Remember Otherland, the dtp Entertainment-developed cyberpunk MMO based on the books of American author Tad Williams announced in 2012? You’d be forgiven if you didn’t.
Originally slated for release in 2010, the Unreal Engine title in development at the dtp studio RealU, was then moved to a 2012 release. The IP was then sold to DRAGO Entertainment when dtp declared insolvency.
Now, DRAGO Entertainment is bringing the MMO to Steam Early Access on August 26. It is slated for launch next year.
Here’s word from Otherland’s developer:
“Despite being in Early Access, Otherland is one of the most advanced titles on the service, a far cry from the Pre-Alpha Versions often put up for sale. Most of the unique features – starting with the eDNA System that allows users to “collect and clone” items and even NPCs up to the Housing and PVP systems – have been fully implemented already.
“Other features, such as the extensive Clan Land and Clan War Features are far along in development and will be added soon. Further content updates such as new worlds filled with quests, additional battlegrounds and minigames are planned for the upcoming months; all of these features will be taking community feedback into account. Revenues derived from Early Access will flow right back into development, allowing for additional time to balance, optimize and polish the game before the intended Release in early 2016.
“After two closed beta tests we decided against the traditional Open Beta phase and instead opted to go Early Access on Steam because it allows us to better involve the community in the polishing process. We have come a long way since taking on the project nearly two years ago, and as a small independent developer we love to communicate with our community and appreciate their feedback and ideas, as we are determined to make sure that Otherland will not officially launch until it is ready.”
If you head through the links, you can get an idea of how it looks now, after all these years.