The Big Shift
Survive against Time
You have 168 hours to complete a session. Survive every danger, unravel the mystery of your presence on Kepler and save yourself from extinction. Repair the reactor, restart your hibernation pod and survive the deadly radiance before the long night.
Finish sessions to earn experience points necessary to level up your player account. New levels will give access to a variety of game modes, features and session modifiers offering new exciting ways to experience Population Zero.
Explore the world, earn Research Points and unlock new technologies. Tech Tree progression is tied to Planet Exploration. Botany, Geology, Zoology and Surveying are fundamental Sciences that open access to new blueprints and gear.
Earn perks to make your colonist faster, stronger, tougher. Whether you engage in battles, mine resources or build your shelter, there is always a chance of getting a unique perk. Perks differ in rarity and can drastically change character stats.
Finish quests to learn more about the world and your mission’s true goal. Complete various requests given by NPCs and get rewarded with resources, knowledge points and new gear.
Kepler is a large seamless world with seven distinct Biomes populated by extraterrestrial wildlife roaming the meticulously handcrafted terrain covered with bizarre vegetation. The planet boasts breathtaking, surreal scenery and fantastic beasts. Its landmarks drive players' curiosity and urge to explore.
Explore and Progress
Exploration is a storytelling tool, a fun leisure activity and a crucial means of character development. The exploration of Kepler's landmarks directly affects character progression.
All the Many Dangers
You will traverse fantastical environments and overcome many dangers along the way: toxic swamps, precipitous cliffs, dark caverns and anomaly zones. Every corner is inhabited by alien creatures. Beware! As some are cunning and fierce.
The remains of the colonists' space ship Artemis - is the key location on Kepler. It's the place where players meet, socialize, get new quests and respawn.
Rebuild what was Lost
You may choose to work cooperatively with other colonists to improve the site. Get rewarded with workbenches, new gear and new quests.
Other players are not the only Hub inhabitants. Here you will also meet NPCs and help them with their requests. Completing them will reward you with resources, knowledge points, gear, and sometimes pieces of the story.
Endure thirst, hunger, extreme temperatures and toxicity. Traverse hazardous environments and fight off predators. The longer you investigate and learn, the more experienced you become in overcoming these obstacles.
Crafting is integral to surviving on Kepler. Utilize the advanced crafting system that works in tandem with the Tech-tree. The more Tech skills your colonist has, the more sophisticated gear you can craft.
Сolonists may choose to establish smaller settlements in the wild, from a hunter's shed to a well-protected fortress. Building is a significant aspect of the game which is needed not only for survival but also for players' self-expression.
Master our strategic combat system to defeat fierce animals and vicious players. Use a variety of hand-carried weapons and a selection of offensive and defensive options. Conquer your enemies and become the true champion of Kepler.
When is the release date?
Population Zero will be released in Steam Early Access on May 5th.
How much will the game cost?
The game will cost 29,99$ US. However, this price can change depending on the region. During Early Access release there will be a 10% discount. And if you purchase the game during this period you will get the Pioneer pack.
I have a limited time to play games during the week. Is this game still for me?
At the start of early access, an experienced player will be able to complete the main quest line (without participating in side content) faster than in 7 days. But even if you won’t be able to complete the main objective before the end of the cycle you will still gain account experience for parts of the main quest that you did complete.
How do I finish a cycle?
There are four ways to finish a cycle in Population Zero:
- by completing the main objective;
- by failing the main objective;
- by quitting the cycle through the lobby;
- if you die a certain number of times, you will turn into a Void. If you die in this form, you will quit the cycle.
If I purchase a founder pack, will I be able to play before the Steam release?
At the moment Population Zero is in Closed Beta. We announce upcoming playtests approximately a week in advance. Until then the servers remain offline.
Can I lose the equipment from the founder packs?
No. The only way to lose your founder pack equipment is to willingly drop it from your inventory. However the founder equipment will be with you once you start a new cycle.
Will the founder equipment have stats?
Yes. The equipment will have beginner level stats, designed to help the player at the very start of his journey on Kepler.
I have several founder packs. How many Steam keys will I get?
You will receive as many keys as you have founder packs. Each of those keys will be tied to a specific pack and will have access to the game. So you can either activate all of the keys on your account or share them with your friends. A key can only be activated once.
How many people will be able to play on a single server?
Currently, we've settled for 200. But we might change this number depending on player feedback.
What do you plan to add to the game while in Early Access?
While in early access we plan to add new modes (We'll try to add PVE as soon as possible, Hardcore, etc), evolving the Hub, long range and throwing weapons, social features (chat, guilds, party system, etc), the addition of the Xenobite fraction, new locations and more. After we launch on May 5th we will upload a roadmap detailing our plans for the future of Population Zero.
For how long do you plan to remain in Early Access?
At least nine months after launch.
I've just acquired a founder pack. What do I do next?
Thank you for your support! Now you will be granted access to the NDA channels on Discord. Just DM our community manager GORDON#8493 your email address. Make sure you've joined our Discord server!
Where can I download the game client?
Only testers have access to the game client. You can download it through your PZ profile. A fresh version of the client is available before the start of a new playtest. We notify everyone through Discord and other social platforms.
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