World famous Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is hard at work unraveling the mysteries of the universe, but in the mean time he is working on a very interesting VR game called Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents Space Odyssey. This wonderful looking game will allow players to explore and experience our very own planetary system. With that in mind, of course this game will have educational elements, however the official website emphasizes the entertainment value as well. Besides just exploring and learning our actual planetary system players will also be allowed to make their own, with as much or as little detail as one would like.

How much detail you ask? Well it is said that players will be able to create an entire civilization. From making ports and colonies on various planets to creating mining structures, you will be able to build it all. Single player mode is about building your civilization, taking on a variety of missions and competing against the computer. All the while, Dr. Tyson will be feeding you advice as your very own Space Adviser.

I know what your thinking, ‘Another space exploring game…’ and at first glance, it might not seem much different from its predecessors. The main differences from games like Spore is that Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents Space Odyssey will be a virtual reality game, narrated very well by a very renown scientist and its default game mode is a mock up of our actual planetary system. With the educational elements, gamers can expect a slightly less ‘cartoon-ish’ feel as well.

Now we can get to the best parts. Yes, this game will be multiplayer. Players can choose to cooperate or compete. If you thought being able to build your own galaxy was cool, wait until you hear this. Players can visit systems that have been created by other players, including Bill Nye, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaimen, Peter Beagle and of course Dr. Tyson himself.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents Space Odyssey is being developed for Windows, Mac, Linux, mobile platforms and Virtual Reality. This epic space learning and building game is set to release as a beta sometime next year.

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