Posted May 13, 2017 by David Latham in Feature

New Sci-Fi City Building Game Surviving Mars Announced

From the developer of the Tropico franchise and publisher of Cities: Skylines and Stellaris comes a new strategy game set to be released in 2018. Surviving Mars will have you traveling to our nearest neighbour to establish a human colony in this single-player sci-fi city building game.

The announcement trailer released today by Paradox Interactive shows dome-like structures, as well as vehicles and people in futuristic space suits struggling to construct a dome using Ikea-esque instructions.

You can check it out below:


Surviving Mars promises to be an immersive city-building game where you need to balance the basic needs and quality of life for your inhabitants, all while battling the harsh environments of Mars. Here are some of the official main features below (*from Paradox Interactive):

  • Building a sustainable colony in space: Building on a planet not fit for human life challenges you to build a smart, functional colony. Bad planning isn’t about traffic jams, it’s about survival of your colonists. You really don’t want rolling blackouts in a city constructed in a place without oxygen.
  • Individually simulated colonists: Each colonist is a unique individual with problems and strengths that influence the needs and behavior of the other colonists. Things can get really interesting if your chief scientists develops alcoholism after one too many long nights in the lab.
  • Futuristic Space Dome construction: Retro-futuristic super structures housing colonists, factories and commercial buildings with their own “neighborhood personality.” Create colonies that value science over everything else, while tired workers drink their pay away at a local bar, or attempt a utopia among the stars.
  • Exploration of Mars’ secrets:  Inspired by the classic sci-fi of Asimov and Clarke, Surviving Mars holds many secrets. During each playthrough players may encounter one of Mars’ individually crafted mysteries. Uncovering these secrets might bring your colony great fortune, or terrible ruin. What is that sphere that manifested itself outside colony HUB B, and is it friendly?
  • Randomized research tree: Combine static and random research through experimentation, which allows for a different experience for each journey through the game. Attain new scientific breakthroughs by exploring the uncharted terrain of Mars’s surface.
  • Unique retro-futuristic aesthetic: A sleek, modern take on the bright futurism of the 1960s. A time of exploration and adventure.
  • Expansive mod support: Craft your own fantastic buildings, parks or even a mystery to share through Surviving Mars’s extensive and convenient modding tools. Share your finest creations with the community to build the perfect society.

Surviving Mars is scheduled to launch in 2018 on Windows PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can visit the official website at https://www.survivingmars.com/ where you are encouraged to create a Paradox account and recruit ‘colonists’ to get a head-start as well as exclusive in-game items.

David Latham

David has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from a Group of Eight university, but only uses his very unique set of skills writing about video games. By day he's a stay-at-home dad, by night he's literally Batman. Where does he find the time?


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