Dual Universe Promises To Offer a Unique Experience For Gamers
Indie game development studio Novaquark has announced they are working on what is being considered a truly open, or “boundless,” MMO called Dual Universe. They’re building this sandbox style sci-fi world for PC, operating on a unique technology that is expected to allow all players to play in the same world at the same time.
“Played in first person view, Dual Universe takes place in a vast realistic universe made of millions of planets and focuses on emergent collective gameplay based around exploration, mining, crafting, trade, politics and warfare.
The concept of Dual Universe is described by Novaquark as a “Boundless MMO”: based on an innovative server technology called CSSC (Continuous Single-Shard Cluster), the game enables everybody to play in the same world, at the same time, without any slicing of the game universe into instances or zones. In addition, for the first time in a single-shard MMO, the world is entirely modifiable and an unlimited number of players will be free to build together, cooperate or compete. The focus has been made on giving the keys back to the MMORPG fans: using the building blocks provided by the game, the in-game community will make the choices and create the content they will play in.”
Novaquark founder Jean-Christophe Baillie, an expert in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics who worked for both Sony CSL and served as the Chief of Science & Technology at Aldebaran Robotics, said during an interview:
I am a huge fan of games like Eve Online and Space Engineers. I took inspiration from such games to imagine what could be the future of the MMO experience: a continuous world with planets, huge building possibilities, social and political aspects, but without the boundaries that so often restrict the gameplay. This idea needs a lot of tech and emergent game design that is not so far from AI and other fields I’m familiar with. So, I got a first prototype working back in 2014, and Novaquark was born soon after.
An alpha version of Dual Universe is expected to be available in 2017. If you’re interested in reading more about the game, including the different features, take a look at the official website for the game.
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