What exactly we’ll do once inside the lava tube still being worked out, along with other activities that give you something to do in Mars 2030 when it launches on Steam this Fall.
“Ultimately [Mars 2030] is more of an education and outreach thing,” Justin Sonnekalb told me. “But that having been said we do intend to have a variety of missions in this sort of open-world context… you’ll go and take samples or maybe repair a vehicle… We’ve got six missions scoped out and we’re slowly building them.”
From what I gather after speaking with Reyes, Mars 2030 will launch initially for free, but there may be more to come.
“For the future we’re thinking of putting out mission components where you’re able to extend the replayability of the experience… almost like episodes,” Reyes said. These extra missions might be paid DLC, which I’d actually prefer if it means a way to keep Fusion focused on growing this experience. Reyes also told me that a multiplayer component was part of the original plan for Mars 2030, but that feature is currently up in the air.
At launch, Mars 2030 will support the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with a gamepad. Reyes says the team would like to include support for motion input, though he refrained from making an outright promise.
Disclosure: Road to VR was a media partner of GTC 2016.