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Terra Ex Kickstarter

A Kickstarter is underway for Terra Ex, a free-to-play, browser-based 4X space adventure from a team that claims veterans of development of World of Warcraft, Command & Conquer, and Lost Planet 3. They also say this is "more than just a video game" thanks to the real science it will present, thanks to contributions from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and physicist contributors to the History Channel series "The Universe." They also promise some of the proceeds from the game will contribute to science education. The Terra Ex website has more details, here's a trailer (which is not gameplay footage), and here's a bit of the announcement:

Terra Ex, a space game being developed by the talent that brought you World of Warcraft, Command and Conquer, Lost Planet 3, and many others, seeks to create a true-time space strategy game this October with the help of its upcoming Kickstarter campaign.

The game begins when Earth collides with Mars. Humanity must face its future and forge new civilizations in the far corners of space. This game allows the player to choose to be a peaceful nation of colonists, go into espionage, trade, or destroy other civilizations. With both player vs. player and player vs. environment capabilities, the possibilities are endless.

But Terra Ex is more than just a video game. With the help of scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and world-renowned physicists who are contributors to the History Channel series, “The Universe,” Terra Ex will be the first free online space game to inject real science into the world of science fiction. The star systems colonized by players will be generated from the actual systems found in the night sky, and players will be able to track NASA’s discoveries as they’re being made. So if a player is curious about a newly colonized system in the game, he or she can click on it to view updated facts about the star.

The team members of Terra Ex are devoted to scientific education, so they have partnered with the Odin Foundation to donate forty percent of all profits from players’ in-game purchases to provide scholarships to underprivileged students interested in the sciences. The Terra Ex team’s goal is to create a game that can entertain, encourage fascination about science and help science students pursue further education.

All they need now is your help to raise money for the game’s creation. Their Kickstarter campaign will begin October 16, with a $200,000 initial goal and stretch goals that reach $1.5 million. With contributions from Shane Dabiri, producer of World Of Warcraft, Clifford Johnson featured scientist of the “Universe,” Rick Nybakken, Jupiter mission manager of JPL, biophysicist Moh El-Naggar, recently named Popular Science's "Brilliant 10,” and ODIN’s board members, Terra Ex has a promising future in both the gaming and science worlds.

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