New black hole gun upgrade? Flatten terrain in Techtonica

The M.O.L.E. doesn’t just dig. No, this upgradeable black hole gun will do lots more as Techtonica’s development continues. Today, we’re unveiling a M.O.L.E. feature that will be live with our Early Access launch this year. This is Flatten Mode. A quick note: Much of what you see with Flatten Mode in today’s post w...
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Massive updates to Techtonica’s Echosketch mapping system

In the demo for Techtonica, the Echosketch is a functional mapping system that lets you know where you are in Calyx’s network of twisting caverns.In a game design sense, getting the Echosketch is a big part of how players in the demo move from Production Terminal Lima to the more open Production Terminal Victor area. You...
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Overhauling Techtonica’s resource and product models

Factory automation games tick lots of different boxes for all sorts of players.Whether it’s logistical problem-solving, exploration, accomplishment, objectives, or that flow state we’ve talked about before, these games rely on lots of moving parts (literally and figuratively).In Techtonica, a lot of satisfaction comes fr...
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The Techtonica demo is back

As we announced last week, the Techtonica demo has officially returned!What’s changed? Super, super minor stuff, quite honestly. We did prepare these patch notes for your reference, though, and we’re renaming the Techtonica demo in order to solidify that this will not be updated.The Techtonica demo is now live as the Tec...
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Okay, so we took a minute to goof off

It’s true! There are real human people making Techtonica, and we took a week to hang out, eat, play games, and bond as a team for the first time since the pandemic began. Fire Hose Games was founded and is largely based in Boston, MA, but we now have team members distributed across the U.S. and in a few other countries a...
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We’re bringing the Techtonica demo back

Hello Groundbreakers.We’ve heard you. We’re bringing the Techtonica demo back.Here are the key details before we get into the meat of what we’re doing. First, the demo will go live in the next week-ish; we’ll be sure to update you here and on Discord. Second, the demo will not be updated as we focus on the main game.Okay...
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Here are two new songs from the soundtrack of Techtonica

We’ve talked about this before in our Discord AMAs and across a few interviews, but we’re going for something special with Techtonica. Internally, we refer to it as flow or flow state.It’s not something we made up! Flow is a real thing, it even has its own Wikipedia page, which is the standard for when a thing becomes re...
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More ports, smaller footprint with new storage design in Techtonica

The Containers you’ve grown used to in Techtonica feature four ports, one on each side of a 3x3x3 box. Containers with ports are super helpful for factory automation games. Coupled with the right combination of Inserters and belts, Containers can serve as hubs for complex layouts or temporary sinks for starter spaces.But...
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Techtonica featured as a Day of the Devs Official Selection

If you follow Techtonica on Steam, this likely won’t come as a surprise. Factory automation games like Techtonica have a narrow, dedicated following, especially when compared to other marquee genres like the typical action, adventure, or FPS fare. That’s why we were pleasantly surprised to see such a positive reaction f...
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5 Handy Tips for Techtonica as Next Fest Begins

The Techtonica demo officially launched on September 20th, 2022. Today marks the start of Steam Next Fest. We’re proud to be a part of the pack of developers showcasing their upcoming work. Play our demo, play their demos, play all demos!With that said, welcome to all the new Groundbreakers! We hope you find Calyx hospit...
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Play the Techtonica demo, enter contests, win the full game

We launched the Techtonica demo on Steam on September 20th, and we’ve seen you Groundbreakers do some pretty fantastic stuff. With Steam Next Fest starting on October 3rd and the wave of new players experiencing the demo, we thought it’d be fun to hold daily contests throughout the event. The Fire Hose team will pick the...
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Techtonica Demo 1.0 - Patch Notes

Welcome to your taste of life below the surface of Calyx, Groundbreakers! The Techtonica demo is now available for all on Steam. Let’s go over what’s changed with the latest version.🏭 Major Updates 🏭⛏️= Community Request/Feedback/Bug Report⛏️Greatly improved performance so more Groundbreakers can enjoy life below Calyx a...
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The Techtonica Demo is Now Available

The time has finally come. The Techtonica demo is now available for download on Steam.As we previously announced, the Techtonica demo includes performance updates, voiceover, and a re-tuned progression system that better suits the flow of the demo.You can learn more about what's changed in the demo via the patch notes he...
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These Factories Were Built by Our Players

The first wave of the Techtonica Alpha released on July 19th. Over the last month, we've seen some pretty incredible and impressive factory builds from players, streamers, and creators alike. To showcase some of those special builds, we put together a small video of four factories sourced from our player community on ...
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Techtonica Alpha 1.1 - Patch notes

The Techtonica Alpha was released to the first, small wave of Alpha Groundbreakers on July 19th, 2022. Over the last two weeks, the Fire Hose team has kept a close eye on the incoming feedback on our public Trello board as well as on videos and streams shared by Alpha Groundbreakers and Calyx Creators alike.For Alpha 1.1...
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