Player-run Open Perpetuum goes fully free-to-play on Steam

    
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Care for a little free-to-play sandbox gaming? How about one where you are a robot in an open world? If you’ve been curious about the game Open Perpetuum but didn’t want to buy in, you’ll now no longer have to do so as the devs have announced (in a rather brusque manner) that the game will be free-to-play and is asking for people to “stop pestering [them] about it.” That’s it. That’s the announcement.

The game’s official dev blog offers a bit more than the Steam announcement in terms of context, which effectively boils down to that it was simply time to make it happen, though the post still keeps some of its passive-aggressive tone in terms of disbelief that the paywall was a limiting factor in the game’s population growth.

“After we’ve recouped some of the costs of the initial server shutdown, it no longer seemed fair to ask money for a multiplayer game that’s essentially entirely operated by the community itself – while we could justify it by still occasionally patching the game when really major bugs appeared, this has become so uncommon that the justification has become thinner and thinner.

“Going free has been something that you’ve been asking for a while – understandably – and one of the main arguments was that it’s the only thing that’s standing in the way of a large player population. If this is really the case, then challenge accepted – impress me.”

For a bit of context, Open Perpetuum is the player-operated version of the original sandbox MMO Perpetuum, which was shut down by developer Avatar Creations in 2018 but kept alive by the Open Perpetuum Project — a project that, we should point out, was permitted by the original devs. The game has been operating for a fair while now and even recently celebrated its third anniversary.

sources: Steam, official site, thanks to Anton for the tip!
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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Really bums me out. I downloaded it and the size of the text for the menus/UI/chatbox is WAY too small for me. Like unreadable small. I’d really love to give it a shot but everything I saw about it, the only way to kind of change it was the resolution and even that wasn’t great.

I wish nothing but the best for these devs/fans, but it’s unplayable at 1440p or 4K for an old guy with failing eyesight like me.

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Inda Perpetuum

Sorry to hear that, only solution is to play on lower resolution, we wish the Volunteer DEV team could change the text size, hence that is one of the most anticipated change.

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Jlish OPP

you can try using a 3rd party tool. some in the community have create a guide to do it. https://perpetuum.miraheze.org/wiki/Client_UI_Scaling

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Zero_1_Zerum

PVP or PVE?

Sandbox usually = PVP gankbox, but a guy can dream of a PVE (no nonconsensual PVP) sandbox.

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Inda Perpetuum

Both, there are full loot PVP at the outher islands, but inner safe, only PVE!

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Brinto Sfj

“It’s free now so stop pestering us!” HAHAHAHA… that is the most straightforward developer response to player demand I have ever seen.

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Inda Perpetuum

This is one of the biggest news we get! That is a lifetime opportunity come and enjoy the game now as it is free all the way down!

If any questions let us know!

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Hey check out my comment here. I’d love to play this or know if you have plans to have scalable text any time soon.

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Inda Perpetuum

Sadly the Volunteer DEV team can not change the client so the text size also can not changed, sadly, we would change that.

You are welcome to play though!

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NeoWolf

I played it when it was in beta, and when it was first released, it’s a nice little game that is very much a Robot oriented EVE online game and it shares many similarities.

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Greaterdivinity

The neat little mech game I’ve always liked but never played, even though I own it! You know what, maybe I’ll install it and finally give it a whirl, gotta do my part to impress the devs I suppose.