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

Just keep building, just keep building.

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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