E3 2016: Klei Opens the Airlock for Oxygen Not Included

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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From the PC Gaming Show from this year’s E3, we found out that Klei Entertainment‘s next project is a game called Oxygen Not Included. The developer is most well known for Invisible Inc and the Don’t Starve franchise and looks like they will be taking a page from the latter game in this possible survival simulator. The 23-second trailer doesn’t give that much information about this title, but, judging by the frantic popping up of warning messages, it’s safe to say that this won’t be a lax affair. The game also shares the cutesy art style that Don’t Starve made popular, so it’s likely that the two games will share even more similarities.

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Interestingly enough, the end of the Oxygen Not Included trailer shows a release date flickering back and forth between ‘late 2016’ and ‘early 2017’. This could be a way of showing that Klei just refused to make up its mind to tell us when the game will ship or maybe hinting at a release date for the obvious PC version and then a later date for possible console ports. It’s impossible to tell at this point, but we’ll be sure to cover anything that comes out when the oxygen bubble bursts. (Update: It looks like there’s already a Steam page for Oxygen Not Included and it’s listed as ‘available: when it’s ready.’ This likely means that the incongruity between the release date in the trailer is just to highlight the fact that Klei do not want to commit to anything at the moment.)

About Leif Conti-Groome

Leif Conti-Groome is a writer/playwright/video game journalist whose work has appeared on websites such as NextGen Player, Video Game Geek and DriveinTales. His poem Ritual won the 2015 Broadside Contest organized by the Bear Review. While he grew up playing titles such as Final Fantasy VI and Super Double Dragon, he doesn’t really have a preference for genre these days except for Country; that’s a game genre right? Leif’s attention has been more focused on the burgeoning communities of niche Japanese titles, eSports and speedruns. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and makes a living as a copywriter.