Today is a big day for the Planets³ project: the alpha version is now available!
For those of you who preordered a game license eligible for the alpha, you can download it here
We wanted to surprise you with the alpha: you will be able to experiment a first preview of a randomly generated dungeon. The goal is to show you the science fiction RPG aspect of the game and a preview of our generation engine.
We spent almost 5 months to develop all mechanisms required for this new feature. 5 months during which we had to remain silent, to prevent any spoil of this surprise until today.
Even if we are still far from what we will deliver for the final game, we hope that you will like this alpha content as much as we like it!
Talking about the story: the alpha is a prologue, the story take place 200 years before the facts that will be related in the game. This allow us to introduce 2 of the main species: the Humans
and the Cognitrons
. This alpha content will most certainly be used in the final game. So it was not a waste of time.
We leave it to you to discover the rest of the story by exploring this alpha content yourself.
Here is the alpha original soundtrack:
This version is an alpha, so you need to be aware that, despite all our efforts to stabilize the game, you will ineluctably encounter bugs during your playing sessions. You can report them on the forum here :http://www.planets-cube.com/forum/16/
We are open to receive all of your comments, opinions and critics on this delivery (as long as they are constructive). We can’t wait to see all your feedbacks on this first random donjon experience.
And do not hesitate to share any screenshot on our website gallery
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So, what’s next?
We have disabled the “join” button in this build. So for the moment, it is not possible to play with friends with the alpha version. Indeed we had some issues with this feature’s development, and it was not possible to do it on time. So we choose to release the alpha without the multiplayer option rather than delay this release one more time. We deeply regret that and we will release another version with this multiplayer option as soon as possible.
Update: the multiplayer option is back...see the following news for more détails.
We finally choose to prioritize the dungeon, so the craft has not been implemented in this version. But you will be able to equip some weapons (will you find them all?) and one armor that will simply reduce incoming damages. We plan to release another version with the craft feature in September.
It is planned to continue all the optimization efforts during the next months, and each new release should be more efficient than the last one, allowing the game to run on more and more computers.
Vehicles will be the beta main feature. It should be delivered at the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. There is a lot of technical unknowns that made the beta a real challenge, and that explain the vague release date.
Of course we will continue to keep you in touch of our latest progress via the news. But you need to know that we will change their release pace to one news per month (each first Wednesday of the month).
Once again we want to thank you all for your support!