Neil deGrasse Tyson is making a game and it sounds rad

first_imgNeil deGrasse Tyson is making a game. That alone should be enough to get you pumped. Plus, it’s educational, and who doesn’t love learning from the wonderful, baritone astrophysicist?Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey will be all about creating and then exploring galaxies. In an interview with Digital Trends, co-creator Mike Murphy said that Space Odyssey will have elements of Minecraft and Civilization, but that the adventure would be unique.The goal is to model play after our universe — letting players build their own galaxies and star systems — as well as explore those created by scientists and authors like Bill Nye and George R.R. Martin. Real physics and science will be at the heart of the game, teaching you about the wonders of the universe as you play.Much like Carl Sagan, and later Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos series, players will journey throughout these crafted worlds in ships that will let them explore just about anything.“Its size and scope is relative to the level of challenge you would like to undertake,” Murphy said. “You can grow and mature these planets as much as you’d like, creating colonies, ports, mining structures, undertake trade of elements you discover/mine or invent or innovate. We are adding strategic partners that will consult with us on design and tech possibilities, including Bigelow Aerospace and the National Space Society to name a couple.”The team wants to avoid the pitfall of most educational games which are largely just quizzes. Brandii Grace, the design lead for Space Odyssey said, “Right now, millions of people are learning the names, stats, and mechanics of catching 151 virtual creatures. Without that learning, the game wouldn’t be fun.”Grace has experience working in the mainstream games industry on projects like Call of Duty. They hope that they can leverage that knowledge as well as modern game design ideas to make something that engages players in new ways.These are some lofty goals, but Tyson and the rest of the team believe that they’re working on something truly special. In time, they’ll want to build in crossovers with Tyson’s television shows, as well as adding in VR support.If all goes well, the beta should launch in 2017. If you’re interested in signing up, you can head here.last_img read more