If you’ve ever played Galaxy Trucker then you’re all too familiar with the masochistic but enduring hope of getting your spaceship from point A to point B as intact as possible. Now HipFire Games is bringing all that craziness to the realm of VR with their debut title, Failspace.
Though not taking actual inspiration from the above-mentioned tabletop game, Failspace does have one important concept in common with it – you’re a space trucker who’s trying really hard to get your wonky ship – and cargo – from one part of the galaxy to another, and you have to have a good sense of humor to be able to play it. Failspace does, in fact, take inspiration from Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes and Spaceteam.
Check out the trailer below:
What makes Failspace so interesting is that this is a multiplayer co-op game. So much like in Star Trek: Bridge Crew, you have to work with your crew to make sure your ship doesn’t completely fall apart on your way to your destination. Which will apparently be no easy feat since the thing is made out of pieces of tin stuck together with bubblegum. Well, not literally but you get the idea. Either way, this game looks like a fun mashup of Star Trek: Bridge Crew and Job Simulator which puts it pretty high on my to try list.
“It’s one thing to play on your computer screen but another thing entirely to physically pull levers, fix leaks and replace fuel filters inside a ‘real’ spaceship.” said the CEO of HipFire Games, Antti Sartanen in a press statement. “With all that action around you, you quickly forget that you’re not really there. That’s why we decided to make it more of a fun and tongue-in-cheek type of experience. You’re already experiencing enough pressure as it is!”
According to the statement, Failspace will support both singleplayer and co-op of up to 5 players in a crew so you can try to take on the whole thing by yourself if you have the space balls for it. The game will let you earn money from completing missions. It’s not clear what you can buy with that money yet, but a safe bet is that it will probably be ship upgrades or of some sort that will make the missions a bit easier to achieve. As for how exactly the gameplay will work in terms of the role each player takes on, is unclear at the moment.
No release date has been announced for Failspace yet and we don’t know which platforms the game will support yet either. Though the game is scheduled for sometime in 2018. If the ship doesn’t break down before then, at least.