There are many farming games. However, so far, as far as I know, none of these farming games have a mechanical engine. Lightyear Frontier will soon correct this critical error by introducing an open world farming, building and exploration game set in a faraway sci-fi world. It’s currently in development, with nothing more than a Steam page revealing its name, and will launch in Early Access at an as-yet-undisclosed date.
It is planned to be a 1-4 player co-op and will have a solo country and western soundtrack. how. There’s more than a little No Man’s Sky and Astroneer here, with lots of rounded edges and saturated colors.
Of course, you’ll be working on farming, building and exploring this strange world with a mechanic. Lightyear Frontier will have four seasons and a weather system, and most of the gameplay will protect your farm from the weather and seasons as you “find and grow exotic plants” and “tame wildlife.”
As you upgrade the mechanics of your tractor, you’ll be able to explore the depths of the wilderness, uncovering a “mystery-driven story” and exploring “footprints left by an unknown entity” that seem quite the equivalent of a sci-fi planetary path.
The game tracks show how the farm works in mechanical ways: water sprinklers, crop harvesters and the like. There’s also free building you can do while building your own farm windmill, farmhouse and twee, which is much smaller than your mechanical fence. Who is this fence for? Not you, I guess, because you’re on a big robot tractor.
I personally find this particularly interesting as someone who has a favorite thing about BattleTech that there is not only a mechanic called BattleMaster (sure, great) but also a mechanic called CattleMaster (these are stuff).
You can find Lightyear Frontier on Steam.