During an expedition to the Moon, two astronauts find themselves in a familiar town back on Earth. They soon find the town is the beginning of a strange and mysterious journey...
Is this a sequel to Lifeless Planet?
The events of Lifeless Moon take place in the early 1970s during the first human missions to the Moon. The Lifeless Planet story is set many years in the future. However, the two stories are loosely connected, so in that sense, Lifeless Moon is a kind of a spiritual successor to Lifeless Planet. Fans of the first game will recognize and hopefully enjoy... certain elements of the story.
...So then is it a prequel?
In some sense, yes--the events take place with different characters many years before the first game. The Lifeless Moon story is actually based on an early alternate concept that I had for Lifeless Planet. While the story for that game went in another direction, I kept returning to this idea as a possible future story. So again, though it is not directly tied to the Lifeless Planet story, Lifeless Moon is rooted in the same universe.
What will the gameplay be like?
Lifeless Moon will primarily be an action adventure game. There will be light platforming and puzzles, though you can expect a deeper focus on puzzles than in Lifeless Planet. The core experience is one of exploration and discovery. Overall, the gameplay will complement the mysterious and psychological themes of the story.
What kind of VR support will be included?
VR provides for some very immersive experiences, and we're working on unique ways to incorporate this technology into the story and environments of Lifeless Moon. We haven't finalized what hardware will be supported, but we are targeting major HMDs on PC and console.
Will I be able to play without VR?
Yes. We're developing the VR and non-VR versions simultaneously and we're dedicated 100% to making the experience enjoyable and interesting when played both ways.
Are you doing a Kickstarter? Can I pre-order and play the betas?
Absolutely! But we're not quite ready for all that yet. Sign up for our email list and we'll let you know how to get involved with the project.
I'm press/blogger/streamer... can I get a playable alpha?
We're hard at work on the game right now. We will not have any builds to share until at least fall of 2017. Sign up for our email list to be the first to hear about Lifeless Moon news.
Do you have any more screenshots, videos, or other information about the game?
Not yet! We just wanted to tease the project for now as our Lifeless Planet fans have been patiently waiting to see what is next from Stage 2. Look for more information soon.
Who is making the game?
Lifeless Planet was primarily created by one person at Stage 2 Studios (albeit with lots of help and support). We've now "exploded" to a 3-person core team. It's awesome what a small team can do with modern game tools like Unity and Blender. It does mean that we are stretched thin sometimes, so please be patient if you don't get an immediate reply. And please understand this will be a true indie game--a focused, unique, and hopefully very interesting experience.
When will the game be released?
We expect to have a playable beta this year (2017) with full release next year. We're a very small studio with a lot on our plate, so this may change. We really believe in this story and we want to get it right. Check back here for updates and see the contact page to follow us on social media.