Independent studio Above and Beyond Technologies has announced that it's working on The Repopulation, a sci-fi MMO that attempts to blend both sandbox and theme park mechanics to create a game that's revolutionary, rather than evolutionary. They're targeting the game's launch for 2012.
As far as the game's story is concerned, you begin your adventure as a second generation clone colonist on the planet of Rhyldan, with mankind on the verge of extinction and in the midst of a civil war. It features a three-faction PvP system, a city building system, skill-based gameplay, crafting, epic quests, random events, vehicle combat, pets, NPCs that react to your actions, bosses that can change abilities, and more. You can even switch between action combat (targeting) or traditional MMO combat (mashing keys).
The game's core team consists of only four people, along with other contract and volunteer workers. They're certainly attempting to pack The Repopulation with an ambitious list of features that would appeal to a variety of gamers. Check out the pre-alpha trailer below to see some combat and city building in action. You can read the full list of features after the jump.
The Repopulation Features
- Hybrid approach which blends Sandbox and Theme Park mechanics.
- Unique three Faction PvP (Player vs. Player) system which allows players to join one of the two major Nations (OWON or FPR), or form their own independent Rogue Nation. Rogue Nations are similar to Guilds in other games, except they also act as their own independent faction in PvP.
- City building system allows Nations to form their own cities complete with Walls, Turrets, Harveters, Workshops, Houses, and other forms of structures geared towards benefiting the owning character, or the City as a whole. Cities can even be besieged by opposing Nations.
- Skills based gameplay featuring over 100 skills, and 15 tiers of advancement within each skill. This includes Combat, Social, Rogue, Crafting, Medical and General skills trees.
- Engagement system which provides randomly occuring events throughout the world. These events can evolve, spread and mutate based on how players respond to them. Visting the same location three times could provide you with three very different environments if players have allowed alien species or catastrophies alter an area. Engagements are both common and random, and all players who participate will be eligible for automatic rewards.
- Advanced generated mission (quest) system ensures that players always have something to keep them occupied. Unlike generated quest systems of the past, our generated quests can be epic in scale.
- Easily toggle between one of our two combat modes. Tired of 1,2,3,4 key mashing combat? Try our Action Mode combat which allows you to aim and shoot your way to victory. Or stick to RPG Mode combat, with a traditional MMORPG feel.
- Numerous new twists on combat traditional MMO combat. Openings system allows players to take advantage of create openings for their allies and encourages teamwork. Momentum system allows you to take advantage of gained Momentum to use powerful abilities. Hide behind cover, croutch or lie prone. Gain experience against a particular species to gain edges over them in combat.
- Players are not forced into combat. There are many non-combat related activities and ways to advance them independently of it. This includes an advanced crafting system which allows the creation of many advanced items.
- Vehicle system featuring upgrades, vehicle to vehicle combat, and siege vehicles, in addition to the usual fast transport.
- Customize your equipment with a fitting system that tailors items to your style.
- Expect more from your pets. Tame animals and have them grow in power over time. Construct or purchase robots to perform a variety of tasks. Hire NPCs or take advantage of Genetically Engineered beings. Even control multiple pets at a single time.
- Be rewarded for your travel through the exploration system.
- Tired of farming the same Group or Raid bosses using the same old strategies? The Repopulation features a generated ability system for our boss mobs. This system allows bosses to a select number of abilities appropriate to their difficulty tier and species. This forces groups or raids to adjust their tactics on the fly.
- Have an affect on the world. NPCs will spread word of your deeds to other players, or curse your name if you have treated them wrongly. Respond quickly to threats in an area and you can prevent them from becoming larger scale problems. Fail to do so and an area could fall under enemy hands.