Climb the Red Planet without anyone around to help.
Deliver Us Mars will feature a number of new gameplay mechanics compared to Deliver Us The Moon. Alongside an adorable new drone designed 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 to have you dusty run, jump and climb can mountains and destroyed colony ships.
Kathy will come equipped with two pickaxes that will allow her to scale much of the game’s geometry, a mechanic inspired by games like Uncharted and Tomb Raider. It was also inspired, at least in part, by a documentary about free climbing.
In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, game director and co-founder of KeokeN Interactive, Koen Deetman, admitted that he wanted to increase the excitement throughout the game without resorting to combat – a similar limitation in Deliver Us The Moon.
“So we needed gameplay mechanics that felt exciting,” he said, “something that not only ties into the story of exploring a relatively uncharted environment like Mars, but something that excites and cares for you as a player that the stakes feel very high Kathy, hanging off a cliff with the pressure not to let go is a great way to do that. The documentary Free Solo really sparked the idea of that danger – and the feeling that this will be your last journey if you let go.”
Free Solo is a documentary film released in 2018 that followed climber Alex Honnold on his quest to free solo ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The term “free solo” comes from when, in the event of a fall, you carry out the ascent alone without supporting ropes. Without a 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.
Though the player will be able to simply restart the climb if they fall, anyone afraid of heights might find Deliver Us Mars a bit too difficult. Thankfully, Deetman said the plan is to make Deliver Us Mars playable on the Steam Deck on release day, so the handheld’s small screen should make those terrifying heights a little less scary.
Deliver Us Mars will be available on February 23 via Steam and the Epic Games Store for PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
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