Palia devs say pre-alpha will be under NDA, won’t talk monetization except to rule out crowdfunding ‘at this time’

    
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On this week’s podcast, Justin, Carlo, and I argued over how to say Palia. The Singularity 6 devs have settled it: It’s PAY-lee-ah. That’s just one of the nuggets of info I stumbled into while surfing around the game’s official Discord, which as we’ve noted already is one of the more wholesome around the MMOverse. Even the meme channel is wholesome; it’s devolved into memes about chuus and chapaas as people wait for the pre-alpha, which if you’re wondering still has not started.

Singularity has, however, been tackling some of the most frequently asked questions since the big reveal of the social MMORPG last week. The devs have clarified that while eventually the game will be on consoles “as soon as possible”; that the pre-alpha will be PC-only; that clothing and hair won’t be gender-locked; that the announcement trailer last week was indeed filmed in-engine; and that they’re still not talking monetization, although they’re definitely not doing crowdfunding “at this time.”

“We want to get as many folks as we can in,” Singularity says of the promised alpha event. “That said, there are some tech limitations we have to keep in mind.” Do note that the pre-alpha will apparently be under some sort of NDA and streaming won’t be permitted, so if you want that sneak peek, you’ll need to wiggle your way in yourself.

We spied a few new pieces of art in there as well, including slides for two of the key NPCs; we’re tucking those down below. Oh, and by the way… they’re still hiring.

Source: Discord, Twitter
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Raleigh-St-Clair
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Raleigh-St-Clair

This one’s got winner written all over it, for the niche it’s going after.

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Sarah Cushaway

Chore simulator is sure to have a cash shop.

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Bruno Brito

Ok, i ask again: What do you want from MMOs?

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Relmharver

No crowdfunding “at this time.” That didn’t take long.

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Minimalistway

It’ll be worse for them to say “never” then do it later, people will never let that go, every post about it there will be at least one commenter who remind everyone that they said “never” but then did it anyway.

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Raleigh-St-Clair

Exactly right. They’re leaving everything open; not because they will necessarily do all those things, but precisely to avoid the “but you said…” gotcha moments that people online seem to live for, rather than just enjoying what’s in front of them. Or jogging on if they don’t.

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Thornhide

Smart move with a console release.

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Rndomuser

Yea it is. A console with crossplay should be something that every developer will develop their game for. It decreases the amount of bots in game (you can’t run botting programs on consoles) and it allows more people to enjoy the game, especially people who can’t afford more expensive PC hardware and don’t want to bother with various issues from various software like drivers on PC. For example, right now anyone can buy something like PS4 Pro used for $200 or so to enjoy FFXIV with crossplay with PC users using keyboard and mouse or controller, it plays with acceptable performance at 1080p and provides extremely easy and user-friendly experience – don’t need to worry about malware and can easily backup or restore all settings in case something fails. PS5 is still expensive due to its rarity but it will get to same price point after a couple of years.

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Adam Babloyan

Golem is only over 3000, not 9000. Trash tier character confirmed.

With that said, it’s just too early to know anything at this point about the actual game.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

You know what the unspoken MVP of No Man’s Sky is? No intrusive cash shop always in your face. If this game can follow that, it’ll be great. Sadly, I think if you want your character to look cool, it’ll all be cash shop fare which would be a bummer.

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> Oh, and by the way… they’re still hiring.

I looked at their listings and I’m actually impressed. Their Senior engineering position does not require X number of game dev experience with Y shipped games.

I’ve long held that the games dev niche has been far too insular and desperately needs to attract from the broader industry pool. I wish them luck.

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_a4

I wonder how they sort Alpha entrants – by time they registered, location or something else… or completely random.

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Fisty

Did you take the survey? In the past, it seems studios usually go with availability, background/experience and rig specs first. Then open it up more broadly after that.

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_a4

I took it, but I doubt they’re looking at each survey individually. Especially the last answer, which is an open one is where you have a chance to influence them.

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Raleigh-St-Clair

Of course they won’t look at the survey individually. They’ll sort them and take 50% of people who answered ‘x’ and ‘y’ and so on. It was very clear there were games on that list very much like what they’re making and games the complete opposite. Highly unlikely they will pull many people from games that are nothing like their offering.