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Otherland: E3 2012 Preview

MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community ManagerQueens, NYPosts: 5,724Administrator Uncommon

We sat down with the folks at Gamigo during this year's E3 to discuss Otherland, the upcoming free-to-play MMO based on the eponymous Tad Williams book series. Read on to find out what we learned!

Developed by RealU and dtp entertainment, and published by the folks at Gamigo, Otherland is a free-to-play MMO based on the eponymous cyberpunk book series by Tad Williams. The setting uniquely fits the MMO genre as characters within the series regularly make use of a virtual reality called the Net as part of their daily lives.  As one might expect, players will spend their time within the Net when playing the game.

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  • drtack1drtack1 jacksonville, FLPosts: 253Member

    the pvp aspect with clanlands sounds awesome! Im sure with the eDNA system and some of the people who have no jobs will have the best "protected" clan land with the ai monsters lol. None the less it sure does sound interesting, I could see my self enjoying this title if they pull it off!

  • reillanreillan Tulsa, OKPosts: 234Member Uncommon

    Tad Williams?  How did I not know about this MMO?

  • TerranahTerranah Stockton, CAPosts: 3,605Member

    Someone finallly breaks the mold, steps out of the box and makes something new?  You have my interest.

     

    I like the idea  behind the game, and the multiple settings sounds intriguing.  The ability to customize your character even after character creation is one thing I really loved about APB.  And the more action oriented combat is a feature I have come to love in Tera.  I'm looking forward to learning more about this game.

     

    This was nice info to wake up to this morning.  

  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member
    Why is any sort of sandbox home ownership always tied to some sort of ffa pvp? Can't developers come up with something a little different?

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  • ThupliThupli Spokane, WAPosts: 587Member Uncommon

    loved the books, hope it's good!

     

  • MartianDeusMartianDeus New Hope, CTPosts: 7Member

    Awesome to hear that your impressions of it are matching my budding expectations!  Really excited to see what they do with this.

  • SonicTHISonicTHI -Posts: 149Member

    Gamigo.

    Empty promises IMO.

  • ThaneThane berlinPosts: 2,232Member Uncommon

    "looks like something out of blade runner!" << that's the new commercial thing nowadays eh? sometimes i wonder if you guys actually saw the movie when making such a comment ^^

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  • JabasJabas Caldas da RainhaPosts: 1,207Member Common

    "Probably one of the most interesting aspects of Otherland is the focus on PvP via the unique ClanLand space. In ClanLand, players will be able to use a specific resource to customize (and expand) their own space. Those kind of float in the middle of space and you can even see other ClanLands owned by other clans from atop your own. If other players discover your ClanLand’s “IP Address” they can even invade and pillage it for all its resources."

     

    This can be a amazing feature in game..... or a tottaly disaster because the game is F2P.

    The concept of the game is intersting, but that kind of PvP in a F2P game with CS worry me.

    Anyway, have to wait and see.

  • Creslin321Creslin321 Baltimore, MDPosts: 5,359Member
    Originally posted by lizardbones
    Why is any sort of sandbox home ownership always tied to some sort of ffa pvp? Can't developers come up with something a little different?

     Well...if the last 15 years or so mean anything...then probably not :).

    The stupid thing is that FFA-PvP really has NOTHING to do with home ownership, because homes are typically completely separated from PvP!  So why these two concepts got tied together...I have no clue.

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  • XAleX360XAleX360 PescaraPosts: 397Member

    Yeah, except it's still very early in development to launch this year. I predict mid 2013 at least.

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  • AnirethAnireth Posts: 599Member Uncommon

    Sure sounds and looks nice. I was also a fan of the books. I doubt it can live up to them, but it might be a good MMO nevertheless. Especially when it's F2P. Seriously, most "major" MMOs aren't, and did it any good? Generic MMO x gets released once or twice a year, no real innovation for years.

    F2P means they have to keep people playing, all the time, otherwise they won't buy stuff. You do not buy stuff if you only log in an hour each month, while some just keep their subscription running because they might want to log in right now, even if they didnt the whole past year.

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  • LeetheLeethe Posts: 876Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Creslin321
    Originally posted by lizardbones
    Why is any sort of sandbox home ownership always tied to some sort of ffa pvp? Can't developers come up with something a little different?

     Well...if the last 15 years or so mean anything...then probably not :).

    The stupid thing is that FFA-PvP really has NOTHING to do with home ownership, because homes are typically completely separated from PvP!  So why these two concepts got tied together...I have no clue.

    I suspect it has mostly to do with the story of the books themselves. Self-created realms feature pretty heavily I believe.

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  • IsaneIsane EnglandPosts: 2,629Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Jabas

    "Probably one of the most interesting aspects of Otherland is the focus on PvP via the unique ClanLand space. In ClanLand, players will be able to use a specific resource to customize (and expand) their own space. Those kind of float in the middle of space and you can even see other ClanLands owned by other clans from atop your own. If other players discover your ClanLand’s “IP Address” they can even invade and pillage it for all its resources."

     

    This can be a amazing feature in game..... or a tottaly disaster because the game is F2P.

    The concept of the game is intersting, but that kind of PvP in a F2P game with CS worry me.

    Anyway, have to wait and see.


    Looks great until you want to really play the game have your own created land and find that you have to pay an arm and a leg for each object. Looks great but sadly I cannot afford to play F2P games......

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  • MNZebaMNZeba Jackson, NJPosts: 254Member

    This game totally reminds me of .hack. Can't wait. I'm glad it's free-to-play. I hope they do it right. It sounds amazing.

  • AlverantAlverant Wheaton, ILPosts: 530Member Uncommon

    As long as you can opt out of PvP, I'll stay interested. I don't want to build something awesome just to have it trashed by a bunch of grieving PLers.

  • IshkalIshkal Schaumburg, ILPosts: 42Member

    give ya three guesses why the options for just about everything are endless???!!!! lol freakin f2p scams. Ya you can change yer class at any point with no fuss i bet for the 50$ it probably cost ya there better not be any fuss. Ball park figure on how much real cash it takes to set up yer clanland please.

  • EladiEladi ArnhemPosts: 1,100Member Uncommon

    Clans can pvp against each other.. its however NOT a FFA game,  You can choise to go the PVP mode or you dont, simple as that. besites clan land/space  theres also personal land/space.

    people realy should lookup information before complaining and crying.

  • achmed20achmed20 oldenburgPosts: 23Member

    i think i just peed myself a little

  • majimaji ColognePosts: 2,003Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by reillan

    Tad Williams?  How did I not know about this MMO?

    Good question. The MMO is in development for quite a couple of years, and there are screenshots floating around of it since likre 1 1/2 years.

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