ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Where as 2015 was the year of the RPG, with The Witcher 3, Bloodborne and Fallout 4, 2016 is set to be the year of space adventures with the likes of Star Citizen and so many other epic space adventures lying in our wake. But there are two other space games that need your attention.

[No Man's Sky](tag:2684052) has obviously garnered a considerable degree of hype, it was voted Most Anticipated Game at the Game Awards after all. But there's one other indie adventure due to get a release date in 2016 that I feel deserves your undivided attention: Astroneer.

Space in 2016: Astroneer & No Man's Sky


Developed by System Era Softworks, Astroneer is due for a Steam Early Access launch in the first quarter of 2016. But what exactly is this beautiful little game, and how does it compare with the work of Hello Games' No Man's Sky?

Here's the pitch for Astroneer: In this universe the sudden arrival of technology, which enables mankind to rapidly expand into space, has enabled fast and inexpensive journeys to the stars. Daring citizens of Earth are free to sign up with the conglomerate Exo Dynamics, in an effort to venture forth into the unknown and find fortune on a strange planet. These are the Astroneers.

This trailer demonstrates Astroneer's breathtaking beauty and innovative gameplay mechanics. Not only is it a co-op adventure (which fills me with so much glee) but it allows you to tunnel your way through the surfaces of the planets you land on in order to discover materials to create your own little bases far from home.

Along the way, discover oddities, raise questions, and uncover mysteries. Perhaps not all is as it seems.
No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

Aside from this stunning little co-op adventure, we have the enormous [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052) (which could be getting delayed). This game promises to deliver a galaxy of planets, all of which could feature their own lifeforms and unique land formations. It's a singular experience. Though No Man's Sky is online, spotting another player in a galaxy of 18 quintillion planets seems almost impossible. But that's why we're so excited for this space adventure. We've no idea what to expect or how we'll interact with such an unusual concept.

No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

What does your 2016 look like? Which is the next video game that you can't wait to get your hands on and which space adventure has you absolutely captivated? For me, I'm currently obsessed with Overwatch and looking forward to the eventual arrival of The Last Guardian! Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below.


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