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Lightyear Frontier is a farming sim with a mech-sized twist

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In the opening cinematic for Titanfall 2, there’s a four-second shot of a peaceful before: a time when giant mechs were used to haul crops and tend fields before we dropped them out of orbit to mulch each other into goop with guns the size of small cars. But what if we could rewind the clock, and zoom in on a time where our giant metal friends made wheat, not war?

Enter Lightyear Frontier, an interstellar farm ’em up that has you turning alien plains into a pastoral paradise. The game got a new trailer during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase today.

Having discovered the most idyllic planet one could possibly imagine, you’re set off in your campervan spaceship to build picturesque farmhouses, fields and grain silos at the edge of space. It is ridiculously cosy-looking, even as you stomp about in a giant robot. Jon Bolding got extremely excited about it when it was first announced last year.

Said giant robot is your very own bipedal tractor, helping you get around and harvest metal and minerals. Three more interstellar farmers can join you in their own mechs, too, though one wonders what kind of soil damage results from eight giant metal feet stomping all over your pastures.

Lightyear Frontier launches in early 2023.

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