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BorderStrain ARPG


BorderStrain is an 2D-Open World ARPG for PC, explore the world of Pangea alone or join with friends in full multiplayer co-op!

The game is built upon our custom OpenGL engine and have both procedually generated worlds and loot as well as an built-in map-maker to allow you to easily create your own expansions and share with friends!

2020-03-13 BorderStrain 1.5 Is Now Released!

The Release Build contains lots and lots of updates, listed below is a few of the major ones:

-Lots & Lots of Gameplay Adjustments

-More Alien Terrain

-New Sounds & Music

-Improved AI Behaviour

-Complete Voice Acted AI to Guide You On Your Adventures

-Improvements to Main Quest

-Integrated Help Menu Now Available

-Performance Improvements

-Lots of Bug Fixes

2019-11-22 Homestead Patch Now Live!

This is the forth larger content Patch for BorderStrain - Early Access and the last planned Pre-Release Patch. The next Patch after this one will bring the game into Release!

This Patch focus on improving the Crafting System of the game as well as updating the GUI

New Updated GUI Interface

Completely Revised Crafting System

New Mining-Stance Available

New Block-Type Added

Various Smaller Fixes and Additions

New Crafting System:

- All Crafting now shares a common resource: Resource Points

- Materials such as Stone, Wood, Iron etc. gives different Resource Points

- Items can be Salvaged for Resource Points

- Collect & Learn new Blueprints to Craft

- Scan & Build Complete Structures

- Gathering Resource Points also yields an XP Reward

New Mining-Stance:

- Press & Hold the Use Button to start Mining

- Mine Blocks to gather Blueprints & Resource Points

- Mining the Ground and finding Ore Veins yields Bonus Resource Points

New Block-Type:

- Impeding Blocks

- Deals Damage to anyone passing over

- Slows down Movement Speed

- 3 Different Types Added

- Collectable & Craftable

Minor hot-fixes are expected as this Patch goes Live

Please report any bugs/issues either at the Community Hub or directly at [email protected]

2019-09-14 Mastery Patch Now Live!

This is the third larger content Patch for BorderStrain - Early Access.

This Patch focus on improving the overall Skills used in the game

Multiple Skills Replaced

Multiple New Skills Added

Multiple Changes to Existing Skills

Melee Weapons have been damage increased significantly

Update Melee Attack Effects

Update Teleport Effect

Added A Few New Area Visual Effects

Updated Projectile Explosion Secondary Effects

Added Ambient Sounds From Multiple Blocks

Various Bug Fixes

Following Skills have been Changed:

Offensive: Rapid Fire

-Attacks performed while Active now always are Instant-Hit type

Offensive: Burst-Shot

-Projectiles spawned now has reduced Area-Effect

Following Skills Have Been Removed:

Defensive: Clone

-Replaced with Infest

Defensive: Active Armour

-Replaced with Cocoon

Stealth: Pull-Loot

-Replaced with Death-Stance

Stealth: Negate-Attack

-Replaced with Nova Strike

Offensive: Flamethrower

-Replaced with Barrage-Stance

Offensive: Grenade-Volley

-Replaced with Berserk

Utility: Auto-Repair

-Replaced with Plasma Fence

Following Skills Have Been Added:

Basic: Empower

-Increased the power of all other active Skills while active

Basic: Demolition Charge

-Places a Demolition Charge that explodes after some time dealing Area-Damage and Bonus Damage against Blocks

Basic: Priomordial Rage

-Each Kill while active adds a Stack. Each Stack gives Bonus Damage

Basic: Heavy Blow

-Next Melee Attack deal Bonus Damage

Defensive: Cocoon

-Creates a protective Cocoon while Active which Prevents Damage and increased Health Regeneration

Defensive: Infest

-Deal Damage to target Creature. If killed it spawns a number of Friendly Spiders

Stealth: Nova Strike

-Teleport towards closest Enemy and perform multiple Melee Attacks, each dealing Bonus Damage

Stealth Death-Stance

-While Sniping Attacks now Pierce and damages all Enemies along bullet-path

Offensive: Barrage-Stance

-While in Heavy Stance Attacks also spawn Secondary Projectiles upon impact

Offensive: Berserk

-Player Receives Bonus Damage and Damage Reduction for each % Health missing while Active

Utility: Plasma Fence

-Drag & Drop to Place a energy fence dealing Damage to all Creatures passing through while Active

Please report any bugs/issues either at the Community Hub or directly at [email protected]

2019-08-13 Wayfaring Patch Now Live!

This is the second larger content Patch for BorderStrain - Early Access.

The focus of this Patch is primarily to expand the World Environment as well as add new tools for the Map-Maker which will allow for larger and better future content.

