Miner Wars 2081

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Customer notes

Miner Wars 2081 is now on the Steam client. To obtain your Steam key after purchasing, please register and follow the instructions at: http://www.minerwars.com/SteamKeys.aspx


Miner Wars is a first-person action-survival space simulation game set in the year 2081.

Key Features

Colossal-Scale Destruction – Everything in Miner Wars 2081’s environment will be destructible and persistent—everything. Deform the terrain, chip away at cover, and make things difficult for campers. Thanks to Miner Wars’ VRAGE™ engine, the environment can be used to absolute tactical advantage. Build bases inside gigantic asteroids, burrow shortcuts and kilometres-long tunnels through solid rock and make a silent pounce with the harvester drill.

*6DoF / FPS in Space *– The combination of 6DoF and first person makes Miner Wars an exciting and fast-paced battleground. FPS veterans will feel at home with our 'WASD' mouse-and-key setup; and for space simulation fans, your beloved joysticks will ensure intuitive play and added advantage.

Skill-Based Game - Miner Wars is not about ‘grinding’ your way to level X. Miner Wars is not about repeating mundane tasks or quests, leveling or experience points. Player skill and mental agility, creative and tactical cunning—in multiplayer an understanding of psychology and choosing which battles to fight or retreat from is a key aspect of gameplay.

Wide Variety of Ships – Choose the best ship for the job. Each ship has its advantages and disadvantages; you will have to experiment to ensure the best craft for the particular mission. Upgrades and add-ons to your ship will also play a large role in outfitting the best possible vessel, be it a mining operation, a full-scale battle, exploration, stealth, or tunnelling.

Complex Dungeons in Space – Seamless transition between outdoor and indoor environments. Enter large asteroid bases and space stations full of enemies Players will also be able to battle each other in these indoor areas and engage in some truly intense multiplayer battles.

Ship Upgrades - Every ship can be upgraded with a wide variety of equipment, weapons and augmentations. Armour plating, storage space, engine boosts (in both speed and economy), radar systems, maneuvering-thrusters, mining tools, and myriad others on offer.

Mining and Exploration – Players are encouraged to explore and harvest. There are many elements, compounds and materials to be mined from asteroids and sold for ‘Credits’, or used in various ways. Some of these are extremely rare and valuable. Exploration is also a key element of the game, finding items and credits which can be spent on weapons, upgrades, tools, etc.

Epic-Scale Battles – The VRAGE™ engine allows up to 300 ships to be displayed in a sector at once. The variety of weapons, 300 ships and the size of the sectors allow for some colossal battles.

*Looting *– Any destructible ship in the game can be looted by another player. Looting is a vital part of the Miner Wars experience. When a player decides how they will pursue another, by disabling the engines rather than simply obliterating them with missiles will result in a higher proportion of the items and equipment items in their inventory. It’s important to always be careful of what you carry in your inventory, lest you have it stolen or lost.

*Factions *- In the Miner Wars Universe there will be dozens of factions. Each faction will have different approaches and motivations throughout the story-world—from miners to fanatics, privateers to nations. In Miner Wars 2081 the player is a part of the EAC – Euro-American Confederation. But there are other factions too: Fourth Reich, OmniCorp, People’s Republic of China, Arab Islamic Empire and more. In the up-and-coming Miner Wars MMO, players will be able to choose to join a faction, or form a corporation, complete with shares and leaders.

Combination of Single and Multiplayer Elements – If a mission is too difficult, you can simply hire a friend to help you on your mission or quest!

Customer reviews


Something different

forgot2shave | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all forgot2shave's reviews »

This seems to be one of the more popular recent indie games and it is for good reason. Offering an old school action/shooter experience much like the original red faction with a sort of floating mech element, its pretty unique and that's something I like a lot personally. The graphics are very good for an indie game and the controls are hard to learn at first but it is pretty fluid once you get them down. The UI can also be cumbersome but it's manageable. Overall a fun, unique experience


not what I expected, but still decent

yrts | Feb. 4, 2013 | See all yrts's reviews »

I got this because I read something about it being a sort of co op rpg. That may be the case but overwhelmingly it is a relatively typical space flight sim/dog fighter with a few nice features. Maybe I just wasn't thinking but I don't know, I thought it might be different. Fans of the genre will probably like it, but for general audiences it may be a bit too... typically technical, and without any grand visuals to pay off.


Enjoyable to a certain limit

DonVercetti | Dec. 22, 2012 | See all DonVercetti's reviews »

Miner Wars 2081 gives you the ability to roam around in outer space and enjoy a sandboxy-like exploration journey. However this is not an average triple A title, but still an Indie developed game. I will never say that you need a very high budget to make a game like this flawless, but when it comes to this concept, I do think you need like a big amount of developers on a title like this. Real space/sci-fi fans will miss the true feel of space they came to love over the years. No offense to the developers, Its just a real hard challenge to get this type of game perfect!


Great game

chatyman | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all chatyman's reviews »

Such a good game play, combat is nice never seems to mess up. The AI are intelligent and the controls are amazing so many you can edit and change never a dull moment in the game. You get to fly around anywhere it is a amazing game i recommend getting it such a good game amazing with friends you will never get bored.


Not as bad as the controversy would imply.

graspee | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all graspee's reviews »

OK So there has been a lot of controversy lately, especially centered around Steam, with people upset about the always-online DRM, the fact that this game isn't the MMO despite it having the same name, and some people claiming poor performance (although this latter happens with a lot of new games to be honest). Anyway, my review, and this is totally based around buying the game with the current 80% off and then slapping the 25% off voucher on top, is that it is worth it. It's a descent-like game with outside parts and inside parts. It's a lot more difficult than you'd expect when set on "normal". Sometimes you can get saved at a checkpoint with low health, which is annoying. Load times are slow which they claim is because of the dynamic nature of the game. You can drill asteroids to make your own path but it's not as exciting as it sounds and you can't drill all asteroids. It is quite fun though for the low price. Having played this though, I wouldn't buy the mmo version.