Your feedback improved Techtonica's opening moments

Wake up, Groundbreaker. While you were sleeping, we completely changed your cryo pod. In fact, we’ve changed a ton about Techtonica since the demo, especially where you wake up. Lots of this happened after we took a good look at the player feedback from in-person demos and across places like the Steam Forums and our D...
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Redesigning our Research Cores to be 👀mesmerizing👀

One of Techtonica’s core (pun intended) gameplay pillars is unlocking and upgrading tech. You do that through scanning and research. Research Cores are the research currency in Techtonica. In order to unlock tech on your tech tree, you’ll need the right count and color of Research Cores. They must be built and placed ...
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Introducing the ModPack, an upgradeable, modular backpack

Say hello to your ModPack! This modular backpack is worn by all Groundbreakers on Calyx, and you’ll be able to enhance it with upgrades like the Hover Mod. In today’s post, we’ll share screenshots and GIFs of the ModPack. We’ll talk a bit about how it functions and fits into the universe of Techtonica. And, of ...
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Techtonica’s UI overhaul features a new Notification Center

Building the User Interface in a game like Techtonica is its own unique challenge. There’s so much information happening all at once in a factory automation game as players explore, research, build, and upgrade their factories. Add in multiplayer? Well, that introduces a whole host of fresh challenges for how a...
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Understand your factories at a glance with Overlay Mode

Factory automation games like Techtonica are about making things work as well as they possibly can. Efficiency. How do you eke out more efficiency? These games are also about on-the-fly solving of logistics puzzles that you, the player, create. You create these puzzles as you plan and build your factories. As m...
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The power obstacles and tools at your disposal in Techtonica

Power production in factory automation games is critical to scaling your factory. How do you meet shifting power demands as your factory grows? What new tech can help? The power system in Techtonica will evolve throughout Early Access, but at launch, we’ll have several tools for players to harness and obstacles for th...
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What’s hidden in Techtonica’s Warehouse facility?

Techtonica is a factory automation game, in case this wasn’t abundantly clear yet. This growing genre is relatively fresh, and one bit of fairly untrodden ground is narrative. That is, factory automation games don’t typically have stories at their center, letting players pull at plot threads as they expand their facto...
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Our Assemblers were missing a key feature until recently

World-building in games is tough! Establishing a sense of visual, aural, artistic, and narrative consistency can really help make a game feel alive, a world fleshed out, and accomplishments more rewarding. As you can probably tell based on past updates about Techtonica, we’re working hard to establish that sense of “l...
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How a single plant changed world design in Techtonica

A few weeks back, we offered a look at Butterfly Cove, PT VICTOR, and a little of what our studio goes through when we name an area in a game for internal reference. Today, we’ll show and explain a little of the process of iterating on a space in Techtonica's map in response to new flora, expanding art, and winding te...
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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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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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