Sets in a fully editable world wich allow gamers to build their own society, Dual Universe focuses on collecting and progression based around exploration, mining, crafting, trade, politics and warfare. It's an MMO game that can be sumarized with these 3 words : Rebuild Civilisation Together.
I met the French developer team at the Paris Game Week 2016 and JC Baillie, founder and president of Novaquark (the left one on the picture below), kindly accepted my brief interview.
Dual universe had a success in the Kickstarter campaign as they raised around $620K. The game promised us the gameplay of "do anything you want, do invent your universe".
What would be the release date of Dual universe?
Fall of 2018. For now our goal is to present the alpha stage before summer 2017. And the alpha should last around one year.
What is the diffence between Dual Universe and traditional MMO?
First of all, Dual Universe is a Boundless Massively Multiplayer Game: potentially millions of players can share the same universe at the same time. In simple worlds, no boundaries, no zones, no instances.
There is no quest or story mode like tradionnal MMO games where players tradionnaly go through;
there is no EXP required for leveling.
It is a full editable world, where gamers permanently invent into their universe, their economy, their religion, their gouvernment, and everything they need to go on. Players can create or buy any object to construct bigger things like space-ships, houses, cities… anything. They only need raw materials that they could buy in a trade market or craft by themselves like mining. You are a god in a virgin universe. But you are not alone.
However, like tradional mmo, the guild system is very important. We have already had a forum where gamers can promote their guilds.
What is the in-game economic system like?
Gamers can trade anything they need through player-to-play trade or through their guild. There is no limitation and there will be a realistic in-game economy based on market orders, financial tools, and virtual in game currency.
How about the PVP and PVE system?
For the moment there is no instance or dungeon. PvP will take place outside the safe zones. In a future expansion it will also be possible to do construct PVP (ships vs. ships for intance).
Is it a free-to-play MMO?
Absolutly no. There will be a monthly subscription fee which is around $13; but there will be a coupon system that will allow players to pay the subscription fee with in-game currency. So anyone could play without paying real money as long as they are very active in game.
Thank you very much for your time.
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