Age of Warscape
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Age of Warscape (often abbreviated to AoWS) is an upcoming 3D MMORPG indie game developed and published by ILMXStudios. The game's development had first been announced in October 2016, when its Gamepedia wiki had been launched. However, Age of Warscape's current website was initially launched on July 31, 2016, but was not fully completed until two weeks after its launch (during which a maintenance screen was only shown). On January 1, 2017, the game's IndieDB page was opened, which has gained over 1.2 thousand views since its launch.
The game is set in a fictitious world called "Uloff", which is a planet highly similar to that of Earth, during a timeframe dubbed by its inhabitants as "Warscape" (a time in which the lands of the planet were at war). Its story heavily revolves around a series of large-scale wars between the ten dominant races of Uloff and two factions—The Arbiters and the 2nd Legion.
According to its IndieDB Presskit, Age of Warscape had begun planning in early July 2016 by its founders: Richard Chatell and "Prime". However, its online presence had initially began to appear in July 31, 2016 when its website was first launched. The game had gained new developers throughout 2016, and had its own forum system opened in September 2016. By the end of 2016, the project had its own wiki registered on Gamepedia, a subreddit, an Instagram feed, a Facebook page, a blog, an IndieDB page, and a merchandise store provided by Spreadshirt. A Twitter account for the game was opened on November 28, 2016, which provides news, announcements, teasers, and development progress. Eventually, its IndieDB page was opened shortly after, where it had gained attention due to its frequent posting of concept art and short news articles.
On February 26, 2017, a teaser trailer for the game was posted on the game's YouTube channel and Instagram feed. On April 8, 2017, the game was added to Indie Game Launchpad, and a Patreon page was created shortly after.
The game revolves around a series of escalating wars between ten races and two factions (The 2nd Legion and The Arbiters). It takes place on a planet that is not too far from Earth, known as Uloff.
The war between the factions, known as "The Great War", begins to escalate quickly; resulting in carnage of innocents, hatred and dark magic to form, and destruction across Uloff. Eventually, the faction leaders (King Earnet of The Arbiters and Warlord Bjorin of the 2nd Legion) decide that they will not win without a war-changing asset. Both faction leaders bring in new recruits for their factions in order to decide an individual who will be chosen to represent their faction and lead the faction's military, known as the Faction Champion. Eventually, a Faction Champion is decided, and is tasked to put an end to the rivaling faction and put an end to the death, destruction, and hatred that is a result of the Great War.
Several aspects of gameplay have been explained on the game's wiki page and previous versions of the website, revealing it to be slightly similar to other MMORPGs, such as World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Guild Wars 2, with its own, unique twists.
As explained on its wiki, the user, known as the Faction Champion, must use their full abilities and decisions to advance through the storyline. The storyline that the player goes through varies depending on the race that the player chose during the Character Creation process and any decisions that they make throughout their advancement through the game. This aspect makes each play-through unique to the user, and allows the user to have more control over how they advance through the game. The user can also participate in Dialogue sessions, level up their character to gain new skills and unlock new abilities, fight against hordes of enemies and tough bosses, explore hundreds of different areas, collect all kinds of items, uncover secrets, complete quests, and team up with other users on the same server. How the game progresses will always be different, depending on what the Player does throughout their quests.
Storyline and dialogue
The storyline is affected by the user's decisions and responses in dialogues or in combat scenarios. The user's alignment is also affected by such, which shows how malevolent or peaceful the user's character is. During dialogue sessions, the Player is given multiple options to pick from, all of which are a different dialogue or action. Every time a dialogue option is chosen, a significant character is killed or interacted with, a quest is completed, or even how a user interacts with other users, the storyline that the user goes through is changed in some way.
Storylines are greatly affected by the user's chosen faction, race, and gender.
The user must level up throughout the game to boost their stats, equip certain items, unlock new abilities, combat certain enemies, and more. If the user's level is too low for a certain area or scenario, the game will be noticeably more difficult. Certain equipment and/or items are also limited or prohibited to lower levels.
In combat, the user must use their unlocked and available abilities to defeat opposing forces. Abilities can be unlocked through leveling up, equipping certain items, and can vary depending on selected races and items. In combat, the user also can block attacks with shields or their weapon, which reduces damage taken, or can parry attacks by striking at the same time as the enemy, which results in no damage being taken. Combos can also be preformed by both the user and an opponent. Combat mode will engage when an enemy sees the user, and will exit when the enemy loses sight of the player or either the user or the opponent is dead.
The user is able to explore dozens of locations throughout their storylines. The user is also able to sail towards other continents using their own vessel, which is acquired after they complete their training and testing. Exploration is a primary element in advancing through the game, and can also affect the user's storyline by exploring different areas. Some areas are also designated as Player vs Player areas, where users can freely fight against other users (all other areas are Player vs Environment by default).
The user is given Quests throughout the game. Each Quest is given to the user by an NPC, and has objectives and completion awards. There are two types of Quests: Storyline and Bonus Quests. Storyline Quests are essential to moving forward, and cannot be cancelled. Bonus Quests are quests that are not required to complete in order to move forward in the game. Certain quests can be available to higher-levels only.
In certain areas and in arenas, users can fight against other users in a full-on player-vs-player combat. In most cases, PvP in noncompetitive. In certain arenas, PvP will likely be competitive, with league boards as well as certain achievements.
Optionally, the user can explore secret, challenging chambers known as "Dungeons". Dungeons yield high-end rewards, and are typically highly challenging and are for meant for more experienced or higher-level users.
Pricing and Availability
The game is currently unreleased, though its developers have stated that the game will be playable on Windows and Mac OS X. Its release date is currently TBD, but is expected to be released in late-2017 or 2018, according to its IndieDB and Wiki page. A post on Reddit reveals that the reason that the game's release date is currently unknown is that it is too early to call, and it will be available to preorder once the date is known.
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