Eco Alpha 3 Launched! Ecosystem balancing, Signs, Bug fixes

January 13, 2016
We’ve launched Eco Alpha 3, our second update from our Alpha launch! You can update your build here (or purchase the game if you don’t have it yet). Changes in this build:


  • Ecosystem balance. Animals no longer are completely dead before the end of day 2.
  • First pass at skills 2.0. Skill points are now earned over time and then spent on skills at the choice of the player. This system is still being balanced, so values are expected to change significantly in the future. There will be skill trees for each skill in Alpha 4, for now each skill just has one skill in its tree.
  • Added Invert-Y mouse option
  • Add more info to server API api/v1/info
  • Added signs you can craft to display messages.
  • Server now runs on Linux.


  • Server memory usage optimizations
  • Big Stack bug StrangeLoopGames/EcoIssues#30
  • Fixed Items disappear from backpack StrangeLoopGames/EcoIssues#31
  • New player movement controller. This removes wall climbing, so be careful when wandering around the world now as it is more difficult.
  • Numerous other fixes. Check public bug list for current open issues.

Next up: Alpha 4 and 5

This is our last ‘maintenance’ release before we start releasing big new features. In Alpha 4 and 5 you can expect some game changing features to come in:

  • Transportation. Players will not be able to carry infinite weight, and will need to create transport networks to work efficiently. By the end of the game the world will be criss-crossed in infrastructure to support the size of society needed to win the game.
  • Power system. Players will need to produce energy, which can consume resources and create pollution. The needs for this will scale up hugely towards the end of the game, and massive power networks will be needed to complete it.
  • Taxes and Elections. Players will be able to elect leaders, who can define how taxes are collected and spend them on public works projects. The government will be an incredibly useful tool for building the kinds of public works projects needed late game (power and transport systems).
  • Terrain and Foliage Pass. We’re evolving our visual style, expect a more refined look.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback in the forums and as always a huge thanks to everyone who has chosen to support the game in our alpha stage and help us make something amazing.

— Team Eco
The Eco Team is a collection of introverted and sometimes genius programmers/designers based in Seattle and Australia. We all grew up and thrive in the video game culture, so of course making them is our dream job. We look forward to continuing to put out quality games for the community of players.

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    Penny Tilton

    Does this game support X-Box 360 controller? There is NO information about this on Steam!

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    is there yet any way to use an xbox controller or anytime in the near future thanks 🙂

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    Is there a demo that I can play before buying it to see if I like it?

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      Will Post author

      Hey Jonno, sorry we don’t have a demo available. Thank you for your interest!

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    Janelle P

    Yesterday I had the great fortune of stumbling across the trailer to this game on facebook. I immediately went to researching the game and came here. I checked the servers and the prices under the buy tab. Today I decided to purchase the game, however none of the tabs are loading. They are all coming up with an error for the page. I was wondering if that is something that is being worked on or if there is another way for me to purchase this game?

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    Any idea if the game works on Mac (OS X)? I really want to play.

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      Will Post author

      Hey Julian, Yes Eco works on OS X. However it is not yet optimized for OS X. It will work better if you have a dedicated graphics card, so it depends on your Mac hardware. We will continue to refine and optimize the game. Thank you for your interest!

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        Thanks Will. Here’s my graphic info: Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB. Will this work?

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          Will Post author

          Hey Julian, these specs are probably not going to run well. Thank you!

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    I really want to buy this game and to share my experience on the game. I’m a new french youtuber and I would like to know if I can record and share my videos of the game?
    Thank you!

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      Will Post author

      Hi Alix,
      Thank you for your support, please feel free to share your videos, we appreciate it!

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    I would love to buy this game but I need to know what the system requirements are first please

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      Will Post author

      Hey Ben

      Min Specs: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
      2 GB ram
      NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 or AMD Radeon HD 5850 or Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 512 MB

      Recommended Specs: Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better
      4 GB ram
      NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better

      Thanks for your interest!

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      Yes i can confirm This. I wanted to go hunting and the Arrows dont seem to hit

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