Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is making a video game about space exploration.
Or trying to, anyway – the Kickstarter for the project went live on June 13 and runs through July 29. At the time of writing, they have raised US$100,121 of the US$314,159 goal (get it?).
The game, called Space Odyssey, would “allow players to travel through the cosmos to scientifically accurate planets, moons and exoplanets based in real science,” according to a press release emailed to Business Insider.
Tyson’s basic concept seems to be a captivating interactive experience that still follows scientific principles.
“I have no patience for people who say, ‘I don’t want the laws of physics to constrain me,'” Tyson said while discussing the game at the video game E3 convention in Los Angeles this week.
On the Kickstarter page, the team behind the game promises a long list of potential activities: “Develop planets, colonise worlds, nurture species, mine elements, build robots, and discover unique life-forms as you coordinate with others in an intense game of real-time strategy.”
Players would supposedly begin by exploring Proxima B, the closest known exoplanet to our own solar system, just over 4 light years away (there are real-life plans to try to send mini-spacecraft there).
After exploring the surface of that planet and learning how the science-based physics systems work (with Tyson as your guide), players would be ready to start the main event.
Beginning at a space station, they’d create and terraform a home planet and system, taking into account real aspects of biology and chemistry. That system can include be colonies and outposts – and you can play solo or with friends.
Players would also need to protect their systems from threats, including environmental disaster, space objects, climate change, disease, and the changes brought about by evolution and whatever else may happen to a planet.
Luckily, a digital assistant with Tyson’s…