Developed by Mobius Digital and inspired by films including Apollo 13 and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Outer Wilds is described as an “open world mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time loop”.
The alpha build of the space exploration game won the Grand Prize and Excellence in Design award at 2015’s Independent Games Festival awards, and Mobius raised over $126,000 through crowdfunding site Fig to help develop it.
While Outer Wilds was originally planned for release on PC, Mac and Linux through Steam, the PC version of the title launched as a timed Epic Games Store exclusive, angering some backers who claimed they wouldn’t have supported the project had they known.
It went on to win multiple Game of the Year awards from publications including Giant Bomb, Polygon, Eurogamer and The Guardian.
Mobius co-creative lead Loan Verneau has said subscription services like Xbox Game Pass give “weirder things” like Outer Wilds a chance to shine.