So Couch Studios revealed on Thursday, October 11 their new Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG), Ember Sword.
Ember Sword is a free to play cross-platform sandbox MMORPG. Bucking the pay-to-win trend, Ember Sword removes the traditional cash shop in favor of player landownership. As landowners, players will be able to “own, control, and evolve the fantasy universe”. Instead of lootboxes, players will acquire scarce cosmetics through PVP and PVE activities as opposed to through lootboxes”.
Mark Phillipe Laursen, So Couch Studios founder, explained how “as avid MMORPG players, we grew tired of static “theme-park” universes where we can engage with everything in the world, but never truly change or evolve it, much less own it and the items we’ve gathered within it”. In Ember Sword, the idea is to put players in charge of the evolving world and its economy that is powered by the Ethereum Blockchain.
Ember Sword features a classless combat system, open-world PVP, and player-driven economy with inspiration drawn from classic MMORPGs such as Ultima Online and Runescape. Much akin to Second Life, players will own an actual parcel of land in-game that “promises an engaging and persistent universe”.
“That’s part of what excites us the most; to see what the players will do with the world, how they will play, what sort of groups or factions will evolve, which areas will become popular, and how people will build them and evolve them. It’s fascinating to think about.”, So Couch Studios CMO Sune Blindkilde Thorsen said.
An artist workshop will be available for players to let their creativity cut loose through designing models, skins, and emotes. The best designs will appear in the game.