Are you ready for the next evolution of multiplayer sandbox games?
Realm Explorer will be a computer game about creation in the fantasy universe of Gnostaria; your creations. In perhaps the most dynamic sandbox world yet to be conceived you will be able to dig the soil and mine ore, precious metals and gems all in a beautiful and dynamic 3D world. The terrain will shape and form to your actions. Drive a shovel into the ground and watch the earth give way. Heave your pickaxe into a cave wall and see the stone disintegrate before you; revealing the treasure beneath. Go on adventures alone or with friends via internet multiplayer and craft weapons, armor, tools and other items. How you play is up to you. The possibilities are limitless.
A new Realm rises from the Sand
At its core we didn't want Realm Explorer to be just another "sandbox" - we wanted it to be a true sandbox RPG. Character customization and development are just as important to the game design as being able to mine and dig. To start you will be able to completely customize your character's appearance. From hair and skin color for both male and female characters to facial hair and other details you can make a character that looks the part. With so many options for customization your character can truly be unique.
A New Type of World
We've also gone to great lengths in creating a world in which nearly everything you wear can be visually represented on your character. Backpacks and belt pouches don't just sit as icons in your inventory; your character wears them for everyone to see. Each piece of armor or clothing is also visually represented and individual pieces can be mixed and matched for utility or style; it's entirely up to you. If you're wearing a chainmail shirt and cloth pants you will see the different pieces visually in the game. You can even go so far as to wear a different boot on each foot or a different glove on each hand.
In most games you can only use your imagination to envision what your character might look like with all of his different equipment; in Realm Explorer it's a lot more fun to actually see it with your own eyes.
Don't just mine and craft; experience a rich fantasy roleplaying game
What would an RPG be without character advancement? Not only can you dig for resources like iron and gold or diamonds and rubies and then craft items from them; your character will also gain skills as he performs different actions. The more you play the more powerful your character will become. This will allow him to create better and more interesting items or fight more powerful monsters. Your ability to craft different items is based not only on what resources you have collected but also how far you've advanced your character's skills. Keep mining, digging, building, crafting and fighting and your character will continue to grow as you play.
You're going to need a lot of shovels and buckets for this one...
Now, before the hardcore sandbox fans get too concerned we've already got you in mind as well. You will be able to completely configure the game to your desired play style. If you simply want to mine, dig, collect resources, craft items and build structures you'll be able to do so. You can configure your realm to exclude various RPG elements, including hostile enemies, skill gain and even death and damage if you so desire. Realm Explorer is designed with features that go above and beyond the basics of what we normally think of in a sandbox game but you'll be able to enjoy the beautiful visuals without the risk that adventure elements bring if you so choose.
Realm Explorer blends Fantasy RPG elements with a Sandbox World
Crazy times make the whole development team work harder than ever! We were silent for a while working on a completely new and awesome terrain generation algorithm and vegetation pack. Smooth and more realistic terrain is already available to push your realms to a new visual quality level! There was a bit more work to do than planned but it was worth the effort. Stay tuned and get ready for the NPC and Combat update!
Meanwhile, our Art Director Yaroslav (aka ArmedBee) has prepared a new update about humanoid NPCs in Realm Explorer:
Thank you very much for your massive feedback on the Rat video. We created a RAT and it was extremely important as many of you noticed The epic soundtrack made that small video too serious. But wasn't it fun?
Allow me to introduce something more interesting and complicated. Its name is "Zombie Warrior”!
Gnostaria fans should be familiar with this creature as it was made and announced more than a year ago. We exported the zombie into the Unity engine and performed texture updates and materials enhancements. This is why in Realm Explorer our zombie looks better and has much better performance.
Zombies live on the surface. Awakening in the evening, they begin looking for something to eat. Luckily, zombies appear only near graveyards and dead areas, which are far away from player cities and villages. Only well equipped and brave explorers will be able to defeat such dangerous enemies. The best way to kill them is by gathering a strong mobile group of players and attacking with a strategy.
This is our goal for the default realm configuration. By running your own realm, you will be able to:
Make players look like zombies
Make zombies quest givers or traders.
The only limit to your creativity is our universe and setting!
Realm Explorer will have an "advanced fighting system” as we call it inside our team. This means that when fighting an opponent you are not just going to reduce their HP. We have done a number of chop off injuries every creature might have. One sword swing could cut an arm or a leg of the opponent in case your sword stats are enough to pass through the opponent's armor. Moreover, an injured mob or a player character with an open wound will continue to lose HP until it is fixed. Of course a zombie won't be able to carry their sword without hands. But zombies never give up!
We are looking forward to your comments and ideas about our limb cut-off system. Our next art update will cover character customization and the process of making it happen!
Highest Rated (10 agree) 10/10
Ever since the first footage of this game got released, I've thought that it had great potential. Now that I have gotten my hands on the Alpha, I am sure about this. If I look at it correctly, I can tell that in the realm explorer as how it's planned to be in the future, you can do whatever you please to do whenever you want to do it. If we look at future plans, we can tell that server administrators have endless possibilities to shape their realm. Settings will allow you to create your ideal realm…
Dec 4 2012, 6:35am by IvarX
Lowest Rated (5 agree) 2/10
I don't know what to say... Based on the screenshots and video i was expecting a playable game and not some kind of minecraft-like square shaped world without npcs, objects, anything much to do. Long way ahead before this becomes anything close to a game... I agree that this can be anything at this point.
Dec 16 2012, 4:54am by jquicka