May 30th, 2012 | By Chris Priestman
StarForge. Sound familar? This ring any bells? StarForge is that astoundingly ambitious title being developed by just two developers part time. How they’ve managed what they’ve put together so far is unknown.
StarForge is hard to sum up; primarily it could be described as a survival game. To survive you’ll have the kind of choice offered to you in games like Minecraft, as in it’s rather open to your interpretation. But StarForge seems to be operating on a different level to anything before it, at least if it can be pulled off.
It’s a game that is inspired by Halo, Warcraft 3, Borderlands, Terraria, and Minecraft. Therefore it borrows elements from the RTS, FPS, RPG, Voxel Builder, Tower Defense, and Physics Sandbox genres. Really. It’s both single and multiplayer and allows players to essentially carve out their own unique story on a procedurally generated planet.
Upon being asked what makes StarForge unique, the developers had a rather good answer:
“It has what we think is the world’s first Procedural 3D Tileset system. As well, we’ve got voxel terrain, travel from ground to space in a realtime atmosphere, and a fully physics driven character movement system. Our gameplay modes will be Survival and Fort Wars and we’re currently hard at work on the infinite procedural voxel terrain. Also will be a looting system with procedural weapons.”
NOTE: The site and servers have been overloaded with traffic, but you can still download this early alpha version right here.
Let’s just imagine that you’re gasping to know more about this and if all of these aspirations can really be pulled off. You want to give the game a go, right? Good news – you can! StarForge‘s first playable version has just been released and it’s free too, you just need to sign up to the website and bob’s your uncle. If you need further convincing, consult the trailer below:
More information on StarForge can be found on the game’s official website.