Dean Hall's ambitious "hardcore" spaceship construction and management sim Stationeers is out now on Steam Early Access.
Stationeers, the new space base game by Dean Hall's studio RocketWerkz, is due out September.
I move a cartoony astronaut around a space station, floating outside, walking inside. I press digital panels to open doors and pressurise chambers. I fiddle with valves and control panels to alter mixtures of gasses, put a rock on a conveyer belt leading to a furnace and turn it into an iron bar. I burn hydrogen in a 'burn room' at ridiculous temperatures to make water. I even wave at the one or two other astronauts I see around. But I don't feel like I'm playing a game.