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The turn-based space survival game Tharsis joins the Switch eShop today. For a look at some footage, check out the video below.

Choice Provisions, the developer of the Runner series, released a turn-based space survival strategy game Tharsis back in 2016. It’s now been announced that we’ll now be seeing it on Switch, and the title has been re-balanced and optimized for debut on Nintendo’s console.

Here’s an overview of Tharsis, along with a trailer:

A listing on PEGI, a ratings board in Europe, reveals that Choice Provisions is working on a Wii U version of Tharsis. The company previously expressed interest in porting it over, but this is the first confirmation we have that it’s actually happening. An official announcement will likely be made soon.

If you haven’t heard of Tharsis before, the following overview should come in handy:

“Earth’s first Mars mission should have been 300 days to glory. But Yuri only made it to 170, and we lost Allison after 105. Turns out, life in space is just that: life, with moods and jealousies and infuriating little failures. Only you’re a few million miles from civilization, so humanity’s frailties also happen to be deadly.

Tharsis is a turn-based, perma-death, realistic space strategy game. With dice. And cannibalism. It puts you in control of the first-ever mission to Mars, just as it’s struck by a meteor storm.

But some part of you knows this landing is possible. In fact, the more you think about those signals from the Tharsis region, the less you believe you’d be first to set foot there…

Defy the odds, make the difficult decisions, and embark on the most important rescue mission in all of mankind.”

And here’s a lengthy look at the game:


Choice Provisions already has plans to bring the Dragon Fantasy games and Shutshimi to Wii U. The company’s support may not be stopping there, however.

In an interview with Nintendo Life, associate producer Dant Rambo mentioned that Choice Provisions has interest in releasing the PC strategy game Tharsis on the eShop.

Rambo said:

We’re currently hard at work on games called Tharsis and Laserlife. The former is a perma-death, turn-based strategy game about the first manned mission to Mars; the latter is a music game where players are tasked with restoring the memories of a dead astronaut. Both are significant departures from our previous work and we’re really excited about them!

In fact, we’ve been talking a lot about bringing Tharsis to the Wii U! Stay tuned for more info about that.


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