Welcome to Alpha Periphery
Today you awoke from cryogenic sleep.
The exosuit that protects you greets you:
Welcome to Alpha Periphery. You were hired by the system's licensed corporation as a surveyor to assess its value. As you walk the shifting desert beneath you, it becomes clear there are more mysteries than rare metals to uncover.
This is your strangest job yet.
Periphery Synthetic EP is best experienced with headphones and a gamepad.
Real-time synthesis is an extremely CPU-intensive process. It will attempt to run on any machine that meets its minimum requirements; however, surveyors may experience stuttering or drop-outs when running below the recommended requirements.
Minimum System Requirements
|CPU||SSE2 capable (64-bit)|
Recommended System Requirements
|CPU||3.5 GHz Quad-Core (64-bit)|
Troubleshooting Performance Issues
Periphery Synthetic EP has been optimized for its recommended system requirements. Surveyors experiencing performance issues are encouraged to adjust settings on the Audio or Graphics screens. Audio stuttering can be improved by deactivating reverb. Frame rates can be improved by reducing draw distance or deactivating graphics entirely.
How to Play
Surveyors pilot a versatile exosuit capable of traversing the most extreme terrain in the galaxy. It comes preinstalled with a terrain scanner and limited cargo space. Scan the terrain and collect its bounties.
The exosuit is also equipped with a printer that can synthesize raw materials into new and improved components. For example, with the Wheels upgrade, it can transform seamlessly between bipedal and wheeled modes to handle unique demands.
Conveniently, these worlds are covered with free elements. Collect and synthesize them to customize your exosuit. A fully upgraded exosuit can overcome any obstacle.
In its default bipedal mode, the exosuit grants surveyors full freedom of movement, with forward, reverse, turning, and strafing controls.
It can jump in any direction, or bunny hop continuously, by pressing the Jump control, in combination with other movement controls. By pressing and holding Jump, even greater distances can be traversed. While mid-air, the Grapple control can be held to brace even the strongest impacts.
Surveyors will eventually desire new and improved abilities. These can be synthesized from the Upgrades screen.
When installed, pressing the Transform control toggles its wheeled mode. While driving, the exosuit gains a substantial speed boost at the expense of some freedoms, surrendering its ability to strafe and jump. However, its brakes can be temporarily suspended, to slide down slopes and perform tight turns, by holding the Drift control.
By pressing the Scan Terrain control, surveyors can gain new insights into their surroundings. Using it often is key to completing all objectives.
Many worlds have atmospheric features which obstruct visibility. With the scanner, surveyors can also visualize local elevation differences, and collectible objects, with sound.
Scan results are represented as streams of tones. These extend outward to form a 200-meter semicircle ahead. Level terrain is carefully tuned to Middle C, with each octave corresponding to 100 meters of difference.
Nearby objects emit bright pings from their respective locations. These should not be confused with the darker echolocation ping, which returns where the ground meets eyelevel.
The Functions screen holds the exosuit's most interesting capabilities. It can be accessed from the game menu, or in-game with a special hotkey.
Surveyors are alerted whenever they have enough materials to synthesize a new upgrade for their exosuits. From the Synthesis screen, they can browse their inventory and available upgrades.
Materials are scattered throughout the star system. To collect them, surveyors must get close and have available cargo space.
Surveyors can inspect their inventory from the Materials screen. Each material type has a maximum capacity independent from one another. They can increase their material capacity with the Cargo Racks upgrade.
Available upgrades can be browsed from the Upgrades screen. Select a subsystem to view its current bonus, next upgrade cost, and modify its level. New subsystems become available as materials are discovered.
Surveyors may occasionally encounter significant places of interest. These are added to the Destinations screen when scanned. Selecting a destination will transport surveyors to it automatically.
Surveyors may occasionally have deeper thoughts. These are added to the Perceptions screen for later reading when acquired. Topics include new discoveries and interesting interactions.
The exosuit supports a variety of input devices. Although remapping of controls is currently not available, alternate control schemes have been provided where appropriate.
The exosuit's keyboard controls support play with one or both hands:
|Action||Key 1||Key 2||Key 3|
|Forward||W||Up Arrow||Numpad 8|
|Reverse||S||Down Arrow||Numpad 5|
|Turn Left||Q||Left Arrow||Numpad 7|
|Turn Right||E||Right Arrow||Numpad 9|
|Strafe Left||A||Numpad 4|
|Strafe Right||D||Numpad 6|
|Gapple / Drift||Left Control||Right Control|
|Sprint / Turbo||Left Shift||Right Shift|
|Back / Game Menu||Escape||Backspace|
Hotkeys have been provided to quickly jump to screen elements. Press numbers 1 through 0 to focus the element at that position. If the desired element is already focused, then it will be clicked instead.
Additional keyboard shortcuts have been provided to quickly access certain UI elements with a screen reader while in-game. They can be used by first pressing and holding either Alt key:
|Previous Notification||Page Up|
|Next Notification||Page Down|
The exosuit can be controlled with a mouse in tandem with a keyboard for an immersive first-person experience:
|Vertical Look||Mouse Y-Axis|
|Jump||Mouse 0 (Primary)|
|Grapple / Drift||Mouse 1 (Secondary)|
The exosuit supports standard gamepads such as an Xbox controller. Other controllers can be configured with a utility like x360ce:
|Action||Button 1||Button 2|
|Forward||Left Stick||Right Trigger|
|Reverse||Left Stick||Left Trigger|
|Gapple / Drift||Left Bumper|
|Sprint / Turbo||Press Left Stick|
|Transform||Press Right Stick|
|Vertical Look||Right Stick|
Feel the exosuit as it interrogates the terrain. Vibration can be reduced or removed entirely from the Controls screen.
Periphery Synthetic EP does not currently support touch beyond its menus. For best results on mobile devices, a gamepad is strongly recommended.
Periphery Synthetic EP is developed in accordance with WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.1 at Level AA conformance. Its menus are fully operable with a keyboard and screen readers such as NVDA.
The exosuit can produce certain strobing patterns when moving at high velocities. Please navigate to the Graphics screen to make adjustments or deactivate them entirely.
Please direct all support requests through the platform from which Periphery Synthetic EP was acquired:
The following typefaces belong to their respective owners:
- Fira Code by Nikita Prokopov
- Roboto by Google
Thanks for playing!