Can you successfully colonize Mars? That's the question in Paradox Interactive and Haerminont Games' (Tropico 5) newest management sim, Surviving Mars. Announced today at ParadoxCon in Stockholm, Sweden, Surviving Mars offers players a unique opportunity to play martian in an unforgiving new frontier.
The announcement trailer shows-off some of the game's sleek future aesthetics, with domed cities, technological spires, and spacesuits that wouldn't look out of place in an Apple Store space fashion catalogue.
Surviving Mars is billed as a management sim, a strategy game sub genre. Basically, players will be tasked with building a functioning city. The only catch is now that inhabitant is on Mars where even basic necessities like oxygen and water are in short supply. Players will have to pull some serious Matt Damon-esque moves if they want to build a thriving ecosystem on Mars.
Managing an army of Mars rovers and strategic supply drops, Surviving Mars sounds like the ultimate test for would-be citybuilders. Haerminont Games promises that every resource, and every colonist will be necessary to successfully reach the game's later stages. The survival aspects in particular seems to be the big hook in which Surviving Mars differentiates itself from other citybuilders, even incorporating the concept into the game's name.
"We feel that strategy and management gamers are at their best when they let the player experience the unique story being told by their decisions... Your colonists aren't just working to improve production, they're struggling to survive, and their conflicts and concerns are intense. Surviving Mars lets you understand what your colonists are dealing with on an individual level," said Gabriel Dobrev, CEO of Haerminont Games in a press release.
"Finding a developer who shares our core design tenets is always gratifying, but with Haemimont and Surviving Mars we're going to be giving our players a new experience that's uniquely their own," explained Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. "I'm looking forward to hearing the tales of triumph and catastrophe from our community."
There's currently no release date announced for Surviving Mars, but we'll have more information as ParadoxCon continues. Until then, check out Suriving Mars' official website here.