Ever wanted to know what it feels like to be an astronaut? Not the part where you get to travel space and feel zero-gravity. But the panic-stricken plummet in a re-entry capsule to the earth part. Well as luck would have it, now you can!
Developed by Ovid Works, Interkosmos is an adventure/puzzle game (in a sense) where you get to experience what it was like to be a Russian astronaut in the 70’s. It boasts an intense experience, interchanged with international intrigues, comedic twists, and Cold War absurdities.
Interkosmos launches this month on Steam for the HTC Vive, though there isn’t a specific release date yet.
Check out the teaser trailer below:
In this short experience, at about 30 mins, you get to take control of a space capsule, called Zvezda, that’s falling to earth at breakneck speeds. The fully interactive re-entry capsule is heavily inspired by 1970’s space technology, and you can bet your sweet behind that you’re going to feel like that chimp they sent to space. With lots of confusing levers and buttons and you have no idea what you’re doing here. Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the mechanical marvel of 1970’s Russian engineering, shall we?
Keep Your Wits, Comrade
Anyway. You’re trapped inside this tin can hurtling toward the earth and if you think that suddenly making acquaintance with the ground is your only problem then think again. There are multiple things that can go wrong on your way down and more than one way to die. But you have to get yourself to safety and the only way to do that is to listen to the commands dispatched from Ground Control land this thing.
You will be getting assistance from NASA and Roscosmos but there’s a lot that can go wrong in this relic of a ride. “Interkosmos is unique in that it taps into early space programs, placing you in a capsule based on technology from the late 60s / early 70s. Which means it’s not perfect. Nor is it particularly automated,” the developers said.
So if you’re a believer, then better start praying that nothing goes wrong when you enter that capsule through VR. However, you can pretty much count on some drama going down on your mission with lots of political interference. It’s ultimately up to you, Cosmonaut, to choose who you can trust. Just make sure to follow their instructions to the T. Because timing will be crucial in this game. Plus, this is delicate machinery, so precision is imperative. And a lot of things can go wrong. Which also means the game lends itself to some replayability. See how many ways you can die, or try and play a perfect game.
Interkosmos will cost €4.99 upon launch, which roughly translates to $5 at the time of writing. We’ll keep you up to date with a final release date for Interkosmos as soon as it becomes available.
The developers let us know that the final release date of the game will be April 25.