System Era Softworks is spreading some holiday cheer with the Astroneer Holiday Update 002. This update brings an assortment of changes, holiday goodies and the return of the Project CHEER crates to the open world space exploration and survival title.
Similar to the first Holiday Update, Project CHEER is an in-game event where players can acquire various holiday themed items. This year’s event adds a new CHEER object in addition to previous year’s objects that can be sent back to EXO Dynamics with the Request Platform. Rewards for this year include the Tinsel Town palette, Festive Chapbow hat, Baublehead Visor and various incremental rewards along the way. After completing the event recurring randomized useful rewards are offered.
Other items have appeared in the EXO Outfitters shop with most of the new items being holiday themed. A new suit, two hats, two masks, two masks, and a visor have been added in addition to the three items in the Gingerbread Bundle.
Base’s have two new platforms to incorporate into their designs. The Large Extended Platform and XL Extended Platform are both designed to make the most out of one’s auto arms. Both platforms take either two or three Resin and can be printed using either the Medium Printer or Large Printer respectively.
Higher end hardware can now take advantage of a new High Quality Mode. This will affect draw distance, lighting quality, object detail, shadow quality, and terrain quality. All of these improved visuals come at the cost of performance. Limited High Quality support is available on the Xbox One and PS4 with more involved option on the Xbox Series X/S and PS5 consoles.
Various CPU and GPU modifications have been added that will speed up game rendering regardless of quality mode selection. Numerous items that could be printed with the backpack can now also be printed from the small printer. A full list of changes and bug fixes in the Holiday Update 002 can be found here.
Astroneer is currently available on Humble Bundle or Steam for PC and the Xbox One and PS4 consoles for $29.99 USD. For more information about Astroneer visit the game’s website at astroneer.space or follow @astroneergame on Twitter.
System Era Softworks (@SES_dev Twitter) is an independent game development studio based out of Seattle, Washington. Inspired by space-exploration and possessing an optimistic view of space-age futurism, the System Era Softworks team strives to build games that motivate future generations of spacefarers.
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