Satisfactory will hit Version 1.0 in 2024 with a pre-launch closed beta planned

Coffee Stain Studio has a story mode and a wealth of new features planned for when Satisfactory leaves early access this year.

Image via Cofee Stain Publishing

Satisfactory is finally about to complete its early access journey in 2024. The game has been one of the most phenomenal and beloved early access titles for a few years now, allowing players to head for an alien world and create a menagerie of industrial machinery and automation. Now (and after a big upgrade to Unreal Engine 5 in late 2023), Coffee Stain Studio is ready to tie a ribbon this game and it’s going to have a closed beta in the near future to make sure that ribbon is pristine.

Coffee Stain Studio announced the details of Satisfactory’s Version 1.0 plans and the closed beta leading up to it this week. Players can sign up for the beta via the previous link, and notifications will be sent out when it gets closer to the beta period. After that beta, Coffee Stain finally intends to launch Satisfactory 1.0. It’s not just going to be 1.0 and done, though. The team is scheming a huge update for the launch that will bring a new narrative element in alongside a wealth of new factory features to improve your industry.

A player riding on a vehicle with an alien pet in Satisfactory
Satisfactory is set to launch in Version 1.0 in 2024, but there will be a closed beta leading up to the release.
Source: Coffee Stain Publishing

We’ve been watching (and playing) Satisfactory here at Shacknews for a while. The game had an appearance on the early episodes of Indie-licious and has continued to grow since that appearance four years ago. In late 2023, that included an upgrade to Unreal Engine 5, which saw the game polished up, rebuilt, and future-proofed with new visuals that made use of UE5 staples like Lumen and Nanite. The developers felt confident that the engine switch would pave the way for Satisfactory’s road to 1.0.

Now that road sits just before us. Coffee Stain Studio still has some loose ends to tie up before Satisfactory 1.0, so stay tuned for dates on that closed beta, as well as an official release date and post-launch content for the game.

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      February 2, 2024 4:56 PM

      A closed beta in an early access game? That's a bit sketchy.

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        February 2, 2024 5:02 PM

        There’s a few items in the game which have previously had no purpose. Their titles literally include “WIP”.

        I’m wondering if this closed beta is to basically try out whatever narrative or purpose those things serve in whatever they’ve come up with. Perhaps they still want to keep a few things under wraps until 1.0.

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        February 2, 2024 5:07 PM

        Of all the early access games I've played I would never ever categorize Satisfactory as sketchy in any way even for having a closed beta at this stage. Just a wonderful "game".

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          February 2, 2024 5:31 PM

          They're also remarkably transparent about their dev process. Never seen a dev release so many detailed update videos over the years.

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            February 2, 2024 8:43 PM

            I think only Star Citizen beats them in the video self-documentary.

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          February 3, 2024 12:20 AM

          people tend to use the word "sketchy" because their lacking vocabulary prevents them from saying anything of value.

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        February 2, 2024 5:30 PM

        Nah, it's just a closed beta for the remaining new content that hasn't already been released in the 8 major updates up to this point. They want that last segment of content to be a surprise/new for most players when they go 1.0.

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        February 2, 2024 8:36 PM

        Do tell how its sketchy when its just for the remaining unreleased content for 1.0?

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          February 2, 2024 9:14 PM

          The principle behind early access is that sponsors get access to content that may not finished in exchange for funding the game. The developer isn't honoring that . I have no skin in this, but I'd understand if some early access players complained about being denied access to the content, especially if streamers get access and it's more of a hype-generating promotional thing rather than testing.

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            February 2, 2024 9:38 PM

            I think you are jousting at imaginary windmills when you focusing on Coffee Stain and Satisfactory in this regard a little bit.

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              February 2, 2024 9:58 PM

              I can't say I've kept track of Factorio clones very well. The concept of a closed beta in an early access game just seemed weird to me.

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                February 3, 2024 8:09 AM

                Factorio clones lol. Do you refer to all fps as doom clones?

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            February 3, 2024 5:55 AM

            bruh it’s just people playing a video game, I bought video game I play video game

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            February 3, 2024 8:08 AM

            That’s some rules you just made up in your head.

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            February 3, 2024 8:44 AM

            View it this way, the game has been out already to the public in the form of early access. They're coming up on a big update that will add a lot of stuff. There's a high possibility that it could break the game. It's better to have a smaller pool of people to test these new features with a closed beta, that way, if it does break, it will only break for those people and they can go back to the current pre-beta release. If they just released all the content they have for this beta test into the main branch, it would possibly break the game for everybody.

            They're just being cautious and that's the smart thing to do.

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            February 3, 2024 9:23 AM

            i hear your point but this isn't a situation where the dev hasn't given sufficient value for the EA dollar

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      February 2, 2024 8:05 PM

      That's cool, but still a pass for me. Give me some defense mechanics and it will be an instant buy for me.

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        February 2, 2024 8:44 PM

        They should have pals to defend you.

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        February 2, 2024 10:06 PM

        I actually appreciate Satisfactory for not having aggressive enemies and being a lot more chill than Factorio. Not to knock Factorio, both are amazing games, and you can of course turn the biters off in that game if you want. I don't think adding more combat to Satisfactory would improve it.

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          February 2, 2024 10:09 PM

          Satisfactory gains extra S ranks for having a setting to convert the horrifying spider monsters into kittens instead.

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          February 3, 2024 9:09 AM

          yeah i love Factorio but i appreciate the different tone and objectives of Satisfactory. there is combat but it's basically just advanced material harvesting

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            February 3, 2024 9:27 AM

            otoh Factorio without biters doesn't work for me at all. it lacks tension

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        February 3, 2024 8:12 AM

        Honestly I don’t really like satisfactory either. Not because of no defense mechanics, but its just a slog to build anything and its just not my jam. I don’t really like spending 5-20 hours building a factory to build one item.

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        February 3, 2024 9:08 AM

        there's always Factorio

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