We’ll Go Some More A-Roving: Extrasolar

By Adam Smith on August 26th, 2011 at 12:45 pm.

The Nevada Desert
A potentially habitable planet has been discovered outside our solar system and, right now, the eXoplanetary Research Institute is looking for volunteers to explore the surface. You’d be controlling a rover and gathering data on the planet and its inhabitants, whether flora or fauna. Sound good? That’s the premise of the new game from Lazy 8 Studios, makers of Cogs. It’s called Extrasolar and it’s nigh on impossible to figure out how it’ll play at the moment since the marketing takes the form of a fictional website for a fictional company. We’re promised a narrative experience and it sounds like players will work together to unveil the planet’s mysteries over time. The website is a good read and there’s at least a polite nod toward actual space science history. Hopefully that will carry through to the game. Trailer/recruitment video below.


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  1. Unaco says:

    I’m not seeing any evidence of it in the video or that picture at the top of the article, but these Rovers will be armed, right?

  2. wccrawford says:

    Everything so far screams the kind of ‘puzzle based exploration’ game that I love so much, but without gameplay video, it’s impossible to get excited about it at all.

  3. LimEJET says:

    Wow, that terrain looks absolutely horrible.

  4. Stephen Roberts says:

    Twist ending: It’s real!

    … I’ll get me coat.

  5. Inigo says:

    Wait, I thought they said it wasn’t that entirely habitable after all.

    Or is this just a hypothetical planet we’re talking about here?

  6. daphne says:

    Obligatory Noctis name-drop.

  7. .backslash says:

    Huh. That really reminds me of the planned NASA MMO Moonbase Alpha was the proof-of-concept of. Wonder what happened to that.

  8. drygear says:

    I like the Lord Byron reference in the title (for me it’s more of a Leonard Cohen reference because he made it into a song and I heard that before I knew it was a Byron poem)

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