Dark and Light from Snail Games is an upcoming online sandbox RPG set in a world dominated by powerful elemental forces. It’s scheduled to hit early access on PC sometime soon and they are aiming for a full release by the end of 2017. The game has been in development for a number of years and has seen different iterations since an initial launch in 2004 before being rebooted as the MMO like project it is shaping up to be today. We’ve put together a mini overview to pique your interest, and will be doing a full preview down the road once the game is in early access.
Ages ago, the world Gaia was attacked by dark forces and collapsed, plunging the world into darkness. Many sought exodus to Alpha, one of Gaia’s satellite planets, unwittingly bringing the dark forces along with them. As a result, Alpha’s atmosphere has been adversely affected, causing some strange occurrences on the planet during the night. During the day, Alpha’s landscape is peaceful, but once the sun sets, the planet immediately plunges into chaos.
In the game you will choose between one of 3 competing factions in order to defend them in their struggle against the others. The game is a competition of resources, exploration and survival and you will have to be on your toes against players from opposing factions. You will be staking your claims on land by using magic to alter the landscape and ecosystem to suit your needs and protect against enemies and the numerous wild beasts you’ll encounter as you explore.
The world itself is massive and constantly changing. Players will be able to explore a numerous amount of different environments in land, sea and air and will be able to engage in structure building and equipment crafting to defend your faction and secure its future. Exploration is also going to be a big part of it as you’ll head out from the safety of your home to uncover mysteries in the wild and gather resources. There are survival gameplay elements at work and you will have to learn how to live off the land and learn to work together with other players.
Magic is a big part of the game, with over 100 spells spanning a range of elements. It is an advanced magic system where you can tame mounts, craft weapons, fight enemies and more. Magic will also be used to build structures, craft gear and transport resources across the world, making the entire magic system a crucial part of the sandbox play. The game will also have over 14 different melee and ranged weapons, including bows, swords, daggers, and more.
Dark and Light is looking to take the massive online survival gameplay of Conan Exile and go a step further by actually adding an RPG framework with faction gameplay. It’s had its bumps along the way over the past decade, but if it can deliver on the deep magic and build/craft sandbox gameplay this could be quite the freeing game, similar to the build, defend, destroy potential of another MMO sandbox Camelot Unchained. We’ll keep an eye out on this, so check back with us for more. In the meantime, we’ll leave you with some slick screenshots!