Paradox Interactive’s Surviving Mars is getting a brand now Expansion Pack, titled Space Race.

Space Race will pit the most powerful countries and companies on Earth against each other as they compete for resources on Mars. Players will gain a sponsor, who will provide the player with a specific set of challenges to complete for their own growing colony on the red planet. A brand new trailer showcases the features in action.

Each sponsor provides the player with unique traits as well, such as sponsor-specific vehicles and buildings that only those colonies can construct. Players are expected to trade, steal, and respond to distress calls with your rival sponsors, as you play to becomes the sole superpower on Mars. Narrative events play out throughout your colonization process, adding some story flavor that helps stimulate your life in the dome, and players will need to be on the lookout for anomalies and random events as well, as anything can happen on Mars.

In addition to the game’s strategy slant to the player’s managerial skills, the countries of Japan and Brazil are being added to the mix to provide even more variety than ever before.

Two versions of Space Race will be available for players. The first will be the vanilla expansion for $12.99. The second version Space Race Plus Edition, will include the Marsvision Song Contest and Colony Design Set content packs, adding country-specific music and 25 new building designs to your colonies. The Space Race Plus version will cost players $19.99.

Surviving Mars is a city builder game by developer Haemimont Games where players are tasked with setting up a colony on Mars. Featuring an in-depth system of discovery and tons of options to uncover. Space Race is adding even more options into the mix by providing competition from A.I opponents. Our review gave it a 7.0 stating calling it a solid city builder, and the game added other options in the recent Sagan update.

Players can pre-order Space Race right now on the Paradox store at a slight discount today, but no official release date has been given for the expansion. It will be made available for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The base game, Surviving Mars is available for 30% off right now on Humble Bundle as are many more of publisher Paradox Interactive’s games.

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