Outer Wilds is an open-world exploration game about a solar system stuck in a time loop, developed by Mobius Games. Yes, you get to explore a whole solar system, flying around in space, and camping out on strange planets.
If the premise sounds cool, you’d be happy to know publisher Annapurna Interactive, who frankly has an amazing catalog of indie games, dropped a new trailer for the game, together with an official release date – May 30.
The alpha version of Outer Wilds has won the Seamus McNally Grand Prize and Excellence in Design awards at the 2015 Independent Games Festival. Since that was a much earlier iteration, we can expect the final game to be even better, or at least more intriguing. And from its description and trailer, it really does sound like a weird journey worth taking.
You play as the newest member of the Outer Wilds Ventures space program, trying to “unravel an ancient mystery” in a handcrafted solar system. The “handcrafted” part is crucial – you won’t be visiting dozens of procedurally-generated planets, half of them empty. Instead, you’ll have a handful of worlds to explore, on each something fantastic to discover.
You’ll visit an underground city swallowed by the sand, or walk the surface of a planet as it literally crumbles into itself beneath your feet.