Ascent – The Space Game is now available on Steam Early Access! This is a sandbox game with building, trading, exploring, mining, and politics. I am absolutely fascinated by its science-driven features; modeled on the actual Milky Way, Ascent’s universe features over 270 billion stars and a trillion planets to explore and discover! They use scientific modeling to craft the planets, suns, stars, black holes, asteroid fields and moons that populate the universe – and according to their website, exploring every system in their game is not possible within the span of a human life. I have to say – that makes me want to try! :)
This Early Access build features the ability to gain a variety of skills, such as asteroid mining and gas harvesting, and put them to work building up enough wealth to found your first colony on a distant world. With the management of that colony may come more wealth, more problems, and the ability to interact with galactic politics. This feature will allow you access to convince the other leaders to construct massively expensive hypergates to ease travel and trade to your system. Other political and structural improvements are in the works, as well as massive new systems for colonization, combat, and dynamic questing.