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(UPDATED v.0.10.4.0 _ New Frontiers)
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 too.
Following version 0.10, the New Frontiers major update, everything we know about Campaign in previous versions has been completely overhauled. Mainly, the update introduces new key elements of Campaign progression; therefore, the whole map interface with the Store, Crew, Repair hub has been entirely removed. Now the players must navigate in an explorable, procedurally generated Outpost to manually access core game features.
Upon starting a Campaign, the player (or host) chooses a submarine to start out.
In Singleplayer, every sub is identified as a specific class. Outdated modded subs have an undefined class, and thus are unusable due to the new Submarine progression feature. Only the 6,000 mk Scout class Dugong and up to date modded subs (v0.10), which either costs the same or less than the Dugong, can be chosen. In Multiplayer, undefined modded subs can still be used in Sandbox and Mission mode only. Unlike Singleplayer, the host can freely choose whichever sub to start out 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 a desired sub has been picked, the game starts immediately, displaying the intro text and the crew is transitioned inside the Outpost, which is always the Colony. The in-game currency is called Europan Mark (mk) and the initial balance of the crew is 2,500 mk. Here, 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 worst eliminated by the Outpost's Security force.
Map[edit | edit source]
The Map is the navigation system providing the crew's current location and different paths leading to other destinations with missions the player picked up from the Outpost. It can be accessed when the player chooses to leave the location which appears on top of the screen when 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 layout of the Map is divided into grids containing 16 cells each. The grayed out grids, which are randomized every game startup, are ones the crew has yet to discover and not showing any paths or locations. The crew start their journey on the east side of the Map and gradually venture deeper to the heart of Europa on the west, which gets progressively harder in difficulty the further in the crew travel. The available paths the crew can take also only cover 2 grids in column. There are different looking grids, representing a specific biome, currently consisting of 5 in total. From left to right there are Cold Caverns, Europan Ridge, Hydrothermal Wastes, Aphotic Plateau and lastly Great Void.
Any location the crew has set foot in and any path the crew has traveled will be highlighted in yellow, except for Natural Formation, which is highlighted in green.
Outpost[edit | edit source]
Currently, there are 8 types of locations throughout the Map of Europa's ocean, divided into 2 groups. The first group, comprised of Colony, Habitation Outpost and 3 work camps: Military Outpost, Mining Outpost and Research Outpost, has an accessible, explorable Outpost. The second group, made up of Natural Formation, Breeding Grounds and the End location, doesn't have an Outpost for the sub to dock but merely acts as a checkpoint, which allows the player to access the Map and choose the next destination. Unlike the first group, travelling to these parts proves more dangerous with the increased number of all kinds of aquatic hostiles, especially Breeding Grounds. However, upon successfully reaching the destination safely for the first time, Breeding Grounds gets depopulated and becomes Natural Formation. After making around 3 more trips to wherever, an unnamed group of settlers will venture into the Natural Formation and establish a Habitation Outpost.
Outpost Terminal[edit | edit source]
In the docking lobby, usually located near the Storage area, stations the Outpost Terminal. The Submarine Delivery Service can be accessed here. It allows the player to switch between owned subs for the next expedition. The terminal's interface also displays info about each selected sub and the amount of Marks the crew has.
Reputation[edit | edit source]
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. Currently RP has no influence over the Shipyard's subs and Crew Management.
Each Outpost has a randomized RP, ranging from -10 RP to 10 RP, while all Factions have their own 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 container are marked with a red hand symbol, indicating they're the property of the Outpost dwellers; therefore grabbing hold of them is considered theft, decreasing the Outpost RP by 1, unless the culprit manages to snatch the items outside people's line of sight.
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 kinds of business with the people in the Outpost since everyone runs away just from the sight of them.
Faction[edit | edit source]
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 Faction during Events may have a negative impact on the others. Currently, 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.
Event[edit | edit source]
Outpost Events are occurrences the crew may encounter in any Outpost. Upon entering an Outpost, there's a chance that a randomized Event may occur in certain areas of the Outpost or after a certain time period. Only 1 Event per Outpost is active at a time. In Singleplayer, the player becomes immobile when an Event is triggered and only gets to move again after finishing the Event. But in Multiplayer, the player can still move around freely while an Event is active.
In an Event, a scenario is presented to the player, informing them of their surroundings, the current situation and what's about to come next. Then they are given a number of choices which can lead to different paths of the scenario, ultimately leading to different outcomes of the whole Event. Depending on the choices made by the player, the outcome commonly includes getting an affliction, getting attacked by others, losing marks, earning marks, losing and earning RP in an Outpost or specific Factions, or everything in between.
Currently, there are 22 regular Events in any Outpost and 5 Outpost-specific Events, which only occur in a certain type of Outposts.
Regular Events[edit | edit source]
Outpost-specific Events[edit | edit source]
Military Outpost[edit | edit source]
Mining Outpost[edit | edit source]
Research Outpost[edit | edit source]
NPC[edit | edit source]
NPCs are the dwellers of an Outpost the player can interact with. There are 2 types of NPCs. Regular NPCs whom the player can interact with by healing or getting informed about missions, and Shop NPCs who can only be healed by the Outpost medic and are the only way to get all kinds of services. Shop 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.
Store[edit | edit source]
- See also: Store
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 symbol in the chat bubble 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.
Crew Management[edit | edit source]
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 symbol 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 each Outpost, but depending on the type of Outposts, the availability of each profession may vary. Generally but not always, it is a guarantee to find many Assistants in Colony, Captains in Habitation Outpost, Security Officers in Military Outpost, Engineers and Mechanics in Mining Outpost, Doctors in Research Outpost.
The prices for their employment 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 are 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 now also possible to hire people (bots) in Multiplayer Campaign.
Shipyard[edit | edit source]
- See also: Shipyard
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 share the same area or are practically next to each other, the Maintenance bay sector where new Submarines can be purchased from and the Reactor sector that provides Upgrades to the current owned sub.
Mission[edit | edit source]
Though not compulsory, doing Missions is the quickest, most straightforward way of earning money provided the crew succeed. Missions are activated by speaking to the manager of the Outpost, easily recognizable by their Station Administrator's Outfit and the 3 dots Speech symbol in the text bubble above them. Despite having the most authority, they only have a Diving Mask in their inventory and nothing else. The manager usually stays in their fancy office, which usually has an Office Shelf, an Office Desk and sometimes a sofa Bench.
Every Outpost provides a maximum of 4 active Missions during a visit. The player can talk to the manager up to 3 times, unlocking 3 random Missions that will be marked on the Map at random nearby locations. Additionally, there's usually one random dweller with the similar Speech symbol somewhere in the Outpost whom the player can find and talk to to be informed about an assignment that person posted about and sent to the sub's onboard navigation system for anyone interested, unlocking the fourth random Mission on the Map. Missions received in Campaign are identical to those of the separate Mission mode in Multiplayer.
Successfully completing Missions not only yields the crew some hard earned cash, but it also increases the RP of the Outpost which assigned those Missions. Some Missions also boost the RP of certain Factions.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Europan Mark takes its name from the historical Finnish currency, markka – proof that Finland became a superpower somewhere along the line.