Astroneer launches in Game Preview for Xbox One and Windows 10 on Dec. 16

Astroneer, a new space exploration game, is set to launch into game preview for Xbox One and Windows 10 on December 16. On launch, the game will also support Microsoft's Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, meaning you can buy the game once and play on both platforms for no extra charge.

Initially revealed in late 2015, the game's visuals look stunning thanks to an art style that is quite the standout. As for the gameplay, it sounds promising if you're into exploring beautiful environments and manipulating the ground beneath your feet. From Xbox Wire:

Astroneer is a game about independent space explorers prospecting the stars for fortune and glory. This is a game about discovery and mystery, as you uncover rare artifacts and the resources you need to find, on vast worlds where every cubic inch of space can be explored. It's a game about creativity, as you use your tools to dig, build, sculpt, and shape the very ground to serve your needs, whether utilitarian or aesthetic. It's a game about solitude, as you enjoy the beauty of your surroundings as you might on a long hike or camping trip. It's also a game about cooperation, as you invite your friends to share the experience with you in multiplayer co-op.

Of course, the game is entering the Game Preview program, so it's bound to feel incomplete with oodles of bugs, glitches and other kinks that will be worked out over time. However, If you're interested in getting in on the game early, the first alpha release will be available starting December 16 on both Xbox One and Windows 10.

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