Starmourn Game News
Written by: Ilyos, the Arbiter
Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Starmourn is a unique game in the Iron Realms ecosystem, and a unique game in the world of muds in general. As a science fiction text game with an active, hardworking development team, it is important to us that it be a standout example of the genre - and quite frankly, it is! But we have plans to take it even farther.
A few of the features we are the most proud of are:
- An intricate economy system
- An engaging, fun hacking system
- The magic of space and everything about it
- Ship piloting, ship battles, ship resource gathering
- New innovations in our unique PvE experience
- A PvP system that is quite different from the other IRE games
Over the coming weeks, months, and years of development, we want to double down on these features and make sure they reach the level of polish and stability they deserve. Transparency is important, so we would like to make sure the playerbase of our game is fully aware of what we've been planning!
One of our main goals is system integration. We want our unique systems to feel less like distinct entities, and more like a seamless whole that works together like a well-oiled machine. It is important to us that the playerbase, whatever their main areas of interest (be it exploring, fighting, spaceships, etc) feels as though they can participate in the "whole Starmourn experience" without worrying that they are missing out on anything the game has to offer.
As a standout example, we eventually want all areas of performance to link back towards what we understand as the game's economy. Colonizing an asteroid and setting up a refinery there would give you significant manufacturing boosts, but might also draw the attention of your competitors. Performing certain PvE tasks for your faction might give you mining bonuses for a while. Getting involved in PvP events that require you to hack into a corporations servers might allow you to funnel resources out of their accounts and into your own.
The above is just an example, one of many such concepts the development team has been discussing and experimenting with avidly since Starmourn's launch. These features, however, are not something that can be accomplished in a day or a month, but will grow over time as we update our existing systems and implement new ones. The development team strives for steady forward progress, while constantly tuning the existing game and adjusting things based on player feedback.
The goals in the categories below are not in any particular order of importance, but we have determined that they are the things we would like to accomplish to provide a solid, CORE experience to the game. If something isnt listed here, it doesnt mean we arent thinking about it, discussing it, or planning it, but it would be impossible to put everything we have discussed or thought about into a "Development Roadmap" - there would be no end in sight!
So, without further ado, here are the "outstanding" development goals on our radar.
- Make cover more appealing and useful
- Improve evasion
- A focus on social play (better crew/group dynamics, dynamic scaling)
- Expansions to the main story line
- Dynamically scaling instances and zones
- Quest reward expansions
- Daily quests/collaborative activities with factional implications (generally, ways to engage max/high level players who want an alternative to bashing but still want to remain within the PvE sphere.)
- LEVEL UNCAPPING!!
- Naturally, an ongoing expansion of areas and visitable planets
- Cosmpiercer improvements
- On-demand PvP areas/games - starting factional/individual conflict without the need of setting up/coordinating a large team to do so.
- Open PK high-reward incursions
- Cargo mule missions that allow piracy
- Class improvements that would allow for more diverse stat setups
- General WW improvements
- More uses for commodities
- Improvements to the way you gather and availability of comms to better reward the time you spend doing those activities
- Improvements to the MARKET
- Better Faction strength and relevance in the economy of the world through activities that bolster/facilitate crafting and manufacturing
- Improvements to the Economies of the world to make them more appealing and diverse and encourage you to leave the safety of the Omni processing area
- Shipmodding (for real!)
- Modding in general to be revamped into a fun/useable system
- Storefront improvements
- Extra tradeskills based on what a lot of you have requested
- Ship customizations - really put your personal touch on how your ship looks and show it off to others
- Weapon/Armor customizations
- Space grouping and fleet systems for players
- Extra ship modding and variety
- More flexible PK rules
- Economy-based NPC ships and police forces
- Possible social elements for ship usage
- Level uncapping
- More challenging hacking games - extra encounters, multi word passwords
- Hacking being involved in factional conflict (see OnDemand PvP)
- Hacking being involved in discovering the worlds lore and obtaining information
- Hacker vs hacker PvP
- Colonization of asteroids/planets for player worldbuilding
- Bonuses offered to holding certain aspects of economical life on said colonies/establishments
- Involved activities for colony expansion/maintenance
- Conflict options for colonized space (takeovers, raids, hacks)
Starmourn will never stop evolving. We are aware some of the systems and improvements we are planning may turn out to look very different from what we originally envisioned based on your feedback as we develop them. However, it is important to us that you know we have goals we wish to achieve and a solid roadmap towards the future of the game. Ultimately, Starmourn is the player's game. We want it to take the shape which the majority of you will enjoy. We know it would be nothing without you contributing to making Starmourn a unique experience!
Wed love to hear your thoughts and feedback on everything we just wrote about on the forums!
Thanks for reading, Starmourners. Well see you all in space!
- The Starmourn Team