One of these days, I'm going to sink an unholy amount of time into Satisfactory, a game about building elaborate factories on an alien planet. Today's news – the release of Update 3, complete with a long-requested pipe-laying system, and a tease for the game's Steam release – pushes me one step closer.
Along with catching the cinematic trailer, I'd suggest checking out the Update 3 patch notes – they're full of cool gifs. I only have a surface-level understanding of Satisfactory, but I'm so intrigued. Above all else, I need you to know that you can construct and travel through Futurama-style "hypertubes."
Update 3 also includes fluids (to go along with the pipes), an AWESOME Shop that dishes out cosmetic rewards in exchange for unwanted resources, a Dune Desert redesign, the ol' "crouch and slide," and a substantial rebalance that affects building requirements, production, milestones, and recipes.
"There is still some work we need to do behind the scenes to get everything flowing," the studio noted in a post on Steam. "But this is a priority for us and we're doing our best. However... we all know how proficient we are in delays. So, I predict Steam launch at 5:00 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, 2020."
If you're gonna leave us hanging, have fun with it. That back-of-the-head Valve tease is perfect.