Join The Space Race In New Realistic Space Agency Sim, Mars Horizon – Supported By The UK Space Agency
Joining the ranks of games like Terraforming Mars and Surviving Mars, that allow players the opportunity to transform Mars into a habitable planet, is Mars Horizon — a space agency management and mission simulator inspired by real science and engineering. It focuses on the reality of space exploration and is due out later this year for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Interestingly, Mars Horizon has received support from the UK Space Agency, in the form of a grant, plus advice and information on space exploration and the running of an actual space agency.
In reality, humans are likely to reach Mars in the first half of this century. Mars Horizon wants to make that upcoming leap forward in human technology a reality that is accessible to everyone, even if it's just in the form of a video game.
Auroch Digital, the game's publisher, recognizes that video games have the ability to provide entertainment, but also have the opportunity to address real-world issues and ideas in an easily digestible format.
“We wanted to distill the wonder, drama, and the galaxies of possibility that space offers us as a species, into game form. Mars Horizon is our love-letter to the race into space and the challenges and triumphs of humanity on the way to becoming a multiplanetary species,” said Auroch Digital’s Design Director, Dr. Tomas Rawlings.
From Auroch Digital:
"Mars Horizon is a strategy game in which players control a government space agency. Picking between the space agencies of either Europe, Russia, or the United States, the players then control the agency to collaborate or compete in a decades-spanning campaign to expand humanity’s reach further into space. With each game an alternate history begins to be shaped and guided by the player’s actions, building iconic rockets, probes, and satellites that transmit crucial scientific data back to your customisable Earth HQ, all the while researching, investing in, and bolstering your space flight capabilities.
During the player’s version of the space race, perhaps Europe work with Russia, sending satellites into orbit? Could it be that the US get this first satellite into space but that Russia achieves the first moon landing? Who will be best poised to venture to Mars because of learnings from earlier missions? Players will research new tech, expand their agency base, build rockets, send satellites into orbit, and launch a variety of missions throughout the Solar System. The game culminates in the first crewed mission to Mars, setting the stage for humanity to become a multiplanetary species."
It's going to be a while before Mars Horizon hits consoles and PC, so in the meantime, enjoy these other games that put humans on the red planet:
Surviving Mars — Primarily a building game, players work to create the first functioning human colonies on Mars. Similar to Mars Horizon, a space agency is chosen. Use supplies and resources to build your ideal colony from the ground up. The primary objective is to keep colonists alive, but gameplay focuses on infrastructure, research, and settlement expansion.
39 Days To Mars — A couch co-op game (think Lovers In A Dangerous Space Time or Overcooked) in which two players have unique roles in an expedition to Mars. Pilot an unreliable spacecraft into space in this charming game.
Mars 2030 — Produced in collaboration with NASA, Mars 2030 uses virtual reality to explore 40 km of Martian terrain. Actual NASA satellite data was used to produce the maps and models for this open world exploration game.
Watch the Mars Horizon teaser trailer: