Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson once said “Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival”. And it would seem he’s taking his saying to heart with his upcoming video game. Titled Space Odyssey Dr. Tyson and his partner develoeprs promise a real time strategy game that would make any science enthusiast giddy. Having just launched their own crowd-funding campaign they are certainly shooting for the moon. The for this game is to make scientific education as much fun as a triple A video game title.
Develop planets, colonize worlds, nurture species, mine elements, build robots, and discover unique life-forms as you coordinate with others in an intense game of real-time strategy.
Space Odyssey: An Oddity of Style
The elevator pitch for this game is very simple. Players will be able to colonize and grow is their own galaxies with guidance from Dr. Neil deGrass Tyson who plays a role in the game as your space adviser. But the details of the game reveal something much more complex. Not only is it promising exploration of the universe and Metroidvania style gameplay along with spaceship piloting, but it’s also promising scientific accuracy as well. Players will need to make sure to brush up on their physics, chemistry, and biology before playing this game.
But if science fiction is more of your bag than don’t worry. Nanotechnology Dark Matter solar sales and all forms of futurism this game should scratch that itch as well. And if you’ve got one of those bulky motion sickness machines you can play in virtual reality missions too. Needless to say, Space Odyssey is as ambitious as Dr. Tyson and his scientific colleagues are about space travel in real life.
Getting Down to Business
When you first start off in the game you’ll find yourself at the infinity command. Taking place in quote not so distant future vote you play the role of an Astro-Explorer in the galactic coalition. Your task? To explore the universe and build a new solar system for humanities Galactic expansion. During missions you’ll receive information and challenges from doctor which will help build your galaxies. Some of these missions will include driving lunar buggies, piloting through asteroid fields, mining asteroids for resources, and looking for alien life.
But before you go off and explore the universe ala Star Trek, you’ll need to complete the game’s robust training program. This will help you learn all of the different mechanics of the game.
But once you get through all that get ready for gaming on a scale like you’ve never seen before. You’ll be creating your home planet which will feature scientifically accurate biomes and landscapes. But terraforming won’t be your only task, you’ll also need to make sure your civilization is able to last on this planet as well. You’ll create robots to help you compete against to the other players when you are online. But don’t worry you can play offline if you aren’t super social. When you are online though, you’ll have plenty to do. Creating colonies and outposts. Setting up trade networks with other players. Facing off against the threats of the unknown as well..
But if that’s all too much for you don’t worry. Space Odyssey will also make sure you can get down to the fine details like crafting a fly Astro-suit. Or making sure that your spacecraft can do the Kessel Run just like Han Solo.
Dangerous, Familiar Territory
It’s going to be difficult seeing what happens with this Kickstarter as time goes on. Space exploration games have a level of potential only they can reach. But with this great potential also come great expectations. And if it isn’t able to meet up with these expectations, the ire and anger of gamers will be unrelenting. If you don’t believe me just ask No Man’s sky. What’s got me curious though is how relatively small the budget is.
The goal for Space Odyssey’s kickstarter is only $314,159. (That’s a play on the first 6 digits of pi by the way.) with the game promising this much you would expect an astronomical budget. (Hehehe, space jokes.) When discussing Space Odyssey, the developers talk about how they really want to get people involved with this game. So maybe that’s why the budget is low considering whose name is attached to this game, and the scope of it as well. While I would prefer to see a demo for this game, I will choose to be cautiously optimistic about things for now. Hopefully Neil deGrasse Tyson presents: Space Odyssey can shine bright like a supernova exploding throughout the galaxies. And pray that it does not sink into a dark abyss of disappointment like a black hole sucking away all hope for gamers.
An All-Star Cast
It seems that Neil understands just how big his project is. He’s got a team of top-level produce scientists and authors to help him along. Oh, he’s also got an astronaut to help apparently. This team includes people with titles like rocket scientist, theoretical cosmologist, physicist planetary scientist, and science engineer.Oh yeah Bill Nye is helping too.
To Infinity! And Beyond!
As for the game inside, there are plenty of collaborators. This includes Big Red Button Entertainment, Radiant Images, and section studios. Influences for this game include Gravity, the Martian, and even Star Wars. While it’s a very heavy task to keep all these lofty promises, there is enough talent on every level for this game to succeed. But will this game find itself in the pantheons of Gods? Or will Space Odyssey simply drift in obscurity? Because with books, comics, and even an animated series in the works too… they have to knock this one out of the park. The planet. The system. Because this sounds !@#$ing awesome. So go help back this game. NOW.
Embracer Job Losses Continue as New World Interactive is Hit
New World Interactive, the developer of the Insurgency series of tactical first-person shooters, has laid off an unknown number of employees as part of Embracer Group’s comprehensive restructuring plan.
Saber Interactive, which acquired New World in 2020, told Eurogamer that the studio had not closed. However, it confirmed an unknown number of layoffs.
Embracer says it is “actively working to fill existing open roles” with impacted employees and will provide severance packages. “Saber also assures that development will continue on Insurgency: Sandstorm, as well as on unannounced future projects,” it said.
Over 900 employees were laid off in an “agonizing” but “necessary” process. As always, we hope all victims recover.
Sony: We Need Non-Gamers to Access Our Content
Sony wants non-console owners to access its content beyond its PlayStation-walled garden. This strategy has been slowly implemented: the company has commissioned TV and movie adaptations of its biggest franchises, ported select software to the PC, and launched a mobile gaming division.
In an interview with Nikkei, head Hideaki Nishino explained how this strategy can boost console sales: We want to use movies and dramas to get non-gamers to try PlayStation games. Sales of The Last of Us increased during the live-action drama.
When HBO’s adaptation aired, our The Last of Us content skyrocketed, so we can understand its impact. As a PlayStation fan site, we support this strategy because we want to reach as many people as possible, so if Sony can appeal to non-console owners, that’s a win-win.
More PlayStation users is better, in our opinion.
New PS Plus Essential Game Has Great Free DLC
PowerWash Simulator is one of this month’s PS Plus Essentials, but before you start scrubbing, check out the PS Store. The game has been well supported on PS5 and PS4 with free DLC packs based on Square Enix titles since its release at the start of the year.
Free Final Fantasy VII and Tomb Raider expansions let you clean Croft Manor and Seventh Heaven. The free DLC packs add 10 levels, and the paid ones add more.
Two more Back to the Future and SpongeBob SquarePants expansions cost £6.49 or $7.99 each. You can then scrub the Bikini Bottom and the DeLorean.
The Midgar Special Pack for PowerWash Simulator was another reason to use the cleaning kit. “It doesn’t add much, but getting close to FF7’s props and environments is fun. It offers a fresh take on the beloved title that will please both sides of this collaboration.”
Have you tried the latest PS Plus Essential game?
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