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A blend of turn-based ground combat and strategic command, Xenonauts puts you in charge of defending the world from alien invasion!
A blend of turn-based ground combat and strategic command, Xenonauts puts you in charge of defending the world from alien invasion!
4,668 backers pledged $154,715 to help bring this project to life.

Steam Early Access Release

Sorry for the slow pace of updates recently, but there's been a good reason for the last one: the migration to Steam has been a lot of work and I've not wanted to get people excited about the Steam release until we have everything working and good to go.

We now have everything working and good to go. All Kickstarter backers are entitled to a Steam Early Access key, so to claim and activate your Steam key:

If you haven't claimed your Desura key, you can't get your Steam key quite yet. We've extracted a list of your email addresses and are working on a way to have a Steam key sent direct to your email account.

The game should be going on general sale on Steam Early Access later today, but is playable immediately if you're an existing pre-orderer.

This launch also means we'll start looking at the Kickstarter rewards. Previously we'd not sent any out because we were waiting for the game to be finished, as we can only make the DVD copies of the game once the game is done. 

However, development has been slower than anticipated and so we're almost certainly just going to get all the other physical goods produced and shipped (you've waited nearly a year already). Once the game is done, we'll get the DVDs produced and then ship them separately. In some cases we'll be paying shipping charges twice, but that's our problem.

The build on Steam is not finished, but it is relatively stable and most of the features are in place now. It's mostly a question of balancing, polishing and adding the remaining missing assets and UI work. Give it a try and let us know what you think on our forums.


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    1. Missing avatar

      GreggInCA on June 4, 2013

      On June 3, backer Gregg Williams ( echos @Krystian Gałaj: I followed the instructions on this page ( but my account (same email as above) shows no CD key for me. I hope you can help me with this. Thanks!

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      AddictArts on June 3, 2013

      Eagerly waiting for the Mac build. Thanks for the steam announcement and update.

    3. Nikita Nazarenko on June 3, 2013

      Hello. I didn't get Xenonauts on desura account. How i can get key for it?

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      Gemma on June 2, 2013

      @Goldhawk Interactive - Thanks for responding, I just don't feel as special now for being a KS backer hehe... Oh well.

    5. PinkiePieAddict on June 2, 2013

      Any updates on when our Steam Keys are going to be sent to us if we never claimed our Desura Key?

      I imagine that you have several thousand to tens of thousands to send.

    6. ImpKeeper on June 1, 2013

      question i pledged the

      Pledge $30 or more
      You selected

      877 backers

      Premium Pre-Order: As above, but includes a spangly gold forum medal, a digital copy of the Xenonauts soundtrack, official desktop wallpapers, plus a lengthy digital write-up of our development diary on release.

      do i get a chance to get my soundtrack desktop wallpapers and all that on steam ?

    7. Goldhawk Interactive 2-time creator on June 1, 2013

      The final game will still be $25. It's just on Steam Early Access at the moment, as a beta.

    8. Nekator
      on June 1, 2013

      Yeah.. doesn´t look exactly good. Will see if the game at least is worth it...

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      Keyser on May 31, 2013

      Well, the thing you got from pledging is a little more than just the game, even on the cheapest tier. We had access to alpha builds and I guess we get the forum badge. Also, the thing on Steam isn't "retail", it's still a beta.
      However, there's no question that many of the backers probably didn't bother with the alpha builds (except for maybe the first one during the KS, which was free to everyone else anyways) and don't much care for a forum badge. In essence, non-backers will now get the game for less than backers did, or so it will seem to those people.
      While I would have most likely backed the game anyways and am personally not that bothered by the whole thing, I can see how it would look kinda bad to some people.

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      Gemma on May 31, 2013

      "Standard Pre-Order: A digital copy of Xenonauts on release (retail price $25)" - It's only $19.99 on Steam?

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      Coillscath on May 31, 2013

      Oh damnit I read the instructions again and realised where I screwed up. I logged into my Desura client rather than clicking the link. Ignore my below post, sorry!

