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  Survival Sandbox JCB Pioneer: Mars Coming To Steam Early Access August 31st
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08/18/2017
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Liverpool, United Kingdom - August 18th - Independent studio, Atomicom and publisher GamesCo, today announced that JCB Pioneer: Mars, its survival sandbox game, will launch on Steam Early Access on August 31st. To accompany this announcement, the team are delighted to share the short video feature, “Tools Of Survival”, outlining the technology the player must rely on to successfully survive and subsequently colonise the harsh Mars environment. The video focuses on the beautiful, speculative space suits designed by Jim Bowers, co-creator of the illustrious Wipeout series, and the ultra-rugged, futuristic JCB vehicles, custom-designed by engineers at JCB. By using these tools to their maximum effect, players may master the alien landscape and ensure humanity’s future lies beyond planet Earth.

“We’re thrilled to announce the Early Access release date of JCB Pioneer: Mars. This is the first step players can take on their journey to colonise the red planet,” said Andy Santos, Design Director of Atomicom. “With the Tools Of Survival video, players are given a taste of the custom-designed technology and how it is crucial to their survival.”

“We are hugely excited by the announcement of JCB Pioneer: Mars’ Early Access release date,” said JCB Worldwide Marketing Director, Michael Plummer. “Members of our design team have relished the opportunity to create these futuristic space vehicles. We’re delighted that players will be able to use JCB machinery on the planet Mars before using them on earth.”

JCB Pioneer: Mars begins as the player awakens from a crash, surrounded by the wreckage of their Lander vehicle amidst falling debris and hurtling winds. Survival is the first goal - locate oxygen and establish an outpost. As the player slowly begins to establish him or herself on Mars, learning to combat the planets fierce and hostile weather patterns, they begin a larger operation of colonisation. Life-support infrastructure is crucial but so is mining natural resources, as part of a broader mission to save an ailing Earth.

With esteemed astrophysicist, Dr Maggie Lieu, providing advice to Atomicom during the development process, as well as making an in game cameo appearance, JCB Pioneer: Mars is a hardcore blend of survival and construction gameplay set on the hostile, alien planet. Meteor strikes, dust clouds and electrical storms all threaten the player’s survival and chances of a successful colonisation effort. But equipped with the futuristic, heavy-duty construction and mining vehicles specifically designed by JCB Engineers, every would-be astronaut has a chance of surviving and thriving in the face of extreme planetary challenges.

Sign up for updates via the JCB Pioneer: Mars website: https://www.jcbpioneer.com/

View the teaser trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTZlh_R3jiI

Visit JCB Pioneer: Mars’ Twitter: @JCBPioneer

About Atomicom

Based in Liverpool, United Kingdom, the team behind JCB Pioneer: Mars are veterans of the games industry. Since being founded by ex-Psygnosis staff, the studio has successfully mixed creating its own IP and collaborating with third parties; producing over 15 titles across Console, PC & Mobile for renowned Publishers such as SEGA, SONY & Ubisoft.  The company features a highly experienced development team with members that have worked on some of the world’s biggest games including Skate, Resident Evil, WipEout and Need For Speed.

About GamesCo

GamesCo is a new breed of networked video-game publisher, producing PC and console games based on iconic Hollywood film and television brands and IP. Working closely with global organisations and corporations we are also developing the next generation of educational, training and social impact games.

About JCB

JCB is the world’s third largest manufacturer of construction equipment, employing 12,000 people in 22 plants around the world. The company was founded by Joseph Cyril Bamford on October 23rd, 1945 – the same day that his son Anthony, now Lord Bamford, was born. Lord Bamford has been Chairman of JCB since his father retired in 1975. The company produces more than 350 different products, which including telescopic handlers, tracked and wheeled excavators, wheeled loading shovels, skid steer loaders and powered access equipment. JCB is a leading UK exporter with 75% of its UK-made products getting shipped to over 150 different countries. Over its 72-year history, JCB has won 30 Queen’s Awards for export achievement and innovation. The company also sponsors The JCB Academy, a state school in Staffordshire for 14–19 year olds that specialises in manufacturing, engineering and business skills. JCB has a very successful Young Talent programme for apprentices and university graduates who are keen to work in manufacturing and engineering.

Media Contact

Plan of Attack on behalf of Atomicom

Lewis Gordon

lewis@planofattack.biz