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Rough estimate release date is late 2015 currently in friends and family alpha.
Official website http://www.embersofcaerus.com
What we know so far
Their using the trinigy game engine.
It sounds like a sandbox MMO very much like Mortal Online.
There are only 5 or 6 developers working on this project. One of the developers has plenty of experiance in making games, but most of the developers are relatively new to developing MMO's.
The developers don't want to call this game a "sandbox" but from what they describe the game sounds like a quintessential sandbox mmo. It feels like they don't want to call the game a sandbox only because most other so called sandbox games were released with less then steller results.
Embers of Caerus (pronounced Karus) is supposed to have realistic combat. There's no tab targeting.
The game world is going to be many many times larger then the game world of Mortal or Darkfall. The game world will consist of multiple large continents with different climates like cold and snowy, arid desert or tropical forests.
There will be "boats" and horse mounts. You can not put boats or horse mounts in your inventory like in darkfall.
There are said to be already 100+ buildable buildings players can create.
The developers tend to have wars over resources, or in game religions, instead of just bragging rights or mindless deathmatches. The developers intend to design a game were battles are fought in game for the same reasons battles were fought in the middle ages.
The game is heavily influenced by Eve Online, as well as Mortal Online, ShadowBane, Dark Age of Camolot, Meridian 59, and Darkfall. All the developers are avid gamers and are influenced by these games.
The developers are are using what they learned from the successes and failures of other MMO's and trying to use that information to create a more perfect game.
Here's their "vision" straight from the horses mouth. http://www.embersofcaerus.com/content.php/137-The-Vision
Here's a pre alpha video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5--1rZR7VTo&hd=1
As for the down side, it's a REALLY small dev team. The game won't be released for litterally years so don't hold your breath on this one. It's better to play another sandbox MMO and maybe switch over to this one if it's any good 4 or 5 years from now when it's released. The trinigy engine doesn't look like a "proven" engine for MMO's and they may experiance many of the same problems Mortal Online did with there network solution. They only have enough funding for the next 6 months although they say it shouldn't be a problem getting more funding in that 6 month time frame. All in all this game has "potential" but then again that's what we said about Mortal Online, Xyson, and Darkfall and look were that got us. For the time being I'm sticking with Mortal.
Hey, Forum Mod's do you think I can get tipster status for this post? I didn't see Embers of Caerus posted anywere else on mmorpg.com I think this is the first post about this game. Thank you....
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