The solar system is a big, big place, and most of its many mysteries are far beyond our understanding. Good thing for inquiring minds that it's also caught in an endless time loop in Mobius Digital's newly-released Outer Wilds.
Players step into the first-person boots of the "newest member of Outer Wilds Ventures, a fledgling space program searching for answers in a strange, constantly changing solar system." Mysteries abound, such as "who built the ruins on the moon? What lurks in the heart of Dark Bramble?" And most importantly of all, "why are you trapped in a time loop, and can it be stopped?" If you're to break the cycle and restore order, "you’ll have to venture into the most dangerous reaches of space."
Across a series of largely realistic (if somewhat fantastical) 3D environments, Outer Wilds sees players travelling between planets that are "packed with hidden locations that change with the passage of time." You can "visit an underground city before it’s swallowed by rising sand, or explore the crust of a hollow planet as it crumbles beneath your feet." You'll soon find that "there’s a lot to discover in the Outer Wilds." But beware, as "every secret is guarded by hazardous environments and natural disasters." Fortunately you have some helpful tools at your disposal, as you can "use the Little Scout space probe to illuminate dark caves, take photos, or test for hazards." Or you can "track down mysterious audio with your Signal Scope or use your Translator to decipher an ancient Nomai riddle." In between landings, you can even "navigate the darkness of space with your jetpack and ship."
Best of all, Outer Wilds is ready to launch both literally and figuratively, as the game has now been released on the Epic Games Store for Windows PC and the Microsoft Store for Xbox One.