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Kerbal Space Program

3 months ago

Feature: The robots are not coming

We fed game characters into a ‘neural net’ and it told us who they were with an astonishing 15% accuracy

Those of you chained to the churning wheel of the internet might have seen this facial recognition algorithm thingo doing the rounds. It's called ImageNet Roulette, and it's basically a website where you feed in a photo of your human face and see what the cybergods of our terrible future make of you. But it's probably not safe to show the neurohive your real face.…

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4 months ago

Feature: Kerbolonisation awaits!

Kerbal Space Program 2 release date, trailer analysis, new KSP 2 gameplay features

Kerbal Space Program 2 was not an announcement that we expected to appear with this year's Gamescom Opening Night Live event, but it's certainly one that caught everyone's eye. This sequel to the much-beloved spaceflight simulator looks to improve upon its predecessor in a great many ways, from multiplayer support to colonisation and interstellar travel. We'll go through everything we know about the upcoming Kerbal…

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Kerbal Space Program 2 is coming with official multiplayer

A sequel is coming for silly-yet-serious space build-o-exploration sim Kerbal Space Program. Blasting off next year, Kerbal Space Program 2 will add fancy and far-flung features including interstellar travel, space colonies, and official multiplayer support. This announcement seemed sudden to me until I remembered that the first game officially left early access in 2015. Four years ago! Goodness me. Come watch the sequel's announcement trailer…

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6 months ago

Kerbal Space Program cracks open Breaking Ground expansion

For a game about spaceships, Kerbal Space Program's latest expansion has a curiously terrestrial focus not to mention name: Breaking Ground. Out now, it doesn't do much for spaceflight but does give more to do once you've actually landed somewher eout there. Along with new ground-based deployable scientific research gadgets, it adds surface formations to study and, most importantly, robotic pistons and joints and things.…

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7 months ago

Kerbal Space Program: Breaking Ground DLC to add stompy space robots

There's more Kerbal Space Program DLC on the way, and the next expansion for Squad's jokey-but-actually-serious scientific sandbox is bulking up all things planetary. Breaking Ground is due out on May 30th, and is set to add more research sites across the solar system, with strange crystal formations, frozen volcanoes and other stellar curiosities to poke with sticks. Very big metal sticks, at that, as…

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2 years ago

Kerbal’s Making History expansion blasts off today

During my brief love affair with DIY rocket sim Kerbal Space Program, I visited the London Science Museum and came out having learnt genuinely useful lessons about when to use my second stage rocket boosters. I could have looked that up online (and yeah, I did that too), but isn't that fantastic? I can't say for sure that I wouldn't have wound up in the…

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Kerbal Space Program first expansion blasts off in March

Space catastrophe simulator Kerbal Space Program will launch its first expansion on March 13th, the developers announced today. 'Making History' is a clever little name combining the expansion's two big features: a Mission Builder to make your own missions; and a load of spaceship pieces and missions inspired by real-world historical space exploration. I can't imagine what those might be, given that Kerbal's sandbox already…

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Take-Two launch ‘indie’ publishing label Private Division

Reminding us all that the term 'indie' is meaningless, Take-Two Interactive--the multi-billion-dollar owners of GTA devs Rockstar Games, Civ and XCOM studio Firaxis, and 2K--have launched an indie publishing label. It's named Private Division and that combined with the logo ↑ makes me think: Twin Peaks-themed porn site. But they have gathered a fair number of big names for their initial lineup, including Ancestors: The…

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3 years ago

Offblast! Take-Two buy Kerbal Space Program

Take-Two Interactive Software, the owners of 2K Games and studios including Firaxis and Rockstar, have bought Kerbal Space Program [official site]. Unlike when Microsoft bought Minecraft gang Mojang, Take-Two are only buying the game and not the studio who make it, Squad. However, Squad will continue to work on the splendid spaceship-building sandbox game and its upcoming expansion. This acquisition is announced barely a week…

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Valve hire some Kerbal Space Program developers

The big boys at Valve have hired an unknown number of folks behind the space sim Kerbal Space Program [official site], RPS fanzine PC Gamer is reporting. A former Valve developer said as much in an interview on the podcast Game Dev Unchained and a current Valve spokesperson confirmed it to the mag, saying “We’ll be announcing more soon”. Good work, everyone, I’ve had to…

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Kerbal Space Program’s first expansion is Making History

A mission editor is coming Kerbal Space Program [official site] as part of a paid expansion pack, developers Squad have announced. 'Making History' is its name, and recreating history is its game. The expansion will come with a set of missions inspired by real-world historical jaunts from the early days of spaceflights, along with tools to create your own missions or download missions other players…

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Kerbal Space Program 1.2 Adds Comm Networks

"Beep beep beep beep," said Leonard Nimoy, imitating his favourite piece of space hardware. But what is one voice in the vast night sky? You want yourself a satellite network, Len my son. That's the focus of update 1.2 for Kerbal Space Program [official site], which launched last night. It lets players link satellites and other hardware to bounce and boost signals all over, and…

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4 years ago

Make Space Green Again: Stellaris Mod Adds Kerbal

It's hardly a secret that Star Wars fans and Trekkies don't see eye to eye, and, depending on who you ask, the mere thought of a crossover is considered the highest form of blasphemy. Would it be awesome, though? Or would it cause the world to implode? Maybe it'd look like this? Luckily, sci-fi followings are known to get along a wee bit better in…

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Kerbal Space Program Lead Dev Quits For Planets New

One thing I love about spaceflight simulator Kerbal Space Program [official site] is that I'm yet to find two players who've shared identical experiences. I've only ever played in short bursts myself, but mastering takeoff still heads my to do list. Others I've chatted with speak of grand space voyages and interesting discoveries. Heck, Adam even prefers the game as a spectator sport, which speaks…

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Kerbal Space Program Launches Patch 1.1

One thing which makes Kerbal Space Program [official site] different from most, if not all, other space games is failure. In the short bursts I've played our Best Space Game of 2015, I've not saved the world or fought off alien invasions; I've struggled to assemble the most basic of rocket ships and have fumbled more take offs than I care to admit. My fleeting…

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Feature: Playing Catch (Up)

The Games That Got Away In 2015

We've been drawing up our end of year list here at RPS and in trawling through 2015's releases, I found a fair few that I hadn't played and feel like I really should have done. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been catching up. Here are the games I missed. Until now.

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Feature: Giant Leap, Enormous Pratfall

Have You Played… Kerbal Space Program?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Most films and books about actual human space exploration are about triumph. There are challenges and accidents along the way, but they're stories of humans overcoming incredible odds in the noble pursuit of knowledge and exploration. Kerbal Space Program [official site] is different…

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5 years ago

Kerbal Space Program Is Seven Days Away From Launch

We've known that Kerbal Space Program [official site] was moving towards its 1.0 launch since January, but there are now just seven days left until the physicsy-sandbox space sim leaves beta. Developers Squad are marking each day with short, teasing videos introducing some of the new features, and the first is below with the first glimpse of women Kerbals.

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