Outer Wilds is an open world mystery where you explore a solar system trapped in a 20-minute time loop. Over the last three years, our development team has grown far beyond the initial few who worked on the alpha when it was a student project, but our main priority has always been to support the original vision for the game.
Inspired by the unusual combination of backpacking through national parks and the dangers of the vast darkness of space, Outer Wilds is a game about exploring for the sake of curiosity. We have created a hand-crafted solar system filled with secrets to discover and perils to avoid, using dynamic physics simulation to add to the thrill of exploring space. Players are given a variety of tools to aid in space-backpacking: including their own spaceship and jetpack; a surveyor probe for scouting and taking pictures; and a signal scope to track down audio signals as well as view landmarks from afar.
Moment-to-moment, the goal of Outer Wilds is to give players the experience of being an astronaut exploring a new and unusual frontier. Players can explore ancient ruins to uncover the secrets of a lost civilization and form hypothesis about their discoveries. Pathways across planets are filled with unique and dangerous phenomena to overcome.
Through a greater understanding of these systems, players can reach new locations to uncover even more hidden knowledge and delve deeper into the grand mysteries hidden in the farthest reaches of Outer Wilds.
After all these years in development, we are very excited to release Outer Wilds later this year!
For more information check out our announcement trailer above or head to outerwilds.com. And keep your signal scopes tuned to Xbox Wire for future news about Outer Wilds and other great games coming soon to Xbox One.