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Embark on a journey through the depths of Europa. Travel from location to location, complete missions to earn money for supplies, discover new biomes—and perhaps eventually uncover the secrets of Europa.
This is the only Game Mode available in Singleplayer, but it can be played in Multiplayer as well.
Upon starting a Campaign, the player (or host) chooses a submarine to start.
Every sub is identified as a specific class. In Singleplayer, since the initial balance is 8.000 mk, only the 6,000 mk Scout class Dugong or the 7,800 mk Attack class Humpback may be selected initially. Any installed modded sub costing 8,000 or less will also be available. In Multiplayer, modded subs without a class can still be used in Sandbox and Mission modes only. Unlike Singleplayer, the host can freely choose whichever sub to start with in Campaign, vanilla or modded.
|“||You've just been commissioned by the Europa Coalition at <Colony's name> to serve aboard a <Player chosen> class sub. The waters of Europa open up before you—explore, help expand the colonies, and make of this place what you will.||„|
|~ In-game introduction|
Once the desired sub has been picked, the game starts immediately, displaying the intro text and the crew is transitioned inside the starting Outpost. There, the crew can get comfortable and explore freely, talk to people, make transactions, obtain assignments, relax on an unoccupied chair... or maybe steal other people's possessions, injure/murder the Outpost's dwellers—either on purpose or accident and have the crew's Reputation tarnished and whoever responsible cuffed, or worse, eliminated by the Outpost's Security.
The in-game currency is the Europan Mark (mk) and the initial balance of the crew is 8,000 mk minus the cost of the selected submarine.
The Map is the navigation system displaying the crew's current Location and different paths leading to other destinations with any Missions the player has picked up from the Outpost. It can be accessed through the overlay which appears on top of the screen when the player chooses to leave the Location near the docking area. Alternatively, the player may access the Map by using their sub's Navigation Terminal/Status Monitor in the Command Room and choosing to undock the sub from the Outpost.
The Map is displayed on a grid, 2 squares high and 15 squares wide. Squares are greyed out until they are travelled to. The crew starts their journey on the left side of the Map and progressively ventures deeper into the heart of Europa to the right. The further they go, the deeper, and the harder levels will get.
The two main elements on the map are Locations (outposts or empty locations) and Connexions (dashes forming a path between two Locations). When travelling from one Location to another, the crew must make their way through a Level, steering the submarine from the entrance to the exit. Locations and connexions the crew has set foot in will be highlighted in green.
There are five Biomes, each having their own difficulty, resources, and depth: from left to right, the Cold Caverns, the Europan Ridge, the Aphotic Plateau, the Great Void, and the Hydrothermal Wastes.
There are 8 types of Outposts and Points of Interest throughout the Map of Europa's ocean. Additionally, 3 types of Points of Interest may be present on Connexions.
Civilization exists on Europa in the form of Outposts. Many dwellers and shop owners reside there, as well as the security force keeping peace and order. After each trip the crew makes (also called turns), discovered (not necessarily visited) Outposts have a chance of triggering the transformation into a different type: Empty Locations may be settled into a Habitation Outpost; Habitations may specialize into either Mining, Military or Research; and specialized outposts may become a fully developed Colony. The tranformation trigger itself is not shown, and a semi-random duration of 1 to 4 turns applies before the transformation is complete, at which point a notification is displayed on the map and in the chat.
In the docking lobby of every outpost is the Outpost Terminal. The Submarine Delivery Service can be accessed there, allowing the player to switch between owned subs for the next expedition. The terminal's interface also displays information about each selected sub and the amount of Marks the crew has.
There are 5 different Outpost types:
As the name suggests, when a Location is first inhabited, a Habitation Outpost is established as the most basic foundation to later on develop into a different form when certain requirements are met.
Each turn, Habitation Outposts have a 30% chance of changing into a specialized Outpost, provided there are no adjacent Hunting Grounds. Once triggered, the change becomes effective 1 to 3 turns later.
Military Outposts are one of the three specialized outpost types scattered across Europa, mostly occupied by the Coalition force.
The facility features prison cells, which the player can open the using the corresponding buttons. A Weapon Holder may be present nearby often keeping a random tool or weapon.
