The Star Rangers just launched on Steam’s Early Access!

The Star Rangers just launched on Steam’s Early Access!

Now Available on Steam!

The Star Rangers video game incorporating NASA content is being released July 7th, 2016, on Steam Early Access,  the name of  the game service owned by Valve, the world’s preeminent publisher of games. Star Rangers will be featured prominently on the store while it’s gaming community works with the developers to refine it and create opportunities for user-created content, like music, texture, and stories.

Khal Shariff, a creative developer and CEO of Project Whitecard Studios in Winnipeg, Canada, spent part of the last year completing an office network with launch partners in Seattle and Florida, as part of Canadian Digital Media Network’s Soft Landing program. 

While his team finished the scientifically-accurate game that’s been 28 months in the making with a budget of 2.8 Million dollars that took as many more months to raise, Khal made use of time with Valve in Seattle in the spring to refine Whitecard’s corporate culture and marketing plan for Star Rangers, scoped out an office downtown, and audited astronaut training in Florida with partner Project Possum.

Future space explorers may finally play the Star Rangers video game on their PC, Mac or Linux computer through the Steam store. Star Rangers is a game that allows game players to experience being an astronaut, realistically, in the near future, about the year 2035.

The game includes information on the solar system, which was provided by NASA, assistance from the University of California Irvine, who in turn brought the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation to back the endeavour to introduce real science content into a video game. The Canada Media Fund also backed the effort with about 1 million dollars to produce the game. An original musical score was funded by Factor (dot) ca with Winnipeg musicians and has arrived on iTunes.

Project Whitecard, the company who developed the game, has worked with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA on other projects developing innovative education platforms, and has lately expanded into education and medical uses for virtual reality  (another technology that Valve in Seattle is pioneering). 

Star Rangers is being developed with the Steam store community’s involvement. With this approach to development, the creation of Star Rangers will now progress in the direction the community chooses and contributes to, such as emphasizing asteroid-mining, or ramping up buildings for Mars habitats.

Star Rangers is a robust, multiplayer open ‘sandbox’ of the local solar system incorporating NASA content, and with an emphasis on surviving and thriving on worlds other than Earth. The game has been in private beta on Steam for several weeks already, for vocal members of its fan base. The beta features over 6 maps on Mars, including the Victoria Crater, the Million Mounds area of the Moon, and a best-guess depiction of what it’s like under the ice on Europa.

Those who have participated in the beta will be able to continue enjoying the game as it moves over to Steam Early Access.

The game may be purchased on http://star-rangers.com

Star Rangers will award official Mozilla Digital badges for building and operating custom rocket-sleds, asteroid mining operations, rovers, robot operations, and the kind of activities that you’d expect any striving astronaut to complete.

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