Explore the Red Planet with Mars Odyssey for HTC Vive

Virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) have quite an abundance of space videogames and apps available, letting users explore and learn about our solar system. Today Steel Wool Studios has launched a simulator experience for HTC Vive called Mars Odyssey.  

Mars Odyssey is a single-player experience that takes players to the red planet, allowing them to explore the surface and learn about its history and geography. Whilst on the surface players will need to repair NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers – including Viking, Pathfinder, Curiosity, and Opportunity.

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Steel Wool Studios developed the 20 minute title using exact engineering schematics and locations of the rovers as well as NASA’s publicly-available terrain and height map information to create a realistic surface of Mars.

The experience is available to download now through Steam and the developer is currently offering a special introductory price. From now until 15th September there’s a 40 percent discount off the regular price, dropping the cost down from £5.59 GBP to £3.35.

This isn’t the first VR project from Steel Wool Studios. Earlier this year the developer released Quar: Battle for Gate 18, a turn-based strategy launch title for the HTC Vive. And last month the team announced that HTC had invested $5 million USD in a Series A funding round to help the studio continue its VR development.

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