Title: Into the Stars
Platform: Windows, OSX
Genre: Space Sim, Sci Fi
Players: Single player
Written by Dragoon 11th January 2015
Fugitive Games, a studio created by former DICE leads, have recently launched a Kickstarter for their debut game Into the Stars. The game is an open world space survival simulation and is being built for PC and Mac using Unreal Engine 4. The game incorporates elements of popular titles such as FTL and Oregon Trail with an emphasis on surviving a perilous journey through a hostile alien galaxy. The game features an original score by Jack Wall, the composer behind the excellent Mass Effect soundtrack.
You play as the Captain of the Ark 13, which you personally outfit and recruit crew for, which is on a mission to find a new home for humanity all the while being relentlessly pursued by a hostile alien race. During your mission you must manage your personnel and cargo while making important decisions that could have massive repercussions on your mission.
I have always been a fan of the Space Simulation genre of games and I am happy to see the revival it has gotten recently after a long period of floundering. From the screenshots and trailer footage I have seen so far I have to say that the game looks great and has great promise. It is currently scheduled for a July 2015 release but it is still in the early stages.
You can check out the Kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/1Aw6Dx1