Astroneer will get an explosive update this week

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Astroneer’s devs are working full throttle to roll out an important patch that will add some interesting new features to the game. The new features are already available in the patch’s experimental build on Steam. So, if you want to test them out, feel free to enroll in Astroneer’s experimental build program.

New features for Astroneer

Here are the features and improvements included in the upcoming Astroneer update:

  • Flora, grass, and small vegetation now optimized to load/offload more intelligently.
  • Dynamite is in and can destroy terrain and things under them. E.g. Place them on top of a rover and activate the Dynamite. Boom, no more rover.
  • Updated art and effects: Drop ship, Smelter, Trade Module
  • Updated launch sequence + effects
  • New research items to discover, tweaks to Research gameplay
  • New wrecks to discover
  • New idle animations.

If you’re curious to see what fun it is to blow things up in Astroneer, check out the video below:

Now, if this video convinced you to join the Astroneer experimental build program, here’s how to do so:

  1. In your Steam library, right Click on Astroneer
  2. Go to Properties
  3. Select the Betas tab
  4. From the drop down select, “Experimental – Latest untested builds”
  5. Click Close
  6. Steam should automatically install that build. Once it’s done, you can run the Experimental build of Astroneer.

Remember, Astroneer now supports cross-platform play between the Xbox One and Windows PC. We’re sure many more new interesting features will arrive in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on System Era Softworks’ blog for more information.

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