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Jul 24, 2023

Procedural roguelite narrative comedy Astronaut: The Best launches August 15th

From Press Release:

Seattle, Monday, July 24 – Today, indie studio Universal Happymaker announced that the occult management adventure Astronaut: The Best will be launching on August 15 on Steam for PC and Steam Deck. The game pulls players into an uncanny world of magic and scandal with roguelite narrative missions, unexpected decisions, and a metaverse-spanning mystery to unravel.

In Astronaut: The Best, players are charged with managing a space academy using lies, witchcraft, and hard work. Your astronauts aren’t just stats: they’re incompetent screwups. Players must guide procedurally misfit recruits through a roguelite web of scandals, challenges, and space-shatteringly meaningful choices. Turn them into national heroes by any means necessary, or your bosses will see you dead in a ditch.

Key features Include:

  • Train Your Astronauts – Recruit procedurally generated characters, strengthen their abilities, and discover their hidden personality traits. Astronauts could be revealed to be serial killers, part-time pirates, members of the royal family, and much more. Your choices have an impact on each recruit and their likelihood of success.

  • Unpredictable Missions – Through a blend of procedural and branching narrative structures, no mission is ever the same. Explore all the possible roguelite results in each replay, filled with character, humor, and twists you’ll never see coming.

  • Charm The Nation, or Else – Prepare your astronauts to perform for the nation on sensationalist TV programs and in the tabloids. Succeed in zany trials to win glory, or fail spectacularly and face deadly consequences.

  • Spacecraft Meets Witchcraft – The nation’s High Priests demand results, and a well-placed spell can mean all the difference. Perform mystic rituals, use supernatural charms to give your astronauts the upper hand, and discover a metaverse-spanning mystery underneath it all.

“Our team spent over eight years working to make a bizarre moral laboratory of a game that feels truly unlike anything you’ve played before.” says Mike Sennott, lead developer on Astronaut: The Best and co-founder of Universal Happymaker. “We hope you’ll be deeply and delightedly surprised by what you find inside.”

Astronaut: The Best has been an official featured selection at LudoNarraCon, Indie Megabooth, PAX West, Seattle Indies Expo, EGX, and Dreamhack Anaheim 2020’s Best Simulation Game category.

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