Ambitious single-server sandbox MMO Dual Universe is heading to Steam on September 27, after spending eight years in development hypersleep. For two years, the interstellar RPG has been in beta. A two-week free trial is planned for people who have already played the game, and Steam players will also be able to try for free, only on another server. Check out a preview of what happened in the two-year beta in the trailer below.
Dual Universe is one of those epic sci-fi sandbox MMOs that aims to deliver a player-made universe to explore, organize and conquer. You know, like EVE Online or, uh, Star Citizen. The developers point out that the last two years of the beta saw a whole bunch of things added to the game, such as warfare, asteroid mining, space markets, and improved visuals and performance. There is a player-created economy and organizations that can fight. Be careful though because…
Novaquark says they will reset most of the game for launch. Players will however have leftovers from the beta, including names and contact lists, base gear blueprints, organizations that have been founded, and some rewards for enabling two-factor authentication and referring. friends. A Pioneer Pack reward bundle is to be delivered during the six-month launch event to restore some lost progress from beta players and Kickstarter backers. Full details of what is reset and what remains are here.
We first reported on Dual Universe in 2016, and Brendy spoke to the developers the following year about their big ambitions for the sandbox MMO. “Whether they succeed or not, they seem to be creating a game that everyone wants to play,” he said, “carrying on the one-shard dream that only EVE has reliably pulled off for the past few years.”
Dual Universe releases September 27. You can download the client from the official website here if you want to give it a boost before the actual launch, or wait for it to come out on Steam to try the free trial. It’s £9.50 for a month’s subscription.