publisher : Novaquark
Game mode: massive online multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Dual Universe for PC is an open-world MMORPG set in a science-fiction world. It is the debut project of the Nvaquark studio, which was founded by former employees of such companies as Ubisoft, Sony, Apple or Aldebaran Robotics.
In this vision of the future presented by the creators, in 2027, one of the telescopes recorded an explosion of IK Pegasi HR 8210, which is a double star located in the Pegasus constellation. As a result, a neutron star emerged, and the blast from the explosion launched it towards Earth. This projectile cannot be stopped by any means, so the year 2537 has become the final date on our planet. In order to survive, humanity launched a large-scope project focusing on finding a new home for our species through sending ships with colonists on-board heading to different parts of the galaxy.
The players take on the roles of such travellers; the experience begins when the colonists are woken up from cryogenic sleep on the arrival at their destination.
In Dual Universe for PC, the player begins their adventure through creating their character; afterwards, they are taken to the surface of the first planet. After the landing, the Arkship which transported the colonists creates a safe zone around its body – it provides shelter for the characters. Soon however, the players must leave safety in order to begin the process of colonization. The game does not place any limits on the players, who themselves decide about the path of their career and what assignments they complete. The in-game construction system based on voxels allows the player to build whatever has come to their mind – one can create items, buildings, vehicles and spaceships above all.
Planets colonized in such a way are parts of one huge universe where all the users enjoy their experiences in a shared, virtual environment. The game was not based on a division into autonomous servers that do not interact with one another. Alongside the developments in this universe, the player-formed factions grow more powerful, gain new territories, construct space-fleets and improve their technologies. Both the in-game economy and politics are dependant entirely on decisions made by the players, as well as their actions.
Dual Universe for PC offers a flexible system of scripts, which allows to deeply affect how the ship or a machine performs, but also to design helpful artificial intelligences. The mechanics behind combat are arcade, both in case of fighting as a soldier and when the player is required to control a fighter or a cruiser. One can find safe zones, but away from them PvP encounters are not restricted in any way. Also, the player will have many occassions to fight against AI-controlled enemies.
Expectations: 9.4 / 10 calculated out of 43 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0 GHz / AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.0 GHz, 16 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 970 / Radeon RX 580 or better, Windows 10
Minimum: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1 GHz / AMD A8-7600 3.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 960 / Radeon RX 550 or better, Windows 10