GDC 2008: An Interview with the Earthrise Development Team
Your Sandbox or Mine?
The design of MMOGs has come a long way over the years. With more
instancing and small group play, sandbox style games are becoming
harder to find. Some of the ones out there are certainly successful.
But hope is not lost for those that love playing in the sandbox! A new
MMORPG is being developed in Bulgaria by an up-and-coming studio named
Masthead Studios, and they hope to go back to this sandbox style of
play.Earthrise hopes to bring the sandbox style of play back into
popularity. The name of the game is Earthrise, and the Ten Ton Hammer
staff got a chance to speak with George Petrov and Nikolay Stoyanov
from Masthead who are working hard on the game.
In the post apocalyptic setting, technology still
reigns and players
will have a chance to craft their own items. Once you get some
resources, you'll be able to start crafting your gear. The development
team is working on the possibility of two forms of crafting. The first
phase would be the design portion of crafting, where players can map
out the designs of weapons and armor. Once the design is complete, the
second phase of crafting begins which is manufacturing. Here players
actually build the designs that other players have worked up. The
system is not fully in place yet, but the team continues to work out
ideas. One thing that George explained was that the best items in the
game will come from player crafting.
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