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Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Dynamight Studios

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'Fractured' Kickstarter Campaign Unveils Stretch Goals

by Rainier on July 18, 2018 @ 5:25 p.m. PDT

Fractured is a sandbox MMORPG built upon the cloud-based virtual world-building platform SpatialOS, which will provide the game with a seamless universe and an unprecedented level of interaction with the environment.

Fractured is the first open-world sandbox MMORPG mixing action combat with fully interactable environments, appealing equally to lovers of competitive and cooperative gameplay. Jump right into the fray from day one. Defeat your enemies through your own skill and cleverness, not equipment or level.

Gather resources, craft, trade and venture into legendary travels as a solitary hero, or start a settlement with your guild and grow it into the next empire.

Fractured plans to bring together the best of Action RPGs and Sandbox MMOs, two genres that haven’t been successfully matched before. On one hand the game will feature a highly skill-based combat system that rewards tactics, reflexes and nimbleness of fingers; on the other hand, the user will be immersed in a fully player-driven economy, with an emphasis on realistic resource management, crafting and advanced world colonization features.

On top of that, Dynamight Studios wants to broaden its audience by allowing new players to be competitive from day one, by getting rid of the “grinding” mechanics that characterize the genre, and by implementing innovative rules on player interactions.

With 9 days to go, Dynamight Studios' Fractured kickstarter campaign has reached 80% of its $116,561 goal, and the devs decided to reveal details on the possible stretch goals. They include several non-core features such as an instanced, survival-based dungeon crawler to hunt for cosmetic rewards, a racial evolution for Humans, Fishing, and Animal Taming.

The stretch goals are split into two categories:

  • Pledge-based. They’re unlocked based on the total amount pledged. They consist of new secondary game features. The word “secondary” doesn’t mean they’re not very cool of course, but that all the core features of the game are already included in the basic goal. The funding for pledge-based stretch goals will continue on our website once the campaign is over if some of them don’t get unlocked now.
  • Backer-based. They’re unlocked based on the total number of backers. They consist of cosmetic rewards given for free to all our backers. They’re a Kickstarter exclusive – only for Kickstarter backers, and only unlocked during the campaign!

$110,000: Labyrinth Dungeon Crawler (a hardcore survival challenge in a procedurally-generated dungeon)

The Labyrinth is a type of dungeon that can be found in the insides of asteroids. It can be accessed by solo players or groups up to 5 people after completing a unique ritual in the world. The ritual is fairly complex, and has to be performed without holding any item – neither equipped nor in the inventory, aside from Labyrinth tokens.

Once the ritual is completed, the group is sent to the entrance of the Labyrinth, where players have a chance to exchange tokens for basic equipment by talking to the Guardian, or just proceed into the dungeon fully naked (ok, you can keep your underwear).

The dungeon is procedurally-generated from different rooms and instantiated for the group. It might feature multiple levels (once the stretch goals have been unlocked), each one using a unique set of rooms. It doesn’t contain only powerful hostile creatures and bosses, but also riddles, activities for stealth players, and resources that can be gathered to craft equipment and other items.

If a player dies in the Labyrinth, it can only be resurrected by a teammate. If all the members of a group are dead, the timer runs out, or vote for leaving, the adventure is over, and players are sent back to the entrance. If coming out alive, a player can bring home all he was wearing and all he has managed to fit in his inventory.

The biggest reward of the Labyrinth? Unique tokens that can be exchanged for weapon skins, armor skins, mount skins, pet companions and other cosmetic rewards – or used to boost the next Labyrinth challenge, as mentioned before!

650 Backers: Baby dragon hatchling

$120,000: Lich Transformation (A unique racial evolution for your human characters)

It’s a well-known fact: the Human race craves for knowledge and power, and to get it they are ready to open doors that should better stay closed. The door of the Afterlife is one of them.

The path that leads a Human to turn into a Lich is long and tortuous, as much as the one leading from Beastman to Abomination and from Demon to Angel. It involves the collection of very rare resources, crafting of powerful artifacts to channel the magic, and Divine quests.

The final ritual of the Lich transformation sees the Human character join the embrace of Death to be reborn as a cadaverous, almost skeletal undead creature, with a whole new set of weaknesses and powers. Some are common to all undeads, such as weakness to fire, increased resistance to cold spells, and the need to feed oneself now gone. Others are more specific, such as a particular affinity for the Necromancy and Abjuration schools of magic.

