The German development studio SilentFuture is unveiling the new list of features in “Earthrise”, the sandbox MMORPG they acquired and the new developer blog on www.play-earthrise.com. SilentFuture has been making some essential improvements to the gameplay and technology of this science fiction online RPG, now known as Earthrise: First Impact, since May 2012, and the game has a new background story and a total redesign. Earthrise: First Impact is due to enter the Beta phase in a few weeks’ time and the official game launch is scheduled for late 2013. Players can gain access to the test phases of the game at www.play-earthrise.com/founders and, as an “Earthrise Founder”, can also help drive the further development of Earthrise: First Impact. A presentation of the new concept is available on Steam, where players can also provide feedback.
Katharina Weiß, Creative Director of SilentFuture, says: “When our players purchase a ‘Founder Package’ they are supporting the development of Earthrise: First Impact and, in return, will have direct access to the game, all the special in-game items and the permanent title of ‘Earthrise Founder’. We are currently focusing on optimizing and redesigning the Earthrise features. One of the biggest changes will be made to the faction system: players will be able to choose from eight playable factions instead of the two previously available. We will also add a dynamic mission system which will be greatly influenced by the role the player chooses. In addition, we have refined the movement to make the gameplay much more precise compared to the old version.”
Daniel Schemann, CEO of SilentFuture, adds: “Up to now most of the development time has been spent on improving the game engine and we have made massive improvements to performance; in particular loading times and rendering are now much faster. For us, the feedback from the game testers is one of the most important aspects of the development process. For example, we listened closely to the suggestions of our testers when we designed the loot and crafting systems and are currently focusing on the gameplay and graphics in Earthrise: First Impact and implementing the suggestions of the community here too.”
Players can now see a presentation of the game concept on Steam at http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=141173860.
The development team will also be posting info on current themes around Earthrise: First Impact on blog.play-earthrise.com.
- Dynamic Faction System
You can choose from eight playable factions. Status and sympathies will be greatly influenced by the missions you have selected and the players’ behavior. So be careful: today’s friends could be tomorrow’s enemies.
- Open World PvP
Explore an area of over 250km² and discover new locations that no one has ever visited before. A battle can flare up anytime and anywhere fueled by greed, revenge or glory.
- Free Skill System
You are free to choose which skills you want to increase with no restrictions imposed, and can therefore define your own class.
Rise to the challenges with your friends and fight alongside them. You can combine your various skills to complement each other perfectly.
Modify your weapon to get the most out of it. Change the type of damage or improve weapon quality; a large range of modifications is available.
- Friendly Fire
Always ensure you have enough cover during combat; the bullets of your friends may also prove deadly!
- Territorial Control
Conquer outposts throughout the entire world with your friends, and build and expand bases to earn bonuses.
- Punishment System / Karma
You can break the law or betray your allies, but remember: hardly anyone likes a criminal; not even the criminals themselves!
- Loot System
Not only the body, but also items can be restored after death. However, not all the items will make the restoration process and your enemies may be only too grateful to acquire the things you drop.
- Dynamic Missions
Besides chain quests, Earthrise: First Impact contains dynamic missions that you and your friends can carry out and which can be accessed at special terminals.
- Epic Story
Plunge headlong into the game and follow the story to find out what really happened and what is in store for you.