Untold Universe (Canceled)
Untold Universe is an innovative space voxel sandbox MMORPG. Explore, shape, colonize and conquer a huge and uncharted universe!
Untold Universe (Canceled)
Untold Universe is an innovative space voxel sandbox MMORPG. Explore, shape, colonize and conquer a huge and uncharted universe!
Untold Universe is a space voxel-based MMORPG about thousands of players from all over the world exploring, colonising and shaping together a huge and uncharted universe.
When connecting to the game for the first time, you will be a pioneer freshly arrived from the known universe. You will discover the Border, a part of the universe that does not obey the same rules as ours, and is still to be discovered and tamed. Equipped with only your ambition and the Valhalla Digital pioneer starter pack–the basic set of tools given to new pioneers by the company leading the colonization–you will have a chance to start back your life, and become one of the most reputed industrial, commander, pilot, pirate, or anything that could make you rich, powerful and respected by your peers!
The game's multiple small planets are made of cubes that you can remove to harvest resources. Resources that will be useful to craft goods and build new factories, spaceships or many other structures that will prove to be essential to colonize and protect new worlds. Those who prefer action to building will be able to buy spaceships and weapons directly from those who produce them, and work at defending assets and convoys or at actually attacking each other!
- Massively Multiplayer Sandbox: Play with people from all around the world, team up to be stronger and shape entire worlds all together!
- Explore an Infinite Universe: Land on planets of different types, then explore and exploit them! New planets will be added as more players enter the universe.
- Build and Trade your Designs: Gather resources and use them to build anything from factories to spaceships then sell or use them to your own benefit!
- Fight: Protect assets and fight your rivals on the ground and in space. Attack other players' bases with various infantry weapons, or pilot Fighters, Carriers and Flagships built by your team or bought from the best designers on the market!
- Team up: Team up with friends or other pioneers and start Corporations to improve your strength and reach greater goals!
- Colonize: Take control of entire planets with your Corporation, build infrastructures on them, and dominate parts of the new world!
- Choose your role: The game will not limit you to a particular skill-set. Want to be good at something? Just do it!
- Jobs system: Colonizing worlds alone can be long and hard. Those who want to make quick cash and meet new people to work with will be able to take jobs generated by other players corporations. Defend assets, find a place to mine, build infrastructures, many jobs will be available to improve in your favorite field!
Want to know more? Let's explain a bit what we are trying to achieve with Untold Universe.
What kind of MMORPG?
Untold Universe is a single-shard MMO which means that everyone from all around the world will play in the same universe. The world is made of multiple planets which you will be able to jump on with your spaceship, directly interacting with people on the ground or orbiting around it. Still, you will be able to trade, discuss, exchange and plan with anyone even if he is not in the same planet-space as yours.
Will there be classes? How will we play 'together'?
The game strongly focuses on the global colonization effort started by the virtual in-game Corporation called Valhalla Digital. The idea is that you will get to act the role of your choice in this effort, or against it, from builder, spaceship-designer, pilot, trader to pirate and bounty hunter. And you will not be limited to one role! We want to create a strong synergy between players with different objectives, making Corporations work together and allowing user-generated quests that you could take as a freelancer, so everyone could get to enjoy his play style, while taking advantage of skills others will develop.
Single player gameplay?
The game is strongly oriented on PvP and more generally players interacting with other players. Still, developing a single player experience seems necessary, and will undoubtedly come up in the future.
The jobs system is offering a first answer though. Players that just want to connect from time to time will be able to take missions from those who play more, giving them a goal and a quick way to enjoy the game!
How will players avoid having their bases destroyed when disconnected?
We are currently working on a feature called "Colonization". This feature will allow players or corporations to build settlement. A settlement is a shielded area that will prove more resilient to weapons and mining for anyone that is not one of its owner.
Also settlements will allow players to build automated defences and traps, defending their assets even when disconnected. The more time a player will spend designing its base, the better it will handle attacks! This system will finally prevent abuses from small groups of players just wanting to bully others.
Untold Universe also features protected planets where fight is de-activated, that are either generated planets, or old planets of no more economical interest. If a player simply wants to build a house, or a cool base for him and is friends, he will be able to buy with in-game money parts of these planets, definitely taking control over it. Areas will be really expensive and rare though, and we are offering to Kickstarter backers to secure such an area today! Learn more in the "Rewards" section.
Will there be spaceships of different sizes?
Definitely! The game will feature different spaceship classes, with different sizes. Bigger spaceships will not be able to go down the ground, while smaller, more agile ships will be able to land anywhere, and attack precise parts of bigger ones.
