Preview: With a Large Enough Community The Endless Mission Has the Potential to Live up to its Name

Screenshot: The Endless Mission

Have you ever sat around playing a game, wishing you could change aspects of it? Or perhaps you always wanted to learn how to make games, but could never find the motivation to learn how to code. The Endless Mission isn’t just a game, it’s an open world sandbox that lets you make your own games and experience games others have made.

The Endless Mission isn’t just one game then, but a portal to many different types of games and genres. While there are some developer made examples that are launching with Endless Mission today, the goal is to have users submitting their own games for the community to enjoy. And the tools you have to create these games are pretty robust.

There seems to be a ton a lot to unpack in The Endless Mission, but a lot of the learning curve is evened out by the guided narrative. Fully voice acted, The Endless Mission seems to try to ease you into the multiple genres of games you can play and make, and the tools you’ll be using to do so.  And for a game that seems to be about building and creating, it’s invested a lot into its narrative.

Screenshot: The Endless Mission

The Endless Mission is releasing into early access, which means it won’t be feature complete when you can first get a hold of it. Still, there’s a number of things to do, and there will be even more things to do once the community starts getting their hands on the tools provided by The Endless Mission.

And that’s one of the big caveats of a title like this: unless you want to put the time in yourself, you’ll be depending on the community to push out new and interesting content—that is, if the developers don’t work to churn out the levels themselves.

Screenshot: The Endless Mission

The Endless Mission isn’t perfect, and it still feels very early. It doesn’t seem very well optimized—my beefy computer goes from running it well to stuttering without warning. But the most egregious problem so far is just how it all feels. Moving in The Endless Mission feels clunky, especially in the platforming game sections—where precise control is the most important. The real-time strategy game included didn’t feel much better. And all of the different “games” are extremely basic—but it feels like you couldn’t really expect more.

There is an insane amount of potential with The Endless Mission. It will live and die by its community. I for one can’t wait to see what sort of fun, insane, and brilliant creations users can make. The Endless Mission isn’t the first game about making games, but it’s certainly the most ambitious that I’ve seen.

The Endless Mission enters early access today on Steam.

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