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Fractured Online

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Gamigo
Developer: Dynamight Studios
Release Date: Winter 2022

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'Fractured Online' Explains Its Seasons Feature/Game Mechanic

by Rainier on July 1, 2022 @ 2:12 p.m. PDT

Fractured Online is a sandbox MMORPG built upon the cloud-based virtual world-building platform SpatialOS, providing 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.

Fractured Online features three races: Humans, Wildfolk, and Demons. Each race has a different impact on game mechanics, such as which type of society players can live in, to the ways they interact with other players. Live within the peaceful Wildfolk community where cooperation and defensive gameplay shine or have free will while trying to follow the rules of a feudal society – like not breaking the law and “killing” other players - as a Human. For those that prefer hostility, blood, and terror, they can embrace their inner evil alignment by spawning as a Demon. Once a race is chosen, players can begin their quest for knowledge.

Combat also plays an integral part in Fractured Online as players will find it to be an adequate way to settle a dispute. Combat is fast-paced as fighters will learn to aim, dodge, and master over 400 abilities and 40 unique status effects. Whether abilities are used against various monsters in PvE battles or your fellow players in PvP combat is completely up to you.

Seasons come and seasons go, but these seasons will leave you and your guild as rewarded as you’ll ever be!

Seasons come, seasons go, they bring sunshine, they bring snow – and they also bring a wealth of exciting new features into Fractured Online!

The world of Fractured Online is filled with fun and adventure as it is. Here and now we’re going to tell you about a feature that will make visiting the worlds of Syndesia, Arboreus and Tartaros an even bigger pleasure – we’re talking about seasons!

WHAT ARE SEASONS?

Simply put, they offer you and your guild a competitive environment to deeply dive into. Complete in-game actions to receive points, claim the top spot on the continuously updated leaderboard and – if you and your fellow adventurers are tenacious and brave enough – reap the rewards that await at the end.

As soon as a season starts, many in-game actions that you master will grant you points that count towards a common result of the guild you’re a part of. And this is important: Only guilds are allowed to participate! Of course, you are more than welcome to find fame and fortune as a maverick in our worlds – but seasons are meant to be a group activity.

When you are a member of a guild, playing Fractured Online within a season means that you are automatically participating. Your actions will help your guild climb the leaderboard ladder, regardless of whether you started playing at the beginning of the season or two days before its scheduled ending.

When a season is over, the winners will be announced and showered in precious rewards – then a new season will start, with new leaderboards, new challenges, new opportunities and, of course, new incentives to give it your all!

HOW DO I EARN POINTS?

Life in Fractured Online can be as exciting or as laid back as you want it to be. Do you prefer the daring life of a hunter, stalking your prey, spear at the ready?

Are you a highly focused martial artist, wandering the lands, seeking one challenge after the other, always on the lookout for an even mightier opponent? Maybe you are a friend of the quiet life, peacefully gathering plants and raw materials to become a great crafter, building nice things, and taking care of the community? All of these goals are equally valuable and useful – but you should really consider joining a guild, as having a community becomes highly important during a season!

If your guild owns cities, then it will gain a certain number of season points per day for each city owned, the value depending on the rank of the city – the higher the rankthe more points will come in. And if a city is part of a nation, it will accumulate even more points. If your guild feels adventurous, you may try and attack a neighboring city: A successful raid of a city controlled by a different guild gives additional points. Just as well as slaying a Legend does – mythical creatures, about which you can learn more here.

All of these points count toward a common goal: the sum total of your guild. You can always check out the current standing of your guild on the in-game leaderboards, on which the development of the competition is tracked at all times. And whichever guild has the most points at the end of the season, those are the winners. For the future we are also planning to make individual actions count towards season points – things like crafting special equipment or killing particularly challenging monsters. More on that will follow in a later spotlight.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

We’ve mentioned several times now that there will be winners – but what is it exactly that you can get by being part of a season in Fractured Online? Well, for one thing, there are bragging rights, of course. Being an important member of the guild that managed to out rival its competition, that found itself at the very top of the leaderboard at the end of the season – that is quite a feat, and most certainly not something that can be achieved by just anyone. It requires a strong sense of comradery and teamwork to pull off, as well as a will to overcome unexpected challenges in order to stand out amongst other guilds in the end.

