Actiony survival sandbox MMORPG Population Zero has officially opened for business on Steam as an early access title this afternoon. As we’ve previously covered, the title includes PvE, crafting, building, and exploration, set against the background of switchable two-faction PvP, a significant change to the game’s original more open PvP layout.
“Population Zero is a unique game that caters to players who appreciate robust PvP or PvE action and the chance to explore an alien world. Action-combat is the centerpiece whether taking on local inhabitants or fellow players. Other features include expansive tech trees, robust building systems, a unique perk system, and a robust multi-disciplinary crafting system, to name a few. Freedom is key in Population Zero as players land on Kepler, a single planet hosting alien species that can be examined, fought, or simply avoided out of fear. The Perk System provides tons of player agency to create a unique character using the skills they want. In short, there are no rules when it comes to playing Population Zero.”
We asked Enplex Games about PZ’s PvP specifically back in February. “If you look closer at every major survival game coming out this year, each one of them will have PvP tamed down in one way or another,” Enplex told us. “One can even view this as a way of dealing with different displays of toxicity, or cyberbullying in general. I believe that we have found the sweet spot between extreme, hardcore conditions and casual, newcomer-friendly approach, and as of now there are no plans to lean towards either of the poles. We are holding the middle ground.”
Check out all of the coverage we’ve done for the game along the way, including multiple interviews and our hands-on with the game from PAX East earlier this year, and then feast your eyeballs on the new early access trailer.