— ION ? (@ionlands) May 22, 2020
Right now it’s only available in beta form, but Dieckmann told excited commenters on Twitter that it will be available in the “main [game] soon”. First-person driving is still a work-in-progress, though, as Dieckmann admits it “would be strange without cockpits”.
Sadly, I didn’t enjoy my time in Cloudpunk. Though undeniably beautiful, I thought it was “all style with little substance”, and “perfunctory to the point of dull”.
“While it’s refreshing to play a game that unashamedly puts the story first and lets us explore this complex universe without a weapon in our hand, neither the story nor its mechanical gameplay offers enough to keep me suitably engaged and entertained,” I said in Eurogamer’s Cloudpunk review. “It feels as though it’s pulling in way too many directions at once, uncertain of its own identity. Despite its stunning aesthetic, sublime score, and intriguing premise, Cloudpunk doesn’t quite deliver… which is ironic, really, given that’s pretty much all Rania can do.”