Once discovered (not necessarily visited), each turn, Military Outposts have a 30% chance of changing into a Colony, provided there is an already established Colony at most 3 locations away and no adjacent Hunting Grounds. An additional 10 points is added to that percentage each turn, if the existing Colony is only 1 or 2 locations away. Once triggered, the change becomes effective 2 to 4 turns later.
Mining Outposts are one of the three specialized outpost types scattered across Europa, commonly occupied by miners easily identified by their Miner's Overalls.
Inside, it is distinguished by its mineshaft section.
Once discovered (not necessarily visited), each turn, Mining Outposts have a 30% chance of changing into a Colony, provided there is an already established Colony at most 3 locations away and no adjacent Hunting Grounds. An additional 10 points is added to that percentage each turn, if the existing Colony is only 1 or 2 locations away. Once triggered, the change becomes effective 2 to 4 turns later.
Research Outposts are one of the three specialized outpost types scattered across Europa, commonly occupied by researchers wearing Researcher Outfits coming together to study the surrounding fauna.
The Research Outpost possesses some of the most advanced facilities and laboratories filled with electronics, terminals, and isolation cells for test subjects.
Once discovered (not necessarily visited), each turn, Research Outposts have a 30% chance of changing into a Colony, provided there is an already established Colony at most 3 locations away and no adjacent Hunting Grounds. An additional 10 points is added to that percentage each turn, if the existing Colony is only 1 or 2 locations away. Once triggered, the change becomes effective 2 to 4 turns later.
Colonies are the first type of Outpost the crew starts in, which is supposedly the most stabilized and developed type of Outpost.
The Colony is the only Outpost that is permanent when established and doesn't transform again.
The interior of a Colony includes storage areas, crew quarters, store sections, the reactor area, the oxygen generator area, a maintenance bay, HR office, and manager office.
Points of Interest
Unlike Outposts, Empty Locations are uninhabited, presumably safe Locations for colonization. Because there is no Outpost there, the crew is advised to restock on supplies, heal up and prepare the sub at an Outpost before going into these parts as they won't be able to do so when they get there.
Once discovered (not necessarily visited), each turn, Empty Locations have a 30% chance of changing into a Habitation Outpost, provided there is an already established Colony at most 3 locations away and no adjacent Hunting Grounds. An additional 15 points is added to that percentage each turn, if the existing Colony is only 1 or 2 locations away. An additional 20 points is added to this percentage (only once) if there is an active Beacon Station 2 locations away at most. Once triggered, the change becomes effective 1 to 2 turns later.
Outposts may become abandoned in two ways: either Hunting Grounds were adjacent to it, or the Jovian Radiation has spread to it. A few Abandoned Outposts are also directly present when the game starts.
Upon docking to an Abandoned Outpost, one of four missions will be triggered: destroying the outpost, clearing a nest, hostage rescue or assassination.
Hunting Grounds only appear within levels, that is, in the connexion between two locations. A strong Creature is hunting there, preventing Empty Locations adjacent to it from changing into a Habitation Outpost, Habitation Outposts from changing into a speciialized Outpost, and specialized Outposts from changing into a Colony. Additionally, any adjacent inhabited outpost has a risk of becoming abandoned (50% per round).
To allow settlements and improvements or defend existing outposts, players may defeat the creature in that level, removing the Hunting Grounds permanently.
Beacon Stations have the opposite function of Hunting Grounds, increasing the chance for an Empty Location to be settled and become an Outpost. However, they are initially inactive and must be activated in order for this to be effective. Entering a level containing a Beacon Station will automatically add it as a secondary objective.
The effect of (active) Beacon Stations has a range of 2 locations: the first and second adjacent Empty Locations will get +20% chance of being settled.
Before entering the next Biome, players must either reach a certain standing (Reputation Points) with the Europa Coalition, or make a "donation" at the nearest Outpost.
|Locked Biome||RP required||Donation required|
|Europan Ridge||30||10,000 mk|
|Aphotic Plateau||40||12,000 mk|
|The Great Sea||50||15,000 mk|
|Hydrothermal Wastes||75||19,000 mk|
Depending on their Submarine's crush depth and the starting depth of a level, an icon may be displayed on the map.
The orange icon means that the depth at the start of the level is within the submarine's reach, but there is no guarantee that reaching the destination will be possible, as the level's layout may require the submarine to go below its crush depth.
The red icon means means that the depth at the start of the level is beyond reach of the submarine, and its hull will quickly give in to the pressure. Within seconds of entering the level, multiple leaks will start and keep accumulating, eventually leading to a complete flood and therefore exposing the crew to High Pressure.
