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Sol Trader
Platforms: PC, Mac
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Aug 31, 2012 @ 7:05am
Jun 6, 2016 @ 4:00am

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The official Steam page is now live
Sol Trader Kickstarter now live!
Release date: April 2016
Sol Trader is an exciting new game for PC and Mac. It aims to combine the immersiveness of Elite and the arcade fun of Asteroids with the depth of an RPG.

It features a complex procedural history generator. Each new game is already two centuries old, with a living history full of characters that are born, live and die before you even exist.

When you create a character in this world, you face the same choices as all the computer-controlled citizens did. The decisions you make in your character's early life set your starting skills and attributes, and your family connections and business contacts.

There is no set story. The game generates two centuries of characters, events and interactions to set the scene: as a player, you are born into this world and form relationships in it before the game starts.

You'll then be able to create your own legend within this world: explore the known (and unknown) solar system, trade goods, run missions, leverage your contacts, and avenge members of your family as you see fit.

When playing the finished game, you might find yourself:

  • Speeding through a dangerous asteroid belt to avoid pirates
  • Collecting samples from a far planet for a scientific mission
  • Meeting the President of Earth's Old Federation
  • Painting your ship the colours of your pirate band
  • Blackmailing an official for valuable information
  • Becoming a double agent for two different governments
  • Trawling the city markets for the best deals by day
  • Hitting the bars at night to network with important contacts
  • Getting a friend to repair your ship for a discount
  • Outfitting your ship with extra powerful engines to escape pursuers
  • Mining asteroids for rare metals with specially equipped lasers
  • Collecting satellite and ship debris for a paltry fee
  • Running out of fuel and calling a rescue ship
  • Avenging the death of a family member
  • Gaining lucrative missions from the senate due to your father's political connections

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chrismdp  [author] Mar 10, 2016 @ 9:30am 
@Dan sorry for the massive delay in responding! This page isn't updated any more: the new store page is here: - that has all the latest videos.

Neuman Mar 5, 2016 @ 9:37am 
Played this at PC Gamer today, and looks very good. I agree that it is very escape velocity, which is why it is going to be great.
Dan Atkinson Oct 21, 2015 @ 8:09am 
Hi Chris, I can't see the video (it's set to private). Is it possible for you make the video public? Thanks!
chrismdp  [author] Oct 19, 2015 @ 2:19pm 
Hopefully everyone on this page has seen the announcement for the new Kickstarter for the game - it's got 21 hours to go so back it today! :) Thanks!
SavageMind Sep 17, 2015 @ 2:32pm 
Please keep us informed, you have what appears to be a great premise and I really look forward to getting my dirty little hands on it. It is reminiscent of Star control, Starflight and Solar Winds. Thanks for your hard work.
chrismdp  [author] Jun 20, 2015 @ 7:07am 
@buzzard thanks! :)
indieCatapult Jun 17, 2015 @ 2:49am 
Looks awesome. Found it through reddit. Keep up the good work.
chrismdp  [author] Feb 2, 2015 @ 9:38am 
@Ash: Ah nice. Thanks for the tip.
AlphaAsh Jan 31, 2015 @ 2:08pm has a thread going on this, so I checked it out. Looks very promising. Backed on Kickstarter.
chrismdp  [author] Jan 30, 2015 @ 9:30am 
@The_spiffing_brit: sure thing - email me your Youtube URL to chris [at] soltrader [dot] net and we'll go from there :)