Queer space opera A Long Journey To An Uncertain End has been successfully crowdfunded

Jessica Wong

Games about a spaceship full of rag-tag scoundrels on the run from the space cops are nothing new. But it’s rare that one pits you as the ship itself—and the passengers you’re carrying aren’t the only ones with a messy past. So goes A Long Journey To An Uncertain End, […]

Games about a spaceship full of rag-tag scoundrels on the run from the space cops are nothing new. But it’s rare that one pits you as the ship itself—and the passengers you’re carrying aren’t the only ones with a messy past. So goes A Long Journey To An Uncertain End, a strategy management space opera about avoiding a 50-ton starship’s relationship issues.

Currently crowdfunding over on Kickstarter, Long Journey is a narrative space opera debut for developer Crispy Creative, which boasts talent from Obsidian, Telltale Games, and more. Like FTL, you’ll be moving from system to system, evading a stubborn pursuer—though in this case, it’s a jaded lover, and each new world is an opportunity to pick up new crew members and take on jobs to pay for the next jump forwards.

Embodying a sentient spaceship on the run from their ex (presumably, another massive vehicle) is a lovingly daft setup. But more importantly, the game’s developer is making a refreshing stab at crafting a space opera that feels like an honest reflection of human diversity.

Two characters talk about doing space crimes

(Image credit: Crispy Creative)

In an interview with Glass House Games, creative director Kylan Coats explained that, at previous jobs, coming up with a character outside of the norm always had to come with some sort of justification. In response to that, Crispy uses what they call a “reverse justification diversity matrix” to ensure a healthy spread of identities.

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