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Fractured

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

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'Fractured' Rolls Out Open Alpha Play Test Weekend

by Rainier on May 29, 2020 @ 1:22 a.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.

The open playtest is now free for all registered users, and hundreds of players have already entered the continent of Myr!

You can play Fractured FOR FREE until Sunday night - no pledge needed, just download the client and you're good to go!

Here’s the exact schedule of the playtest:

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2pm CEST (8am EDT): access is granted to all backers, disregarding the type of pledge pack / founder pack.
  • Thursday, May 28, 2pm CEST (8am EDT): access is granted to all registered users – no pledge needed!
  • Monday, June 1, 10am CEST (2am EDT): the open playtest is over.

If the last time you played was our February Open Weekend, all that’s been released in Alpha 2 – Test 2 will be a first for you. That’s a lot of stuff, so I warmly suggest you click the link for the details!

If instead you’ve played during A2-T2, the following QOL additions will likely be much welcome news:

  • Item stack splitting (holding CTRL when releasing a stack);
  • Crafting multiple items (instead of 1 at a time);
  • Faster movement speed on paved roads;
  • Protection from monster attacks and damage after being knocked down;

Additionally, proper death is finally live, which means that a character dying now leaves behind a corpse containing all its equipment and inventory. These items can be recovered by the owner or by its fellow guild/party members, but might also get looted by the members of other militias…

…wait, what? Militias?

Player militias are a surprise addition meant to spice up PvP on Syndesia while waiting for the criminal system to be implemented. This is how the system works in bullet points:

  • Any time while in town, a player can choose to have his/her character join (or leave) one of the four predefined NPC militias. The choice is character-based, not account-based.
  • If a character is part of a militia, it can freely attack and loot the members of other militias. This is possible only when outside of towns and starting areas.
  • A militia can be quit at any time. However, joining one triggers a 3-day waiting period before being allowed to join a new one.
  • Members of a guild can’t join or leave militias. If a guild master joins/leaves a militia, the whole guild joins/leaves that militia too.

Militias aren’t a temporary amusement. Once the criminal system is implemented, being part of a militia will allow players to fight against other militia members, bypassing alignment and karma rules.

Moreover, each player city will be able to run its own militia. City militias will be odds with the four NPC ones and those of other towns, aside from allied ones!

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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