We’ll Go Some More A-Roving: Extrasolar

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.


  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.

    • mickygor says:

      Fingers crossed, development happened to it! I loved the engine for Moonbase Alpha, it’s just a shame the game was kinda… meh.

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      Adam Smith says:

      There is this, currently looking for funding through Kickstarter and hoping to release a playable beta in December…2012.

      link to astronautmmo.com

    • Kektain says:

      I would kill for a first person Space Station 13 on an engine that wasn’t terrible. Sadly I don’t foresee a NASA MMO supporting cooks making poop tacos while the singularity slowly eats through the escape shuttle.

    • chabuhi says:

      I donated a little with the hope that it will become a reality. I’ve been jonesin’ for this type of game since Earth & Beyond (yes, I liked it, so what?) and Eve was not for me.

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  9. 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)