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MMOs are not new in the blockchain gaming world. There are plenty of examples of functioning MMOs with crypto at their core, including the recently launched Beyond Earth Online. These games use a familiar format and add on blockchain features, but none of them push the boundaries of the genre quite like Earth From Another Sun.
Earth From Another Sun (EFAS) has been in development for nearly four years with a very clear, singular goal in mind: to build a true metaverse. Developer Multiverse has been hard at work, creating an entire living universe to explore, and they are almost at the finish line.
EFAS is a sandbox galaxy conquest game, which means that players are free to explore a whole star system, take over planets, build their own territories and armadas, and make all kinds of content in a universe that is always growing.
In EFAS, the human race was forced to leave Earth and seek refuge on The Ark, a massive spaceship, where they traveled for 2000 years with the help of AI. Upon arriving at the Kepler 452 system, the AI and robots used the ship's genetic archives to help rebuild the Ark into a habitable home for the humans. For the first century, everything seemed to be in order, but eventually, the natural tendencies of humanity caused chaos to spread throughout the system. Disagreements and the growing divide between the wealthy and the poor led to widespread conflict, with wars and theft becoming common occurrences throughout the Kepler 452 system.
The lore gets interesting as you dig deeper into the details found in the whitepaper, and it certainly leaves room for expansion on that front.
This is a universe-spanning sci-fi MMO that is being built by veteran video game developers from studios like Riot, Gameloft, and Disney Interactive, among others. At this point, the game has been in development for three and a half years, and 80% of the game's content is done and can be played by those who backed the game's crowdfunding campaign or bought NFTs.
The level of polish that you would expect of a modern AAA video game from a major publisher. The studio behind it, Multiverse, has only a few games under its belt, but that does include the very impressive VR sci-fi action survival game Seeking Dawn.
Multiverse’s dedication to the project is apparent in that polish, but also in its promise of continued support. Even in the game’s alpha state, it is updated and new content is added every two weeks, building on the ever-expanding universe. And that’s just the official content. There are plans to make the official developer design tools available to the public, allowing for intricate player-created content.
All of the content, whether official or player-created, can be experienced solo or with a group of friends in multiplayer co-op for up to 4 players. Co-op events for 10 people are also planned for a later date, as are huge battles that will support up to 1,000 units at once, like the famous space battles in EVE Online.
At the start,you will need to choose a path to follow and gather resources along the way. One option is to build a nation by conquering planets to obtain resources. Alternatively, you can create a corporation and earn resources through business ventures. Another option is to become a thief, although you must be careful not to run afoul of military fleets.
Once you have built your nation, you will need to establish diplomatic relations and improve your domain. It is important to choose a political system that is suitable for your nation, as a dictatorship can lead to failure and suffering for your citizens. However, you can also make connections with a diverse group of monarchs and space explorers, including forming romantic ties.
To improve your weaponry, equipment, personnel, vehicles, ships, and other resources, you will need to use the in-game currency, which you can get by completing tasks and getting achievements within the game.
Now, as far as what is available in the game’s current incarnation, you have space exploration via your own personal spaceship, and intense FPS combat when you’re on planet surfaces or in dungeon areas. Space exploration also looks to be inspired by EVE Online, with similar scale and functionality. You can zoom outward on the map from your ship to see other sectors and just how small you are in the grand scheme of the universe.
Any planet you come across in your exploration can be landed on and explored on foot.
In terms of gunplay, it does the job, but it's not quite up to par. The level of fluidity and style on display reminded me quite a lot of Overwatch, which just about everyone knows feels excellent to play. There are far worse games to take inspiration from for an FPS.
However, the game suffers from balancing issues. This is something that is very common in the early stages of development, and I’m sure they will be addressing it in time for the final release.
Right now, the game also includes dungeons, crafting, customization, and upgrades, all of which work as you would expect them to.
Earth From Another Sun is yet another promising blockchain gaming project, but it does have other things going for it. For one, it will have both a Web3 and a traditional game version running simultaneously, one with blockchain integration and one without. It’s not clear how or if these versions will coexist or have any kind of cross-play. The non-blockchain version will also be launching on Steam, Xbox, and PlayStation, which could potentially signal a boost for the blockchain-enhanced version if things go well.
For right now, it is a game to keep an eye on, and one that fans of both sci-fi and MMOs should be following closely. I just hope that the blockchain version pushes the industry forward in the same way the game seems to be pushing the limits of what is expected of MMOs.
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There are two ways for players to gain access to the EFAS alpha.
The first way you can access EFAS is to back the project by acquiring one of the packs on thewebsite. All of them will let you play the game right away, but each will also give you extra benefits.
Access to the game will be through the Xsolla launcher, which can be downloaded from here.
An activation code will be emailed to you as soon as you become a backer. You can use that code to download EFAS from Xsolla.
The other way is to acquire a Companion NFT from Fractal or Magic Eden. Access will be provided through the Elixir launcher. Just connect using the wallet you have the NFT in, and you’ll be able to download the game.
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