For players that are wondering what to do at the start of the game and how some things work. Bare bones guide.
The first map, Beginning, will offer very little threat as you are almost indestructible. The second map, New Start, is when you get a taste of the task of surviving in Heavenworld. It isn’t just a zombie shooting party.
The in-game Help menu isn’t specific in what actions to take or strategy to follow, but is a general guide to many of the game’s features.
Once in Heavenworld, the game within a game, you’ll want to arm yourself for the apocalypse. You can have one firearm and one melee weapon on your person at the one time. <Ctrl> to switch between the two instantly. Firearms can have two firing modes. Choose which mode you want in the inventory. Which mode you are in is noted by the single bullet highlighted or the multiple bullets highlighted in the inventory. Weapons can have attachments. There are two spaces for these in the inventory above the fire mode icons.
When exploring the world you will see bright green objects standing out from the rest of the world. These are lootable objects. For a hardcore survival experience this bright green effect can be switched off in settings. Make sure to have your character standing next to, and looking at the object before pressing <F> to access the inventory. If you leave loot in the inventory the object remains bright green. Use the inventory arrow buttons to swap items back and forth between the lootable inventory and your own. To drop items from your inventory, press the button that is a circle with a diagonal line through it.
Ammo gets spent quickly and character damage adds up rapidly. Spend skill points when necessary on Construction to build a camp that has the options to craft items and maintain your faction. Spend skill points on Crafting to craft ammo and spend skill points on Medicine to craft medical supplies to heal yourself and others.
NPC’s can be recruited by talking to them and simply asking. Your skills affect the chance of recruiting. When you have a companion(s) they will be in your squad and follow you around including in vehicles unless you talk to them and tell them to “continue alone”. Whether your companion is in your squad or just in your faction, they can be given instructions to make themselves useful.
Planks of Wood
Small Batteries (Makes Battery)
Pieces of Metal
Gun Powder (Makes Ammo)
I hope this guide helps some people to decide to buy the game, knowing they will get support from the community here on Steam or on the developer’s Discord (Helios Production – link in Steam Discussions).
I will update this guide for a while, but as soon as a proper guide is posted this one will probably disappear.
Apologies for any errors you may find.