It’s been over a year since we first heard of NASA’s plans to develop an MMO video game, but news today assures us that it’s still on track. The agency has announced a new deal with virtual learning firm Virtual Heroes and simulator developer Project Whitecard, who will create the persistent world for the new game, using Unreal Engine 3 technology.
The game is titled Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond, and is set to simultaneously entertain and educate, as well as promote careers in engineering and sciences. Daniel Laughlin, who heads up the project, explains:
“NASA is committed to attracting more students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields of study and careers. We hope this game will inspire players to consider those careers.”
Astronaut is expected to appear in 2010, with a demo planned for this year.