So here’s a funny coincidence: Astaria is launching today on Steam! And Astellia is also launching today on Steam! This couldn’t go wrong at all, no sir. This post, however, is about Astaria. It was meant to launch early access nearly a year ago, which is the last time we covered it, but it in the ensuing months it was clearly held back so the solo developer could flesh it out more. The game definitely evokes a hardcore and old-school design, with a major focus on group content.
“Astaria is a hardcore fantasy MMORPG with emphasis on social communities, crafting, party combat, territory capture and player vs. developer (PvD). The game’s hardcore aspects focus on difficulty, more weight behind combat, item loss (on death or breaking), logistics (food, bandages, ammo, reagents, durability) and the inability to grow too powerful. The story is developed based on how players unfold major events or defeat cataclysmic bosses.”
The formal launch is set for Q2 of 2021, so it’ll be in early access about a year from today. It is expected to be buy-to-play, with free content updates and expansions. “The game’s base price is all you need to play competitively,” the dev at PlayAstaria says. “You will never have to feel like you need to buy direct power/shortcuts.”