SQUAD, the team behind Kerbal Space Program, everybody’s favorite space race simulator, has announced that they will be launching their first paid expansion appropriately dubbed, Making History. For those of you who don’t know, Kerbal Space Program allows you to relive the glories of the Space Race and beyond by firing Kerbonauts off into the void. Sometimes you even manage to get them back down safely again. You can travel to the far corners of the galaxy, build everything from small probes to advanced multi-stage rockets and even colonize distant planets. Or so I am told. Personally, I tend to spend my time blowing up on the launch-pad or trying to rescue poor Jebediah from the dark side of the moon. Sadly, it seems that not every problem can be solved with additional engines.
Kerbal Space Program has already had a number of free updates since it left early access in 2015. The most recent of which was 1.2, better known as “Loud and Clear”. 1.2 came with some pretty drastic changes, including a complete overhaul of how the fuel-flow system works and the addition fully fledged communication networks and surveillance/surveying systems. Making History looks set to expand on all of this even further.
One of Making History’s coolest features is the Mission Builder. Users will be able to create their own tailored missions that they can then share with the community at large. For me, the biggest draw is the History Pack, a series of pre-made missions that will give players the chance to try and overcome the great challenges of the early space race. On top of this they will also be throwing in; new parts, a scoring system and a personal parachute for your brave kerbonauts! A useful additional for those of us whose creations have a tendency to explode violently without warning.
There are no concrete details regarding the release date or pricing yet. Except for the confirmation that SQUAD is making good on a promise to early adopters in 2013. The DLC will be free for anybody who bought the game before the end of April 2013.
I for one cannot wait for the chance to recreate mans first steps into the stars. Although I can’t shake the feeling that my telling of the tale will involve significantly more fireballs.