Supporter Packs Open Dual Universe's Massive Space Sandbox To More Players

There are three tiers available with a collection of goodies to bring in some additional funding for the ambitious title.

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Dual Universe launched off into pre-Alpha in October 2017, introducing their community to the single-server, massive space exploration game from development studio Novaquark. The ambitious title is being crowdfunded by over 10,000 backers, but is now opening up to its next wave of adopters with the new Supporter Packs.

The new packs can include giftable beta keys, cosmetic items, dual-access-coupons, and in-game currency that earns the player a year’s worth of monthly access to Dual Universe. Since September, Novaquark has held 15 playtests and supporters will also have chance to participate in testing the mechanics available in the current test version. Dual Universe’s final product will be one to rival other space sandbox games like Elite: Dangerous, Star Citizen, Space Engineers, Kerbal Space Program, and No Man’s Sky. It will do so with a diverse and deep set of gameplay mechanics, most of which will be available during the current tests.

There are a few features that are fully available in the test version that the supporter packs give players access to immediately and one particular mechanic that is only partially available for the time being.

Fully Available

  • UNIVERSE (available in test version): The first fully editable universe made for players by players. The only limit is your imagination! Gather your friends and build on a truly epic scale, from ships, cities and space stations, to Lua scripted puzzles and interactive constructs.
    MASSIVE (available in test version): Dual Universe is the first game where potentially millions of players can interact together simultaneously, inside the same giant universe. We call it the Continuous Single Shard Cluster (CSSC) technology. This proprietary technology means no multi-server player separation, instances or loading times, just one enormous, persistent universe.

Partial Available

  • EXPLORATION (partially available in test version): Explore & Discover new worlds with your friends, find rare resources and build the greatest place in the universe. Will you be a nomad treasure hunter, or a calculating profiteer?

Beyond these features, the realistic economy mechanic, the combat system, and politics are works-in-progress. The economy in will be player run from top-to-bottom, from weapons to giant space stations. Warfare in Dual Universe will involve players fighting for geostrategic or resource advantages on the planets. In addition to your spaceships, players will be able to build defense systems for cities and space stations. The political aspect will involve the game’s version of clans or guilds, but in the form of organizations.

The individual pledge tiers can be viewed on the official Dual Universe website and range from $60 (Contributor Pack) to $180 (Patron Pack). Let us know in the Chatty if this game peaks your interest.

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