Kickstarter: Xsyon – Apocalypse

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Xsyon is a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game that starts somewhere after 2012 where an apocalyptic event has changed the world forever. You, as a player, do not any longer remember what events have occured to this world and will live as an explorer and settler on this ‘new’ world. You start out by gathering and hunting and will together with others start a tribe and craft yourself tools, houses and walls to protect yourself from the outside world.

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What is Xsyon?
“Xsyon is an ever changing dynamic world. Players affect the environment by gathering resources, chopping down trees, hunting animals, building towns and developing trade. Players hold the power to create and destroy, to maintain a balance with nature or to cultivate a new civilization.The game is built around environmental, natural, economic, questing, and social systems. These systems are in constant flux and it’s the players interacting with these systems that determine the current state of the virtual world.”

I wrote about Xsyon before in a collection post about sandbox games. I was pretty much interested in this game, but didn’t want to spend a big amount of money for a game that perhaps wouldn’t be exactly my type of game. At least not when games like MineCraft and Guild Wars 2 both give me already a sandbox feel, without paying a penny in subscriptions.

Yesterday Notorious Games announced that Xsyon will from now on have an extra free to play version of the game that can be played with a certain amount of limitations without paying any subscription. Great for players, like me, who would like to try the game out and get a small taste without hurting the wallet. The Free to Play version will be played on the main server. This is different from what most games do and what the earlier Trial version of the game was about, where players were starting on an often wiped test server. So you will get a full community feel of the game, as well as live in the world that you would start in, would you actually get a real subscription with it. I take it that you can also upgrade your free to play subscription to a paying subscription, would you want to play beyond the limitations. The limitations have mainly to do with the tribes in the game where you as a member would not count to the total tribe members count, preventing tribes to exploit it for expansion allowance. Here’s the full list of limitations:

Players without paid Citizen Game Account access:
Players cannot start new Tribes
Players cannot join new Tribe charters
Players can join tribes but they do not add to the tribe size
Skills are effectively limited to 30
Players cannot use gained experience to level up

Players with Citizen Game Account access without a paid Monthly subscription:
Skills are effectively limited to 30
Players cannot use gained experience to level up

But what is much more interesting at the moment is that Notorious Games have started a Kickstarter campaign to collect a bit more (250.000 dollars) money to create a huge amount of features to the game.
With huge I really mean huge… The current version of the game that is live is the Prelude version. Prelude was a simplified version of the game, leaving out several major features.

With an eventual success of the Kickstarter campaign, Notorious Games will launch “Apocalypse” featuring:
– a nine times bigger world,
– agriculture, cooking and healing,
– immersive weather systrem and effects that affect gameplay,
– improved quests and a political system,
– animal taming and breeding,
– pets and mounts,
– ranged and mounted combat,
– additional crafts for players to create furniture and other decorational items for their tribal buildings,
– and achievements and leaderboards.

With 27 days left, a lot of time to collect some more pledges.

Pledges upto 50 euro are title based with ingame items and titles that affect an already existing/newly created paid account. Pledges from 50 euro and above include free/extra ingame time.

If you are interested in this enormous Sandbox game (and don’t mind eventual less beautiful graphics), you should perhaps check out their website.

If you would like to see this long list of features become reality, you should definitely pledge some money to their Kickstarter campaign.

And if you are not quite sure yet about this game and would like to try it out first?
Why not subscribe to the free to play option that has come available since yesterday?!

Game on!

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