Faxion Online is a highly competitive, fully featured MMORPG allows players to become part of the classic struggle between good and evil; but with a twist. A group of industry veterans with significant experience on titles such as Shadowbane, Ultima Online and many others are developing the title. Territory control, an important and deep feature of the game, will sport two main factions - the forces of heaven and hell - where players will engage in grand battles to vie for control of a territory and influence on behalf of their side of the conflict.
Players of Faxion Online will enter a fantasy and war-torn world of Limbo where the forces of Heaven & Hell are engaged in an endless battle for dominance over the realm. Players enter the conflict by joining forces with either Heaven or Hell as they participate in the war. By conquering key locations within a persistent world, the heroes will have the ability to dominate their opponent and claim victory for their faction which will grant them great rewards. Limbo will reflect who rules any given area by displaying the environment through the lens of the faction. When the angels dominate an area, the golden rays of the sun shine down onto lush vegetation under the blue skies, and when demons are in control the world will reflect a hellish red hue where ash and ember fill the air.
An open-world persistent MMORPG, Faxion Online focuses heavily on immersive player versus player (PvP) combat, but also offers a solid player versus environment (PvE) experience that any MMORPG fan will enjoy. The game's robust Territory Control System allows the different "faxions" (representing the sides of good and evil) to constantly battle for the fate of the 7 deadly sins, which make up the seven contested zones in the game. Control of a particular zone --lust, greed, sloth, pride, gluttony, wrath or envy-- determines the nature of that sin, on a sliding gray scale, from positive (generous) to negative (selfish). While Heaven strives to implement virtuous elements of the "sin," Hell prefers the baser, more despicable foibles of man. For example, when Heaven gains control of Pride's control point, its members encourage self-confidence and competence, however, when hell gains control of Pride, the sliding scale shifts to self-important arrogance and disdain.
Faxion Online will feature a wide range of original abilities as a core element of combat and class advancement. In the epic battle between the forces of Heaven and Hell, players will be granted access to abilities regardless of class choice and will be able to strengthen these abilities both on- and offline.
Faxion Online transports players to the timeless and diverse plane of Limbo where they must choose sides in the struggle for Angelic or Infernal dominance of the mortal worlds. This Player-versus-Player focused MMORPG provides players the opportunity to specialize to their preferred play style by learning and mastering abilities of their choosing. While attaining new abilities will be closely related to traditional level gain, improvements to existing skills will be earned through ranks granted through training over time. Players will not need to be logged in to Faxion Online to receive this training.
"We want to ensure an uncomplicated ability system that allows players to queue up training to master the abilities they love while learning new abilities to either specialize their play style or broaden the skill set of their character," said Mike Madden, Creative Director at UTV True Games. "Faxion Online players can expect ease of entry and the opportunity for character advancement whether the player is online or offline."
In the screenshots revealed today, the Faxion Online team has featured Shockwave which releases a sphere of �Force� energy, knocking back nearby opponents and dealing damage. The Tribunal ability is also showcased, allowing the player to flourish their weapon and strike all enemies in range of the attack. Legion, a Hell faction ability, is also included, depicting the chaotic effects of a demonic contagion that sends evil spirits into the victim and any other enemy target standing too close.
Faxion Online will feature approximately 50 abilities per class at launch, allowing for thousands of combat options for the dedicated single-class specialist and the clever multi-classer. Individual abilities will grow in power as they gain ranks over time, though this can be sped-up through micro-transactions. Some abilities and ranks will be limited by the character�s overall level to ensure that each player can have an advantage - but never a guaranteed victory - over another.
Faxion Online is expected to enter public testing stages in late 2010, and players can visit the official website for all the latest details.
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