We last covered the ambitious sci-fi MMO Dual Universe after diving into a live demo that NovaQuark hosted for us and there's some new big news for those interested in the game's future along with a major milestone set to go live in a few months. First, due to the positive status of the current build, Novaquark's investors are adding an additional $3.5 million to the game's funding. This, along with the crowdfunding money, brings the total to $11 million. Not only has Novaquark also set the Dual Universe alpha launch date for November 2018, the team has revealed the development roadmap all the way up to 2020. All Kickstarter supporters will be given access to the alpha version of the game before the end of 2018.
First Contact in November is the next major point of development for Dual Universe. At this point, the game will open up to those with alpha access so they test out the vehicle building, base building, and world-shaping. Resource harvesting and interactive-component crafting will also be available. 2019 will ultimately be the major test for the development as the full feature set is slowly rolled out, including factories and PvP combat, with the beta set to launch in early 2020. The "Awakening" should go down in the tail end of 2020 barring any issues.
Props to the Novaquark team for giving the public a realistic look at the game's roadmap. It's a great expectation setter for those already invested and those considering checking it out. It's also very smart when similar games like No Man's Sky and Star Citizen have garnered bad blood by not being forthcoming with information one way or another. In the dev video above, the team states that the additional funding will be used to grow the company and "keep delivering towards the release." Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.