Spacebase DF-9 tasks players with constructing a base in space, keeping its citizens happy and safe as well as exploring and reclaiming derelicts while fending off invaders. Double Fine describes the game as "Dwarf Fortress in space. Kinda."
Interested players can purchase access to the game's alpha through the Spacebase DF-9 website. Access begins at $25, which entitles buyers to a Steam code for the Linux, Mac or Windows PC version of the game. Higher tiers up to $250 come with the game's soundtrack, wallpapers, your name in the game's citizen list and more.
Spacebase DF-9 got its start as part of Amnesia Fortnight, the developer's internal game jam, and project lead JP LeBreton told Rock, Paper, Shotgun why Double Fine is bringing the alpha to Steam Early Access.
"If you get that initial fanbase, then you can keep developing it," LeBreton said. "What we've seen is that, if you do have that critical mass of gameplay and simulation interest, it's not a dwindling amount of interest [over time]. It's an increasing amount of interest, because your game becomes capable of more — telling more interesting stories. It's attracting new people."