So, you’ve survived Mars, but can you survive the apocalypse? Paradox Interactive has announced that Surviving Mars is no longer a standalone game, but the start of a franchise, with Surviving the Aftermath expanding the Surviving brand with a post-apocalyptic twist.
Surviving the Aftermatch is set to launch in late 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via both Steam and the Epic Games Store. However, the game will be going into Early Access later this year through Xbox Game Preview and the Epic Games Store.
More details will be revealed on Saturday 19th October during Paradox’s PDXCON 2019 in Berlin.
Nikhat Ali, Lead Producer on Surviving the Aftermath and Surviving Mars at Paradox said, “With the staggering growth of Surviving Mars this year we knew we had something special and we wanted to find new ways to utilize survival management gameplay. Surviving the Aftermath gives us the opportunity to experiment with these mechanics in new and interesting ways that we think our players will love.”
With the follow up coming to the Epic Games Store, it only makes sense that the first game does as well. Surviving Mars and all its DLC will appear on Epic’s store on 10th October, and will be part of Epic’s Free Games Program, with the Surviving Mars and Space Race DLC free to download between 10th and 17th October.
We had our Surviving Mars review when it came out in early 2018, and the hard-nosed colony management sim certainly caught our attention. I wrote, “If we ever try to colonise our red neighbour, it’s going to be one of the greatest challenges that mankind will ever undertake. Though Surviving Mars makes a game out of it, Haemimont have brilliantly kept that hard edge, as it constantly pushes and tests your ability to plan with survival in mind, especially with the unpredictability of the Mysteries of Mars. There’s plenty of ways to improve it and put more colony control in the hands of the player, but the first landing is already off to a great start.”
Source: press release