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      Coillscath on May 31, 2013

      Okay, I've got Desura, and I've had Xenonauts on my games list for as long as it's been available for early access on Desura, but I have no option to "Retrieve CD Key" at all. Nor does my games list look anything like the visual guide. My only right-click options for Xenonauts are: Launch (Greyed out), Install, Create Desktop Shortcut, View Changelog, View Profile, Add To Favourites, and Properties. (Greyed out)

    13. Alex Cargile on May 31, 2013

      Oh.... thank goodness Gmail has really really good search mechanisms... and never deletes anything.

      If you are having this problem because you didn't redeem the key. Search for a desura e-mail with the title, "You have received a game"

      The link will still work, as confirmed, just a second ago.

    14. Alex Cargile on May 31, 2013

      No Xenonauts on my Desura account. Checked to make sure it had the same e-mail as I do here. confirmed. Well, that sucks.

    15. Goldhawk Interactive 2-time creator on May 31, 2013

      To clarify, in order to claim the Steam key from Desura you both have to have created a Desura account AND have activated the key we sent you after the Kickstarter (so about a year ago now).

      If you haven't done this, we'll send you a key direct in the next few days. It's a much more involved process than issuing via Desura unfortunately.

    16. Martin Kramer on May 31, 2013

      To everyone having problems with retrieving the CD key:

      1. Open Desura
      2. Go to your games list ("Play" in the navigation bar)
      3. Right-click on Xenonauts
      4. Choose "Get CD key" (or something like that, I don't have Desura on this machine)
      5. Voilà :)

    17. twincast ~ Mangy WoOS-DOoD Mage
      on May 31, 2013

      Krystian Gałaj about 3 hours ago:
      "I hve a Desura account, with the same email as the Kickstarter one, but I don't see "Xenonauts" on my list of CD-Keys in it, so I can't "Click the "Request Key" button next to Xenonauts"."

      I have the exact same problem.

    18. Douglas Spooner on May 31, 2013

      Congratulations on this milestone. Well done guys!

    19. Goldhawk Interactive 2-time creator on May 31, 2013

      Mac / Linux builds will be arriving shortly, we just have to port them first. If you haven't registered a Desura account then we'll email you a key in the next few days, once we've worked out the best way to do it.

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      Marcell L. Tóth on May 31, 2013

      I never had a Desura account, just registered but it is not listing Xenonauts for me. I can't say I'm surprised. Is there any other way to activate it on Steam?

    21. Nathan Schmuck on May 31, 2013

      Never made a Desura account, so I dont mind waiting a little while longer.

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      Morgurthion on May 31, 2013

      Oh, how I have waited for this! No more Desura for me! Happy day! Thank you!

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      on May 31, 2013

      If we would prefer not to create a Desura account how can we get the Steam Access Key?

    24. Asger Jacobsen on May 31, 2013

      Missing executable.

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      postolka on May 31, 2013

      The Desura copies were sent long time ago. I received "gift" 14th Jun 2012 (according to e-mail) - did you have matching e-Mails back then?

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      Bobby on May 31, 2013

      Great news! No longer will I have to put up with Desura's agonizingly slow download speeds each time you release an update.

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      Peter The Wondergoth on May 31, 2013

      Fantastic news! Congrats on getting early access approval and reaching this milestone ^_^

      So if we haven't redeemed our desura keys yet we can't redeem them now and get a steam early access key and should just wait on an email? (that's how the above description reads I'm a little confused sorry >_<)

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      Kristoff Brunet de Courssou on May 31, 2013

      Thanks guy, I've followed your instructions and now have Xenonauts on my Steam account :) I look forward to playing it once it has downloaded! Cheers :)

    29. Krystian Gałaj on May 31, 2013

      I hve a Desura account, with the same email as the Kickstarter one, but I don't see "Xenonauts" on my list of CD-Keys in it, so I can't "Click the "Request Key" button next to Xenonauts".