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Kerbal Space Program Update Celebrates the European Space Agency

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Private Division and Squad, the publisher and developer behind realistic space sim Kerbal Space Program, announced a partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) for an upcoming update. The free Kerbal Space Program update, Shared Horizons, will release on July 1 on PC (later on consoles), adding ESA-themed items and two new missions that celebrate the ESA’s accomplishments.

BepiColombo is the first new mission from Shared Horizons. It chronicles the ongoing mission between the ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to Mercury. Players are tasked with lauching a ship and landing on Moho, the Kerbal version of Mercury, using objectives pulled from the actual ESA mission.

The second new mission is Rosetta. Rosetta is based on the ESA’s successful mission of landing on a Jupiter-family comet in order to gather important research information. The update also adds the Ariane 5 rocket as well as ESA-themed space suits, parts, and new scientific experiments.

“We are excited to partner with the ESA to bring their actual missions and spacecraft to Kerbal Space Program for the first time,” said Michael Cook, Executive Producer, Private Division. “It is an honor to work hand-in-hand with such a world-class space organization, and we cannot wait for fans to experience these monumental missions with the Shared Horizons update.”

“Here at the European Space Agency, many of our engineers and scientists are very familiar with KSP,” said Günther Hasinger, Director of Science at ESA. “Both Rosetta and BepiColombo are highly complex missions that have specific challenges; however, each prove to be very rewarding for ESA and the global scientific community. Because of this, I am very happy that these ground-breaking science missions can be experienced on Kerbin as well as on Earth.”

Kerbal Space Program is available on PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The Shared Horizons update is coming to PC on July 1, and launching later on consoles. A sequel, Kerbal Space Program 2, was announced last year and scheduled for launch later this year.

Kerbal Space Program 2 Will Be Go For Launch Next Spring

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Private Division (a publishing label under Take-Two) has announced a sequel to critically acclaimed spaceship launching simulator Kerbal Space Program. Kerbal Space Program 2 is slated for a Spring 2020 release on PC (Steam and “other storefronts”), and arriving “shortly after” on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Kerbal Space Program 2 will continue using real-world science and physics while opening up the simulator to exploring new planets, travelling through the stars, and establishing colonies. For the first time the Kerbals will be able to build space stations without worrying about planetary gravity.

The sequel will also add multiplayer for the first time, as well as modding support and an improved tutorial to help ease new players into the world of rocket science.

The original Kerbal Space Program was developed by Squad; the sequel is being developed by Star Theory (Monday Night Combat).

“Kerbal Space Prgoram has always been about pushing the boundaries of innovation and creativity, and with Kerbal Space Program 2 we take that premise even further,” said Nate Simpson, Creative Director, Star Theory. “We are introducing several new ways for players to challenge themselves, including new physics puzzles to solve, new planetary destinations to conquer, and new ways to advance their own deep-space program. This continues to be a game about exploration, imagination, and understanding rocket physics – with plenty of wild crashes along the way.”

Kerbal Space Program 2 will launch next Spring on PC by March 31 (the end of Take-Two’s fiscal year). It’s also coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.