Before I start, I want you to know that I tagged his one as hype simply because I have not experienced the Astral Ship stuff for myself. I’ll be testing that coming this next phase (Tuesday Jan 19th) when levels 31-40 are unlocked and Astral Ship combat is tested. That said, take a look at the following videos.
Allow me to slobber all over the game for a second.
Finally someone gets it. This is PvP in enormous vehicles manned by players in real time. The ship is steered, the engines powered, the shields maintained, the power core monitored, navigation is manned, cannons controlled, etc., and it’s all done by players. The ships are brought to life by people actually working together and controlling them. PvP in the astral is then conducted by these player driven ships attacking one another. Shields eventually drop and players board each other and fight it out, steal treasure, kill crew, destroy the ship, and fight in meaningful, dynamic, and deep PvP.
I even have trouble believing it for myself. Russian players say that it’s not only as good as the video and articles being written but it’s better when you experience it yourself. Exploring Allods, killing raid bosses on different islands or ones that attack you like something you’d see out of Final Fantas, finding raid dungeons, gathering loot, pirating other people… it’s all there they say.
This is the kind of thing that many of us fantasize about. It’s stuff like this that we fabricate and imagine being in other games that release only to find out we had imagined something more glorious than was delivered. I remember thinking how cool WAR’s keep sieges would be or how amazing PotBS’ ship captaining would be when I sailed the seas. How many of us actually wanted to crew a starship in Star Trek Online? How many wanted to contribuet in capacities other than Captain? How many were let down when your ship was your avatar because you thought there was more to it? Delusions of grandeur are rampant in this genre. It feels like we’re finally going to get what we can imagine, and it’s coming to us in a Free to Play game.
I want to reinforce the fact that I have not personally done this content yet. I’m level 30 right now sitting at the cap from the last beta phase. The part of the game that I have played lives up to my expectations. The leveling content is fun and abundant. PvP is active, open world faction based, and reminiscent of oldschool WoW. It all appears to be the genuine article, but that’s what I intend to verify next week.
My guild is going to try and get a ship in CBT4. We’re always looking for more people to join our ranks and build our community. If you share our vision and affinity for gaming definitely join up with us at launch.