"Welcome to the surface of Epsilon Prime."
It's hard to describe Extrasolar as a game so much as an interactive experience. As a participant, you'll be exploring dramatic alien landscapes, investigating scientific mysteries, and interacting with real characters as they work to uncover the true motives of the eXoplanetary Research Institute (XRI), a private space agency with a questionable past.
"We're inviting you to be a part of this unique, unprecedented adventure."
At its core, Extrasolar is a simulated exploration of a nearby planet that plays out in real time. After you upload directions to your rover you'll have to wait several hours for those directions to be carried out and the resulting images to be transmitted back across the depths of space to your web-based terminal.
"The eXoplanetary Research Institute (XRI) was founded with a mission to explore..."
Extrasolar rapidly becomes something more, however, as you begin to wonder if XRI is telling you the whole truth about the mission you're participating in. Just who are the people behind the emails and voicemails you're recieving and what are they hiding?
What Does It Take To Play?
Anyone with a browser and a connection to the internet can play. No special hardware is required to experience Extrasolar. Mobile and tablet devices too, though we are currently working on a version of the game that is better formatted for small screens.
Extrasolar is playable from start to finish for FREE. Participants can choose to upgrade their account at any time to unlock certain advanced features.
When Can I Start Exploring?
Right now! Extrasolar officially launched on February 18th, 2014.
To begin, point your browser to extrasolar.com.
A Focus on Real Science
Lazy 8 is comitted to making Extrasolar a satisfying experience, and one thing that's been important to us is working within the realm of scientific plausibility. All of the science-fiction elements in the game are based on real theories. We've worked with real scientists to make sure the biology of Epsilon Prime is scientifically feasible and to come up with missions and procedures a real science team might pursue when encountering life on another planet. It might be a stretch but we'd love it if Extrasolar served as an inspiration to learn more about life in our universe and the importance of space exploration.
Extrasolar is a big game created by a surprisingly small team led by Rob Jagnow -- the developer behind the multi-award-winning puzzle game Cogs. Other contributors include Jonathan Le Plastrier, Brendan Mauro (Cogs), Ryan Williams (Second Life), Lucas J.W. Johnson (The Time Tribe), Keith Turkowski (Everquest) and other talented individuals who have collectively breathed life into the game's extensive universe.
We're very proud of our creation and hope you'll enjoy playing Extrasolar as much as we've enjoyed creating it!
Where Can I Learn More?
Some amazing research is currently underway right now at The eXoplanetary Research Institute (XRI). Unfortunately, there's always some crazy person who thinks that every project for the betterment of humanity must be be a conspiracy.