Dual Universe for PC lets you customize everything from ships to terrain
You can alter planets like never before.
Dual Universe is an upcoming massively multiplayer online game (MMO) that just entered alpha on PC. All Kickstarter backers – no matter their pledge amount – will also be able to join the alpha. According to developer Novaquark, this marks the civilization-building MMO's biggest development milestone since its Kickstarter campaign in 2016. Novaquark's goal is to create the first virtual online civilization, enabling potentially millions of players to shape and share a universe of their own. The team is composed of veterans from Apple, BioWare, Epic Games, and Sony.
According to Novaquark, this project is completely unique in that it is the first fully editable universe. The focus of Dual Universe – it's four pillars – centers around emergent gameplay, with a player-driven, in-game economy, politics, trade, and warfare.
I recently had the chance to speak with the developers and the scale of the game is truly breathtaking. After its PC release, the team will evaluate whether to bring the game to Xbox One and other platforms. However, given the rumor that next-generation machines should launch by 2020, it'll be interesting to see where this project lands.
Due to launch in 2020, players can join the alpha stage by supporting the game on the Dual Universe website. The game is still very rough around the edges so be sure to watch gameplay before you buy into the vision. As with any such game, there's the risk it may never be completed due to unforeseen circumstances in the future.
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