The Astroneer Rails Update arrives today, adding trains, train tracks, and automation support for a new method of transportation to this sandbox game. And yes, you can build roller coasters.
Astroneer has been adding new content for the better part of 5 years such as jetpacks, space probes, and even a Creative Mode. The next big update has already been teased and there won't be much longer to wait -- the Astroneer Rails Update is arriving today. Check out the update trailer!
As one might expect from the name, the Astroneer Rails Update adds trains to the game. You'll be able to create rails all over the planet -- including crossing large canyons -- and move trains all around the planet. The days of getting your rover stuck in a pit are over!
The rails and trains are not the only new addition, though -- this update has a fair amount of integration with the game's existing Automation system as explained in System Era Softworks VLOG 038. Theoretically, you could have trains moving items from one storage to another storage on an automated schedule with minimal intervention on your part. As an example, you could set up a mining camp and have your rail system automatically collect any resources you've deposited at a station.
Players will be able to create rails using pylons at several different predetermined vertical heights. You won't need to worry about building the rails; rail pylons will automatically connect rails between pylons in a similar fashion to how Tethers and Extenders already work.
Naturally, you won't just have to use rails for transportation -- I'm sure there will be plenty of people creating rollercoasters, too! This update will also add some new puzzles and other mysteries for players to explore, but exact details haven't yet been revealed.
When is the Astroneer Rails Update Release Date?
The Astroneer Rails Update release date is July 11, 2022, on all platforms except for Nintendo Switch; the Nintendo Switch release date will be July 21, 2022. As always, a specific release time has not yet been announced, so you'll have to wait until System Era Softworks decides it's going to let this update loose.
This new update is sure to make things a lot easier for new and experienced Astroneers alike. If you haven't yet jumped into this great sandbox game, you can buy Astroneer for PC via Steam for just $14.99 or your regional equivalent, a 50% discount that lasts until July 18, 2022. If you'd prefer to get it on another platform or storefront, you can get the game on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch for $29.99 via its official website.