One final word here. You thought a Lich has an Evil alignment? Just because it’s not technically alive anymore? Bad! Prejudice! A Human turning into a Lich preserves its Karma and Alignment – it’s no different from a regular Human in this regard!

700 Backers: Kickstarter Trophy

$130,000: Labyrinth Level II (An additional level for the labyrinth with a new set of rooms)

750 Backers: Free VIP Month

$140,000: Enhanced Character Creation (Plenty of customization options for your character's look)

800 Backers: Kickstarter cape

$150,000: Labyrinth Level III (An additional level for the labyrinth with a new set of rooms)

850 Backers: Free carpenter month

$160,000: Fishing (Bait and cast your hooks for fishes and treasures)

900 Backers: Unique weapon FX

$170,000: Labyrinth Level IV (An additional level for the labyrinth with a new set of rooms)

1000 Backers: Unique spell FX

$180,000: Animal taming (Tame and train animals to help you in battle)

In Fractured, choosing where to start your journey doesn’t mean following a different series of quests in an otherwise identical game. Join the first MMO where the race you belong to has an actual impact on game mechanics, from the type of society you live in to the ways you can interact with other players.

  1. No human is born good or bad. Make your choice to uphold the law or break the established order. From a righteous governor to a cruel brigand, any path is open to you on planet Syndesia. Beware, though: you’ll be subject to the rules of a feudal society, so think beforehand to the consequences of your actions!
  2. Living on a planet overwhelmed by giant vegetation, Beastmen have developed a deep connection to nature that endowed them with super-human resilience and keen survival skills. If you enjoy a cooperative and defensive gameplay in a peaceful community, look no further: Arboreus is your new home.
  3. Banished to a hostile planet scarce in resources and filled with dangers, Demons possess an inner evil alignment that makes it natural for them to prey on each other and on other races. Make Tartaros your choice if you’re hungry for blood and dream of becoming a legendary ravager, assassin, or worse.

Finding a broadsword in the corpse of a rat sounds a little unlikely? Forget about old RPG clichés and enter a world where every item is crafted by players. Exploit the uneven distribution of resources to get high profits when trading at faraway markets – but make sure you reach your destination alive!

Stake your claim to free land in the open world, secure it from your enemies and start your own cultivation and livestock business. Your products will never be in low demand since access to food and water is essential for survival, especially when venturing into long extra-planetary travels.

Wood, stone, metal, gems, herbs. Each planet is rich in some commodities and entirely lacks others. Explore the massive universe of Fractured to locate and harvest the rarest resource nodes in every region, but remember: locals might try to stop you as environment exploitation can damage a whole ecosystem!

Not all resources are fine with being harvested. Fur, hides, bones, carapaces and several other key crafting components can only be obtained through PVE combat. If you’re an avid monster hunter, Tartaros will be your dreamland… or perhaps your worst nightmare.

Tired of MMOs where the fun begins 80 hours after you’ve started playing? In Fractured, you’re free to join your friends in the most epic adventures right off the bat. Once the strengths and weaknesses of your character are set, you’ll be on a quest for knowledge and reputation, not attribute points!

Say goodbye to the conventional RPG level and skill systems you’ve seen way too often and embrace the power and flexibility of the Knowledge System. It’s about time you get rewarded for your courage and cleverness, not for the hours you’ve spent hunting zombies or punching a training dummy!

Take a moment to rest in front of a fire in your home, a tavern or your group’s encampment. Prepare a set of abilities to define your role in battle and assign your talent points to finely tune your build. Done? Time to enjoy the freedom of a MOBA with the persistence of a MMO!

Fractured is out to break the boundaries of the MMO genre by bringing the combat style you’ve loved in single-player Action RPGs into a complex sandbox universe. Learn to aim, dodge and master over 400 abilities and 40 unique status effects: only your skills and tactics will lead you to victory!

Stuck between a clan of bandits and a raging river? Animate the waters to protect you, or freeze them over to cross to safety – then melt them to drown your foes! In Fractured, the natural elements around you can always be exploited to defeat your enemies, even when all hope seems lost.

Looking for a new home? Find a suitable location and start a settlement with your guild. As a governor, you’ll be able to guide its development into a social, trading, or military hub. Beware, though: the rise to power of your city won’t go unnoticed, so get ready to protect it from hostile raids and sieges!

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