Do acted as a technical advisor for Fusion, providing information on aspects of Mars such as surface habitats, life support, food, crew activities in the habitat and outside, maintenance and in-situ resource utilization. He even took into account planetary protection protocols to, for example, suggest sterilized robots explore an area before a human went there and threatened any possible microbes.
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The result, Reyes, said, is an "open-world" environment where players can complete missions to explore Mars - making sure the missions address goals of NASA. The game still feels like a game, but Fusion is "staying true to the science of the experience and elaborating on it whenever possible (without making things boring)," he said.
Reyes said the game should be available for late summer if all goes well, first focusing on desktop systems before being expanded to consoles and mobile. "There are several moving parts that we still need to nail down for that to solidify," he added. According to MIT, platforms that will be included eventually include Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, Samsung VR Gear, iPhone, Android and Twitch.