R-planet today presented the first alpha of its Conquest game to a group of experts. This is the long-awaited second installment of the R-Planet universe. The journey to Mars is over, and now the colonists must fight the invading forces and each other to find a place to live on this harsh world.
It has been talked about for a long time. And now, it’s finally here. The first alpha of R-Planet: Conquest has arrived! This alpha playtest is only open to a limited number of players. But those with access codes can now download the game and start building their base.
Central Command Interface
Players choose one of three factions to join when they start a game. A player’s faction cannot be changed during a game season. Each faction offers a special benefit. Warriors start the game with two builders, so they can have two construction projects working at the same time from the start. Rogues are good at stealing and attacking hackers, while Masterminds have the fastest transports!
A match of R-Planet: Conquest supports 1,000 players and lasts until only 100 players remain. The team expects this first round to last between 8 and 12 weeks.
Basic Conquest Gameplay
The basic game cycle is pretty standard for this type of base building game. Players mine for resources, construct buildings, upgrade their Nexus, research new technology, build units, and prepare their game strategy. Attacks on other players can be focused on raiding and taking their resources, or they can be focused on destruction.
Units come in seven types. Robots, slow combat units, Drones, fast combat units, Spies, Rams (to break the shield on enemy bases), Artillery to destroy their buildings, Hacker to capture bases and Settlers to take control of bases.
Conquest includes four mineral resources, Waxon, Caponium, Eneftherium, and Wecanite. Wecanite works as fuel for robots, while the other three are building materials. Players can build a Terraformator and attach their Land NFTs to provide mining bonuses. Players can also import previously purchased robot packs through the web interface. But be careful when dropping a horde of NFT bot packs on your base as they will consume Wecanite!
Mining of R-Planet minerals outside of the game (ie via the website) ended today with the release of the alpha version. In the future, players will only be able to collect mineral resources through in-game mining.
Each base has slots for eighteen buildings and nine mines. Each new player is given a 96-hour window before becoming vulnerable to attacks from other players. Finding the right balance between infrastructure improvements and military spending will be a major key to victory.
The game is mobile only at this time. Hopefully a web version will arrive soon. But overall the game runs fine and looks good. The graphics are sharp and the user interface is organized and easy to understand. Since today is the first day, we haven’t had any fights yet, but I expect a lot of combat action to start once the security window closes!
Since the goal of this game is simply survival, we got to see a lot of turtles from the players. And in general, these types of games tend to end up with a few large clans dominating the landscape. We’ll see if R-Planet: Conquest can avoid these potential pitfalls in your game.
This alpha comes with real prizes. The final 100 players will receive a special NFT Hero!
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