The Red Planet of Surviving Mars, the Paradox Interactive published city builder, is soon getting an expansion that will let players turn the landscape green and habitable. The Green Planet expansion brings in terraforming features to the game for the first time, and is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2019.
Instead of continuing to keep the Martian colony inside domes, players will be able to terraform the Red Planet to make it more hospitable for humans on the surface, using tactics like building factories that release greenhouse gasses to more special projects that involve melting polar ice caps and commandeering ice asteroids.
Also, to make the atmosphere breathable - and to actually make the planet green -, players will be able to "seed vegetation" and grow various plants and trees across the Martian surface. However, too much tuning of the planet can cause environmental disasters, ranging from Marsquakes to acid rain.
Developer Haemimont Games' CEO Gabriel Dobrev said terraforming has been the most requested feature by fans and that the studio is "thrilled to finally share it with the Green Planet expansion."
“Terraforming the surface of Mars is something that has captivated gamers and the human imagination for as long as we can remember," Dobrev added. "It’s something that we took special care to develop and make sure we got right."
The Surviving Mars: Green Planet expansion is heading for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. A free update to the base game with various core gameplay improvements is accompanying the expansion also. Moreover, the game received a new modding platform that works across PC and Xbox One recently, while also introducing keyboard and mouse support for the Microsoft console.