Welcome back to another brief roundup of MMOs and other online games you’ve (probably) never heard of.
Astroflux is an interesting one that came across our desk this week. It appears to be a free-to-play Steam port of a browser MMO, with retro sci-fi shooter graphics – developer Fula Fisken calls them “cozy arcade graphics paired with modern awesome particle effects,” which actually seems fair. “You start the game with a puny ‘pew-pew’-ship and start your journey to explore the huge Astroflux Universe. Team up with other players and take down the aggressive bosses and hordes of enemies while you search for new materials and scraps to upgrade your ship.” (Thanks, Morgan!)
Star Sonata has been mentioned in this roundup before, but it’s probably still deserving of a place here. It’s an indie sci-fi sandbox MMO with big ambitions for 2019, starting with a redesign of the ships classed as Fighters. (Thanks, Panagiotis!)
Finally, we’ve got Mankind Reborn, which bills itself as a “player-driven cyberpunk MMO.” If you stretch your brain back to 2015, you’ll recall that Face of Mankind was an early-aughts sandbox MMO that sunsetted because, as the creators said at the time, the game was just too old to create meaningful content with higher-end graphics people expect. Enter Mankind Reborn, a clear spiritual successor, which is promising a persistent universe, player economy, PvP, political machinations, and sweet graphics.