Developer Anomaly Games has revealed a new trailer for The Fermi Paradox. A choice-driven strategy game, The Fermi Paradox will launch for PC in 2021.
In The Fermi Paradox, you do your best to overcome the titular contradiction, which asks: If there are stars like our sun out there that support the hypothesis that other planets could host sentient life, why have we never made contact with aliens? By sheer probability, we should have met something at this point–the implication is that humanity is an evolutionary mistake and we are alone in the galaxy, or every species faces an extinction-level event before they evolve to the point of meeting other sentient life.
Gameplay-wise, this translates into you overseeing a galaxy, making choices as to how 10 different species that each originate on 10 different planets evolve, build society, and work towards exploring the stars. But you only cultivate each society with nudges in certain directions, you have no direct control over how each culture grows. So perhaps your good intentions lead a world to destruction, or a mistake leads to a happy accident.
The consequences of the choices you make will shape the overall narrative of the galaxy at large, as each species (assuming they survive long enough) begin to invest in interstellar travel. The goal is to see some of these species overcome the Fermi paradox and actually meet. That, in turn, spirals into a whole new slew of choices as to how each side handles first contact, shares resources, and compromises on societal differences.
Anomaly Games is composed of industry veterans that have worked on other consequence-heavy games like Spec Ops: The Line and Dreadnought. The release of The Fermi Paradox will mark the studio’s debut.
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