The space exploration game, which was inspired by films including Apollo 13 and 2001: A Space Odyssey, challenges players to “uncover the mysteries of a solar system stuck in a time loop”.
Mobius Digital Producer Kelsey Rice told the PlayStation Blog: “In space, there is no friction, oxygen and fuel are limited, and alien planets are home to deadly and unforeseen hazards. Outer Wilds presents all these challenges to players via a real-time physics simulation of the solar system. This system gives rise to unpredictable events which can add danger to a seemingly calm expedition into ancient ruins.
“Players must use their jetpack, ship, retrievable scout, translator, signal scope, and, above all, their own knowledge to navigate the dangers of the solar system. Because the player carries knowledge between loops, uncovering new information can sometimes require deadly one-way journeys that inspire existential dread in players.”
The alpha build of Outer Wilds won the Grand Prize and Excellence in Design award at 2015’s Independent Games Festival awards.
But in an update on crowdfunding site Fig, Mobius revealed the PC version of the title would be an Epic Games store exclusive at launch, angering some backers who claimed they wouldn’t have supported it had they known.