NEWS: At Long Last, The Universim Has A Release Date!


NEWS: At Long Last, The Universim Has A Release Date!

28th August 2018 is the big day!

Steam: Early Access
Type: Single-player
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Developer: Crytivo
Publisher: Crytivo
Release date: 28 Aug, 2018

The Universim Steam Release Date

Get hyped!

It’s official, Crytivo are going to release The Universim on Steam Early Access on the 28th of August!

“We’ve come a long way together, haven’t we? We are super proud of our accomplishments and excited to give more people the opportunity to try it out. As a result, we are going to bunker down for the next few months leading up to the Steam release. This gives us more time to work on exciting new content and polish all of the systems before the big day. We have a few surprises simmering on the stove for you already, and we think you’re going to love the new additions to the game.”

We hope to bring you a Save or Quit review in due course!

Questions and Answers

Why did it take us so long to get here?

The Universim was successfully funded on Kickstarter back in 2014. Crytivo had the immense job of crafting the game from the ground up. “The team had a choice to make: rush the game out to meet deadlines or take our time to create a far more detailed and enjoyable experience,” said Sasha Shumski, producer at Crytivo. “We raised the quality bar substantially, allowing for deeper and more dynamic gameplay to take form. As a result, we decided to extend the production time to ensure that we deliver a quality title. In the end, achieving our vision for the game and pleasing fans is all that matters.”

The Universim consists of dozens of complex systems running in real-time, which needed to be designed in an optimal manner. It took Crytivo close to 3 years just to develop their in-game simulation engine, Prometheus. This system is responsible for all of the simulations in the game, including procedural generation.

“Considering our team’s size and budget, I am so proud of everyone’s efforts to create such a stunning game in this timeframe. I honestly do not believe that anyone else could have made a better product any faster. We are approaching that wonderful moment where we can share the game with the Steam community, and it has us all both unbelievably nervous and excited,” said Alex Koshelkov, CEO and founder of Crytivo.

How much content will be available when the game launches on Steam Early Access?

We aim to release The Universim with all of the content up until the Modern Era. We need more time to polish the later eras.

How long will it take you to complete the game after Early Access Release?

We are aiming to take no more than one to one and a half years after the Early Access release to call the game truly complete. However, players can expect regular updates and many exciting new things to enjoy throughout development.

Will there be multiplayer in The Universim?

It is something we are considering, but we are focused on finishing the base game first. We have discussed multiplayer elements like an intergalactic player trading system, chat, and other systems. We currently have no plans to add a battle royale mode.

Will there be different civilizations in The Universim other than your own?

There will be exiles. They will build their own cities and challenge your civilization. There is even the possibility of alien invasion, as well as many other interesting dynamic events. You never know what might pop up.

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  • Craftnot
    Apr 19, 2018 @ 20:00 pm

    Haha…come on. The owner of Crytivo as said in a previous article in indie game magazin there would be multiplayer and coop on the same planet.

    This will be another No mans sky issue. Im exited to see all the articles that will come out about the owner.

    • JimDeadlock
      Apr 19, 2018 @ 20:05 pm

      Thanks for the comment! I watched the devs stream the game a couple of months ago and with or without mutiplayer it looks awesome, really. We just reviewed their new game Cefore yesterday and it’s top quality, so I honestly don’t expect the same kind of shenanigans of NMS:

      • Craftnot
        Apr 20, 2018 @ 11:40 am

        Hopefully you are right. (Cefore is not made by Crytivo btw)

        But there are some reports floating around that I think will find its way to some articles soon, that might hurt the company. Apparently the company has a HUGE turnover of employees because of various obnoxious reasons apparently. This guy even does positive reviews on the games they publish on steam, that`s not only pathetic but breaks rules of Steam. ( I actually saw this on the Cefore steam page).

        This game will not even be half of what was promised. Sad to say. So much potential but when people with no dev experience runs something like this, it will of course crash.

      • Craftnot
        Apr 20, 2018 @ 11:41 am

        Oh and this is nothing against you Jim. You have a strong page here. 🙂


        • JimDeadlock
          Apr 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

          Thanks, and no offence taken, we love a good discussion here! I know Cefore isn’t developed by Crytivo but during my time at SoQ I’ve come to realise that each publisher seems to have their own standards as to which games they’ll allow themselves to be involved with, and more often than not the past games they’ve published are usually a good indication of their overall reputation, that’s all I mean.

          As for the CEO Alex Koshelkov, I’ve exchanged a few messages with him and he seems like a nice chap. Apart from anything else, it’s extremely rare to be able to directly email the top guy of a big project like this, usually I’m dealing with PR companies, so I have to give him kudos for that.

          The shenanigans you’re talking about may or may not be true, it’s all internet gossip, but for me as a gamer I really don’t care, I’m only interested in the finished product, so the proof will be in the pudding when the game is released I suppose 🙂

  • Craftnot
    Apr 20, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

    Oh for sure. I agree with that. 🙂

    Proof is everything so, ether they come up with it (if its an article I do hope they post some proof) because if not, they shouldn’t write one. 🙂

    The steam review thing is true though, the proof is on steam. It literally shows his profile. Steam can kick Crytivo out for doing that, or him at least.

    Btw: Your release date on the article is wrong, you wrote 8th of august in that little window just under the picture

  • JimDeadlock
    Apr 20, 2018 @ 12:26 pm

    Oops well spotted, fixed thanks!

    The steam thing does sound dodgy for sure, but putting that aside I think if you’d watched that streaming session you would share my excitement, I can’t wait to play it. I guess I’m a glass-half-full kinda guy – they say NMS has become a good game these days too.


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