Developer Artificial Core has announced its open-world top-down MMORPG Corepunk will launch its open beta on PC sometime in 2020.
Corepunk has many of the mechanics you expect out of an MMO. You create your main character, choosing from a set of fighting styles that each have their own set of abilities. You level up your character through playing the game, tracking down items and power-ups that will make them stronger. You can also make your own items and trade them with others.
Where Corepunk differs from the norm is in its openness. While most MMOs start out in a fairly non-linear fashion, in this one the entire world will be open to you from the beginning. You decide where to go, and you can take on story missions in any order you like. Artificial Core describes “intricately detailed environments inhabited by four distinct cultures,” including “a vast metropolis booming with activity and a lonely camp in the middle of an uncharted desert.”
“Corepunk represents a synthesis of our favorite settings and themes from science fiction,” says Eugene Kiver, producer at Artificial Core. “Over the course of five years, we’ve expanded our team to over 100 people to ensure our vision of the ultimate futuristic fantasy comes to life. We can’t wait to have MMORPG fans live out their technocratic dreams with us.”
Corepunk will begin testing its beta version sometime next year.