New gameplay trailer and pre-orders available now
13 June 2021 — AAA survival game Icarus is coming to Steam on 11 August and is available to pre-order now.
Icarus is a uniquely session-based PvE survival game for up to eight co-op players. Set on an Earth-like failed terraforming planet players explore, craft, build and survive against the elements while searching for exotic matter. Players return the exotics to orbit to craft more advanced tech and progress their character for the next drop.
The Standard Edition is available to pre-order now for USD $29.95 with a 10% pre-order discount. A Deluxe Edition is available for USD $99.95 and includes Icarus’ next two DLC chapters New Frontier and Dangerous Horizons, an limited-edition First Cohort envirosuit, plus two Outpost maps. This edition also has a 10% pre-order discount.
Chapters will be major DLC expansions that add new biomes, enemies and maps. The core game will also receive regular updates for all players.
The Deluxe Edition also includes Outposts, persistent game sessions ideal for building bases. Outposts are 1km x 1km plots of land where prospectors can build structures at their own pace and share them with friends.
When first announced in June 2020, game runner Dean Hall hoped that Icarus could be free-to-play in order to bring the survival gaming genre to as many gamers as possible. Ultimately RocketWerkz has decided to make it a paid product. “We didn’t want the business model to get in the way of the game experience,” says Hall. “We also heard loud and clear from our community that they wanted to avoid the pitfalls of free-to-play. We want Icarus to continually evolve as a living game, always adding new session challenges and game modes. We think regular chapters and content updates are a great way to deliver that.”
The New Frontier and Dangerous Horizons DLC will also be available for purchase separately in the future. RocketWerkz has also unveiled an exclusive new gameplay trailer at the PC Gaming Show during E3
After the global success of influential survival game DayZ, Dean Hall returned to his native New Zealand. RocketWerkz opened its first studio in Dunedin, a university city in the south of New Zealand, in early 2015.
In September 2019 RocketWerkz opened a studio on the waterfront in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, to focus on next-gen AAA survival game Icarus. By March 2021 over 65 people were working on Icarus across both studios.