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Space sim 'Helium Rain' has left Early Access, code is open source

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Helium Rain, the space simulation and strategy game from Deimos Games has left Early Access as a rather impressive game.

I really love what they did with it too, while you can purchase the game to support the developer, the source code is also available under an open source license on GitHub.

About the game:

Helium Rain is a single-player space simulation that places you at the helm of a spacefaring company. Trade resources, buy ships and stations to fulfill contracts ! Dock at stations to buy and sell you wares or upgrade your ship, upgrade your technology to be more efficient and militarize your fleet to prevent piracy. 

You will need to master both real-time action and long-term strategy: destroying a freighter has a direct impact on the economy, while declaring war will make your spaceflight environment slightly more hostile...

It has a very clean style to the interface, as well as some pretty breathtaking visuals around some of the planets, the spaceship design is also pretty sweet. Well worth a look.

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It's not a story-based game, so it's more for those of you who like to go your own way, explore, trade and destroy. Due to how everything works, it's much more of a simulation game than some space sims out there and it really is impressive. I think it's a big shame it's been so completely overlooked elsewhere.

Feature Highlight:

  • Realistic economy model with supply and demand
  • Strategy gameplay with procedural quests, world exploration, technology upgrades
  • 13 playable ships with weapon and engine upgrades
  • Fast-paced combat with a Newtonian flight model
  • Localized damage model for spacecrafts
  • Quick-play skirmish mode

Find it on Steam.

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MayeulC 12 October 2018 at 1:18 pm UTC
Stranger
daishordIt looks great and I like the setting. Time for a new computer, I fear...

And is it possible to support the devs without paying a Steam tax? Just when there are real alternatives to buy PCs without the MS tax.
Hi ! We're working on a Itch.io release, and we've also been in contact with GOG. We'll have more on this in a few days, right now Steam is the way to go.

My favourite way of buying stuff is when a game is offered as a Steam *and* a GOG key on the humble store... Best of both worlds, from a consumer perspective

QuoteNewtonian flight model


I've been eying this one for a while... Time to buy? I have no time to play, though :/


Last edited by MayeulC at 12 October 2018 at 2:04 pm UTC
Kyrottimus 12 October 2018 at 2:00 pm UTC
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall somewhere that the development of this game was either mostly or fully done in Linux? I remember seeing something about how Blender in Linux was the main 3D modeling program used for Helium Rain. Maybe compiled/debugged too?

If that's the case, I 'd say it's doubly important to [financially] support the dev. We need more of this.


Last edited by Kyrottimus at 12 October 2018 at 2:01 pm UTC
Stranger 12 October 2018 at 2:04 pm UTC
KyrottimusCorrect me if I'm wrong, but I recall somewhere that the development of this game was either mostly or fully done in Linux? I remember seeing something about how Blender in Linux was the main 3D modeling program used for Helium Rain. Maybe compiled/debugged too?

If that's the case, I 'd say it's doubly important to [financially] support the dev. We need more of this.
Most of the gameplay code was developed under Linux, that's correct. And you're also correct that we use Blender as a modeling software and video editor, it's a pretty amazing tool !

We've just released on itch.io too, per popular request !


Last edited by Stranger at 12 October 2018 at 2:14 pm UTC
mcphail 12 October 2018 at 2:24 pm UTC
I bought this in the early access phase to support the developers with their Linux/blender workflow. I'm looking forward to trying the finished product!
Mountain Man 12 October 2018 at 3:14 pm UTC
liamdawe
Mountain ManI assume this is one of those cases where even though the source code is in the public domain, it's not possible to simply get the game for free?

Edit: Yep, just checked the GitHub page, and they make it clear that what's available in the repository is not actually the whole game but only select portions of code as a resource for other developers who are interested in learning the Unreal Engine.
The games source code is there, but the assets are not. Similar to how a lot of developers do it, so that they earn money still while allowing others to use the code.
Yes. I don't have a problem with that. I was just looking for clarification.
Chuckaluphagus 12 October 2018 at 3:16 pm UTC
I've been reading the coverage of Helium Rain here on GoL. I'm a sucker for a lovely space sim, so with the release news today I've made my purchase.
GustyGhost 12 October 2018 at 3:34 pm UTC
Stranger
daishordIt looks great and I like the setting. Time for a new computer, I fear...

And is it possible to support the devs without paying a Steam tax? Just when there are real alternatives to buy PCs without the MS tax.
Hi ! We're working on a Itch.io release, and we've also been in contact with GOG. We'll have more on this in a few days, right now Steam is the way to go.

I could have sworn I'd seen Helium Rain on itch in the past. Was an early build once there? Or am I just losing my mind?
Stranger 12 October 2018 at 3:48 pm UTC
GustyGhost
Stranger
daishordIt looks great and I like the setting. Time for a new computer, I fear...

And is it possible to support the devs without paying a Steam tax? Just when there are real alternatives to buy PCs without the MS tax.
Hi ! We're working on a Itch.io release, and we've also been in contact with GOG. We'll have more on this in a few days, right now Steam is the way to go.

I could have sworn I'd seen Helium Rain on itch in the past. Was an early build once there? Or am I just losing my mind?
It's on itch now but it definitely wasn't.
Shmerl 12 October 2018 at 4:39 pm UTC
StrangerWe've just released on itch.io too, per popular request !

Great, thanks for providing such option! Do you think GOG release is likely, or they are still undecided? I'm tempted to buy it on itch now, but I'd prefer GOG if it will eventually happen.


Last edited by Shmerl at 12 October 2018 at 4:40 pm UTC
Stranger 12 October 2018 at 5:08 pm UTC
Shmerl
StrangerWe've just released on itch.io too, per popular request !

Great, thanks for providing such option! Do you think GOG release is likely, or they are still undecided? I'm tempted to buy it on itch now, but I'd prefer GOG if it will eventually happen.
They're still undecided, which has been the case for quite some time now, so I wouldn't hold my breath.
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