MirrorMoon EP, a finalist for the 2013 IGF Nuovo Award for innovation, took a long, hard look at itself and decided to open up pre-orders with beta access today, August 7. MirrorMoon is an exploration and mystery game set across thousands of Star Systems, wherein each planet holds a variety of artifacts, structures and puzzles to decipher.

The beta offers the multiplayer portion of MirrorMoon, allowing players to share Galaxy Maps and discoveries with each other. The first explorers to land on a planet get to name its Star System, making that name permanent and official for every other player.

"Each Galaxy consists of a thousand Systems: It will be possible to fully discover the mysteries of MirrorMoon EP only while collaborating with other players," developer Santa Ragione says.

MirrorMoon is set to launch on September 4 for PC, Mac and Linux via Steam and the Humble Store, with an Ouya version scheduled for fall. Pre-orders run $9, $1 off its final price, and are currently open to PC and Mac players. Early buyers will get a DRM-free version and a Steam key automatically upon the game's launch. You can't explain that.
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MirrorMoon EP pre-orders + immediate beta access, STARTING TODAY

IGF 2013 Nuovo Award Finalist MirrorMoon EP opens pre-orders with immediate beta access today, August the 7th over at mirrormoongame.com!

Players can experience the multiplayer portion of MirrorMoon EP in the Beta and will receive the full game DRM-free and a Steam key on the launch date, September the 4th, 2013.

MirrorMoon EP is a game about mystery and exploration set in outer space. In the Beta, players will travel across galaxies, exploring planets in every Star System.

The multiplayer part of MirrorMoon EP lets players share Galaxy Maps with other players: the first explorers to land on a planet will be able to name its Star System and that name will be forever bound to the star for every other player.

Each Galaxy consists of a thousand Systems: it will be possible to fully discover the mysteries of MirrorMoon EP only while collaborating with other players.

Through the apparently indecipherable cockpit of an unknown spacecraft, players will be able to locate and travel to mysterious planets. Each planet has artifacts, buildings, and puzzles on its surface, hidden in astonishing low-poly sceneries.

MirrorMoon was nominated for the Nuovo Award for innovation in games at Independent Game Festival 2013 and was also part of the Official IndieCade and Fantastic Arcade 2012 selections. Since then, MirrorMoon has grown considerably. EP stands for Extended Play, representing all the new content that we are adding for the official release.

MirrorMoon EP Beta is available for Windows and Mac. The final game will be available on the 4th of September, DRM-free and on Steam, for Windows, Mac and Linux. MirrorMoon EP will also be available on the OUYA console this fall.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.