The Alpha is Upon Us
Greetings, Plutonians! It’s been a little while since we dropped the Flight Test Pre-Alpha last October and the team has been working tirelessly since then to bring you the next level in the Plutonians story.
We are beyond excited to announce that the Plutonians Alpha will be live on March 31st!
Plutonians Public Alpha
The Plutonians public Alpha build features:
- a revamped ship cockpit experience including a new holographic user interface
- 2 gigantic space levels to explore (20% of the full game), with 20+ docking locations to discover
- weapon loadout customisation and swapping
- warp gate functionality and FX (for fast travel between levels)
- ship targeting system and navigation input
- shielding system and ship destruction
- enemy vessel AI and scripting
- docking system; for docking at both space locations and planetary surfaces (where players can navigate between various VR scenes)
The build will be free to download from the official Plutonians website and is a huge upgrade from the space physics sandbox that was the Flight Test Pre-Alpha. It was tremendously important that we got the handling and spaceflight physics right, and we are happy to report that our vessels are flying like a dream —; returning pilots will immediately notice the difference.
On top of that, players will be engaged with exploring the environments around Saturn and Mars, uncovering warp gates and secrets, battling AI attackers and flicking cockpit switches they really probably shouldn’t.
We are thrilled to bring you this release and we hope it gives our community a taste of what’s to come!
We know many of our supporters are interested to hear our marketing plans! Our strategy involves a soft launch of the Alpha build, followed by a gradual increase in marketing efforts alongside regular game updates. The Alpha will generate gameplay content which we’ll leverage in a multi-channel push in the lead up to the Beta build (end of June), which will feature more levels, advanced features and player missions. We think this is the ideal timing to increase our marketing focus, as fun gameplay is ultimately what interests our target market.
We are currently developing a Solana API to allow NFT owners to apply their ship skins to their vessels and we’re aiming to have this functional in the coming months. In the future we’ll expand this to include further ship customisation including weapons, components, etc. We decided to time the NFT mint after the release of the Alpha, both due to market conditions but also because we simply didn’t want to be yet another GameFi project promising future use-cases instead of launching with them. When you mint a Plutonians NFT, you’ll be able to jump right into the game and use it!
We will of course continue to update the Alpha Build regularly, and you’ll start to see changelists filled with exciting updates from us frequently. Our next major build milestone will be the Beta, lauching end of June. More on that later!
Last but not least the team at Plutonians and U.A.FABRICA wish to extend a tremendous thank you to all our backers, partners and all of our valuable play-testers who gave us feedback on the Flight Test Pre-Alpha! Without you none of this would be possible.
Strap in ’cause 2023 is going to be the Year of the Plutonians!
Plutonians is an open-world space combat, role-playing, exploration and trading game IP from the U.A.Fabrica gaming division with a capital ‘M’ for Metaverse. Plutonians is a virtual reality-based, blockchain-driven Metaverse and NFT ecosystem on Solana. The game has a fully tokenized economy, including assets like ships and ship components such as weapons and engines, which are utilizing a unique composability protocol called Canva which we believe will be a core part of the future of Web3 gaming. Plutonians is very much inspired by classic space RPGs like Escape Velocity, Elite and Freelancer.
The flagship title is built in Unreal Engine 5, but players of Plutonians can look forward to exploring the Plutonians universe across multiple screens. Including, but not limited to, AR, VR, web, and mobile. Thus, collecting value NFT-based in-game items and making trades in the various marketplaces and social spaces across the Metaverse.
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