Climb the red planet with no one around to help you.
Deliver Us Mars will feature a bunch of new gameplay mechanics on Deliver Us The Moon. Along with an adorable new drone to help astronaut Kathy Johanson on her journey to the Red Planet, Deliver Us Mars will have fully mocapped characters for greater emotional impact as well as a traversal system that lets you run, jumping and climbing all over dusty mountains and wrecked colonial ships.
Kathy will be equipped with two pickaxes that she can use to adapt to much of the game’s geometry, a mechanic inspired by games like Uncharted and Tomb Raider. It was also at least partially inspired by a free climbing documentary.
In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, game director and KeokeN Interactive co-founder Koen Deetman admitted that he wanted to increase the tension during gameplay without resorting to combat – a similar limitation in Deliver Us The Moon.
“So we needed an exciting game mechanic,” he said, “something that not only ties into the story of exploring a relatively unknown environment like Mars, but something that excites you as a player and makes the stakes really high. Kathy clinging to the side of a cliff with the pressure of not letting go is a great way to do that. The documentary “Free Solo” really ignited the audience. idea of this danger – and the feeling that it will be your last trip if you go there.”
Free Solo is a 2018 documentary that followed mountaineer Alex Honnold on his quest to perform a free solo ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The term “free solo” comes to perform the climb alone without any support rope in the event of a fall. Without any safety net, free climbers risk their lives on every mountain they climb. The film won a ton of awards, including the 2019 Oscar for Best Documentary.
While the player can simply restart the ascent if they fall, anyone with a fear of heights might find Deliver Us Mars a bit too much to handle. Thankfully, Deetman said the plan is to make Deliver Us Mars playable on the Steam Deck on release day, so the small handheld screen should make those terrifying heights a little less scary.
Deliver Us Mars is coming to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store on February 23.
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