Sunday, February 23, 2014

Space Pioneer being developed by real astronauts, Kickstarter seeking funds

Concept art for video game Space Pioneer

Space Enigma Studios is currently working on an ambitious game called Space Pioneer, and they plan on bringing it to the Wii U. The development team consists of world famous astronauts, engineers, designers, programmers, artists and architects who are determined to create the most immersive virtual representation of our universe ever. The indie developer says that the game is "best described as a space sim, with real time strategy and city building mechanics."

Here's a brief synopsis of the game from the official Kickstarter page:

 Space Pioneer focuses on interstellar exploration; it is partially based on images and resources from the Hubble telescope, ESA/NASA, and numerous well known observatories. The player will be able to pilot a fully customizable spaceship into the vast regions of our universe and can colonize other planets beyond our solar system. In addition, he or she can research different scientifically accurate theories to upgrade their spaceship, build vast space stations and terra-form inhospitable planets.

Concept art for Space Pioneer, depicting a ship flying with a planet in the background

The game's concept sounds very intriguing as well:

      The player’s character is introduced as a cadet in the Academy of Astronauts within the Global Space Agency. He or she is part of a routine training expedition on the desert like planet of Gliese 581 D. He/she, along with a number of other cadets, are on a scouting ship – when they notice that in front of them lies the unmistakable relic that is an Apollo module – which cannot be anywhere near as far away from earth as it is! At this point, the cadet remembers that he has heard other astronauts mention that when exploring other worlds, it is possible for one to stumble upon artifacts that look remarkably like they originated from earth’s past. How these artifacts came to exist so far away from home is a confounding mystery.

      To uncover this conundrum; the cadet heads to Earth – specifically he goes to the World Museum of Space and Cosmonautics. During this curious self initiated investigation, the cadet meets a virtual archivist who instructs him to look for specific historical artifacts in various other museums on earth. The completion of these tasks enables the player to construct a chronological history of Humanity’s advancements in space – from China’s first gunpowder rockets to NASA’S interplanetary missions. In these museums and exhibits; he learns about history, culture and science. In the finale of this tutorial, the cadet gets access to a personal spaceship, in which he proceeds to fly to the Large Magellanic Cloud to observe our Milky Way from afar.

As you can see, Space Pioneer is a massive project, which explains why the Kickstarter campaign is seeking the hefty sum of $150,000. As of this writing, Space Enigma Studios has raised just under $30,000, and that number will surely rise as the hours and days go by. If you would like to pledge money to help fund the game, or just read more about the game and the real astronauts helping with development, you can do so by visiting the official Kickstarter page via the source link below. Trailer after the break.

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