Surviving the Aftermath Early Access FAQ

Why Early Access?

We want to get the community involved early on in Surviving the Aftermath’s development and Early Access is the perfect opportunity to make that happen. Our fans are passionate players and a driving force behind the success of our games after the launch. Your feedback has helped elevate our games to new heights, and this time around, we want to get you involved as early as possible to ensure we get things right from the beginning.

How long will this game be in Early Access?

Our initial plans had us having Surviving the Aftermath in Early Access for a year, and releasing in October 2020. While working with our players it became obvious that we’re working with a truly special game, and we wanted more time to go deeper into gameplay mechanics to meet our community's expectations. Development was also impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and because of this we decided to launch Surviving the Aftermath 1.0 in early 2021.
Until then, we will have regular developer update videos and a regularly updated roadmap with detailed patch notes describing fixes, features, and content updates.

How will players be involved in the development process?

We have an in-game feedback system in place for reporting bugs and content suggestions. In addition to the in-game system, we will involve players from the Paradox forums, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Twitch, and other channels.

How often will you update the game?

We plan to have regular content updates for Surviving the Aftermath. These updates will incorporate feedback from our players as well as adding new features and polish to the game.

Will updates clear my save data?

When introducing new updates and features to a game there is always a high risk of breaking saves.

How will the full version be different from the Early Access version?

Many of Surviving the Aftermath’s features are still in development or have limited functionality with their current implementation. The finished game will include deeper layers of gameplay to both strategic and management layers, additional features for colonists, enhanced environmental elements, and much more. To get a high-level overview of our plans for Surviving the Aftermath, you can check out our coming updates on - but this is subject to change based on community feedback.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

While the game is fully playable it is still an Early Access game. This means there will be bugs and broken saves. The core gameplay mechanics and game loop are in place but we will continue to polish and add features throughout Early Access. Current features include:
• Pre-game customization system (ex: choose your difficulty level and starting biome)
• Colonist needs system
• Buildable Colony with more than 60 buildings
• Explorable World Map with exploitable resources and challenges
• Tech Tree with more than 20 items
• Storyteller AI “Gatekeeper” - designed to provide players with ever-changing, but manageable, challenges and events by reacting to the player’s actions
• Catastrophes & Disasters to challenge the player
• Initial modding support for events, building visuals and tweaking catastrophe visuals + values. This will be enhanced throughout the Early Access period.
• Pollution, radiation, and water & energy management systems
• Colony-invading bandits
• More than 1.5 hrs of music

What languages does the game support?

Currently, Surviving the Aftermath supports English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian & Simplified Chinese.

Does the game have controller support?

Yes! Surviving the Aftermath supports with Xbox One controllers as well as fully customizable mouse and keyboard controls.

Is this a multiplayer game? Or are there plans for multiplayer?

Surviving the Aftermathis a single player game. Currently, our focus is on building out the game’s features alongside our community as a solo experience and we have no plans to add multiplayer.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

Yes -- we are offering an “Early Bird Discount” to players who purchase the game during the Early Access period. The price will gradually increase as additional content and features are added to the game throughout Early Access.