Icarus softens its stance on permadeath with mission insurance

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Permadeth remains an issue in Icarus. In late December, developer RocketWerkz picked up thousands of characters from the graveVictims of being left behind on the planet after the mission timer runs out in this session-based survival game. It’s the only way to experience the death of a true character in Icarus – if you don’t catch the rocket ride back into space before the mission timer reaches zero, you’ll lose your character and all of their skill progress forever. Lose (though the station crafted items in space will remain available to your other characters).

December’s mass resurrection was due to a possible misunderstanding by players about how Permadeth works in Icarus. “We can’t be clear enough for new players learning the game that unless you return to your dropship before the timer expires, you permanently lose your character – leaving on the surface of the planet.” given,” Rocketworks said at the time. “While these issues don’t affect all players, it hurts when you misplace a character.”


Now RocketWerkz has taken over One more step Towards forgiving players for not making their scheduled flights. An ‘insurance’ option has been added to some of Icarus’ missions. If you take an insured mission and don’t remove your character from the planet before the timer expires, you won’t lose them or their progress permanently. They will be retained on the space station.

“This adjustment is the first of many, giving us the opportunity to test some of the principles and concepts we are working on behind the scenes,” Rocketworks says. “Expect more significant changes on this front in future updates.” A quick skim of the mission selection screen reveals that about 15 of the 60 or more missions in Icarus are insured.

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This time there is no mention in Rocketworks’ post of misunderstood players about Permadeth. It feels like a move to make the harshest element of the game a little less prickly and let players make a few more mistakes without paying the ultimate price. I can get on board with this. Personally, if I’ve lost my character forever – even if it’s entirely my own fault – I’m not sure how eager I would be to start completely from scratch. This insurance feature seems like a good way to make at least some missions in Icarus risk-free, while keeping the intimidating threat of Permadeth intact for the rest.

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