I'm a writer with a few thousand fans, and while I don't know how good it will do, I'm going to try to promote this to all of them when it hits closed alpha.
Let me just say this, though: words can't express how surprised I was when I downloaded the alpha and this game turned out to be what they said it was. Seriously, even as someone who likes to write, my astonishment was so great that it sapped the words out of my brain.
I have to give you guys a little context for this to make sense.
Ever since I discovered minecraft, I knew that we had just entered a new age of possibility in games. And since then, I have searched tirelessly for something that can be everything I've wanted in a game. I have spent so much money on games trying to find a game like this, and yet, despite all my late-night Google searches, it wasn't until three days ago that I actually found Planet Explorers. But from then until now has been a nonstop splurge of money thrown at indie developers who can't deliver.
Here's an example: I recently paid for the closed alpha of Starforge, because I thought that that was going to be similar to this. Instead, I ended up shelling out cash for a game that's going nowhere--and fast.
But it doesn't end--or begin--there. I've been handing out cash left and right trying to find something, anything, that is what "Planet Explorers" is turning out, and sort of already has become. So, imagine my skepticism three days ago when I downloaded the 1.5gb alpha.
Keep in mind, that literally everything else out there that aspires to be like Planet Explorers is really just a glorified tech demo. They all end up being like the earliest minecraft alpha but without the ability to craft or do pretty much anything.
So I was expecting (especially given this title's relative lack of popularity as compared to others) to play just another tech demo.
Well, I was wrong. This game turned out to actually do what I've only fantasized of being able to do in a sandbox game. Okay, so yes, there are bugs, there's a lot that needs to be done, and yes, it's going to take time to get there.
The point is that this game makes that journey worth while and worth waiting for. It actually offers up a real, playable proof of concept that not one other game--in all my searching--has been able to put up. I recently bought the alpha of "Realm Explorer", which turned out to be the same hopeless tech demo type of game like Starforge; the type that gets updated once in a blue moon with barely anything worthy of noting being added or changed.
But this game? My god, I am in love with it.
I'm going to do my part in spreading the word, and even if it's not enough, I will hope that it helps. This game is already so far ahead of its competition that it deserves, demands to be more well known.
Sorry for such a long post, but I felt that I had to write this. If I offended anyone, I apologize.
Pathea games: you guys have a winner on your hands. Please stay with it at all costs!