Prosperous Universe is a space economy MMO played entirely through a highly customizable user interface named APEX, which allows you to manage your own spacefaring company via web browser on any desktop computer.
To get you accustomed with the interface, APEX has issued learning materials that gradually introduce you to its rich feature set:
This game does not set any goals for you. You decide whether you want to be the richest CEO in the system, a respected political leader, a lone hermit farming a desolate planet, or an explorer scanning the fringes of the known universe. However, everything you do happens through the lens of managing a company with the need to turn a profit.
“I don’t play browser games”
Yet you have found your way here, and for good reasons! You will find that Prosperous Universe is all but a conventional browser game. Many of our players come from hardcore PC gaming, while some others haven’t played a video game in their life. Only a few of them seem to be playing other browser games.
The browser is a very capable gaming platform, available on pretty much every computer in the world. Achieving immersion is not a matter of high-definition graphics but of a plausible and consistent way of interacting with the game world. The APEX interface provides just that.
A single, player-driven universe
All players share the same, persistent universe. As a result, every single action bears the potential to have a lasting effect on the future of the game. Rather than having NPCs and scripted events shape the course of history, economic and political developments are purely driven by players.
At the heart of our vision lies the concept of a closed economic loop. There have been thousands of browser-based sci-fi strategy games before that emphasize military conflict. By contrast, Prosperous Universe is all about the economy and complex player-driven supply chains in which every material has to be either produced or purchased from other player-run companies.
Through its many intertwined features, Prosperous Universe also allows for meaningful, high-level meta game play like forging huge alliances, building lasting empires and waging trade wars by employing diplomacy, strategy and intrigue.
Play at your own pace
A game pairing a highly realistic economy with literal rocket science appears daunting to some. And indeed, mastering complex systems is part of what gets you ahead in Prosperous Universe. However, the ability of playing the game at your own pace is engraved in its core design. Your company’s success is not directly tied to your time investment. Unlike most browser games, Prosperous Universe pulls no tricks to lure its’ players back online when they’re currently trying to go about their busy lives:
No grind. No daily “special” offers. No looming threat of destruction by the hand of others in your absence. You play when you want to play.
You decide: Play for free forever with limited features or buy a subscription to become a Premium user. Prosperous Universe will always maintain this fair and simple monetization model in lieu of pay-to-win microtransactions. Gaining a paid advantage over other players would not only unfairly favor those with deeper pockets, it would also compromise the game’s realism. For instance, long waiting times are part of space travel, and no amount of real money is going to change physics.
During First Access, you need to obtain a key in order to play the game. Starting at 10 €, keys can be purchased in the support tier matrix, a crowdfunding-like system that allows early adopters to help fund development and get some great perks in return. Each key will grant access to the entire First Access phase, which started in December 2018 and will last several months.
Once First Access is over, Prosperous Universe will go free-to-play with a monthly subscription fee to access premium features. We will always do our best to steer clear of pay-to-win and in-game purchases.
Make sure to keep an eye on this page as we will update it continuously.
Our unique tile-based UI lets you set up and customize any number of screens to accommodate whatever workflow you prefer. For example, you could have one screen to control all mining activity in a certain system and another just to monitor the latest resource prices across various exchanges. Screens are persistent, so you’ll always find your APEX console the way you left it.
The world of Prosperous Universe consists of hundreds of star systems and thousands of planets. Each planet features an individual climate and resource distribution. Star types, planetary orbits as well as planet characteristics are procedurally generated based on approximations of real-world observations and models.
Players start with a set of standard issue ships which balance cargo volume, fuel capacity and performance. Ships require fuel to operate and depending on the specs, different kinds of fuel for different types of engines.
Slower-than-light-transport in Prosperous Universe refers to travel within a star system and between planets. It’s loosely modelled after real-world orbital mechanics, so your ship’s acceleration, the total mass of your vessel (including cargo and fuel) as well as the position of planets (which changes over time) matter.
Faster-than-light-transport allows you to travel between star systems. FTL engines work by creating a field around the ship which opens a so-called tunnel that shortens the distance between origin and destination.
Almost all goods in the game can be traded on public exchanges. Brokers determine current prices by matching buy and sell orders automatically. Initial exchanges are NPC-operated and offer escrow for relatively risk-free trading.
Operating production modules requires staff, which needs to be housed and entertained. Advanced production processes also require more advanced personnel, which in turn has more sophisticated needs. Low staff satisfaction reduces the production efficiency.
Each faction in the game has its own currency. If players want to trade using a different currency from their own, they can use the central FX system to exchange currencies. Just like the commodity exchanges, this works in real-time and with automated brokers matching supply and demand.
