Hardcore sci-fi sandbox Divergence Online preps for Steam early access launch

    
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Sci-fi sandbox Divergence Online is on the way to Steam’s early access program — at least, it will be when someone at Valve wakes up from the traditional New Year’s stupor and flips the approval switch.

“We’re realizing that although the game was already approved for sale on Steam, that there is still a final ‘final’ approval process that it must go through, which could take ‘anywhere from a few hours to a few days,'” Stained Glass Llama wrote on Facebook, “so just letting everyone know that we’re just waiting on word from Valve right now and will let you know the moment it goes through. Thanks for your patience.”

The self-proclaimed Star Wars Galaxies spiritual successor was Greenlit on Valve’s platform last fall. Massively OP chatted with the game’s lead dev, Ethan Casner, during his Indiegogo campaign in September, when he added a consensual PvP server as a stretch goal as a result of community requests. The game’s most recent patch introduced twitch combat, destructible structures, and a complete refactoring for skills and professions.

We’ve included new screenshots and the early access launch video below.

Source: Facebook, YouTube, patch notes
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DDerpston
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An Overabundance of Cats DDerpston Skyewauker wow you’re really an idiot. The Emu’s aren’t making any money out of running, they’re not a business like Stained Glass, they have nothing to do with this discussion. I’m making noise so buyers can be aware of getting their hopes up and investing only for the game to be shut down because Stained Glass face a law suit they just can’t afford to defend

Or do you think it’s perfectly fine to steal somebody else ideas and work and make money off it ?

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An Overabundance of Cats Skyewauker
That’s funny because Disney doesn’t own the assets, it’s Daybreak Games
(Formerly Sony Online Entertainment) who owns the rights. They also own
patents to certain mechanics within the game that Ethan has copied
directly, he can change the assets all he wants to avoid copyright
infringement but unless he has permission to use Entertainer and
Creature mechanics then he’s breaking patent law and Daybreak are the
type of company who will chase these things

Entertainer Patent – https://patents.google.com/patent/US20100210349A1/en?q=sony+online+entertainment&q=entertainer

Creature Handler Patent – https://patents.google.com/patent/US8241099B2/en?q=sony+online+entertainment&q=creature

Reverse Engineering Patent – https://patents.google.com/patent/US9056246B2/en?assignee=DAYBREAK+GAME+COMPANY+LLC
Pretty
much ever mechanic within SWG has a patent owned by Daybreak and
there’s no way this game is “miles away” from the patent infractions

Avarius
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frozendarkheart It’s like you didn’t even bother reading what the game is about.

GoJammit
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TheDonDude GoJammit Damonvile Well that stinks.

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Gylnne jonny_sage Miserymachine I think its childish to call every pvp game sadistic and do a facepalm, but I guess thats OK around here. Double standard.

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An Overabundance of Cats Skyewauker Detton LordOfBread they probably used all of the donation money to hire smedley :p

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vicariousfan Sorenthaz Skyewauker LordOfBread i actually dont mind that they’re using swg assets for this game. makes things less confusing lol and besides, it’s not a huge team that’s working on this project so patience is definitely key. I like the direction it’s going but my biggest concern will be how combat is handled. will there be state effects akin to swg, will certain weapons attack certain pools, how will toolbar keys be handled if it’s similar to an fps? those seem like things that people should really be interested in because they haven’t released a whole lot about combat.

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TheDonDude GoJammit Damonvile the pve version sounds more like SWG but the pvp server is similar to pre-9 jedi pvp with permadeath and such. i’ll be checking out the pvp server all the way unless there are population issues. swg was all about community so they would have to work it in such a way that allows public gatherings.

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Scin Karetyr Skyewauker Sorenthaz LordOfBread Thats pretty much my only worry too.  Thats all I was saying in the other posts I made here and apparently it made Overabundance blow his ass out over it.

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Skyewauker Sorenthaz LordOfBread The art assets lifted from SWG are placeholders. The developers are slowly replacing SWG transplants with unique assets.

This worried me too initially, but it’s becoming less of an issue.