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Space Simulator "Space Pioneer" Shoots for the Stars with Kickstarter

Posted by Mark Green

Crowdfunding...the final frontier

Outer space has never ceased to capture the imaginations of mankind. It’s been the source of so many ideas since the space race first got started, both for scientists questioning the real limits of the cosmos, and for creative minds like writers or directors. Yes, space has been the inspiration for so many books, movies, music, and of course, video games, and it's getting to the point now where the Human race is releasing more media about space than actual satellites into orbit.

But we’re unquenchable and our thirst for the stars means that we won’t complain about getting one more book about life on the international space station, or moan about seeing one more movie about interstellar travel. One thing we don’t really get in the video gaming world often though is a real, true to life, space exploration simulator that merges science fiction alongside scientific fact.

Enter Space Enigma Studios with its current project for Wii U (and PC), Space Pioneer. Here is a game that has big ambitions, not just as a video game but as a learning experience as well. Now, of course, space exploration is nothing new in video games. One glance at the last ten years will give you plenty of spacey games such as XCOM and Mass Effect; but how Space Pioneer differs from them is by turning the setting for those games into the main driving force. Space itself is no longer a back-drop – it is the game.

Space exploration is the cornerstone of this game’s purpose. It wants to allow the player to really see space for themselves and learn about the universe. Don’t start rolling your eyes because there’s an educational side – this is still a video game. As well as learning and exploring, the player will also get to take part in real time strategy events with alien life. These events are similar to the likes of the Age of Empires and the Civilisation series, and whether you strike allegiances with these off world creatures — or turn your weapons on them — is up to you. That isn’t all, as there is even a customisable element to this game that not only allows you to customise the ship you intend to go star gazing in, but also allows you to build exo-planetary cities, space stations and starship armadas. So to summarise, it’s a real time strategy, city building space sim.

The game has plenty of diverse mechanics such as alternating viewpoints and gameplay modes, but probably the most distinguishing — and arguably unique — features is the cast behind it. Here we have a studio built up of real life astronauts, space writers, consultants, coders, and every other occupation you could think of needed to make an accurate game about outer space. In other words, don’t be mistaken in thinking that this is just another drop-in-the-ocean sci-fi space game, these guys really are passionate about space and their project.

Of course, despite their drive and enthusiasm, the studio is lacking in funds for this aspiring project, and so it has set up a Kickstarter campaign to help them to realise their dream. If this has piqued your interest, then by all means go and check out the fundraising page for yourself, as we’ve only just scratched the surface. It has amassed over $20,000 USD already, and the game looks diverse enough to gain a following. The pitch video is also below, so let us know what you think.

[via kickstarter.com]

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User Comments (32)

Tsurii897

#2

Tsurii897 said:

Sounds really similar to Spore's last stage.
I'll definitely keep an eye on this one.

Razzle

#7

Razzle said:

It's $60 to get the WiiU version, only available as a physical copy. Why? Something about this seems overly ambitious, I don't see any gaming pedigree from these guys. I'm keen, but need more to convince me.

Mrclaycoat

#11

Mrclaycoat said:

Damn I have my doubts about this one making it but I love the concept so much that I'll put the money down regardless.

Jese_1

#12

Jese_1 said:

This looks absolutely amazing, but $60 for a physical Wii U copy? Give me a digital option and I'm all over it.

RedRocBoy

#13

RedRocBoy said:

Really looking forward to this. Would be dope to have a 3rd person sandbox style game were you explore different planets . Love this type of stuff. Science is so awesome!!!! :D

sadsack777

#16

sadsack777 said:

now its time to show the wii u its power this is a must for me plus love the learning experience and educational side that's whats missing in games these days just need to see how the game plays

bitemykite

#19

bitemykite said:

Wii U is the only console that isn't a stretch goal! That's so awesome, Nintendo's definitely doing something right :D

CanisWolfred

#21

CanisWolfred said:

Sounds interesting, but there are a multitude of Space Exploration games coming. This one sounds like it might be trying something a little different, at least, so there's that. I'll keep an eye on it...along the 4 other ones coming out soonish...

Razzle

#24

Razzle said:

@unrandomsam

I truly hope so. I would love this to turn out well, and if I see some gameplay footage I will back it. Even if the game is just flying around visiting areas in our recreated galaxy. This would be so cool.

Right now though it is pie in the sky, some artwork and lots of ideas. I just can't put money down at the stage it is at right now.

TheRealThanos

#25

TheRealThanos said:

Well, it sounds interesting enough and for me to hear them say "a game that accurately represents the cosmos" should stand for something, at least graphics wise. Also interesting to hear that they have astronauts, scientists and architects on board to guarantee a realistic feel to the whole space environment theme, so I am definitely interested. Hope they make it.
@Humphries90 Just click on the K in the top left corner.

3dcaleb

#27

3dcaleb said:

awesome! this looks like the best thing ive seen in years. i hope it actually comes to the wiiu.

mch

#30

mch said:

@Laxeybobby
Your are seriously misreading/noncomprehending things. The page clearly states:
"

  • Space Pioneer will release first on Windows and Linux.
  • We are also guaranteeing development on Mac and Wii U.
  • If we reach a stretch goal of 300,000; then we will also develop on PS4 and Xbox One.
  • If we reach 450,000 dollars in funding – then we will develop for the PS3 and Xbox 360."
    (I altered the paragraphs. That should make it easy to follow now.)
    So as soon the game is being made = 150'000 dollars got pledged, the game is guaranteed to arrive for Wii U as well!
Laxeybobby

#31

Laxeybobby said:

@mch
Apologies I went back and read the kickstarter page again and I did misread it. Please accept my apologies and I have deleted the original post.
I wish you and your team every success in achieving the goal and look forward to this sometime in the future on my WiiU.

mch

#32

mch said:

@Laxeybobby
Hey no problem my (sicilien?) friend!
I am not related to the space pioneer project - other than that I my self put some money down for it and hope that it will reach the 150'000 dollar mark so we can enjoy it on the Wii U. I simply saw those news and the fact that some are a bit confused about the whole thing. I didn't mean to sound harsh or so :)

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