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Face of Mankind Officially Announced - Screens & Features

by Thomas on July 8, 2002 @ 10:00 p.m. PDT

Face of Mankind is a upcoming massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) "developed by Duplex Systems" within a persistent world. Thousands of players throughout the world can compete in this realistic and futuristic world of the 24th century. It combines an epic story-driven mission system over years with a complex economic system which can also affect the story deeply. Check out the announcement and some screenshots of the game surroundings in Face of Mankind.

Update: Duplex Systems was so kind and send over TWO NEW screens for us. Read more below!

[ DUPLEX SYSTEMS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES THE DEVELOPMENT OF ITS MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE GAME FACE OF MANKIND ]

Duplex Systems proudly announces the development of its breathtaking massively multiplayer online roleplaying game named Face of Mankind to the public. Duplex Systems is a Frankfurt/Germany based developer specialized on online games.

UNIQUE FEATURES

Face of Mankind will revolutionize the area of online games and add many unique gameplay features to the genre.

[-] Face of Mankind combines a real-time first person shooter feeling with a complex economic system and everything is surrounded by an epic story.

[-] There a 5 huge cities, each consisting of different zones, and many distant colonies in outer space.

[-] It has an ever evolving plot that changes as the players do, and so it always feels like you are a part of something.

[-] FoM has a very sophisticated ranking system that is more a form of structured stages than experience levels, although experience plays a part in increasing players ranks. The system includes a comprehensive mission system. Each of these missions can be very complex and multilayered and last up to one week or longer.

[-] There are 10 individual organisations: 3 government institutions, 4 companies and 3 main clans, all controlled by players and each of them having their own campaigns with unlimited conflicts and relations between them, beyond the simple good and bad stereotypes.

[-] Becoming a member of one of the 4 companies introduces one of the most unique feature of Face of Mankind and for this game genre: An Economic System.

[-] The economic system will influence all the game elements, even the story itself. This brings a lot more new features into this genre and combines tactical and strategic gaming elements with action and combats.

[-] The economic system is composed of three sections: Mining, Production and Financing & Sales. Mining consists of diminishing raw materials from the outer planets and making a profit from these raw materials. Production is the part where these materials are produced into lots of different objects and components. Finally, Financing & Sales will be the task to efficiently offer products on the markets ahead of its competition.


EXCITING BACKGROUND STORY

The team of Duplex Systems made a lot of efforts to create a persuasive and always surprising background story. Throughout the entire game the player will always be a part of the continuing story, which is not scripted or computer controlled in any way. It is human controlled and always adapted after current player events in the game world. So, the player will influence and change the story.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Duplex Systems licensed technologies from LithTech, Inc., a Kirland/USA based 3D engine developer, and Lyra Studios, Inc., a Los Angeles based developer of the networking engine Destinations. Both companies have major experiences in their respective sectors with technologies proved over many years.

The official game site is available HERE!

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