GOOD news, everyone! Kerbal Space Program is getting a sequel!
It’s no secret I am an enormous fan of Kerbal Space Program (released in 2015), which is a literal rocket science simulator where you get to build and design spaceships (using real-world astrophysics and science) and then send them to explore a solar system that is very similar to our own – all while crewed by a quirky crew of quasi-expendable adventurers known as Kerbals.
Besides not taking itself too seriously, the game is fantastically moddable and configurable as well, and has generated some truly memorable gaming experiences for fans – everyone who has played it will remember their first successful lunar or interplanetary landing.
According to the announcement from developer Star Theory Games and publisher Private Division, Kerbal Space Program 2 is releasing in Q2 of 2020 and “offers a multitude of ways for players to further their space adventures with a robust offering of new planets to explore, new technologies to traverse the stars, and the ability to establish colonies, all rooted in real-world science.”
“Players will be able to build without the constraints of planetary gravitation for the first time, which allows for larger constructions and more complex creations than ever before – including interstellar vessels. In addition, players will be able to share these experiences collectively in multiplayer for the first time in franchise history,” the announcement said.
The game will also include a range of improvements including updated planets and parts and greater modding support, but most importantly for new players will be an overhauled tutorial to make it all more accessible – as the developers put it, “Kerbal Space Program 2 will create a whole new generation of space flight experts who will find themselves accidentally learning rocket science.
“New animated tutorials, improved UI, and fully revamped assembly and flight instructions allow both experienced and novice players to quickly put their creativity to the test without sacrificing any of the challenge from the original game.”
I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to this one and can’t wait to see more of what the developers have in in their digital Vehicle Assembly Building.
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