Haemimont Games (Tropico) is partnering with Paradox on a new, "deep city building game that takes place on the planet Mars" called Surviving Mars. "The name Elon Musk Simulator was taken," Paradox Fredrik Wester joked during the announcement.
A Paradox press release reads:
"In Surviving Mars, players will lead a colonization effort on the surface of Mars, from the very first rovers and supply drops to the construction of suitable habitats for brave settlers from Earth. Every colonist will be vital to the mission as the colony struggles to gain a foothold where the environment is hostile and resources are scarce. With each success, however, players will gain the ability to expand further, and even establish a thriving society – and lead a new generation that has never known the Earth."
It is coming in 2018 to PC (Windows/Mac/Linux), PS4, and Xbox One.
There's a hands-off presentation I'll be checking out later at PDX Con, but for now appreciate the nice bubbly visuals and sly sense of humor -- though it's a bit more serious crack at Mars colonization than the Tropico series.