Update: Alpha weekend is over, but the full game will be released on March 19th, 2019.
Satisfactory’s alpha weekend opened up today, giving alpha key holders the opportunity to start playing and streaming. And stream they did! Even early in the day, Satisfactory was raking in over 25,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch, beating out other popular titles such as Grand Theft Auto V and World of Warcraft.
Critics of the game were doubtful that the final product would look as good as the trailers, but the gameplay so far proves that Coffee Stain Studios has lived up to the hype and created a game that not only looks beautiful, but is fun.
The game has been compared to Factorio in terms of game functions, but takes a different approach. Satisfactory is a 3D first-person perspective game, making it feel more like the bevy of popular survival crafting games out there like Rust and Subnautica. Unlike most games in these genres, though, there is an end to the game and you’ll get the “satisfaction” of winning. You can play with your friends as well, with up to 4 players officially supported. Only time will tell if the Factorio comparison holds up, but for now the game is attracting the existing Factorio audience nicely.
One of the biggest sources of controversy is that Satisfactory is an Epic Store exclusive, meaning it can only be purchased from Epic Games. This game looks so good that you shouldn’t let that get in the way if you truly want to play it.
The game is available for anyone who got into alpha weekend, but for the rest of us, it will be available on March 19th. You can pre-order it on the Epic Games store for £26.99/$29.95/€29.99. Keep in mind that the game will release in early access, so features will be added in over time, and you may encounter bugs along the way.