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Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Drago Entertainment
Release Date: Sept. 9, 2016

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'Otherland' Celebrates Franchise's 21st Anniversary With Upcoming UI Revamp, Expansion

by Rainier on Feb. 23, 2018 @ 2:36 a.m. PST

Otherland is an Unreal Engine 3 powered massively multiplayer online game, based on the best-selling novels by fantasy author Tad Williams.

In Otherland, based on the bestseller novels by Tad Williams, players explore a series of virtual worlds, each with highly diverse graphics but connected via an overarching storyline: The fantasy world “Eight Squared”, the cyber-punk inspired “Bad Sector”, the Asian “Five Isles” and the SciFi planet “Mars”. The “Lambda Mall” functions as the central hub for players to socialize, complete with Bars, shops and personal player apartments.

Thanks to its setting, Otherland features several innovations for MMOs, among them the eDNA of NPCs, Avatars and Items as well as the “MyLand”-system for clans...

Otherland features a gear diversity matching the extensive character customization choices. Each simulation offers distinctive looking gear fitting the setting of the particular game world. On top of that, vendors in the major social hub called Lambda Mall offer additional looks and tons of vanity outfits.
Gear can also be crafted using SOMAforges and various gear can have sockets to be outfitted with a wide range of mods allowing players to further customize their gear’s stats. To craft items, players use various types of a resource named SOMA. SOMA can either be gathered or players can add SOMA Labs to their U|Spaces to grow SOMA on their own.

1997 saw the publication of “City of Golden Shadows”, the first novel of the acclaimed and best-selling OTHERLAND tetralogy by Tad Williams, that has become a lynchpin of cyberspace-related Science Fiction literature. 

21 years later the MMO game that brought Williams’ fascinating virtual multiverse to PCs is celebrating the coming of age of its source material with a maturation process of its own.

Developer DRAGO Entertainment has already made great improvements to the games entry, tutorial, combat, class skills, character customization and overall performance while entirely overhauling complete game zones like Lambda Mall and Bad Sector. Currently the UI is undergoing a complete redesign slated to be released in Summer.

Furthermore the developer is working on a series of quality of life improvements and a large content expansion.

Key Features:

  • Quest-driven MMORPG with 4 character classes in PvE and PvP
    • The Warrior: The Warrior is a heavy melee combat class. Large two-handed weapons, massive armours and a specialised set of abilities allow the Warrior to not only dish out damage all around, but also take significant of damage.
    • The Assassin: The Assassin is a light melee combat class. Assassins specialise in sneaking in the shadows and attacking opponents when least expected. A wide range of abilities and attacks support a fast combat pace to control the fight and finish opponents before the assassin can be harmed.
    • The Marksman: The Marksman is a ranged class specialising in using a wide range of rifles and bows to deliver targeted damage from far away. The Marksman is also equipped with skills to keep enemies at bay by planting traps and knocking back approaching threats.
    • The Energizer: The Energizer is a ranged class specializing in energy manipulation. Their weapons perform the dual function of both healing other players and delivering high damage to enemies. The Energizer has the ability to convert their own health to healing energy and skills to tag multiple targets allowing for both group heals and non-targeted damage.
  • Action-based combat with WASD-controls and Mouse-aiming
  • Outstanding virtual reality scenario with 5 uniquely designed worlds and a strong story, based on Tad Williams' bestselling novels
  • eDNA: Players craft items and clone NPCs based on their virtual DNA
  • USpace: Personal housing – customize, grow resources and defend against other players
  • ClanLand: Clans develop their own worlds and protect them in clan wars

Otherland is available for free on Steam.

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