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Cosmonauts join the video game industry to create “Space Pioneer”

Left to right: Cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev, Aleksandr Lazutkin, and Sergei Avdeyev Photo Credit: Russian Federal Space Agency

Space Pioneer is an exciting new video game being created by real world astronauts, cosmonauts, scientists and architects. The design team includes a trio of cosmonauts; Sergei Krikalev, Aleksandr Lazutkin, and Sergei Avdeyev. Together, the three have spent a total of 1735 days in space, with Krikalev holding the current record of 803 days, 9 hours, and 39 minutes.

Teamed with Space Enigma Studios, a talented group of writers, journalists, designers, programmers, and musicians, the group aims to construct a game that will be the most accurate virtual representation of our universe to date.

The game is best described as a space sim, with real time strategy and city building mechanics. Space Pioneer focuses on interstellar exploration; it is based on images and resources from the Hubble telescope, ESA/NASA, and numerous well known observatories. The player will be able to pilot a fully customizable spaceship into the vast regions of our universe and can colonize other planets beyond our solar system. In addition, he or she can research different scientifically accurate theories to upgrade their spaceship, build vast space stations and terra-form inhospitable planets.

The team’s goal is to make a project that transcends the definition of being just a videogame. and make something that mirrors the complexity of our own reality. The virtual interactive platform will include a vast database that contains information about humanity’s history as a civilization, as well as a humongous assortment of images and videos gleaned from the team’s extensive cooperation with various world renowned organizations, including the Getty Museum, the Memorial Museum of Space Exploration, the European Space Agency, NASA, the Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics.

Space Pioneer is currently in the pre-production stage of development. The team has worked out most of the core gameplay mechanics/concepts and is actively working on the story and artwork. To see them through the project, the studio is running a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter. We encourage you to visit their Kickstarter page for full information on the team and the project,  along with video, illustrations, and a list of rewards for contributors. With successful funding, Space Pioneer promises to be fun, educational and like nothing else in the video game industry.


Video courtesy Joshua Henrickson


Note: Portions of this text appear on the Space Pioneer Kickstarter page


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