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'Kerbal Space Program' launching for PS4, Xbox One this month

Indie developer Squad’s popular interstellar exploration game Kerbal Space Program will make its console debut this week with the launch of a PlayStation 4 version, studio CEO Ezequiel Ayarza announced.

Kerbal Space Program is also set to arrive for the Xbox One by the end of July, and a Wii U version is also in the works.

Originally released for PC platforms via Steam Early Access, Kerbal Space Program is a simulation game starring a science-minded but failure-prone alien race. Players guide the Kerbals in their attempts to build rockets and explore the outer reaches of space.

Successfully launching a space program requires a significant amount of work on the player’s part, however. In order for the Kerbals to explore outside of their home planet, players must fund scientific experiments, manage resources, and schedule test launches before entering orbit.

The upcoming console version of Kerbal Space Program offers three distinct gameplay modes, including a “Sandbox” feature that allows players to experiment with rocket science without goals or restrictions. Also included is a single-player Career mode and a Science mode that focuses on scientific experimentation and technological development.

The console versions of Kerbal Space Program will feature an overhauled control scheme suited for controllers while retaining much of the complexity that defined the PC original.

“With completely redesigned controls and gameplay that’s challenging yet fun, you’ll have everything needed to conquer space with the Kerbals,” Ayarza said. “Flying your vessel has never been so fun in KSP — using the triggers and sticks on DualShock 4, you can have a more precise analog experience to make advanced maneuvers with your aircraft.”

The PlayStation 4 version of Kerbal Space Program launches via the PlayStation Network on July 12. The Xbox One edition will be available digitally on July 15, and a Wii U version is coming this winter.