Début de l’alpha pour Space Station Designer

Le studio Polar Motion, à qui l’on doit l’original Space Program Manager (voir notre test), vient de dévoiler cette semaine un futur nouveau jeu de construction permettant de librement créer une station orbitale à l’aide de 72 modules différents. Toute ressemblance avec le projet Space Station Inc (voir cette brève) toujours en chantier n’est pas un hasard, Space Station Designer étant semble-t-il une étape préalable à ce dernier, qui serait plus ambitieux en terme de fonctionnalités (Space Station Designer se focalisant sur la construction, tandis que Space Station Inc devrait y ajouter plus d’aspects gestion).

Pour plus d’informations sur Space Station Designer, désormais en phase open alpha voyez le site officiel, ou cette page sur itch.io.

Au passage notez que vous trouverez aussi sur le devblog une longue série d’images représentant des engins qui étaient prévus pour la seconde partie de Space Program Manager, suite qui a probablement été annulée depuis.


Announcing Space Station Designer!

Hello all! It’s been some time since our last development update. We have been making some steady progress on our space station game and we have some great news to share!

After completing a gameplay prototype earlier this year, we found out that building space stations in a sandbox environment was a fun (and even relaxing!) activity in itself, so we decided to focus our efforts on the development of a smaller game named ‘Space Station Designer‘ (SSD).

After several months of work, we have completed a fully functional build, which features various usability improvements based on the feedback we got from some close friends and colleagues. Today, we’re making this playable build available for free to everyone on itch.io, so that you can take it out for a spin and let us know what you think (we suggest you to install the itch.io app first). If you like our work, please support us by leaving a donation ??

Here’s a partial list of features contained in the open alpha:

A sandbox mode where you’ll be able to build a space station as large as you want.
An array of 72 modules to choose from, including solar panels, heat radiators, manufacturing modules and a wide variety of trusses and connectors.
The possibility to build arbitrarily large space stations.
The option to toggle between ‘flat’ and VR mode without restarting the game: if you have a Virtual Reality headset for PC (e.g., HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, etc), you can switch to VR mode anytime and navigate around your station using an XBox 360 controller or the keyboard (support for mobile VR devices is in the works!)

So… what’s next for ‘Space Station Designer’? We have lots of ideas on where we should go next (please see the FAQ section in the main product page for more details), but we’re also interested in your opinions! If there’s something you’d like to see in the game, don’t hesitate to visit us in the game’s forums and let us know your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter.

Enjoy the open alpha and see you at the forums!


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