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Enplex Games today announced that its upcoming sci-fi MMO Population Zero will launch on Steam Early Access on May 5th.
Population Zero is an MMO that focuses on exploration and survival. It is also distinguished by its victory condition. Every seven days, life on the game planet, Kepler, becomes unlivable. Players must build a refuge that can survive the disaster. If they fail, players start over (although some progression continues in their new lives). So the experience also has a roguelike element to it, something MMOs don’t often tinker with.
At first, Enplex planned for Population Zero to be a free-to-play game. It will now be a premium game which will cost $30. Usually, MMOs switch from premium to free-to-play, and this usually happens after a game has launched. So why is Population Zero making this switch in reverse order before even entering Early Access?
The decision to change the monetization model from F2P to a one-time purchase was made after a series of extensive discussions within the team and core community,” notes Denis Pozdnyakov, Creative Director of Enplex Games. “Moving to B2P (buy-to-play) will allow the studio to continue work on the game without fear of ‘pay to win’, while allowing us to release new game content that truly enhances gameplay.”
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Enplex is based in Moscow. The studio started in 2016 and employs over 50 people.
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