You might not be terribly familiar with Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager, but over the past two months, it’s been played for more than 100,000 hours by thousands of players – and it’s not even out of Early Beta yet. To reward those faithful fans – and to entice new ones – developer Polar Motion has revealed some big plans.
The game is being developed in consultation with Dr. Buzz Aldrin, NASA astronaut and former U.S. Air Force combat pilot. After gamer feedback, the developers have gone back to the drawing board and completely re-sketched out the idea of the game. A brand new campaign has been added, giving gamers the ability to play as either the USA or the Soviet Union, in the race to be first to set foot on the moon.
Unfortunately, all this extra content means delaying the final release, but Ignacio Liverotti, Lead Designer & Programmer at Polar Motion believes it’ll be worth it:
We have seen a tremendous amount of feedback from the players. All these contributions have been analyzed and taken into consideration to form a brand new list of features we are adding to the pipeline. This will of course delay the release of the final product, but we are really committed to delivering the players the game they want and know the players will understand and appreciate what we are doing.
Other important features are also being added:
- Support for widescreen resolutions for desktop platforms
- Ability to mix-and-match rockets and payloads: instead of forcing players to run a mission using a predefined set of rockets and payloads, for more customization and replay value.
- Support for multiplayer: Space Program Manager will use Slitherine’s PBEM system, so players will be able to challenge and play the race to the Moon campaign against other players across the different platforms
A new release date will be announced soon – artists and developers are already working on the new content and updates will be rolled out shortly. If you want in right now, Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager is available right now from publisher Slitherine.