With the Wayfaring Patch the game now support 25 times larger custom areas, as well as a lot of newly generated Areas. Each city now has a Bounty-Broker which can supply custom Quests and the Map-Maker now has support for making your own Quests which can appear at the Bounty-Broker!

Many new Blocks has also been added to allow for increased variation of areas and now also supports placement of Creature-Spawners which are invisible blocks that can be used to pre-populate and area with specific Creatures.

2019-06-29 Pangea Patch Now Live!

This is the first larger content Patch for BorderStrain - Early Access.

The focus of this Patch is primarily to expand the World Environment as well as add more gameplay in the form of new areas, new items and new special blocks!

With the Pangea Patch the world of Pangea now houses new, more alien areas. The World-Generator has been updated to provide better variation of the game world and new enivronmental conent and effects such multiple new Alien Trees, new Blocks and fog during Dawn and Dusk has been added!

For new Loot the Patch adds Sigils, Crystals and Log-Entries. 


These are items which can be Infused in the Players Weapon to provide unique and powerful effetcs. Sigils gains XP and the more a Sigil is used the more Powerful it becomes. One intention here is also that it opens up for more Player Builds. There are a total of 12 different Sigils to be found in the game.


Crystals are a new typ of Consumable. They can provide different one-time Effects, such as an XP-Reward, a Terraforming Event or to control the Weather and Spawn-Rate of of Creatures and Enemies.


Log-Entries can now be found dropped in the game. They provide different short historical data of Pangea. The more Entries found the more backstory of Pangea can be discovered. Once the Player no longer feels a need for them they can also be Consumed for an XP Reward.

Special Lootable Blocks:

A new type of special blocks which can be found in the World. These special blocks, such as tainted alien eggs or floating crystals, can be destroyed for a large Loot Reward. However, they can also trigger dangerous events once destroyed so thread carefully!

This Patch also containes various smaller bug fixes and patches!

Please report any bugs found on the Community Forums or directly to [email protected]. 

We will be extra vigilant to hot-fix any potential bugs now during the release of this Patch!

2019-06-15 Sneek Preview Of Upcoming Pangea Patch!

There have been a lot of small bug-fix and mini-feature Patches recently. However, there is also a larger Patch at work which aims to increase the variation of the game world. Being a larger patch there is still some time before it is released but we wanted to give a sneek-peak of what it will contain!

One item to be added are a number of new sci-fi style trees, here below is a sneek peek of few of the 12 new base-types of trees that have been prepared for the patch!

Another addition is three new types of items; Sigils, which can be levelled up and bound in your weapon to provide unique effects, Gems which are powerful one-use items and Logs which provide short pieces of Pangea History!

The final asset additions include 8 new animated environmental blocks to be found in the game which drops special loot!

2019-05-26 WebPage Forum Replaced By Steam Community

The local webpage Forum will no longer be available. Instead all discussions are now moved to the Steam Community Hub. This provides an easer access and does not require users to register to a second Forum!

2019-05-24 Announcement!

BorderStrain is now available as Steam Early Access!

Head over to the Steam Store to check the latest trailer, join in discussions and, if your interested, purchase your own copy of the game!

This is a major landmark for the game and I will be working extra hard the upcoming time to keep on top of any issues encountered and to help improve any feedback reported!


  • 2D Open World RPG
  • Single & Multiplayer
  • Global Leaderboards
  • Procedual Loot
  • 4 Unique Skill-Trees to Mix & Mash!

Best Regards!      BG109

Latest Update Patches:

Patch Release Build

- Lots of Gameplay Adjustments

- More Alien Terrain

- New Sounds & Music

- Complete Voice Acted AI

- Improved Main Quest

- Integrated Help-Menu

- Improved Performance

-Bug Fixes

Patch Various

- Player can now Skip Intro while playing

- Item Ability: Level Reduction can no longer appear if only one Item Ability available

