Double Fine reveals Spacebase DF-9

Space sim that originated from game jam available now through Steam Early Access.

Brutal Legend and Psychonauts developer Double Fine today announced Spacebase DF-9, a new simulation game set in outer space.

An alpha version of the game is available today through Steam Early Access for $25. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

In Spacebase DF-9, players will mine asteroids, manage resources, and create living spaces for inhabitants. Double Fine has published a list of features it would like to add to the game, including carryable objects, teleporters, meteor strikes, various construction tools, and more.

Spacebase DF-9 originally came to life through Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight game jam, where employees are tasked with creating new game concepts in two weeks.

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SiNoNaX
SiNoNaX

This reminds me of "Theme Hospital" in Space. I love it! Been waiting forever for something like this.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

The game concept seems very promising and reading the planned features list on their website excites me, but DoubleFine isn't really that trustworthy after their recent screw-ups, so I'll remain cautious and wait until it's more matured before I decide whether to back them or not.

Right now it's just an idea (hence why it's on Early Access) but I kind of distrust DoubleFine because except for asking for money we got nothing in return yet - backed games are pending, others have been canceled, others received no updates and the recently released ones ("The Cave" comes to mind) are too casual and boring.

I'll check back in a few months to check the direction it's headed and frequency of updates it receives.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

double fine? more like double shit. after they burned me with brutal legend, im gonna be cautious about buying their crap.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

They seem to be spinning an awful lot of plates now, how many crowd-funded games is this in concurrent development? Still, this had me at "Double Fine Spacestation Sim"!


Also you get 20% off the Early Access price on Steam if you have already bought any of their games, nice!

1blackone
1blackone

I can't get into the art aesthetic. But, if its good enough, I'll try to get past it and pick it up and hope that someone can/will mod the sprites.

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

I was really hoping for a Brutal Legend or Pyschonauts sequel but I can't see BL2 being made without a large budget like the first had. I have a load of respect for Tim Schafer and DF though for going forward alone without publishers. If any company fully benefits from full creative control, its Double Fine.

Unholy123
Unholy123

They had me at Dwarf Fortress in space.

X-RS
X-RS

Two eggs is enough for now surely DF -.-

AznKid
AznKid

I see this game and think... "Startopia." I used to love that Mucky Foot game; shame the company went under.

ZZoMBiE13
ZZoMBiE13

This was my favorite thing to come from Amnesia Fortnight. I'm glad to see it's getting made into a proper release! Can't wait to play it. :)

Zevvion
Zevvion

I need a little more video before I commit to this, but it sounds very interesting and right up my alley. 

XxAK47xX
XxAK47xX

.............all your base are belong to us. it had to be said. 

Riddick123
Riddick123

Spacebase DF-9 originally came to life through Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight game jam, where employees are tasked with creating new game concepts in two weeks


Last time I checked, this is not a new game concept.

sogin
sogin

This looks great! I'll have to pick it up later today. 

super_tramp_tri
super_tramp_tri

is this what they used all that extra kickstarter money on? douchebags.

saint311
saint311

@Zevvion I need some reviews on its gameplay length.  Double Fine has been known to overcharge for their games before (few games they've released for $15 that took 3 hours to beat).  This one is $25?  Better have some content to it...

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@Riddick123 At this stage in civilisation, orginality is a myth. It isn't if you can come up with something new as somebody already has somewhere, but it is what you do with the existing parts. (To paraphrase Shiro Masamune)

sogin
sogin

@Riddick123 They were trying to make a game that plays like Dwarf Fortress in space. There's a real article about it on Rock Paper Shotgun. 

ZZoMBiE13
ZZoMBiE13

@super_tramp_tri No, they did not and no, they are not. 

They've been very upfront about where that money has been used through the Kickstarter pages. This getting made means that they funded it some other way. 

Double Fine are the good guys. Making interesting games and trying to keep their business afloat without the need for publishers. They are the spirit of independent game design. 

Zevvion
Zevvion

@saint311 @Zevvion If you're the type of person that relates playing time directly to value then traditional reviews will always require you to dig deeper into the information. 

I have no such policy. In fact, most of the best games I've played this year are relatively short experiences.