deposit and linked it to my suit so I could see its status. It went red so I went and collected all the goods and re-activated it.

Good start. A nice core set of systems starting to work with each other. I enjoyed myself already and look forward to the next version.

Good luck!

**EDIT:
Quick thought, maybe put the version number on the gameplay screen so when people make videos, it is obvious what version they're playing.

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udk_lethal_d0se Author
udk_lethal_d0se

Hey,

I'm glad you enjoyed your time playing the demo. Thank you for the feedback and suggestion.

(Sorry for the late reply, IndieDB doesn't seem to notify of comments).

- lethal_d0se

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