What exactly is The Cycle about?
The Cycle is a Competitive Quest Shooter. On Fortuna III you compete against other Prospectors, or collaborate with them, to claim as many resources as possible.
The only problem is, the planet is hostile in more ways than one.
Alien wildlife tends to want to rip your face off. Rival Prospectors are at best untrustworthy and at worst highly murderous. And if that’s not bad enough, there’s The Cycle itself... a planetary metamorphosis which, if you don’t make it to the evac ship in time, will absolutely ensure the end of you.
But hey, you could get rich!
Sounds like another Battle Royale game, is it?
The win condition of Battle Royale games is “last man standing“, whereas in The Cycle the winner is the Prospector that completes the most contracts during the match AND manages to evacuate the planet in time. Theoretically, you can play the game without any PvP and hunting other players is not a win condition in The Cycle.
Nonetheless, there might be moments, when it’s best to put yourself first, for instance when it comes to sharing the spoils of a mission, or if you want to stop another Prospector from getting too far ahead of you on the match leaderboard.
It is up to you, how you spend your time on Fortuna III, as long as survive and make bank.
So in short, no, it’s not a Battle Royale game, it’s a Competitive Quest Shooter (PvEvP game) which is trying to do something else.
Come try it for yourself and let us know, what you think about it.
How many players are in a match?
Currently, we support 20 players, a host of deadly alien monsters, some cute Fortuna III native wildlife, and an evac ship to escape the planet.
Can I play with my friends?
You can either play solo or invite your friends to join your squad of 4.
Who is working on this game?
The game is made and published by YAGER, an independent development studio known for ‘SpecOps: The Line’ and based in Berlin, Germany.
How can I play The Cycle right now?
The Cycle is not released yet. We plan an upcoming alpha test as well as a beta program that will give you a chance to play the game before release.
When can I play the game?
The Technical Alpha will take place from March 28, 4 PM CET until Mar 31 9 AM CET.
We plan a larger Closed Beta period, where you can play the game weeks before it will be released. Our roadmap tells us that this might be the case in May already – so fingers crossed that we can realize our ambitious plans.
For getting access to the Technical Alpha and Closed Beta all you need to do is go to https://thecycle.game/sign-up/ and apply for a key.
I received a key for playing The Cycle, what should I do now?
Great! As a next step, please create your own Epic Games Store account and redeem the key there for getting access to our beta program. The game will then show up in your library and you can participate in all upcoming beta sessions.
Do I need another The Cycle account then?
No, we want to keep it simple. All you need is a valid Epic Games Store account and the mentioned beta key.
Which platforms will The Cycle be available on?
The Cycle is available for PC with Windows OS. For the future, we are considering additional platforms.
Are you planning to sell the game at the Epic Games Store?
No, the game is a free2play title and will be accessible without any additional payments. All you need is an active Epic Games Store account to play our game.
Will there be in-app purchases?
Eventually yes, we are planning with in-app purchases in the broadly accepted style. That means, we won´t sell direct advantages to players (Pay2Win) and instead will offer cosmetic items and quality of life improvements. However, we won’t implement these for a while and will let you know about our concrete plans closer to the time.
What are Founder’s Packs? Are they available permanently?
Our Founder’s Packs are available for purchase until we commercially launch the game. Commercially launched means when we enable in-game purchases. With those Founder’s Packs, the fans of The Cycle can actively support the development of our game while also gaining exclusive customization content and massively discounted in-game currency for future purchases in our unreleased in-game shop. It’s a one-time offer and we don´t expect to have a similar discount anytime soon. Once the game is commercially launched we will remove those Founder’s Packs, so the availability is time-limited.
I purchased a Founder’s Pack, how can I ensure that I get my items?
You’ll receive all of your Founder’s Pack items automatically on the account where you made the purchase. When you log into the game, a notification will be waiting for you and all items will be available in your inventory.
Will the game now be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
We are working towards the milestone, but we are not there yet. The game servers will be running every weekend and we’ll soon begin to extend the up-time duration. We don’t expect a 24/7 services until end of July.
Will The Cycle be on a different platform, like steam?
This might be the case in one year from now, and we leave the option open to bring The Cycle to many other platforms, not only Steam. But for now, our entire focus goes into the Epic Games Store and the game’s development.
Why are you exclusive at Epic Games Store?
There are many reasons, and it might sound a bit selfish, but in the end, it was a decision in our favor. It helps us to make a better game, simple as that!
With the Epic partnership, we gain access to a lot of tools and middleware being developed by Epic. Running an online game is a beast and you need to invest in various systems outside of pure game development. Online services, databases, patching and updates, payment integration, and so much more. Normally a developer teams up with a games publisher responsible for building those systems in return for a specific portion of the game’s revenue. By being exclusive to the Epic Games Store, we get all those tools for free! We don’t need to develop them nor pay a publisher to do it for us. This is a fantastic opportunity as it enables us to self-publish the game and stay in control of everything with much shorter communication lines, especially in regards to player feedback.
The second argument is the discoverability of the store: The Epic Games Store is fresh and not overburdened with thousands of games. There are only a few online games available and The Cycle is one of them. So instead of competing in an overcrowded environment, it is quite easy to spot and play our game. Less competition, more players, more fun!
The last argument is nothing new, the revenue split between Epic and us is much more developer-friendly. It makes a huge difference if the split is 30% or only 12%. And this difference helps us to develop much more content in the future.
All in all, there are 3 arguments driving our decision - and all arguments lead to only one goal: making a better game!
I previously took part in the Alpha on Steam, will I get a key for the game on the Epic Games Store?
Yes, if you previously registered for the Alpha, you will get a key, even if you’ve already played the game before.
If I play or played in the alpha, will have access to the closed beta?
Once you’ve unlocked the game on the Epic Games Store, you will be able to play it whenever the servers are open.
What about the alpha rewards?
Everyone who took part in previous alphas or takes part in the technical alpha, will be eligible to receive the exclusive alpha reward outfit.
What languages are supported during the test phase?
Currently, you can play The Cycle in English, German, Russian. We implemented French and Spanish in an early version and will continue to improve the quality.
What are the minimum and recommended PC specs to play The Cycle?
OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
CPU: Core i5 2.6 GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
DirectX: Version 11
GPU: Intel Iris 640
OS: Windows 7/8/10
CPU: Core i7 2.8 GHz
Memory: 8GB RAM
DirectX: Version 11
GPU: nVidia GTX 1060 / AMD RX 580