surviving mars green planet

The team at Haemimont and Paradox Interactive have been busy since the release of Surviving Mars with free updates and DLC galore. Todays release of the Green Planet DLC simply asks the question: What if we no longer thought of the Red Planet as the Red Planet?

The Green Planet DLC for Surviving Mars introduces Terraforming Parameters that helps make Mars even more habitable, allowing players to change the very atmosphere on Mars using a variety of new buildings, vegetation and seven new Special Projects.

These new Special Projects range from melting polar ice caps, capturing ice asteroids and even launching a space mirror. Alongside these are new buildings include the GHG factory – for releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the Forestation Plant to boost vegetation production and the Water Pump to help create a lake bed on Mars.

Some of these feel very tongue-in-cheek; destroying parts of Mars to make it more habitable by employing the same tactics we have inadvertently used on our own planet! But be warned – just like our own planet – change too much on Mars and there will be unexpected consequences.

But if you still feel that Mars is lacking something, then another DLC pack releases today and this brings… animals!

The Project Laika DLC brings over 30 animals to Mars, split into two categories. There are eight farm animals, and these are your usual fare of cows, chickens, pigs and more. These can be farmed inside your domes and outside for food and resources.

Then there are animals you can keep as pets! Standard ones such as dogs, cats and rabbits are of course on offer, but so are more exotic pets such as llamas, penguins and even platypuses! Whilst these will be happy enough in your domes, once Mars is terraformed enough, expect them to head onto the planet surface and explore this strange new planet.

Both these packs are available now in several options: Firstly, you can buy them separate. Project Laika will cost £4.99 and Green Planet is £16.74. If you fancy a bit of a saving, you can buy Green Planet Plus which comes with both packs together, and that will cost you £19.99. If you own the Season Pass already, you have instant access to both of these packs!

Which one do you plan on picking up? The cute animals or the life sustaining vegetation. It’s an easy pick for me but let us know what you choose in the comments! And don’t forget to have a read of our review of Surviving Mars on Xbox One – we’ll have some thoughts surrounding the Green Planet DLC too.

Green Planet Plus Game Description:

Make Mars habitable and build a second home for humanity in Surviving Mars: Green Planet. Green Planet Plus also includes Surviving Mars: Project Laika which adds a variety of pets and livestock you can use to benefit your colony or improve morale on the Red Planet.

Project Laika Description:

Animal Farm Breed up to eight different farm animals in the Martian pastures including cows, chickens, pigs, and more. Farm animals can be raised for food in the new in-Dome Ranches or Outdoor Ranches, depending on their size, and consume more water than crops. Martian’s Best Friend Project Laika features 25 different pets, ranging from your usual suspects like cats, dogs, and rabbits to some unexpected critters like llamas, penguins, platypuses. Once you terraform the planet enough, pets will go outside to explore nearby bushes and trees.

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