StarForge playable alpha: Minecraft meets Halo

Imagine Minecraft, on an alien planet, where you can build up into space, with vehicles, and guns, and hostile aliens, and laser turrets, and you have a vague idea of what StarForge is shooting for. A very early playable

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Imagine the free-form digging and construction of Minecraft on an alien planet, where you can build up into space, with physics-simulated movement, vehicles, guns, alien wildlife, and laser turrets, and you're coming close to the ideas indie developer CodeHatch is playing with in StarForge. If you're excited, and you should be, you can have a bash in a playable "very early alpha" version. It's rough, certainly, but well worth your attention.

As well as the ubiquitous survival mode, where you must, well, survive on the hostile planet, CodeHatch is planning 'Fort Wars.' The team-based mode will have players gathering resources, building forts, and laying defenses, with the goal of smashing the other team's all-important vats. Sure, you could simply build big guns and smash into them, but you could also tunnel in.

Download the survival mode alpha build here from Shacknews. It may run slowly, and is glitchy and unpolished. The current build also presents you with a white screen for a worrying length of time while it generates the world, but there's enough to be excited about the possibilities.

StarForge will be free-to-play, selling new skins, classes and items which CodeHatch insists will merely offer players more options, rather than make them outright more powerful.

The official site is heavily overloaded right now, but has more information for the patient. Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for pointing out this one. Now, do watch this splendid trailer:

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    May 31, 2012 11:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, StarForge playable alpha: Minecraft meets Halo.

    Imagine Minecraft, on an alien planet, where you can build up into space, with vehicles, and guns, and hostile aliens, and laser turrets, and you have a vague idea of what StarForge is shooting for. A very early playable

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      May 31, 2012 11:14 AM

      This looks really really cool

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      May 31, 2012 11:31 AM

      fap fap fap fap fap

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      May 31, 2012 11:42 AM

      holy shit

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      May 31, 2012 11:51 AM

      Holy shit! Was that a zerg rush?

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      May 31, 2012 12:10 PM

      Downloading right now.

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      May 31, 2012 12:36 PM

      Funny story, I use to own that domain back in the 90s. Figured no big company wanted it after years and years. Glad it went to an indie company.

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        May 31, 2012 12:39 PM

        What were your plans for it?

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          May 31, 2012 12:40 PM

          Porno

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            May 31, 2012 12:57 PM

            Space porno.

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            May 31, 2012 1:01 PM

            Look-a-like celebrities are forced to forge medieval weapons while being anally raped. It's a nice hook.

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              June 1, 2012 11:21 AM

              Yeah, I took that to a dark place... maybe a bit too far. Oh well.

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          May 31, 2012 1:13 PM

          Was just my personal website to "be cool" when I was in my early 20s. The game Wizardry 6 I think was Bane of the Cosmic Forge. Thought it sounded cool so did Starforge. Was going to write a book or something named that.

          Then space porno ;p

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            May 31, 2012 1:16 PM

            Hah, yeah Cosmic Forge... good game by the way.

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      May 31, 2012 1:16 PM

      After trying the alpha I can say the game has a lot of potential, but it's tough to play right now.

      Can't wait to see where this goes...

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        May 31, 2012 4:01 PM

        Yeah I agree. For an early alpha its impressive. I dug a hole in the ground and got stuck awhile figuring it out but had fun doing it. Will watch this one closely.