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#1 Dram

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 13:52

Hello everyone,

I am very pleased to announce the latest news for Take On Mars, the big announcement we've been wanting to let you know about for some time now - the manned mission addition to the game.

Firstly to clarify, this is not an additional DLC or paid content, but is part of the already existing Take On Mars game. This means if you have already bought it, you will get it for free. The manned mission, titled "Expedition One" will be the second chapter to the Space Program, the first being the robotic phase. The content will be added progressively through the Early Access program of the game. The first update being due in a couple of weeks.

Here is the full press release:

Bohemia Interactive, an award-winning video games developer based in the Czech Republic, today announce their plan to launch the first ever manned mission to Mars. The project, which uses 'Expedition One' as its working title, is part of the studio’s effort to explore the red planet and – ultimately – establish a human colony on Mars. While the first space shuttle is scheduled to depart as early as April this year, Bohemia Interactive is still actively recruiting for people to join its marsonauts training program.


Expedition One, a content update for Bohemia Interactive’s new sim game Take On™ Mars, enables volunteers to explore Mars from the most intimate of perspectives; through their own eyes. Participants will be tasked with performing a multitude of scientific experiments, constructing habitats spanning from shelters to entire installations, and searching for viable sources of oxygen, water, and raw materials. Due to the limited amount of supplies the space shuttle can carry, one of the most significant challenges for the marsonauts will simply be surviving the harsh Martian environment. As such, participants will have to actively manage their oxygen levels, food stocks, grow plants, and operate drilling rigs in the search for new resources. Unpressurized and pressurized manned vehicles will be at their disposal to increase their mobility across the vast alien terrain.


"As a studio, we've always been obsessed with games that explore topics of human fascination", said Bohemia Interactive's CEO, Marek Spanel. "One of those is space exploration. Missions to Mars - from the past, present, and also some ambitious projects for the future - sparked our imagination about what it would be like to be the first human on Mars. We soon felt that this should be the endgame for the Take On Mars campaign."


With the arrival of the Expedition One content update, the campaign in Take On Mars will be divided into two chapters. Chapter 1 focuses on the exploration of Mars via the Mars Rovers and Stationary Landers, while Chapter 2 is entirely dedicated to human exploration of the red planet. Those who would wish to embark on this exciting adventure right away will be able to skip the first chapter. However, this does mean that they will start out with fewer resources than those who completed part one of Take On Mars' Space Program campaign.


Highlights of the Expedition One mission include:

- Take the next giant leap for mankind and leave the first human footprints on the surface of Mars
- Drive unpressurized and pressurized manned vehicles to explore the new 8x8 km Cydonia terrain
- Build your own habitat spanning from shelters to entire installations via a unique construction system
- Live off the land by managing and extracting resources to build your base and keep you alive
- Establish the foundations of a human colony on the surface of another planet


Expedition One will be made available in the second quarter of 2014. To enroll for the manned mission, people can join Take On Mars’ Early Access program on Steam for the reduced price of 13.99 EUR/ 17.99 USD/ 11.99 GBP.

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#2 FeltHat

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 13:59

i hope it will be like carpenter's ghosts of mars

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 14:04

Any chance of multiplayer? It'd kinda feel natural now.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 14:09

On the note of multiplayer:
We are experimenting with multiplayer at the moment, though at this point it is most likely that it will not feature in the game. I hope that with further experimentation this changes.
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 14:16

You guys are awesome. Hopefully having a manned aspect to the game will get you a few more well deserved sales.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 18:29

Glorious :D I was waiting for this since the release.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 19:20

all Mars belongs to us ;)

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 20:07

I.am.impressed!

Not that you're actually on mars way before Nasa :) but that it will part of the game I already own. I.e. no DLC extra payment whatsoever.

Ok ok, I should know BIS already that well but still. BIS was and is one of the few shining stars on the developer field.

And a developer nowadays is nothing without it's community. So.

Thank you, all of you.
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 20:17

Awesome news! Can't wait!
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 23:14

I.am.impressed!

Not that you're actually on mars way before Nasa :) but that it will part of the game I already own. I.e. no DLC extra payment whatsoever.

Ok ok, I should know BIS already that well but still. BIS was and is one of the few shining stars on the developer field.

And a developer nowadays is nothing without it's community. So.

Thank you, all of you.



I can only echo this post.

Thank you.

#11 Dram

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 08:36

You are all very welcome :) I look forward to feedback from you guys when we release the first part of this!
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:43

I had an eye on this game, and since I've read the news I have decided to buy it. So now I'm a happy rover pilot ! Thanks for that fabulous game... simulator... tool. :D

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 00:47

Great news, thx!

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 02:18

I've just finished reading an amazing and technically detailed new book called "The Martian" by Andy Weir, about an astronaut trapped on Mars. Of course it immediately made me want to play Take on Mars some more. I might have to read it again when Expedition One is released. Thanks again for such a beautiful and refreshing game.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:11

Looking forward to more science!

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 13:28

Wow a great announcement, if you manage to add multi-player in then it certainly be the icing on the Martian cake :)

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 15:35

Nice! Maybe this convinced me to try the game finally. :)
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Posted 11 March 2014 - 19:55

Holy CRAP Guys! Thats bloody AWESOME :D Ca date when it will become available?

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This may sound completely crazy Dram, but could you add this to the Expedtion One? Its from Star Trek, and its called a tricorder:

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A handheld portable scanner :) Measuring like atmoshphere, radiation, etc etc.

#19 Dram

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 09:04

Holy CRAP Guys! Thats bloody AWESOME :D Ca date when it will become available?

As the project is early access, the content will be added progressively. So expect an update soon with an early version of the human being and base building :)

This may sound completely crazy Dram, but could you add this to the Expedtion One? Its from Star Trek, and its called a tricorder:

http://4.bp.blogspot...3_tricorder.jpg

A handheld portable scanner :) Measuring like atmoshphere, radiation, etc etc.

Heh, interesting, something similar is actually what we have planned.
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Posted 12 March 2014 - 10:32

I dont like that answer Dram, im not patient enough :P

Haha cool! Can you try make it look like a tricorder? It will be like Star Trek, exploring an uknown planet :D



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