Woodpunk survival MMO Last Oasis has officially launched on Steam early access

    
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Woodpunk survival MMO Last Oasis is officially live in early access on Steam today – because we don’t have enough apocalypse in our lives right now.

“Set thousands of years in the future, Last Oasis sees players take on the role of unwilling nomads who must navigate the passing oases of a dangerous and devolved planet Earth. Long ago, a cataclysmic event destroyed the moon and halted the Earth’s rotation, plunging the planet into two extreme environments, with one habitable strip of land between desert and ice. Now, nomads must traverse the unforgiving planet on walkers: wooden, wind-powered machines and mobile bases that can be adapted for travel, transportation, harvesting, and combat. In Last Oasis the sun burns the land in the west, turning it to dust. In order to stay ahead of the obliterating sun, nomads must explore new territories that slowly emerge on the eastern horizon, where the Earth has long been frozen in impenetrable ice. The remnants of humanity also built a large waking city, Flotilla, now the Earth’s only civilisation. Nomads must gather resources, fight with warring clans and do whatever it takes to keep the city moving or it will be lost. Keep moving, the world is dying.”

Studio Donkey Crew has dropped the price for the next week – specifically, it says, to encourage people to stay home during the pandemic. “For the next 7 days, players will receive a 17% launch discount, after which Last Oasis will be priced at $29.99 (or regional equivalent).” That makes it just under $25 here in the US.

We’ve got the new trailer down below; you can also check out our deep-dive into the game from earlier this week!

Source: Press release

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Dug From The Earth

I really wish the genre would move away from these no effort (on the creators part) game play loops.

The ONLY creativity that exists in these games is the theme/setting they take place in. In this game, its the “wooden walkers”… which is cool, but is in no way a gameplay or mechanics innovation on the genre.

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Jon Wax

Early Access?

No.

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FailingToComply

I was playing in the pre-launch, before the hoards hit the game – and while the concept is really interesting, I love the Walkers, and the scale of the environments – it’s going to suffer from the same fate as games such as Worlds Adrift – ie, it takes quite a long time to gather mats for your next walker, something that is wiped out in one single swing of a sword from a player you didn’t even see coming – removing any chance to fight back. Players who want to build in order to defend themselves will be prevented from doing so, by the bands of players who ‘got there first’, and now simply go around ganking every new player they can find, over and over until they quit and uninstall – leaving you with a population of players that won’t PVP cos they don’t want a fair fight, and they’ll wander off to the next shiny thing, leaving the game more desolate than the landscape.

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Random MMO fan

Does not look very interesting from what I have seen on Twitch streams.

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Steve Fury

Whenever I see “early access”. I really see “This is game going nowhere.”

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Ozzie

I’ve been following this for awhile because it’s such a cool theme. Survival games are wildly inconsistent (especially Early Access ones, well…is there any other kind?) so I’m surprised it launched to Positive rating. I told myself I’d check it out, so I took the leap. Hope the game turns out well for everyone.

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Schmidt.Capela

I suspect this has much to do with the game’s advertisement putting its PvP credentials front and first, instead of burying information about that in the back. This means that people that would be put off by the game’s PvP don’t even get it, and thus don’t leave a negative review due to PvP shenanigans.

You can easily see this same thing happening with some other indie games. Many games that would be rated quite poorly if you asked the general public get stellar notes on Steam when they are honest and upfront about what the game is about, because then only people who effectively want to play such a game purchase it and get a chance to review it on Steam.

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Robert Mann

To some extent, there’s a lot of people still complaining about it and asking about PvE servers, offline modes, etc.