The Best of Kotaku, The Week of March 10

Are you guys ready for your new weekend Kotaku editor? I sure hope so! I'm certainly excited about it. But before we get into the weekend, be sure to catch up on our best stuff over at Kotaku Selects.

The image above is from a game called Proven Lands. Here's a little bit about it from the creator:

Hey guys! We've been working on PROVEN LANDS with a super small team for some months now, creating a game in you become an explorer - not just another sandbox item collector. Packed full with the real mysteries of physics, biology and chemistry, plus tons of (hopefully) reasonable science-fiction, influenced by Star Trek, Don't Starve, Project Zomboid and Cataclysm. Starting with a backdrop of endless, procedurally generated terrain, PROVEN LANDS combines 3D, SCIENCE FICTION, SURVIVAL, SANDBOX, ROGUELIKE and RPG elements with an AI-driven GAME MASTER and on top of that: MODDING!

Keep in mind that the pre alpha demo is more a tech proof of concept, after some months of dev with a super small team. Eat, drink, chop trees, destroy stones and kill enemies. Enjoy an endless procedural terrain with 30+ chunk types (only desert biome yet). Fight hunger, thirst and diseases. The number of crafting and consumption items is limited, as the core engine was and is more important yet.

It sounds super cool! But the best part is obviously the catstronaut companions. Oh god I need one. Game's on Kickstarter and there's an alpha demo available now if you want to see what it's all about.

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