But of course, you can expect more than just the metaphoric rose handed to you and a pat on the back for all your hard work – there are also precious in-game rewards awaiting you and your guild mates! Once the victors of a season are established, the winners will receive their prizes. There will be several rewards eventually, but here and now, we will pick one very special prize to talk about: the City Relics!

City Relics are very rare and precious items, they award unique buffs when placed within the confines of a city, and will surely make your guild’s city stand out!
For example, if your hometown in Fractured Online happens to be really good for crafting, it could receive a blacksmithing buff – something that will increase the worth of the city immensely, attract new citizens, and is also something that no other city will have. Which makes it not only extremely useful but also very prestigious. More season rewards will be announced at a later point – but be sure that they will be just as amazing as City Relics as well as a great recognition to the winners for their impressive accomplishment.

START THE SEASON WITH A BANG!

Now, we’re still working very hard on the seasons as everything is still being balanced and polished to perfection. Which means that right now, we can not tell you exactly how long a single season will eventually be. It can be a month, it can be two months, maybe even four months – as soon as everything is set in stone, we will let you know (and try out for yourself) immediately. But one thing is for sure already: A season in Fractured Online will give you more than just entertainment!

If you happen to be a TV series fan, then you know that a new season usually starts with a big reveal, a drama, a twist – something that surprises, excites and moves you!

We have taken that to our hearts, which is why for each and every new season, we have something truly special for you in place.

After playing Fractured Online for some time, you will become very familiar with the concept of cities. Any guild can establish a city – all it needs is an unclaimed piece of land, 20 players, and some money. OK – lots of money. Once a city is established, it can become something truly big and shiny: Players can place roads and buildings, allowing them to start living a life within the walls of their guild’s hometown. And we all know how it is: Once a city begins to prosper, it can and will attract the attention of others – some peaceful… others less so.

Now, in standard play, one city can lay siege to another one – but only following certain rules, the most important of which being that only neighboring cities can start battling for ruling rights, as they need to be connected at the borders to do so.

But that particular rule does not apply at the start of a season! In the first two weeks of a new season, each and every city becomes vulnerable, regardless of their position – which means that you and your guild can attack any city, anywhere, and try to conquer it! What makes this big bang so special is that this is a very unique and rare opportunity when looking for a prime city spot – a chance to increase your area of influence that will not present itself again until the next season! So if you and your guild happen to have ambitious expansion plans, the two-week window at the start of a season gives you this one chance to conquer a city that you’ve maybe laid your eyes on for some time now but which was just out of your reach under normal circumstances. Maybe your settlers want to challenge a city that occupies a good location. Maybe you want to flex your siege muscles a bit. Or maybe you just want to get a better foothold in the world. Regardless of your reason, each season’s beginning fortnight is a prime time for expansion.

THE SEASON RESET

Once a season has concluded, the winners have been found, all prizes rewarded and the dust has settled, it is time for a new beginning: Seasons in Fractured Online will happen back to back – so the end of one season heralds the dawn of a new one. Every few months, depending on the eventual runtime of a season, the next chapter in the worlds of Fractured Online will greet you with new adventures, fresh challenges, and exciting battles. The first season will start in the summer of 2022.

We will make it known to all players when a season will end and when the next one is going to start, so that you don’t miss your chance for fameglorybragging rights – and of course, awesome loot. After all, what is the life of an adventurer without new and fresh challenges coming their way on a regular basis?

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.

When players aren’t improving their abilities, they can choose to take part in Fractured Online’s robust player-driven economy. Forget finding a broadsword within the corpse of a spider. Every item in the game is crafted by players, so you better be nice to your local blacksmith or else you could end up fighting enemies off with a stick. Crafters, merchants, farmers, shepherds, miners, woodcutters, hunters, and scavengers all play an important role in the world. 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!

Fractured Online will launch for PC (Steam) in Winter 2022.


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