Curse my rush to share pretty things. It was only a few days ago that I wrote a post about the attractive GIFs of Astroneer [official site], a game about surviving on another planet by building a base and deforming terrain. Had I know that a trailer would arrive by the end of the week, I might have resisted. Watch it below –
When I wrote about it last, there wasn’t even an official site, only a few short looping GIFs that gave an impression of what you might do in the game. Now we have more detail:
The sudden development of technology for rapid space travel enables fast and inexpensive journeys to the stars. Exo Dynamics, the dominant conglomerate in the new field, has opened flights to daring citizens of Earth. Like the Yukon gold rush of old, waves of adventurers sign up to launch themselves into a new frontier, risking everything to seek their fortune in the far reaches of the galaxy. These are the Astroneers.
As an Astroneer, you must find a way to dig out a life on one of a multitude of harsh new worlds. Blast through the terrain to uncover precious artifacts and materials you can use to fuel your quest to become a wealthy baron in the stars. Along the way, discover oddities, raise questions, and uncover mysteries.
Perhaps not all is as it seems.
Which sounds intriguing, though the trailer is more concrete: you’ve got magic powers that let you make holes or hills, and which let you float and click together machine parts in order to construct your own space bases. I especially like the look of the storm towards the latter half, which appears to wipe away both you and your base; I hope that’s a dynamic event you have to prepare against rather than something scripted. The screenshots through on the official site also make clear that multiplayer will be possible, too.