I have finally gotten my game to the point where I am beginning to expand the player base beyond a few testers, and I am now starting to advertise and expand the exposure of the game.
Vantage is a Prehistoric Simulation MMO. Your main objective is simple... to stay alive!
You explore the massive world searching for food, creating primitive tools and weapons to create, hunt, and craft other items to make your life easier.
- Create fires at night using some tinder and wood so you don't freeze at night.
- Build a hut to live in and call 'home'.
- Find wild plants, take their seeds and plant crops to become more self-sustaining.
- Create some clothes to keep yourself warm and well protected, by skinning dead animals and tanning the hides.
- And much, much more!
Vantage is a game I have been working on longer than I care to say. It is my life's work and I am proud to still be working on it, and I believe in the concept of the game and I hope that other people do as well, and find the game fun, entertaining, and also educational.
The game is based heavily around a complex crafting mechanic. You must craft all the items you need to survive. In addition, a lot of research is done to make the crafting mechanics for each item as realistic as possible. For example: to make a fire, you need a wood spindle, wood hearth, and some tinder (dry grass for example) just like in primitive times. You attempt to make the fire with those items and you may fail if your skills are not good enough.
The game engine is my own custom engine I call VantEdit. The engine renders a fully seamless world (no loading screens) of any definable size.
The world is created using a tectonic plate simulation system that simulated millions of years of tectonic shifting, collision, and terrain erosion, etc. The final result is completely terraformed using my custom terraforming algorithms, and the final world is streamed to the user as they play.
You can interact with every single item within the game, from trees to rocks and animals. Depending on the size of the world, there can be millions of objects, or more! You can take an apple from one of thousands of apple trees, or extract the water from a cactus and take it with you in newly created coconut cup.
My ultimate objective for the game is to make a complete technological skill tree for people to play thruogh, from primitive times all the way to modern times. By implementing items, skills and crafts one at a time. The VantEdit interface has a full editor system to quickly and easily allow for me to do this.
But of course, the absolute main object of the game is to make it fun! If the game is not fun, there is no reason to make it!
Currently the game is completely free to play, I would greatly appreciate any suggestions/comments/bugs you can give me, it would be extremely valuable and helpful to me.
A full interactive in-game tutorial is included as you play the game.
Vantage Website: Crystaldragon.com
Direct Vantage Download link (installer): Crystaldragon.com
Vantage Facebook page (currently the main community page): Facebook.com
You can also email me with any questions/bugs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, and enjoy!
Vantage is a game where you play a prehistoric cave person and the objective is simple... to survive! You search a massive persistent open world in search of food, drink, and shelter.
The game has a realistic, complex, yet intuitive crafting and skill system. Crafting in Vantage is heavily researched to be as realistically accurate as possible. For example: to create a primitive fire you must first create a wooden spindle and hearth, as well as find some tinder (dry grass for example). Then with these items you attempt to create a fire using the "hand drill" method. Crafting uses time and energy, as well as many skills which make your crafting easier. If your crafting skills are to low then you may fail at your professions until you work to get better at them.
You can brave the large world alone, or with friends online! Create your own village, or even an entire town with your friends. You can also gather your friends to go hunting for animals. You can go spear-fishing, take out rabbits with your sling, or go for bigger prey like Sabertooth Tigers. And if you are up to the challenge, you can get a group of friends together into a hunting party and you can try your hand at hunting mammoths! Be careful though, the bigger the animals, the more dangerous they are!
The game uses its own custom game engine designed in DirectX called VantEdit. It is capable of creating massive sized pre-generated worlds using plate tectonic algorithms, temperature and moisture terraforming, and much more. The engine procedurally generates all the objects on the world as the world is explored by the players. It is capable of generating and manipulating millions of objects.
The motivation for making this game was to make a realistic and educational survival game where the fun factor was still top priority. Playing a fun game, and learning something in the process is one of the most rewarding types of video games for me. This is why I have spent so many years working on this and why I have been so passionate about it. It is the game I have always wanted to play and I hope others feel the same.
The plan for the game is quite simple: Start at the beginning of human civilization when humans learned to create fire and make the simplest tools. From this point forward, I plan to add content to the game one item, craft and skill at a time. I will systematically update the game with more technologies and game play mechanics for these new crafts and skills, and continue to move forward into the future of human civilization, keeping with the guidelines of making the game fun, realistic and educational.
You can check out more information on the game's Steam website here: Store.steampowered.com
Vantage's Facebook Page: Facebook.com
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