Since the game runs 24/7, important things can happen at any time. The notification system allows you to receive email notifications and in-game alerts about new messages, halted productions or arriving ships. Players will be able to customize their notification settings.
Upgraded version of both STL and FTL transport. View individual flight segments along your ship's path, send it to orbits around stars and planets, dock with space stations. View other players' ships on all maps and display their names and owners.
Initially, these will be loose groups of players similar to clans or alliances in other games and will provide private communication features as well as collective programs that can be voted on. Later on, they will serve as the foundation for complex mid- and end-game features.
While you can enter a contract with anyone, there’s no guarantee they’ll keep up their end of the bargain. The player rating is a publicly visible rating score which is generated automatically and is based on various financial and other indicators of the respective player. This provides a clue about how reliable or trustworthy a player might be.
A 3D editor allows you to design customized blueprints based on an extensible component system. Components can be structural elements, reactors, storage modules, or engines, among others. Those blueprints can be used to build ships in shipyards. This allows players to tailor ships to their specific needs.
Running a base and operating production modules requires energy. Depending on the environment of your base and the kind of production process, energy requirements might differ widely. The availability of different energy sources becomes an additional criterion when choosing base locations.
Corporations can open and operate commodity exchanges of their own which allows them to control the materials to be traded, the fee structure, whether to offer escrow or not, what player rating is required to trade, and many more settings.
Introduces military conflict into the game, allowing corporations to conquer the infrastructure of planets. Players with bases on these planets will only be affected indirectly by changes in policy, but will never lose property.
While trading on commodity exchanges is very convenient, you might want to keep a transaction private for a variety of reasons. This system will allow you to make private deals directly with other players to achieve just that.
While making the game itself mobile-friendly is not part of our roadmap for the time being, special-purpose companion apps might be a compromise to allow users to use the most common features on the go.
Make Prosperous Universe available for purchase on commonly used platforms.
Coming from very different backgrounds, the team behind Prosperous Universe shares a common passion for hard
science fiction and serious business simulation games.
Project Lead, Programming, Game Design
Martin actually holds a degree in logistics but decided early on that the shipping industry wasn't
There exists an undeniable passion for transport, though, leading him to create the
browser-based airline management game AirlineSim in his
and running it to this day.
When not programming away on our server infrastructure or coming up with an AI for simulated
populations, Martin takes care of all the business aspects of the project.
Michael Olp (molp)
Programming, Game Design
Michael's career started out in the finance sector and had him develop software for various banks.
Then he decided this wasn't fun enough and took the plunge into self-employment, creating the
mobile puzzle game Blockadillo.
Anything in Prosperous Universe that's 3D and/or is moving around has probably been built by Michi.
Julian Colbus (Mjeno)
PR & Community Management
Julian started out in the games industry as a freelance composer and sound designer by the name of
Mediacracy Music. He has been developing his own
sci-fi game on the side since 2016.
Julian takes care of anything related to the Prosperous Universe brand, press, social media channels
and the production of various multimedia formats.
Design, Concept Art
Mac has been drawing spaceships long before he even learned to read. The love for "all things space"
and his creative mind lead him to a world of concept art. He has worked as a concept artist and
illustrator for various video game and film companies, fulfilling his childhood dreams. Mac now works
as a Senior Concept Artist at CD Projekt Red.
In his spare time, he designs space missions and spacecraft, some of them shown on his blog
Space That Never Was.
Since 2011, Alex has founded two independent game studios and helped bring several video games come
to life. As a freelance consultant on design, marketing, and management, he plays an important role
in shaping the systems that make up Prosperous Universe's gameplay.
To see what else Alex is currently up, have a look at his Twitter.
Here we try to answer the most common questions you might have about Prosperous Universe. If you can't find your
question answered in the list, feel free to post it on our forums.
The next big steps are Early Access (2019) and ultimately the full launch (TBA). The single game world will be reset multiple times during First and Early Access and finally become persistent upon full launch.
To play during First Access, you need to purchase one of the supporter packs, which start at 10 € (see "Pricing" above). After First Access ends, the game can be played for free for an unlimited time. However, certain features will only be accessible to premium users who pay a monthly subscription fee. We have not settled on a final monthly price yet, but we expect it to be a one-digit Euro amount per month.
We think that the browser is a very capable gaming platform, available on pretty much every computer and every system in the world. It's the perfect match for the kind of play style we have in mind, allowing people to play from their office or while doing something else without having to download, install and run client software.
There is no official mobile support as of now. Our primary focus lies on desktop browsers for the time being. Optimizations to play the game on tablets as well as companion apps for certain aspects of the game are on our roadmap, though.
First and foremost, Properous Universe is a browser-based game. While we do have plans to provide a client software that could be offered on platforms like Steam or the Apple App Store, this is a low priority for us right now.