Grip Games has released a new developer diary for their ambitious science fiction first person survival game The Solus Project, which is currently in Steam Early Access.
The Solus Project is different from other games of its ilk such as The Long Dark and Don't Starve in that it takes place on an alien planet. While other survival games are open-ended sandbox games, this game has a more focused narrative. According to the developer, it's a "more linear single-player experience, with survival elements and ten large and complex environments to explore."
The game kicks off with the player crash landing on the planet, the rest of the crew killed on impact. Upon exploring the immediate area, it becomes clear that the player isn't the first being to stroll the planet's surface; on the contrary, at one point the player will find an entire area filled with humanoid skeletons, deepening the mystery.
Making matters worse is that the expedition was supposed to be humanity's last hope, as mankind is going extinct. The mission was to set up a new colony, and as with most science fiction plots, "the fate of mankind rests in your hands."
The main theme of the game is isolation. The player is completely alone on an alien planet. The crew is dead, the alien inhabitants are gone, and even the planet's wildlife seems to have vanished. "You are light years from any human contact, and there are no other ships that can come to your rescue," explains the developer.
Gamers interested in checking out the Steam page or even buying the Early Access build can do so.