Game developer NovaQuark is looking to redefine the gaming industry with the impending Dual Universe, an MMO that seems to cross WoW with Minecraft…and it doesn’t stop there.
The game had a HUGE success on Kickstarter and has reached a public pre-alpha stage for a very limited number of players in the near future. To celebrate, the rest of us just get a shiny new trailer to “ooh” and “aaah” at.
At the heart of Dual Universe is a truly innovative proprietary technology, which was developed to lay the foundations of the game. The CSSC (Continuous Single-Shard Cluster) manages one single universe with potentially millions of people interacting in it at the same time. Inside the CSSC is also a multi-scale voxel engine that enables players to physically modify the world; dig a hole, carve up a mountain or build anything they want, from space ships to orbital stations.
Novaquark is building a virtual world environment where they hope millions of people will be able to live exciting collective adventures within a vibrant and emergent universe where everything is possible. The company aims at creating a new form of entertainment, where participants are free to create their own stories and environment, economy, political systems, warfare, etc. The vision for Dual Universe is to create the first virtual online civilization, a vision close to Ernest Cline’s Oasis in Ready Player One.
If you aren’t familiar with Ready Player One, you will be soon, as the movie is on its way. In the meantime, since you can’t even play Dual Universe right now, go grab a copy of the book. You’ll thank me.