Here's a tip for wannabe space explorers: NEVER be part of the initial research team, because you'll inevitably disappear without a trace. Now, being the investigator sent to find out what happened is a whole lot more fun, and players will have the chance to do just that this summer when The Station is released.
Yes, The Station embraces the tried-and-true science fiction premise of a missing space crew, in this case a small three-person team sent to study an alien race whose civilization challenged "everything we know about biology, chemistry, physics, religion" and addressed many of the questions that have always plagued mankind. Unfortunately, this newfound species was embroiled in the middle of a civil war, so the crew was deployed to "research the alien culture in search of a means towards a peaceful relationship." But then they disappeared. With all communications cut off, as a recon specialist you are sent to the "undetectable" facility to determine what became of them. But this is no standard mission, as "what players discover will challenge their view of surveillance, imperialism and moral law," and more importantly, the mystery you unravel will "decide the fate of two civilizations."
Gameplay in The Station will be largely exploratory in nature, as you venture through the station in free-roaming, first-person 3D in search of clues to what transpired. The game has been "creatively shaped by real space industry experts, in partnership with the Canadian Space Society," and players will interact directly with the environment and solve puzzles in order to progress, learning more about the three missing crew members along the way through audio logs and other materials left behind. The gameplay trailer offers a closer look at the sort of experience players can expect.
Created by an indie team of developers whose previous credits include the likes of AAA titles Destiny, BioShock Infinite, and Prototype, The Station is already well along in production, with a target completion date for Windows, Mac, and Linux sometime this summer. In the meantime, you can not only learn more about the game from the official website, but also receive regular updates from the fictional Axiom corporation, the company spearheading the space mission you've been sent to investigate.