BitCraft is a new upcoming MMORPG promising a procedural sandbox environment for players

    
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Oh, hey.

So, want a new sandbox to look forward to? BitCraft has shown up as a new procedurally generated wide-open sandbox for players to explore, with the focus apparently leaning far on exploration and social interaction rather than combat. Players will be able to craft their own towns, explore the aforementioned large world, level up a variety of different skills, and eventually work together and join towns and settlements with other players in a strategic bond. It all sounds quite expansive and ambitious, but sharp-eyed readers of the official site will note a lack of anything talking about battles or confrontation.

The team behind the game lacks any sort of big names, but Clockwork Labs is quick to point out that the team is funded by venture capital rather than any other means, including investments from Hilmar Petursson (of CCP Games fame), David Helgason (Unity founder), Ian Livingston (co-founder of Games Workshop and Eidos), and Ed Fries (former Microsoft gaming VP). That’s in addition to a number of venture capital firms investing in the company. We covered this particular round of funding a while back, although at the time the project had not been named. So it seems safe to assume there will be no crowdfunding associated with the title; if that’s the reassurance you were looking for, you can check out the official site and sign up for testing, or watch the trailer just below.

Source: Official Site via IGN
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Sarah Cushaway

Support shady crypto miners and GPU scalpers?

Nah :) not gonna happen, sorry.

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Lethality

Not even close to what this is. Should read a bit, instead of jerking the knee.

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mars omg

can only be a sandbox if it has pvp ! :) take a better look at the video, as the player left with 2 others, the player is the only one walking to the treasure ;)

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Sarah Cushaway

SWG calls BS on that :)

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Rndomuser

Cute art style and it’s good that the game wants to focus on socializing instead of being another loot grinder. However, if these numbers are accurate, it means they have a tiny team working on it:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/clockwork-labs/

And since the game is MMORPG, that means the game will most likely be a failure, unless, of course, they’ll be able to secure $50+ mil and will expand in a significant way. Or unless it will be turned into mobile game with typical monetization model for such games.

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Fisty

In recent years, tiny companies have made some of the best and highest grossing games out. Specifically, these types of games.

I would also hope they monetize something, cause you have to make money somehow.

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Rndomuser

I don’t know of any tiny company like these making a successful and popular MMORPG, which is the type of games that is much more complicated than something like Divinity or similar types of game. All I see are failures or “not yet a failure but most likely will be” like Crowfall, Pantheon, Camelot Unchained and others. And companies which did get successful, like Sandbox Interactive who created Albion Online, were not as tiny as this one and most likely had a larger funding.

Fisty
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Fisty

There are like 10 MMORPG’s that are “popular”. There are definitely a lot more smaller MMO’s and that’s probably all you’re going to get. So, change the bar for failure and accept smaller MMO’s.

Games like Stardew and Valheim show people want to play these games from smaller studios, with friends.

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EmberStar

I’d rather play Valheim or Ark single player or with maybe a couple people I know in real life than to ever experience them as “online multiplayer experiences.” Been there, done that, lost my little hodge-podge space station made of ships that I’d built and Connector Locked to each other because real life happened and the decay timer clock counted down before I could log back in.

No, I didn’t ragequit because of PVP. Despite the fact that one of the PVP ganker factions had sworn to kill me on sight because I kept helping people they blew up, they never found me. Turns out “several cubic AU of space” is a LOT of space to search for someone who doesn’t want visitors.

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rk70534

Casual PvE sandboxes appear to be the next big MMO thing…

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angrakhan

I’m genuinely interested in how this game does. I’ll definitely play it to try it for myself, but it begs this question:

We have been sold from the days of table top DnD that RPGs and later MMORPGs had to be about combat, but do they? Is there a market out there for a different kind of game and gamer? A gamer that’s not focused on domination in a zero sum environment, but rather a gamer that wants to explore, build, and be a part of a cooperative environment greater than the sum of its parts.

I really want to know the answer.

Fisty
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Fisty

It’s me. I’m the market. We do exist.

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EmberStar

I’d probably be in that demographic, if I was looking for an MMO to play. (I am currently not looking – I have Ark and Space Engineers and Kerbal Space Program, and Star Trek Online is *more* than filling my life to capacity with grind to finish the events. (Because there’s *always* a time limited event with exclusive, never-again-for-free rewards.)

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Slaasher

Minecraft.
Combat yes, but not really.

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TomTurtle

I adore the art style and the wanderlust feeling of that trailer.

I’m not sure what to make of the deemphasis on combat. It’ll still be there, but it’s not clear to what extent aside from hunting. As much as I’m intrigued by the other activities, I’d still like some engaging combat gameplay in an MMO to enjoy.

Looking at both the trailer and the website, the camera seems to be, for lack of a better term, top down which I’m not that fond of.

Your town needs leadership and structure. Play the politics and climb the ladder to the top! Become the sovereign of your town, reward your friends and punish your enemies. Rally your citizens to build the most advanced town, and compete to make it the capital city of your empire!

I hope they know what they’re doing here because it sounds like it’ll boil down to your typical mega-guilds. It sounds ripe for abuse too.

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Fisty

This looks so good! I love seeing new games that appear to be made just for me!