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Feb 15, 2023

Follow-up to Before We Leave announced, Beyond These Stars lets you build a colony on the back of a space whale

From Press Release:

February 14, 2023 – Hooded Horse is delighted to announce that it has partnered with Balancing Monkey Games, creators of the critically acclaimed city-building game Before We Leave, to assist the studio in publishing their next title, Beyond These Stars.

Driven to explore the mysteries of the cosmos, the denizens of Beyond These Stars risk everything to settle on the back of Kewa, a majestic creature who travels the stars. Players will have limited room and materials with which to build their civilization, and the main question this spacefaring city builder asks is, how will players use this second chance they’ve been given?

Beyond These Stars is not just about developing the city and its resources, but also about developing a relationship with Kewa. Will players exploit Kewa’s resources for gain, no matter the cost? Will they try to live in harmony with Kewa? Players can also try and influence where they go, but using too much force comes with its own consequences.

Building an entire civilization cannot solely be achieved on the back of one Space Whale, however. As Kewa travels through a procedurally generated cosmos, they will pass other planets that could hold vital resources. Establishing outposts on these worlds will help further meet the needs of the citizens, provided Kewa can be persuaded to stick around long enough to extract them. And Kewa isn’t the only majestic creature travelling the depths of space – who else will you encounter, and what will you do when you meet them?

Beyond These Stars city in space

“I’m really excited to be partnering with Hooded Horse to publish our next game,” says Anna Barham, Managing Director at Balancing Monkey Games. “They’re a small team, but incredibly responsive, transparent, and passionate about what they do and about taking care of their developers. They already have a stable of successful games in our preferred genre so we’re confident that they’re the right people to bring Beyond These Stars to the world.”

“We’re huge fans of Sam, Anna, and the whole team at Balancing Monkey Games,” says Tim Bender, Hooded Horse’s CEO. “Their vision of a non-violent city builder with a scope spanning the stars is extremely exciting, and it’s an honor to be working together on Beyond These Stars.”

Beyond These Stars will be released on PC via Steam Early Access and the Epic Games Store later this year. A press kit is available.