Posted on September 8, 2014, Phil Hornshaw Extrasolar Season 2 Kickstarter is a Good Excuse to Try Season 1
I’ve been known to gush about Extrasolar, San Francisco developer Lazy 8 studios’ title about exploring an alien world via rover.
It’s a slow-paced game about taking pictures and reading emails, and yet I find the experience incredibly immersive. It’s designed to feel like you’re actually taking part in real science and exploration, made as if taking place in our reality and utilizing the trappings of the real world, like email and video chat, to convey its story. Ultimately, though, its greatest element is the way it makes you feel like you really are venturing, while vicariously, onto an alien world never before seen by humans.
While the first “season” of Extrasolar is available for free right now, Lazy 8 is looking to Kickstarter to fund the game’s continuation. After ending on a cliffhanger in the building story of the game, Season 2 takes place an a wholly new island on the alien planet, separate from the first, and continues to expand on Extrasolar’s storyline.
According to Lazy 8′s Kickstarter, players can expect more of the same in terms of gameplay. Your job is to pilot a scientific rover (like Mars’ Curiosity), directing the vehicle to various locations and snapping pictures of what you find there. You then “tag” the interesting elements of those pictures to be sent back to the scientists at XRI, the company conducting the research. The developing story has multiple plot lines: there’s the scientific fascination with the life you find on the planet, the developing realization that there’s more to the alien planet than just weird plant life, and a level of intrigue taking place within both the government and XRI as mysteries start to unravel about why XRI chose the planet it did, and what it’s finding there.
If you’re looking to learn a little more about Extrasolar, you can check out our previous coverage of the game: “Extrasolar Channels the Explorer in All of Us” and “Extrasolar Gets ‘Immersion’ by Leveraging Reality,” the latter being an entry into our ongoing Storytime column.