We plan to add bigger spaceships during the private Beta, and the ability to have crews of players managing big ships after.
Any other questions?
Just leave a comment in the comment section or ask in the FAQ and we will answer it the best we can! If any question becomes recurrent, we will add it to this section.
Untold Universe is already more than a concept. The game development started more than a year ago, and a five-men team has worked on it since, putting all their love and passion in it.
Today, the game is in Private Alpha. Which means that a limited pool of players is already testing it with us, helping us to shape the game and make it the awesome MMO we want it to be! We have received about 5000 requests for Alpha keys, and the subscriptions were shut down some time ago.
This means that we already have a playable game with a limited set of features to be expanded until the game release. We are putting a strong emphasis on communicating with our players, and keeping them close to the development. As an example, the next feature to be released in each new Alpha version is voted by the community!
Developing and maintaining a MMO with thousands of players implies recruiting teams fully dedicated to the project for years. We made it so far being six, but as more and more players showed interest in the game, we decided that we should bring it to a whole new level.
A successful Kickstarter will allow us to enter a private Beta phase early next year. During this phase, players will be able to subscribe on our website, and we will then make them enter the game at a faster pace than during the private Alpha. Backing us will allow you to secure your access to the private Beta, and maybe even get access to the game before the official launch!
To achieve this, we need to add new assets–the players' character model as an example–and to stabilize the servers and add new features. The idea is to really accelerate the development process, and to increase the global quality of the game, so that you will get to enjoy your experience in a new, vibrant world full of pioneers building their Utopia!
First of all, let's start by explaining what we want to do about this. We want Untold Universe to be accessible to anyone, anytime. Which means that playing the game will be free. Thus, we are going for a Free to Play model. But this model must not unbalance the game!
Thus, the best model is a premium model: try the game for as long as you want for free, with every feature unlocked, and if you enjoy it, unlock advanced features that will not be necessary to advance, but will make your experience better! We think that this model is virtuous as it lets everybody enjoy the game, and does not unbalance it.
Here are some exemples of features that are currently planned to be integrated in the Premium subscription: free mobile application to keep track of your assets, management of large corps, advanced character customization, three characters slots, advanced trading and assets management screens.
Our philosophy: players should not have to buy a subscription to enjoy the full gameplay experience, but if they like it, getting a subscription will make their gaming experience even better!
The premium subscription will be sold as 3, 6 and 12 months packs, and we want the price not to go over 70$ for a year. We hope that this model will seem to you as good as it seems to us, and please feel free to comment and discuss it with us!
The advanced features and premium subscription system will be added to the game soon after the private Beta launch, to test and validate them. Most of our rewards are featuring premium subscription time, which will activate as soon as we will add it to the game, and will extend to public Beta or even further depending on the pack!
Backing Untold Universe will allow us to make the game go to the next level: the private Beta phase! As you might have seen already, most rewards will offer you to start playing the game during this phase.
There is two different kind of rewards you can choose. The Landowner rewards, and the early tester rewards.
Early tester rewards
These rewards are all about entering the game early, and test it with the whole set of features, plus the premium advantages. To learn more about the premium subscription and our philosophy, please refer to the "How much will it cost" section!
We will keep updated every pioneer willing to through a special mailing list, with insights and special material about the current development progress.
When the game will enter the private Beta phase, around April 2015, players will be able to subscribe on our website, and we will make them enter the game incrementally. Backing us will at least secure you an instant access to the private Beta, and could even give you access to the game during the pre-launch phase one or two months before the private Beta!
Thus, you will be able to play and test the game during the private Beta phase or months before it, and help us build it the best way possible! Our team is really receptive to players feedback and opinions.
Most of the rewards feature premium subscription time. To learn more about it, please refer to the "How much will it cost?" section above. Backers get their subscription at a discounted price!
Badges and honor
When playing, you will have the possibility to unlock various badges and honors, showing-off to the world what you are really good at and what are your greatest feats. Special honors and badges will be given to backers depending of the pack they choose, and they will keep those unique rewards forever!
This reward will unlock a unique skinset for spaceships in-game. Skinsets are a set of textures that will apply to different parts of your spaceships, with a particular style for modules and a different color set. They will be usable on any ship even if bought from another player. Various skinsets will become progressively available, but this one will be unique, available from the beginning and for Backers only!
