Into the Void: A History of Open-World Spacesims

Elite Dangerous (Source: Fat Studios on Steam)

In all my years of gaming, one of the most hardcore fanbases I’ve come across has been the fans of open-world spacesims — games like Elite, Freelancer, X and No Man’s Sky. You need only look at the runaway success of Star Citizen crowdfunding to see that this is a genre that really ticks the boxes for many gamers. Open-world spacesims, otherwise known as the cumbersomely named “space trading and combat”…