The Reputation (RP) system affects how Outposts and Factions relate to the crew. High RP can allow for discounts for supplies or unlock special Events and its outcomes, while low RP may turn Outposts hostile towards the players. RP has no influence over the price of Shipyard's subs and hiring crewmates from Crew Management.
Each Outpost has a randomized initial RP, ranging from -10 RP to 10 RP, while all Factions have their unique fixed initial RP. There are many ways to boost or diminish the RP of each Outpost and Faction, as straightforward as completing assigned Missions or simply being violent towards the residents in the area and making the wrong decisions during some Outpost Events.
Items inside any Outpost containers are marked with a red hand symbol, indicating they're the properties of the Outpost dwellers; therefore grabbing hold of them is considered theft, decreasing the Outpost's RP by 1, unless the culprit manages to snatch the items outside people's line of sight. As of v0.10.5.0, using the fire extinguisher of an Outpost is no longer considered theft when there's a fire nearby.
An Outpost's RP can reach the highest at 100, and the lowest at -100. However, at -81 RP and beyond, every single individual in the Outpost will become more than just verbally hostile. Those without a weapon will flee from the sight of the threat (the player), and those who are armed, mainly the security guards, will actively hunt down and attack every crew member until they either die or run back to the sub. Needless to say, this effectively prevents the crew from doing any sorts of business with the people of the Outpost.
Factions are groups and organizations throughout Europa operating independently, each with their own agenda and isn't too fond of one another, so aligning with any Factions during specific Events may damage the crew's RP with the others. There are 4 active Factions in Europa:
The autocratic de facto superpower of Europa, with a distributed bureaucracy and an iron grip on the resources, manufacturing and power within Europan society.
The autocratic de facto superpower of Europa, with a distributed bureaucracy and an iron grip on the resources, manufacturing and power within Europan society. They rule by fear, and have the reputation for shutting disobedient colonies and outposts out of the supply loop, or simply subjugating them by direct force. Their motivation is ultimately to preserve humanity, but at any cost, and preferably with the status quo left intact.
The Europa Coalition started off as a trade and cooperation agreement between the two largest Europan settlements and a handful of private paramilitary groups, but gradually grew to become what is essentially the Europan government. Many Europan outposts don't recognize the Coalition's authority, although it is still powerful enough that few dare to openly oppose it. There are groups such as the Jovian Separatists who do fight against it, aiming to bring it down and create a more democratic society.
This is the crew's employer, as shown during the beginning of the Campaign.
A small, underground organization seeking a more democratic society by any means, from petty resistance to full-blown terrorism.
A small, underground organization seeking a more democratic society by any means, from petty resistance to full-blown terrorism, all with the end goal of disrupting the ability of the Europa Coalition to function, and to undermine its authority.
A religious group that seeks "communion" with the husk parasite in order to usher in a new kind of humanity, one more capable of surviving in this harsh environment.
A mysterious and outlawed religious group with a transhumanist twist, they seek "communion" with the husk parasite in order to usher in a new kind of humanity, one more capable of surviving in this harsh environment, more in tune with the local ecosystem, and devoid of pride, hatred, fear, or complex thought. Hated equally by the Europa Coalition and the Jovian separatists.
The Honkmother's children are an unorganized lot who simply heed the call of the bikehorn.
Every once in a while, these minstrels, fools and clowns attempt to form unions, and names like Europan Jesters' Association pop up. In truth, the Honkmother's children are a less-than-organized lot who simply heed the call of the bikehorn.
Outpost Events are random occurrences the crew may encounter in any Outposts. Upon entering an Outpost, there's a chance that a randomized Event may occur in certain areas of the Outpost or after a certain period. Only 1 Event per Outpost is active at a time.
In Singleplayer, the player becomes immobilized when an Event is triggered and can move again after finishing the Event. But in Multiplayer, the player can still move around freely while an Event is active. Additionally, if a character triggers an Event but decides to ignore it via choosing the option to do so, a different character may still be able to trigger it. This is especially useful if the character doing a particular Event isn't qualified enough to get the best result, but someone else in the crew is. However, this doesn't apply to every Outpost Event.
The outcomes of these Events may affect a Location's and Factions' RP, reward the player with useful or exotic items, sometimes bring about more harm than good, all of which depend on the choices the player makes and many other factors.
