Before Belka and Strelka became the first dogs to survive orbital flight in 1960, a pup named Laika was sent into space by Soviet scientists in 1957.
While she sadly became a canine cosmonaut casualty, she’s now being reincarnated in video game form much to the delight of her fans.
"Alternate history? Adorable space dog protagonist? Retro-style artwork with modern action-platforming accoutrements? We're sold on that alone, but the game's features list also looks promising," writes Earnest Cavalli of Escapist Magazine.
Laika Believes: The Sun at Night will be the first of three episodes taking place after Stalin’s death.
"Though resistance movements have emerged, the Soviets still stand supreme as rulers of the globe. Only a force from beyond the earth could possibly tip the balance," explains Minicore Studios. "Laika believes that, despite all odds, she can protect the countless lives crushed by the Soviets."
Laika speaks English, wears silver armor, and has an arsenal of weapons, including a laser beam. The story is mixed with struggle and hope, filled with twists and revelations. There’s also a defensive feature that lets players turn the firepower of Laika’s enemies against them.
The game is expected to debut later this year on multiple platforms. Check out the teaser trailer!