Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is making a video game where he guides you through the universe, because what else would a Neil deGrasse Tyson game be.
Titled Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey, the game will feature Minecraft-like mechanics, letting players explore and build their own galaxies. “Develop planets, colonize worlds, nurture species, harvest, mine, explore and discover unique life-forms, and civilizations,” the game’s website reads. “You’re part of a community that’ll shape the future of this gaming Universe.”
Aside from pure exploration, there will be a number of missions to push players along, taking them to places like Europa’s icy oceans and the surface of Mars.
According to co-creator and Whatnot Entertainment developer Mark Murphy (via Digital Trends), the game “follows the Minecraft model.” The team hopes players will use their imaginations to learn about real science, build unique worlds, and visit the worlds of others, including those of figures like Bill Nye, George R.R. Martin, and more.
Bigelow Aerospace and the National Space Society are joining as consultants on the game’s design and technology, with Tyson also offering a scientific hand. “He’s helped create challenges in the game, and has challenged our creative team to entertain and inspire,” said Murphy. “He has also brought forward some incredible collaborators to our efforts, an incredible team of scientists, astronauts and explorers.”
Aside from his role in the creative committee, Tyson will actually appear in-game as your Space Advisor, guiding you through the cosmos and the possibilities of terra-forming, travel, and space colonization.
Space Odyssey is looking at beta testing next year, with plans to release on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and VR platforms.
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