What is Dual universe?
Dual Universe is a gigantic multi-planet universe where players are free to invent their collective destiny: player-driven events will shape the course of History, civilizations will rise and fall, everything that happens matters in a persistent single-shard universe. We are pushing the limits of what is technically possible today to open the door to what we believe is the next generation of MMO games.
What is the game story?
Earth has been destroyed by a massive cosmic event. Prior to the planet meeting its doom, the United Nations started the "Rebirth Program" to send millions of citizens into the far reaches of the cosmos aboard colonial Arkships to ensure Humanity's survival. You are one of these survivors, waking up from your long cryosleep to rebuild civilization in the new galaxy in which you find yourself.
What is a persistent Continuous Single-Shard universe?
We call it a “Boundless MMO.” A persistent Single-Shard universe, from the player's perspective, is a single game world where there are no levels, zones or instances. “Continuous” means you can move in it freely and seamlessly. The "persistent" aspect highlights the fact that the game world is evolving over time; changes made by players accumulate and the environment is never the same. From a technical perspective the underlying technology of a single-shard is that all concurrent players are evolving in the same game world.
When will it be released?
Dual Universe is an ambitious, long-term project. We aim to have a playable Alpha version at the begining of 2018 and a beta later in the year. After the release, development will continue as the goal of Dual Universe is to create a lasting game that will evolve with its player base.
Which rendering engine do you use?
We are using the rendering engine Unigine 2, as well as home-made shaders. After testing several engines, we concluded that it was the best match for our project. If you want to know more about this engine, you can read more on our devblog post here.
Will the game have an age rating?
We expect the game to suit mature audiences as players will roleplay good guys (and gals) as well as bad ones. Players incarnating space pirates might not talk and behave like well-mannered people. There will be some limits in the EULA; for example, a player playing a baddie will have to keep all the acting in-game. Personal attacks will not be tolerated.
Will there be offline and single-player modes?
Dual Universe will be exclusively Online and Massively Multiplayer. It will be possible to play the game without interacting with other players. However, expect that some activities will require huge amounts of resources and play time, such as building an orbital station or a stargate, and this will most likely require you to team up!
How much will it cost?
You won't have to pay up front for Dual Universe: the game will be downloadable for free. There will be a free trial period. After that, a monthly subscription will be needed: the fee will scale from $10 to $13 (from €10 to €13 in Europe) depending on the number of months paid in a row. You won't have to pay for Expansions or DLCs.
DACs (Dual Access Coupons) will also be available. They are virtual items that will be possible to use in several ways:
- a DAC can be consumed to get 30 days of play time.
- a DAC can be given to a friend if they do not have the budget for a monthly subscription.
- a DAC can be traded to another player for in-game money (not real money).
For more details, you can read this DevBlog post
Who are the people behind Novaquark?
Novaquark is the company developing Dual Universe. It's an indie studio based in Paris devoted to bringing this crazy game to life! Formed in 2014 by veterans from Ubisoft, Sony, Apple and Aldebaran Robotics, the entire team is dedicated to the development and production of Dual Universe.