MMO fans will recall that Dual Universe and studio Novaquark burst onto the scene way back in 2016, promising to basically be EVE Online but way better, with a single-shard PvP focus spread out over a broad multi-planet, multi-surface, deeply economic and political sandbox. It pulled in €565,983 in Kickstarter funding in 2017 and has spent the last few years in various stages of pre-alpha and alpha, suffering delays but also seeing cash infusions from investors along the way. Perhaps its most interesting feat so far came in 2019, when it put 30,000 simulated players on the same planet.
You can already buy your way into the ongoing alpha for $60 (minimum) if you just can’t wait for beta; that alpha is still under NDA. According to Gamespot, the beta itself will also cost you something – in the form of a sub.
“Starting at a monthly subscription of $6.99, the beta will have a range of different pricing models. The three month subscription is set at $20.97, six months will be $36.44, and 12 months will be $69.90.”
For those of you that didn't know, purchasing an Alpha pack will also give you full access to Beta without having to pay for a monthly subscription. Alpha packs will remain on sale for a limited time only! #DualUniverse
— Dual Universe (@dualuniverse) July 8, 2020