I admit a part of me almost bought into the whole vaporware prediction about the game, considering it's been in production for a thousand years
. But it turns out that this shit is actually in full swing
Darkfall is a PvP
in geography and content, inherently Multiplayer
, to be distributed and played Online
, and - supposedly - it's also an RPG
Many have actually called it the holy grail of PvP MMOs because of its goal of a completely open and unrestricted game world, its real-time combat mechanics, and the large-scale sieges it will offer. On the other hand, many others have also called it vaporware.
Inspired by the old-school Ultima Online feel, the developers of Darkfall announced they will be throwing conventional MMO rules out the window and shooting for a more realistic and involving online RPG. It kind of seems like they've opted to throw caution to the wind in terms of conventional subscriber bait and focus more on the actual gameplay. Call it a poor business model, but sometimes it's the gameplay that keeps people interested. There will be no classes, no grinding, no levels, and no gear runs in Darkfall, but instead a skill system and crafting and hundreds of spells to choose from. Add to this to non-instanced city building, ship battles, mounted combat, real time swing-and-block mechanics, a realistic physics system including player collision, a weather system, a massive and seamless world, and full loot, and you have yourself something no other developer has ever attempted before.
The graphics, though at times a little unpolished (can only expect so much from an indy dev), have been optimized for 200+ player battles (or so goes the claim) and we've heard the game will even be playable on low-to-mid-range systems with the proper scaling.
Because of the massive list of features, here's a link to their features
page and the Wikipedia
A map of Agon
An in-depth and interesting article
by one of the developers.Q&A
on the official forums (thanks RabidTreeMonkey).
And some brand new and impressive gameplay videos. They are very much worth a watch:
Again, for anyone interested, here are the beta signups