The Solus Project is an upcoming Xbox One and PC exclusive, launching in February on Steam Early Access and the Xbox One Game Preview program.
The Solus Project is a first-person exploration adventure set in a dynamic alien world. Humanity is on the brink of extinction, and it was your job to seek out a planet safe enough to set up a new colony. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned, and your ship crashes on Gliese-6143-C – a barren, seemingly lifeless world. With your crew dead, the success of the mission falls entirely on you alone.
The latest developer video shows off The Solus Project's large and complex levels, which feature dynamic weather, plant growth, and even realistic oceanic tides. The game features elements survival fans will be familiar with such as managing your characters needs and scavenging items, but The Solus Project isn't set in a sandbox. Instead, the game features ten complex levels crammed with tombs and secrets, in what developer Teotl describes as an homage to old-school design sensibilities.
Some of The Solus Project's signature features are as follows:
Explore - Survive through exploration. Unlock the depths of the uncharted planet, and the secrets buried deep below. Delve into huge cave systems and tombs and uncover over 200 secrets.
Atmosphere - Atmosphere rich environment that is fully dynamic. A day and night cycle and a dynamic weather system that calculates temperature/humidity/wind. Ocean tides. Plants respond to the climate. >Storms form. Earthquakes happen.
Survive - Survive the extreme climate, tornadoes, storms, meteors, lightning, and not least the dark secrets buried beneath the surface.
Depth - Plants grow and rot. Ocean tide based on the moon. Your body responds to everything from getting wet to lack of sleep to walking uphill to the humidity. Hundreds of upgrades to be found. >Secret areas within secret areas within secret areas.
Savior - Your death means the end of mankind. Save us and rebuild a communication device to phone home, by scavenging useful items.
Adventure - Be a pioneer, an archeologist, and an astronaut to explore a mysterious alien planet. The adventure has a beginning and an end, but it is a harsh world. A mistake will cost you your life.
Length - Many kilometers/miles of alien islands, caves, and tombs.
Your Time - Scale the game as you wish. Go from a super hardcore experience to a relaxing stroll on an alien planet. In fact, you can cheat oldschool console style even. It is your time, your experience.
Just You - Very little handholding. No obvious enemies. No combat. No characters. It is just you. All alone by yourself.
Oldschool - Fond memories of games from 10, 20 years ago? So do we. Complex level layouts. Dozens of secret areas. Keys to unlock doors. Underground indoor environments.
There are hundreds and hundreds of things to find hidden away in the world. Secret areas the size of modern "next gen levels". Secrets within secrets. Just how deep does the rabbit hole go?
Puzzles- Puzzle your way through environmental puzzles left by an alien civilization.
The Solus Project will hit Steam Early Access and the Xbox One Game Preview program in early February, with a full release planned for Q2 2016.