The Station, a new Canadian independent game studio, is currently working on a game that promises to bring a fresh addition to the space genre with their new game, The Station. The Station will be powered by Unity 5 Engine, and the development team aims to showcase the potential for AAA-quality games to be made using open source software at a much lower overall cost.
The Station is a first-person exploration game set on a space station sent to study a sentient alien civilization. Players assume the role of a recon specialist, players must unravel a mystery which will decide the fate of two civilizations.
At the helm of The Station studio sits a core group of AAA game industry veterans and former senior leads of award-winning titles such as Destiny, Bioshock Infinite, and Prototype. The key elements to The Station include narrative, puzzles, and exploration incorporated with stunning graphics and an attention to ambient detail. The Station will focus on storytelling, suspense, and pure experience as a way to analyze the human condition.
The choice to build The Station with Unity 5 stems from the studio’s desire to show that high quality game content doesn’t require development engines costing in the tens of thousands of dollars; the goal is to show that, with the right talent and determination, an AAA-quality game can be developed through an open source engine.
Creative Director Kevin Harwood said:
“We’re working hard to create something that’s visually striking and also as scientifically grounded, and Unity lets us achieve that in The Station. We want this game to be a memorable experience for players—one that leaves an impression long after the final credits—and we’re very lucky to have the outstanding talent of our team to help bring these visions to life. We’re excited to share The Station with the world.”
The Station is currently planned for a July 2017 release.
The team has released the first screenshots for The Station that can be viewed below. And to be honest, these screenshots are not visually impressive, especially after those bold statements about Unity 5 Engine.
But anyway, we’ll give The Station the benefit of the doubt (at least until it’s been released).