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April 8, 2012
 

PAX East 2012: Novus Aeterno First Look

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Most people who came to PAX East this year ran to the likes of Ubisoft and 2K Games to check out their biggest games of the year. Of course it is great to see games of that caliber early and get to play them, but PAX is about finding the hidden gems. One such game, Novus Aeterno, stole the show in my opinion. Though the demo was hands off, we had the opportunity to talk to the developers and learn about this ambitious MMORTS.

Novus Aeterno is the world’s first seamless MMORTS. This means no instances, no loading, just play. You start with your home planet and start building with your only restriction being the other players in your path. Gamplay revolves around the idea of D.I.M.E.: Diplomacy, Information, Military, and Economy. You can choose to be well versed in all of these aspects or focus on specific ones. Doing so does put you at a disadvantage in the other categories, but you can easily form an alliance with friends and other players who can help compensate for your shortcomings, but may benefit from your strengths.

The game’s seamless design allows for some unique situations to occur. For example, your planets rotate around the sun and are always changing positions. One day your planet may be safely nestled next to those of your allies, the next, dangerously close to your mortal enemy. Your play must match the changing needs of your planets if you are to defend your territory and further expand into the depths of space. Players who may not be able to play as often will be happy to know that if such an event occurs and you lose ships, they are rebuilt at no cost to the player.

For the player looking to stand out from the crowd while they play, Novus Aeterno lets you fully customize you ships. Everything from weapons and shields to the hull and engines can be customized to match your style. It is important however, to remember that it isn’t all about style. Weapons have specific firing arcs and reload times, requiring careful placement on the right ships for the job. Your hull is also divided into segments. You can have a stronger hull in front for head on attacks, but the sides and rear of your ships may be left vulnerable. The trick is to make these customizable aspects match the way you want to fight.

If none of that is enough to get you excited, then their Infiltrator program will. Taitale is looking to the fans to build the game. This isn’t simply testing; your feedback in this program can add new features to the game, change existing features and have a noticeable impact. Beginning May 1 you will have the opportunity to help build what is already an impressive looking game. Taitale is taking the program so seriously that they are even going to hire some of the top contributors. Very rarely does a developer involve its fans so much in this process, even if this game doesn’t appeal to you now, you can help guide it in a direction that changes your opinion.

For more information on Novus Aeterno check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and their website. You can also pre-order the game for $19.95, discounted from $35.00. This includes a lifetime membership so make sure to pre-order yours today. As always, keep it here on ThoseGamingNerds.com!

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