A major update, “First Contact,” was released for the indie space simulator Kerbal Space Program. The update, version 0.24, implements additions to the game’s career mode, where players are in control of their own ‘space agency.’
Contracts have been added to the game. They are offered to the player based on their reputation. ‘Trivial,’ ‘Significant,’ and ‘Exceptional’ prestige contracts will have intergalactic aficionados testing parts, collecting data, rescuing Kerbal’s, planting flags, and exploring the solar system.
These contracts are accessed in a previously inaccessible building of the game: the Mission Control building. They are offered by various factions within the game, and are generated in accordance to the player’s progress in their career.
According to a press release, the reputation from contracts can also be earned from the new “Funds” currency that is part of “First Contact.” Rocket and plane parts can also be purchased with Funds.
The game’s creator, Felipe Falanghe, said the update is a large step forward for the game:
Although there is still a lot to add on future updates, the new Career features should help new players pick up the game in a much more structured manner. One of my favorite aspects is how it [has] added new challenges for even the most veteran players. We’ve found ourselves here, building contraptions we have never had the need to build before, and actually discovering totally new, fun ways to play the game.
To accompany this generous update, a 64-bit PC version is available through Steam and the Kerbal Space Program store. The game is currently available for Mac, PC, and Linux. A Steam sale currently marks the game for 40% off, totaling $16.19.