Bohemia Interactive, an award-winning video games developer based in the Czech Republic, today announce their plan to launch the first ever manned mission to Mars. The project, which uses 'Expedition One' as its working title, is part of the studio’s effort to explore the red planet and – ultimately – establish a human colony on Mars. While the first space shuttle is scheduled to depart as early as April this year, Bohemia Interactive is still actively recruiting for people to join its Mars Astronauts training program.
Making its debut at last year’s E3 Expo, where it won IGN’s Best New PC Game award, Bohemia Interactive today released 11 new screenshots for the upcoming Expedition One update of its Early Access simulation game Take On Mars™.
Expedition One brings players to Mars to perform a multitude of scientific experiments, construct habitats spanning from shelters to entire installations, and search for viable sources of oxygen, water, and raw materials. Due to the limited amount of supplies the space shuttle can carry, one of the most significant challenges for the Mars Astronauts will simply be surviving the harsh Martian environment. As such, participants will have to actively manage their oxygen levels, food stocks, grow plants, and operate drilling rigs in the search for new resources. Unpressurized and pressurized manned vehicles will be at their disposal to increase their mobility across the vast alien terrain.
The first portion of the Expedition One update has been available in Take On Mars’ latest update, and includes access to a manned science buggy, the huge new Cydonia Mensae location, plus a 3D printer which enables Mars Astronauts to construct various parts for its Habitat Construction System. The second part of the Expedition One update is scheduled for release later this year.
To enroll for the manned mission, people can already join Take On Mars in its Early Access development program on Steam and Store.bistudio.com for the reduced price of 13.99 EUR/ 17.99 USD/ 11.99 GBP. For more information on Take On Mars, please visit http://mars.takeonthegame.com/ and/or follow Take On Mars on Twitter and Facebook.