Japanese survival sandbox Craftopia is hitting closed alpha in July and I want it

    
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Japanese survival sandbox Craftopia is hitting closed alpha in July and I want it

All MOP’s Tyler had to do was say two words to me this weekend – crafting MMO – and Craftopia was instantly on my radar as something I want to try. It’s not being called an MMO, mind you; Japanese developer Pocket Pair is calling it an “open world survival crafting game.” But it does offer offline singleplayer, but we’re guessing it’s the crossplatformy online co-op/PvP multiplayer that will grab everyone else’s attention too. Here’s the pitch:

“Craftopia is the brand new multiplayer open-world survival action game. We have imagined what would happen when we combine our favorite video games altogether. Chop trees and mine stones as in sandbox, explore the world as in open-world, fight the hunger as in survival, cultivate and harvest as in farming, collect loots in dungeons as in hack-and-slash, automate activities as in factory management, hunt monsters and creatures as in hunting action, cast magical spells as in fantasy RPG. Now we have a utopia for all of us. That is Craftopia.”

The industrial components set the game apart from a lot of other hum-drum survival sandboxes, as do the cutesy (but not voxelbox) graphics; there’s also fishing, vehicles, animal breeding, dungeoning, and over a hundred other skills to work on.

The devs has originally hoped to release early access in June, while Steam had marked the release date for July, but this morning, the devs clarified that it’ll be the closed alpha that arrives on July 27th. The delay is chalked up to an overwhelming amount of interest and remote work due to COVID-19.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Interesting combo of sci-fi and fantasy elements.
Hoverboards and dragons? I dig it.

Just hoping there’s a cohesive feeling to the game, instead of being a “what’s cool” grab bag.

I don’t like open world PVP, so if it has that, I’d never play it. b
But, if there’s a single player mode, I’d be interested.

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Robert Mann

Holy Cowabunga! (I had to?) Now on to more serious matters…

Automation… makes me leery of games. Especially with other people. It tends to turn into “We automated everything, so now you can use more stuff from the automation to make more automated stuff to get more stuff to repeat the cycle.”

It ends with not playing the game, instead of just adding a little convenience. Which isn’t a wrong way to play, if that’s your thing… but it is not my way to play, and if it’s happening it tends to be so superior to manual methods that it ruins the game for me. That said, I don’t automatically dismiss games because I have seen some that keep it toned down enough to be reasonable. It’s just not common to see that be the case.

The rest of this could be pretty good, or it could be rather hum-drum. Tough to tell.

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silverlock

Hell yeah count me in.

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cursedseishi

I have to say, this stuff isn’t a big thing for me…

But that automation? It looks… beefy

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Fisty

I like the BotW visuals and am an open world, sandbox, survival nut. So, there’s a good chance I’ll waste 30 bucks on it.

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Nemui Byakko

Awesome! I will definitely try it.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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mmm mmm good.jpg
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Fisty

Delicious.

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Utakata

Have a cow, man? o.O

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Schlag Sweetleaf

:) /winning Uta :)

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Utakata

After a few of my comments from yesterday where way missing the mark, this comes much appreciated. /bows

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PanagiotisLial1

Dont judge….I read it first “Craptopia” when I came from work and I was like “hmmm…..?”. Shows my eyes are tired

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Paragon Lost

LOL! I came to post this very thing but thought I’d read before posting. Good to know it wasn’t just me with tired eyes!

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squid

Screenshots look…off. Like they’re all comps or a mash-up of assets from different games. Despite that, I was kind of on board until I saw that one with the tank.

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When I saw tanks and gliders and sci-fi/fantasy epic anime swords, I lost interest. This doesn’t stand out one bit from the rest of the survival sandbox games … at least that’s how I see it.