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We made physical Tharsis mission patches!

Dant Rambo

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 - 4:55pm

Hey everyone, 

With Tharsis coming out so soon (January 12!), we thought it would be fun to surprise the team with the patches worn by the ship's crew in the game. They were excited for the gift, albeit a little frightened by the implications. Fortunately, no one has felt compelled to cannibalize their coworkers. Not yet, anyhow. 

For those who don't know the story behind Tharsis and the ill-fated mission of the Iktomi crew, I suggest checking out our "Origins of Tharsis" video we recently released. Here's a link!

And if you're interested in possibly purchasing an Iktomi patch of your own, please let us know! We only made enough for our team, but we'd love to print more if there's enough demand for them.

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Tharsis Teaser

Dant Rambo

Posted on Monday, August 24, 2015 - 4:07pm

We've been hard at work on this one for quite some time. Introducing Tharsis, coming later this year to PS4 and Steam:


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Internet, meet Tharsis

Dant Rambo

Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 5:20pm

Look, we’re all unique people with differing tastes. Some of us think horseradish is delicious, for example, whereas the rest of us know better and think it’s disgusting. But no matter how our opinions may vary, I think we can all agree that space—and by extension, the exploration of space—is undeniably awesome. This is exactly why we’re making Tharsis.

Tharsis is a turn-based strategy game with high stakes, tenuous odds, and cannibalism. Players assume control of The Aporea, a ship embarking on humanity's first-ever mission to Mars. It’s an extremely dangerous undertaking, rendered more so by the fact that the ship is struck by a hulking asteroid at the start of the game. Pretty unfair, I know.

Oh, and did we mention that the Aporea is traveling to Mars in a last-ditch attempt to save the Earth from an impending disaster? Your failure to reach everyone’s favorite red planet will result in not only your death, but possibly the death of every living thing on Earth. No pressure.

For those keeping track, Tharsis is a pretty significant departure from our previous work. These differences will be noticeable in nearly every facet of the game, including the visuals, the sound, the tone of the narrative, and the gameplay. But don’t be scared! Tharsis will have one very important thing in common with our previous releases: it will be a lot of fun. It won’t be easy, and those who can’t stay above water will be punished with perma-death, but we’ve been very careful to make the game as fair as possible, as well as enjoyable in even the most hopeless of circumstances. We do this because we care, and also probably because we don’t want to perpetuate the notion that a manned mission to Mars is something humanity should be afraid of.

Since we’ve only just announced the game, we haven’t talked a whole lot about specifics regarding platforms or a release date. Similarly, you may have noticed a lack of screenshots on the Internet. We’ll amend all of this in the near future, but in the meantime here’s what I can tell you: Tharsis will be coming to Steam. Other platforms are possible, but aren’t determined as of yet. If there’s a certain platform you’d like to see it on, definitely let us know!