I’m Liz, Product Advertising and marketing Supervisor on Surviving Mars at Paradox Interactive. Prepare, as a result of as we speak we’re taking you the place no Martian has gone earlier than!
Under & Past is the subsequent growth for Surviving Mars, and the primary for the sport in over two years since 2019’s Inexperienced Planet! Throughout this time, we threw round numerous concepts about what’s subsequent for Surviving Mars. Whereas we had been brainstorming content material, one of many key questions that rang in our heads was not, “What can we do?” however “The place can we go?” As soon as we zeroed in on methods to increase gamers’ horizons past the floor of Mars, the probabilities had been instantly infinite.
I’d prefer to take you on a fast breakdown of a few of our favourite locales, options and mechanics being added to Surviving Mars with Under & Past.
Since gamers have already charted the floor of Mars, we thought of different technique of exploration – methods we are able to introduce thriller and proceed the sensation of discovery. Instantly, exploring caves and lava tubes is one thing that originally simply caught out as the proper subsequent step for colonization. Not solely can gamers uncover extra in regards to the Purple Planet by means of exploration, however underground locales present safety in opposition to some floor hazards, like meteors. Nonetheless, your colonists can even fall sufferer to pure hazards like cave-ins, and even psychological illnesses that come from long-term tunnel occupation, together with lack of sanity from lack of daylight.
One in all my favourite options in Under & Past, and one thing that got here to us early in improvement, was the concept of having the ability to mine passing Asteroids. Mining asteroids creates an extra stage of strategic gameplay. Gamers needing to calculate the danger and reward of mining- keep on the asteroid longer to mine extra assets, however threat staying too lengthy and also you’ll lose your colonists and instruments when the Asteroid leaves orbit. There may be an auto load function, which is able to make the rocket depart routinely when the asteroid goes out of vary, however cargo weight limits imply gamers will typically not be capable of carry again every thing they mine. Guide asteroid administration will reward essentially the most assets, however takes extra time and a spotlight. It’s fairly the strategic conundrum, and I’m excited to see the alternative ways gamers strategy it.
To unlock all of those thrilling exploration options, we’ve added the Recon and Growth analysis tree. This tree unlocks entry to underground exploration and asteroids, in addition to the instruments wanted to make these treks, together with all of the enjoyable stuff like bolstered automobiles, buildings, and upgrades. This not solely streamlines the exploration course of, however weaves collectively beforehand unrelated features to increase participant skills.
One other function we added that helps construct up the intrigue and thriller of Mars are Mini-Mysteries (we went fairly literal when it got here to naming). These Mini-Mysteries are little questlines that require the completion of goals to unlock breakthroughs, expertise, colonists, analysis factors, and different surprises. We felt that these mysteries added one other stage to exploration, and made for extra rewarding progressions, quite than simply amassing supplies or XP.
Effectively, there you might have it! We needed to offer you an summary at among the options we’re most enthusiastic about. Surviving Mars: Under & Past is accessible now on the Xbox Retailer for Xbox One and Xbox Collection X|S.
Surviving Mars: Under and Past
The period of colonization is over and a brand new age of exploration has begun. You’ve simply scratched the floor of Mars, now get able to go beneath and past!
Again to the Bases – Broaden your colony into caves and lava tubes below the floor. Gamers can use present buildings, or underground-specific buildings to construct a base for exploration. Broaden with warning, potential cave-ins can destroy every thing.
Mine Your Personal Enterprise – Gamers can now go beneath the floor and past the pink planet for useful resource mining. Assemble particular rocket-propelled buildings to mine assets, together with unique minerals and Information Samples, on passing asteroids. Don’t stick round too lengthy or else the Asteroid will drift away together with your stuff!
Branching Paths – The Recon and Growth analysis bushes unlock extra buildings, automobiles, upgrades, and locales. They may even unlock asteroid mining and tunnel colonization.
Colonize Mars and uncover her secrets and techniques, with minimal casualties.
Welcome Residence! The time has come to stake your declare on the Purple Planet and construct the primary functioning human colonies on Mars! All you want are provides, oxygen, many years of coaching, expertise with sandstorms, and a can-do perspective to find the aim of these bizarre black cubes that appeared out of nowhere. With a little bit of sprucing up, this place goes to be superior!
Surviving Mars is a sci-fi metropolis builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the method. Select an area company for assets and monetary help earlier than figuring out a location on your colony. Construct domes and infrastructure, analysis new prospects and make the most of drones to unlock extra elaborate methods to form and increase your settlement. Domesticate your individual meals, mine minerals or simply loosen up by the bar after a tough day’s work. Most vital of all, although, is preserving your colonists alive. Not a straightforward activity on an odd new planet.
There might be challenges to beat. Execute your technique and enhance your colony’s possibilities of survival whereas unlocking the mysteries of this alien world. Are you prepared? Mars is ready for you.
· Constructing a sustainable colony in area: Constructing on a planet not match for human life challenges you to construct a sensible, practical colony. Unhealthy planning isn’t about visitors jams, it’s about survival of your colonists. You actually don’t need rolling blackouts in a metropolis constructed in a spot with out oxygen.
· Individually simulated colonists: Every colonist is a singular particular person with issues and strengths that affect the wants and conduct of the opposite colonists. Issues can get actually fascinating in case your chief scientists develops alcoholism after one too many lengthy nights within the lab.
· Futuristic Area Dome building: Retro-futuristic tremendous buildings housing colonists, factories and industrial buildings with their very own “neighborhood persona.” Create colonies that worth science over every thing else, whereas drained employees drink their pay away at an area bar, or try a utopia among the many stars.
· Exploration of Mars’ secrets and techniques: Impressed by the traditional sci-fi of Asimov and Clarke, Surviving Mars holds many secrets and techniques. Throughout every playthrough gamers could encounter one in every of Mars’ individually crafted mysteries. Uncovering these secrets and techniques would possibly carry your colony nice fortune, or horrible spoil.
· Randomized analysis tree: Mix static and random analysis by means of exploration, which permits for a special expertise for every journey by means of the sport. Attain new scientific breakthroughs by exploring the uncharted terrain of Mars’s floor.
· Distinctive retro-futuristic aesthetic: A modern, trendy tackle the brilliant futurism of the Nineteen Sixties. A time of exploration and journey.