Name a planet
Following some basic instructions to avoid aberrations, you will get to choose a name for a planet. When new planets will be generated, their names will be picked out from the list created by backers! This planet will then bear this name forever, and be marked as discovered by your in-game character, as soon as you will have created it.
Test servers are pre-production servers used by the team to test new features before their release. A few months after the start of the private Beta, we will open them to some players. Test new features before anyone else, and meet the team in-game from time to time by taking a package featuring this reward!
These rewards offer you to become the proud owner of a constructible area on a planet of your choice! We added these rewards after getting many feedback from our first backers, and our community.
Most of these will become available during the private Beta, so you will get to start enjoying them as soon as possible, and help us build them!
Become the proud owner of an area on the planet of your choice!
During the private Beta, we will start to add protected planets to the game depending on the number of backers. Landowners will have the possibility to have a look at them, and claim an area on one of them!
Protected planets are planets on which fight is de-activated. But still, everyone can build and mine freely. Claiming an area will let you secure a part of such a planet, preventing any other player to modify it.
Thus you will now have a safe haven to go back anytime, and relax with friends and fellow pioneers! Also, you will have the possibility to use your resources to build your own house or base on it.
Landowners will have the possibility to choose who can access their personal area, and who can not. Do you want to build an incredible monument in the desert and let anyone visit it? To create a mysterious underground arctic base to hide your best ship? To simply build a nice villa on a Terran planet, next to the beach? Become a landowner today!
Players will also be able to buy lands in-game, with in-game credits. But available lands will be rare, and really expensive. Thus, we offer to our backers the exclusive possibility to buy a large one now, in the main group of protected planets!
A digital certificate of ownership to print, along with its forum signature version
We will send you a nice certificate of ownership by email, to print and show to your friends to make them jealous! Being a galactic landowner comes with its advantages.
On the certificate will be displayed:
- A name of your choice ;
- Your title ;
- The name of the planet on which you claimed an area ;
We will add the ownership feature during the Alpha. As soon as you will have claimed an area, we will send you the certificate!
With the certificate will come a forum signature to proudly display everywhere!
Backers taking the Technocrat pack will also receive a physical certificate of ownership, signed by a member of the Fenris Lair Studio team!
Badges and honor
When playing, you will have the possibility to unlock various badges and honors, showing-off to the world what you are really good at and what are your greatest feats. Special honors and badges will be given to backers depending on the pack they choose, and they will keep those unique rewards forever!
Exclusive character skin
This skin will be a set of clothes to equip on your character. They will have no effect but making you classy, and well, pretty unique! A landowner must always be dressed correctly when welcoming its guests, shouldn't he?
You will be able to equip it everywhere, but as it does not give you any advantage, it will undoubtedly be most suited to safe areas.
Your own robot assistant
Robot assistants will be the first kind of NPC in the game. They will wander in your base, keep it clean, welcome your guests and bother you from time to time! See them as pets in other MMOs.
We plan to let you change their personality, so they will be the best companion possible! Robot assistants are intended to stay in your personal area.
- What if I am an Alpha player? Alpha subscribers are the ones who made the first phase of the development possible, and allowed us build the game so far. Thus, every Alpha pioneer will get to access the game as soon as he will receive his key! Also, early access time will be converted to subscription time for Alpha players backing the game.
Fenris Lair Studio is an independent video game development studio founded by three developers and two artists passionated by MMO games and the voxel-based concept. Today, we are a six people team working full time on this project.
Our complementary skills and involvement allowed us to create a first version of the game in eight months, laying down all the fundamental tools and engines needed to develop the game, while getting attention from MMO and gaming specialists that advised us on various subject.
Today, we are aiming to extend the team to achieve creating the first space voxel MMO!
First of all, thank you a lot for the interest you showed in our project! If you like it, no matter if you choose to back us (which would be awesome) or not, there are still many things you can do to help us make it happen, and follow our progress!
Sharing the campaign with your friends and spreading the word is an incredible way to boost the campaign.
Also, Untold Universe is trying to make it on Steam! A 'yes' vote would be a lot.
Finally, do not hesitate to follow us on social medias and to visit us on the game's website and forums! We would be happy to have you around.
Risks and challenges
Developing a MMO is a hard and long road, on which many things can happen, from postponing the release of the game to, in the worst case, cancelling it. Still, we made it there until now, successfully built an Alpha version, are strongly committed to the project surrounded by many people, and we will put every single effort in getting the game out.
After release, there will still be a risk of not having enough players in the game, which would lead to some problems. But a successful Kickstarter would be a strong first indicator of success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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