New Dawn, a survival sandbox set in the 1800s, has launched into Steam early access

    
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New Dawn – not to be confused with Darkfall New Dawn or Osiris New Dawn or Star Trek Online’s New Dawn – is hitting Steam’s early access this week after a lengthy period in closed alpha.

We began watching the game two years ago, when we described it as a “survival sandbox that puts players in the role of South American natives in the 1800s who must fend off pirates while living off the land,” complete with “interesting mechanics, such as taming horses, being killed in your sleep while you’re offline, and a slavery system with the NPCs.” It ran an unsuccessful Kickstarter in 2017, which raised only 4.4% of its $82K goal before it was canceled by Italian developer e-visualsoft.

“At the moment, New Dawn is in Pre-Beta stage, many game mechanics are complete and we have a solid base in programming, which allows us to add new content quickly,” the devs told followers this weekend.

“The game is stable and performs quite well. In its current state you are much more likely to find a game breaking balance issue than a game breaking bug. Many core mechanics and features are present and polished. Keep in mind that a Steam Early Access game is not completely finished, polished or fully optimized. We hope you understand that as New Dawn is still in active development you may witness the odd bug, and features are subject to change. Now with your support, we plan to build an even more unique and exciting experience filled with fun moments.”

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Source: Steam, Kickstarter, official site

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mysecretid

Previously, I quickly burned out on any game with zombies in it.

Recently, I burned out on survival sandbox games.

These days, I’m seconds away from burning out on battle royale games — and I haven’t even played one yet! The general hype out there feels relentless …

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Cartman voice….
“no…more…kickstarter…mmo…sandboxes…”
Now I wanna find some battle royale. Fuck’s sakes.

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Robert Mann

…being killed in your sleep while you’re offline…

Interesting? Nope. But it sure does make a TON of people avoid the game!

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Hey it worked in The Last Jedi.
WHOMP WHOMP

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nvidia

“Our kickstarter failed at 4.4%, demonstrating an extreme lack of interest in this game. Let’s make it anyway.”

This one is going to be a smash hit, just you wait.

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Tandor

It’ll be killing off your character in his sleep while you’re offline that will pull the players in. I can’t think why that hasn’t been done before!

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I have enough issues with sex when the cats are accidentally left in the room.
“jingle jingle meow…”
This? No I could not explain this to my partner.

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Morpayne

Slavery? Here we go with “rabble rabble I won’t play cuz history is offensive rabble rabble!!”

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Sana Tan

Talking about history though… I wonder why those southamerican natives look like northamerican ones.

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Doubleplusgood

oh I am sure there are some that will like being a slave

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Oleg Chebeneev

God, somebody make a new trend. This invasion of survival sandboxes that hardly differ from each has to stop.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

“interesting mechanics, such as taming horses, being killed in your sleep while you’re offline, and a slavery system with the NPCs.”

I’ll let you guess which part of that quote is 100% the reason I’ll never play it.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

I have a dog irl. Because of that, no one is even coming up my driveway on foot and she isn’t barking her head off. If I am offline I have ZERO way to respond to my character dying in a game? That’s a huge pass from me.

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Ket Viliano

I think the new PvO, Player vs. Offline game play is innovative and unique.

Think of it as a player retention mechanism, … once you start playing, you can’t quit!

:P

“Do you like playing videogames? Do you like playing alot? Well, you had better, because now you will be stuck playing FOREVER!”

What is not to like? :P

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Bruno Brito

Sounds like PvE but when you kill a mob, a player somewhere gets a slap on their face.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

haha!