The Cycle is a competitive quest shooter. On Fortuna III you compete against other Prospectors or collaborate with them to claim as much resources as possible. Only problem is, the planet is hostile and in more ways the one: alien wildlife that tends to want to rip your face off, Prospectors that are at best untrustworthy and at worse absolutely murderous. And then there’s the storm cycle, which, if you don’t make it to evac in time, will absolutely ensure the end of you. But hey, you could get rich!
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The win condition of Battle Royale games is “last man standing“, whereas in The Cycle the winner is the Prospector that completes the most contracts during the match and manages to evacuate the planet in time. Theoretically, you can play the game without any PvP and hunting other players is not a win condition in The Cycle.
Nonetheless, there might be moments, when it’s best to put yourself first, for instance when it comes to sharing the spoils of a mission, or if you want to stop another Prospector from getting too far ahead of you on the match leaderboard.
It is up to you, how you spend your time on Fortuna III, as long as survive and make bank.
So in short, no, it’s not a Battle Royale game, it’s a Competitive Quest Shooter (PvEvP game) which is trying to do something else.
Come try it for yourself and let us know, what you think about it.
Currently, we support 20 players, a host of deadly alien monsters, some cute Fortuna III native wildlife, and an evac ship to escape the planet.
You can either play solo or invite your friends to join your squad of 4 players in total.
The game is made and published by YAGER, an independent development studio known for ‘SpecOps: The Line’ and based in Berlin, Germany.
The Cycle is not fully released yet. Currently, we plan to have playtests every week on Friday, or Thursday if the Friday that week is a public holiday in Germany. We also intend to start a closed beta program later in the second quarter of 2019 that will give you a chance to play the game before release.
Keep an eye on our channels for updates on both topics.
The next playtest will be on Friday, April 12 from 5 PM CEST. (We plan to end the test at 11 PM CEST)
For getting access to the game all you need to do is to go to www.thecycle.game/sign-up and apply for an alpha/beta key.
Great! As a next step, please create your own Epic Games Store account and redeem the key there for getting access to our beta program. The game will then show up in your library and you can participate in all upcoming beta sessions.
No, we want to keep it simple. All you need is a valid Epic Games Store account and the mentioned beta key.
The Cycle is available for PC with Windows OS. For the future, we are considering additional platforms.
No, the game is a free2play title and will be accessible without any additional payments. All you need is an active Epic Games Store account to play our game.
Yes, we will offer various founders packs soon.
This might be the case in one year from now, and we leave the option open to bring The Cycle to many other platforms, not only Steam. But for now, our entire focus goes into the Epic Games Store and the game’s development
There are many reasons, and it might sound a bit selfish, but in the end, it was a decision in our favor. It helps us to make a better game, simple as that!
With the Epic partnership, we gain access to a lot of tools and middleware being developed by Epic. Running an online game is a beast and you need to invest in various systems outside of pure game development. Online services, databases, patching and updates, payment integration, and so much more. Normally a developer teams up with a games publisher responsible for building those systems in return for a specific portion of the game’s revenue. By being exclusive to the Epic Games Store, we get all those tools for free! We don’t need to develop them nor pay a publisher to do it for us. This is a fantastic opportunity as it enables us to self-publish the game and stay in control of everything with much shorter communication lines, especially in regards to player feedback.
The second argument is the discoverability of the store: The Epic Games Store is fresh and not overburdened with thousands of games. There are only a few online games available and The Cycle is one of them. So instead of competing in an overcrowded environment, it is quite easy to spot and play our game. Less competition, more players, more fun!
The last argument is nothing new, the revenue split between Epic and us is much more developer-friendly. It makes a huge difference if the split is 30% or only 12%. And this difference helps us to develop much more content in the future.
All in all, there are 3 arguments driving our decision – and all arguments lead to only one goal: making a better game!
I previously took part in the Alpha on Steam, will I get a key for the game on the Epic Games Store?
Yes, if you previously registered for the Alpha, you will get a key, even if you’ve already played the game before.
If you didn’t receive one, we recommend to check the spam folder in your email inbox. If you still can’t find it, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you’ve unlocked the game on the Epic Games Store, you will be able to play it whenever the servers are open.
Everyone who took part in previous alphas or takes part in the technical alpha, will be eligible to receive the exclusive alpha reward outfit.
Currently, you can play The Cycle in English, German, Russian, French and Spanish.
Please note that French and Spanish have only recently been added to the game and there might still be mistakes. If you come across mistakes, please let us know using the in-game bug reporter.
- OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
- CPU: Core i5 2.6 GHz
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- DirectX: Version 11
- GPU: Intel Iris 640
- OS: Windows 7/8/10
- CPU: Core i5 2.8 GHz
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- DirectX: Version 11
- GPU: nVidia GTX 760
- CPU: Core i7 2.8 GHz
- GPU: nVidia GTX 1060 / AMD RX 580