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Worlds Adrift

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Bossa Studios
Release Date: 2017

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'Worlds Adrift' Available On Steam Early Access - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 17, 2018 @ 2:37 a.m. PDT

Worlds Adrift is an unscripted, sandbox game with real-time physics, set in a world that is permanently changed by players’ actions.

You and your ragtag band wander from island to island on your cobbled-together airship, scouring for lost technology and scavenging for resources. You are constantly trying to improve your ship, keep it fueled, and keep it repaired. Sky predators, storms, and other travelling bands—all of which could be a threat to your ship—will dominate your thoughts. But in the back of your mind, you still ask yourself questions: How did your world become this way? What calamity, a thousand years ago, could have shattered the world into a thousand pieces? Deep down you know that the world was not always this way, and your questions are what drive you onward and upward, towards the endless skyline.

First, Worlds Adrift is set in a persistent, shared multiplayer environment. That means anyone who plays the game will be in the same enormous world. (Due to the increased importance of low latency in a game with physics, however, the current plan is to have separate servers for different geographic regions—we can’t overcome the speed of light, I’m afraid).


Worlds Adrift is available on Steam Early Access for £19.49 / $24.99 / €22.99.

The game came to life as a two day project during one of the company’s well-renowned Game Jams; a monthly event whereby the studio split up into small groups, and dedicate 48 hours to the creation of a new game, at the end of which they vote on which ones should go into development. Scrapping over 95% of all projects, Worlds Adrift is one of the few that made the cut, but what would the community think?

As per the Bossa way, the studio published a short video showcasing the initial build on Youtube and asked the community whether they thought the game should go into development. It was the beginning of a new kind of relationship between studio and community, and formed the foundations of Worlds Adrift’s future development; a journey of co-creation which the community would continue to help shape every step of the way.

We couldn’t have envisioned the sheer level of contribution we would receive from our inspiring community - whether it was feedback via the forums, designs from the Island Creator tool, or simply how deeply they interacted with the world” commented Henrique Olifiers, CEO and co-founder of Bossa Studios. “At times, this completely shifted our production’s scope, and as a result, helped us truly hone Worlds Adrift’s vision.

The Community-Crafted MMO was born. But as well as the direction of the game, players would also help shape the game itself thanks to Bossa’s Island Creator tool; free to download on Steam, players could use over a thousand assets to create their very own island, which would then have the chance to make it into game. Shying away from procedural content - a buzz word at the time - Bossa decided to again put its faith in the community, as it had done with previous titles such as Surgeon Simulator and I am Bread. And now, two years later, with over 10,000 designs already submitted, Worlds Adrift will launch with a world boasting 300 floating islands, nearly all of which have been created by a community member.

But a Community-Crafted MMO is not the only world’s first that Worlds Adrift can lay claim to, as it’s also the very first game to have been built using Improbable’s SpatialOS, allowing players to adventure in a rich, persistent online world. For instance, if a player abandons their ship, it will remain in place forever, that is, until another player ultimately commandeers it or salvage its parts.

Part MMO, part PVP, part Survival, Worlds Adrift is beyond categorisation, built with a singular vision: to give players the freedom to redefine a genre. Offering an entirely user-generated environment, with a completely unscripted style of play, the sheer scale of its scope, and beauty of its design, is an invitation to experiment. Bound only by the laws of physics, the sky truly is the limit!

Explore. Build. Unite.

Secondly, the world will live and breathe. Worlds Adrift will not be an MMORPG as we know them. There are no quest hubs and no NPCs standing around forever, waiting to give you tasks. There are no low-level zones and high-level zones, because there will be no levels. There are no static, choreographed environments and events that replay for every new player.

Instead, there will be creatures that eat and live and die, and trees that grow, and ruins that hold secrets, and wreckage that rusts and rots, all inside a world that doesn’t revolve around you, but that can be permanently affected by your actions. You are a part of the world, and it’s up to you to decide which part that is, and how it relates to all the other parts.

Lastly, the world will behave according to believable physics. Ships are constructed of pieces — each of which can be snapped off if there’s a strong enough impact. Much of the world will also behave like this: creatures, wreckage, loose objects on the ground. And of course there will be plenty of rope physics involved in player movement.


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