NASA’s Massively Multiplayer Space-Exploration Game Now Online

NASA’s massively multiplayer online game, Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond,  launched with a hail of publicity in 2009 but very quiet since, is looking for pledges from supporters on the microfunding site, offering up access to the game’s beta in return, as well as a few other perks.

AMMB takes place in the year 2035. Mankind has started settling the Solar System. Real science,technology, engineering, mathematics and physics content is infused throughout the AMMB universe. Astronauts may pick from severalcharacter classes, including severaltypes of Engineer, Physicists, andPilots. AMMB is currently being developedusing the Unreal Engine 3 platform.

The game will be set in the Arthur C. Clarke Astronaut Academy Station, which the Kickstarter page describes as “Hogwarts in space.” Players will be able to “uncover secrets about a threat to civilization as we know it, and build you and your team a high-tech inventory of space gear including a home base, somewhere out there.”

There’s a funding goal of $25,000, of which nearly $10,000 has already been pledged at the time of writing, with 47 days still remaining to collect the rest. If achieved, the cash will allow NASA to complete the beta-testing phase of the final commercial game. A government tax credit will match all donations up to $700,000 with an additional $500,000, and NASA has also awarded a contract to another company to produce a bunch of related content.

It’ll be available on PC, Mac, iOS and “select consoles,” and — if the “estimated delivery” dates for the pledge rewards are accurate — should land sometime around December 2012.



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