Haemimont Games and Paradox Interactive announced that the city-building simulator Tropico will be shelved for now in order for the developers to focus on another city-building simulator that conveniently (or inconveniently) takes place on Mars.
Polygon is reporting that a press release was issued for the upcoming game that's being published by Paradox Interactive, and the name of the title is Surviving Mars. It's based on the core principles that were set up by Haemimont for their Tropico series, which includes establishing infrastructure, researching and constructing new buildings, and attempting to establish sustainable life on Mars.
According to the article, Haemimont CEO, Gabriel Dobrev, explained that unlike the Tropico series, which focuses mostly on running your region like a benevolent dictator or a totalitarian despot, the goal in Surviving Mars isn't just to establish a growing colony. A large part of the game will be centered around the actual survival of the colonists. Unlike on Earth, there are no self-sustaining life support systems. This means that players will have to take colonists survival into account in a far more serious way than usual.
Even though the game isn't due out for release until 2018 for PC, Mac, and Linux, and eventually home consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, there's actually already an established Steam page setup that rolls out some of the basic gameplay info, including detailing how it's still a city-building game but with some added layers of strategy, including managing the space agency in order to get resources delivered for the colonists; maintaining financial support in order to keep a steady flow of material arriving on time; and even using research to build new technologies, drones, and structures to help the settlement grow and the colonists survive.
Essentially it'll be like playing a larger scale version of The Martian.
You can check out the trailer below to get an idea of what the gameplay will look like when Surviving Mars launches next year.
The trailer clocks in at just under two minutes and talks about the general goal of the game, as well as what challenges players will face.
The trailer starts with a cinematic look at Mars while whimsical electronic music swells with inspiration and hope as we see that Mars won't make it easy for players attempting to colonize and expand human civilization to the red planet.
Things like dust storms and meteors will be deciding factors in who lives and who dies, as well as whether or not the drones you design will be equipped to handle the tasks at hand.
The trailer also ensures that there's a bit of a lighthearted element to it as well, with a comedic segment at the end rounding out the cinematic, likely aiming to reassure gamers that this isn't some somber, melodramatic simulator that will leave you stressed and frustrated. We'll likely have to wait a bit longer before receiving more details about the strategic elements of Surviving Mars and seeing just how closely it'll resemble Tropico, if at all.