Lore Update 2 & revised timeline
Time for another update! We want to start this update by giving a huge thanks to the volunteer moderators and scribes who we have used as "beta testers" for our lore updates and who have given countless suggestions and important feedback. Thanks guys!
So today we have the lore update #2. It includes background information about the Osmani, Pirates, Rebels, Corporations as well as a couple of Secret Factions. CLICK HERE to read it.
In terms of word count it is similar in length to the first update with around 12000 words in total. We have amended the previously released lore document to include both the text from lore update part 1 and part 2. The document is now 54 pages long with approximately 25000 words.
Also, with this updated version of the document our writers added a preface "balancing influences" to explain some of the design decisions we have made (for the sake of gameplay and fun factor).
In terms of historical inspiration and references the Osmani faction stands out. But unless you have studied the history of the Ottoman Empire some of the details may be difficult to pick up on. Still we hope you will find this faction interesting and different. The historical references are of course not limited to the Osmani. Another example would be the Third Section. Some readers may think of Section 31 from another well-known sci-fi universe when reading that faction's backstory. That's fine as there are indeed similarities but you may also wish to google "Third Section" or "Okhrana".
Besides the lore update with more faction information we are also sharing a revised timeline as part of this update. CLICK HERE to read it. The timeline should be helpful to get a good overview and especially for those of you who are creating captains, officers or other designs for inclusion with the game.
If you compare to previously released information then you will see that in the revised timeline The Mandate itself is much younger than previously. This change was done in part to better align with the faction conflicts which could be seen as out of place in a scenario where The Mandate had existed for several hundred years already.
A few notes about the lore updates which we want to reiterate:
- The writing style and vocabulary used may sometimes seem a bit unfamiliar or even obscure. It may even motivate you to dig out your favourite dictionary or at the very least google a few words online. This is intentional and by design
- Whenever there is a conflict between the lore updates and any previously released information then you can assume that the lore updates contain the most current and correct information
For the next update (which should arrive late June or early July) we plan to give a production status update. Also our designers, programmers and artists have been very busy and we will share both visuals and gameplay footage.
Your friends at Perihelion Interactive