- Bug Fixes in Server Listings

- Bug Fix with Private/Public Setting

- Bug Fix with Map Quest Indicator

Patch Patch Add-On

- Blocks now Move when Damaged

- Mining Ore-Vein can drop Crystals

- Item Ability Radiance have now been replaced with Level Reduction

Patch Patch Add-On

- Elite Affectors now Visible/Readable

- Fine-tune Ground Height Shadows

- Bug-fix related to Impeding Blocks

Patch Patch Add-On

- Fixed Player getting stuck in Blocks

- Rebalanced amount of Water

- Fixed crash related to Sound

Patch Patch Add-On

- Fixed issue with Item Crafting cost

- Improved Map visuals

- Improved Ore-Vein visuals

Patch Hot-Fix

- Fixed issue with NPC dialogs

Patch Major Content

- New Updated GUI Interface

- Revised Crafting System

- New Mining-Stance Available

- New Block-Type Added

- Various Small Improvements

- Various Bug-Fixes

Patch Feature & Bug-Fixes

- Added XP Bar

- Fixed Bug Preventing Sigils from Dropping

-Further Melee Weapon Balancing

-Various Big-Fixes

Patch Major Content

- Multiple Skills Replaced

- Multiple New Skills Added

- Multiple Changes to Existing Skills

- Melee Weapons Imprpoved

- Added Graphical Effects

- Block Ambient Sounds Added

- Various Bug Fixes

Patch Memory Management

-Fixed Issue With Memory Shortage

-Expansion-Data Is Now Read Directly From File

-Improved File-Access Handling

Patch Patch Add-On

-New Bounty-Broker Quest

-New Decorative Blocks

-New Lightsources

-Bug Fix Related To Map/Dialog

-Various Bug Fixes

Patch Major Content

- Larger Custom Areas

- NPC Quest Broker Added

- New Areas Added

- New Blocks Added

- Resting Speeds Up Time

- Multiple Map-Maker Features

- Various Bug-Fixes

Patch Bug-Fixes

- Fixed bugs causing Player to get stuck in new Checkpoint Block

- Fixed a memory bug related to initial texture loading

Patch Memory Handling

- Fixed bugs related to memory handling

Patch Graphic Support

- Added low-res fallback textures to support a wider range of graphic cards

- Fixed lightning bug with lava areas

Patch Multiple

- Added In-Game Chat Function

- Added Creature Info When Mouse Is Close To Creature

- Updated Waypoint & Checkpoint Block Graphics

- Improved Fog

- Increased Drop Rate of Sigils

- Reduced Amount of Rain

- Removed Unused Textures

Patch Major Content

- 12 New Tree Types

- Updated World Generation to generate more Alien Terrain

- New Item: Sigils

- New Item: Crystals

- New Item: Log-Entries

- New Animated Special Blocks

- Added Fog Effect

- Various Bug-Fixes

Patch Multiple

-Fixed Respawn Location Bug when Moving Between Servers

-Added Graphics To Show If Location Is Valid For Block Placement

-Improved Performance of Doding While Moving

-Added Option To Filter Low-Quality Drops

-Updated Graphics For Intro/World Select When Starting New Character

-Made Text Render More Clearly

-Fixed Bug With WASD+Shift Key

Patch WASD Controls

-Added Support For WASD Controls

-Added Hot-Key Option For Snipe-Mode

-Fixed Bug With Ghost-Loot Showing When Rejoin Game

Patch Bug-Fixes

-Fixed Bug Introduced In Causing New Server Using Random Biome To Create Forever

-Fixed Bug In Options-Menu Hot Key Requiring Dual Key-Presses

-Added The Option To Leave Immediately When Dead

-Store Items Can Now Be Sold/Purchased Directly By Double Clicking

Patch Multiple

-Added Biome-Select To Server Creation

-Added Public/Private Option When Starting Game

-Tool-Tips Added When Player Hover Mouse Over Buttons

-Screen-Shake Option Scaler Added

-Reduced Player/Wall Bounce

-Improved Creature Wall Collision

-Reduced Amount of Trees In Desert-Biomes

-Increased Walk Animation Speed

-Fixed Bug With Brute Passive Skill Indicator

-Decreased Build-Time of Wood & Stone Walls

-Improved Graphical Difference Between Coal & Iron Ore

-Removed +NaN indicator on Items Which Missed Comparison

Patch Bug-Fixes & Features

-Fixed Bug Which Made All Games Public On Steam. Games Should Now Be Visible To Friends Only

-Doubled Draw Speed Of NPC Text

-Improved Creature Wall Collisions

-Player Can Now Click Map to Pickup & Use Nearby Items

Patch Graphics & Bug Fixes

- Improved Beam Weapons Effects and Reduced Glitches

Patch Performance & Bug Fixes

-Multiple performance improvements, mainly on render-side

-Fixed Bug With Player Display On Mini-Map

Patch Performance & Bug-Fixes

-Updated libraries to newer versions across the board

-Small Performance Update To Particle Systems

Patch Pre-Release Build

-Various Small Bug-Fixes

-Added Creature-Specific Behaviour

-Fixed Bug With Set-Item Bonus Display

-Small Updates To Standard Expansion

-Added Credits In Menu

Patch Bug-Fixes & Features

-Special Creature Behaviours Added

-Improved Visual of Gas Clouds

-Various Small Bug Fixes

Patch Multiple

-Added new Waypoint Graphics

-Further Improved Mini-Map

-New Skill "Black-Hole" Added

-Killed Enemies Now Drop Healing-Orbs

-Dying In Dungeon Repspawns at Entrance