Ever wondered what it would be like to be an astronaut, bounding around the moon in your spacesuit with the blue marble of Earth overhead? In Deliver Us the Moon, the forthcoming episodic survival adventure from indie Dutch developer KeokeN, you'll get the chance to find out just how beautiful it looks up there. Except, of course, it's never that simple; you've got nefarious plots to uncover and the whole population of that blue marble to save, too.
The year is 2069, and despite the best efforts of environmentalists we have almost depleted the Earth's resources. Even coming together under the banner of the World Space Agency in a last-ditch effort to research the moon's possibilities and save mankind, our nations still haven't been able to put aside past history and selfish interests. That's where you come in: as a former astronaut, since gone rogue, you're perfectly suited for a secret do-or-die mission. You have to go to the moon and explore the abandoned facilities there, uncovering their secrets and hidden agendas in your quest to "deliver" it for humanity. Yet again, the fate of the world is on your shoulders – well, yours and those of a small robot called ASE (short for All-Seeing Eye).
Early demo footage looks stunning, with carefully realised and (literally) atmospheric bases interspersed with treks across the lunar surface. Designed as an open world, you can explore in first- or third-person perspective. If you get tired of walking you can drive around on lunar rovers or reach those hard-to-get-to places using a jetpack. Fittingly, you'll also have to deal with a variety of environmental hazards and carefully manage your oxygen levels if you want to stay alive. Seemingly more about survival and exploration than traditional puzzle-solving, you will nonetheless need to find and exploit the technologies you discover in order to proceed. The choices you make along the way will also shape the future of mankind, leading to a variety of different endings.
Having recently reached its ambitious goal of €100,000 through Kickstarter, the first episode of Deliver Us the Moon is due to blast off for Windows and XBox One in August, with the remaining four episodes planned for three-month intervals after that. Versions for PlayStation 4, Mac and Linux are also possible in future. If you want to discover more, you can download the WSA Space Center for a comprehensive interactive introduction.