NPCs are the dwellers of an Outpost the player can interact with. There are 2 types of NPCs: Regular NPCs and Interactable NPCs.
Regular NPCs are just Outpost dwellers with no significant features.
Interactable NPCs such as Shop NPCs and Mission NPCs are the only people the player can interact with in an Outpost to access all kinds of services and obtain Missions. These NPCs have distinguished looks and can mostly be found hanging around their respective stations, although they don't stay in one spot but tend to move around the Outpost instead like any other NPCs. Each of them has a unique directional marker showing their locations in an Outpost for easy navigation.
The Store allows players to buy and sell items. It can be accessed from the Merchant in every Outpost, who is distinguished by their Baseball Cap and Quartermaster's Outfit, along with the Shopping Cart icon above them.
They usually possess a Wrench, a Screwdriver, a Diving Mask and a loaded Revolver, so it's not the best idea to provoke them. Their station can easily be identified by the Display Shelf with various trophies in it and sometimes the Diving Suit Displays.
The Crew Management is a Human Resources department where players can manage their crew by looking over the current crew members and the available hireable people. The person in charge of this service is identified as a Watchman by their Watchman Clothes and the Human icon above them.
They possess a Diving Mask and a loaded Revolver, which isn't just for show. Their station is the section with the Notice Board, a long Bench, and an Office Window.
Usually, the kinds of crew members for hire are random in any Outposts, but depending on its type, the chances for each profession's availability vary.
|Colony||Habitation Outpost||Military Outpost||Mining Outpost||Research Outpost|
The prices for hiring crewmates aren't affected by the RP, but only proportional to their total levels across all skills, meaning the higher their skills combined are, the more expensive it is to hire them. Selected personnel is shown in the Pending Hires box. After validating hires, the newly hired personnel will join the crew when they leave the Outpost.
Players also have the option to fire crew members, effectively removing them from the crew permanently. During expeditions, players can also permanently lose crew members if they happen to die before reaching the next destination. It is also possible to hire people (bots) in Multiplayer Campaign.
Buying and exchanging submarines, plus upgrading and maintaining them are the services the Shipyard provides for the crew's vessel. As the player progresses through the Campaign, so should their sub, especially if they have to start out with their Dugong, a barely armed rustbucket, and the Shipyard's services can help with bettering its hulls and devices. Or the player can outright purchase a much bigger, tougher, and more advanced sub in place of the old tin can, provided they have the funds for any of the above.
The Shipyard comprises 2 sectors that either share the same area or are practically next to each other, the Maintenance bay sector where new Submarines can be purchased and the Reactor sector that provides Upgrades to the currently selected sub.
The Maintenance bay is run by the Mechanic with the Sub icon above them and the Reactor sector is run by the engineering crew chief with the Upgrade icon above them.
Though not compulsory, doing Missions is the quickest, most straightforward way of earning money provided the crew succeed. Missions are primarily activated by speaking to the manager of the Outpost, easily recognizable by their Station Administrator's Outfit and the Talk icon above them. Despite having the most authority, they only have a Diving Mask in their inventory and nothing else. The manager mostly stays in their fancy office, which usually has an Office Shelf, an Office Desk, and sometimes a sofa Bench.
An Outpost provides a maximum of 4 active Missions per visit. The player can [E]Talk to the manager up to 3 times, unlocking 3 random Missions that are marked on the Map at random adjacent Locations. Additionally, there's usually one random dweller with the similar Talk icon somewhere in the Outpost whom the player can interact with to be informed about an assignment that person posted about and sent to the sub's onboard navigation system for anyone interested, unlocking another random Mission on the Map.
Missions received in Campaign are identical to those of the separate Mission mode in Multiplayer. The further in the crew progresses on the Map, the fewer Missions can be active in an Outpost per visit.
It should be noted that in order to begin a Mission, the player must select the Mission itself before pressing Start when choosing a destination on the Map. Simply selecting the destination but not the Mission will instead begin a No Mission trip to the destination, which is similar to the gameplay of Sandbox mode.
Completing Missions not only yields the crew some hard-earned cash, but it also increases the RP of the Outpost that assigned those Missions. Some Missions also boost the RP of certain Factions.
- The Europan Mark takes its name from the historical Finnish currency, markka – proof that Finland became a superpower somewhere along the line.