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Ember Sword Unveils Early Access Prologue and Major Developments

Discover Ember Sword's upcoming early access Prologue, featuring new gameplay elements, testing phases, and economic systems. Learn about entry requirements and future game updates.

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Ember Sword Unveils Early Access Prologue and Major Developments

The Ember Sword team recently revealed "Part Two: Path to Prologue," building on the foundation laid since "Ultra Deep". The latest update offers detailed insights into recent developments, the upcoming early access phase, and future plans for the game. In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about Ember Sword's upcoming early access Prologue, featuring new gameplay elements, testing phases, and economic systems. 

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Introducing Ember Sword

Ember Sword is a dynamic MMORPG that boasts ARPG/MOBA combat set in a "persistent fantasy universe". Players immerse themselves in a vibrant ecosystem where they can obtain exclusive cosmetics, own customizable land plots, and gather valuable items. The game leverages blockchain technology to ensure secure ownership, enhancing the rarity and thrill of in-game assets while allowing players to influence the game's direction.

In Ember Sword, players acquire collectibles through various challenges like PvE battles, PvP seasons, and boss encounters. These items can be traded or combined to obtain even rarer cosmetics, allowing players to express their unique style and demonstrate their skills. Landowners play a pivotal role in shaping the game world, offering premium services and managing resources to earn tangible rewards.

Ember Sword Unveils Early Access Prologue and Major Developments

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Play Time Begins on July 12th

The eagerly anticipated Ember Sword: Prologue will open its doors on July 12th for early access testing on the Test Net. This phase will be accessible to players meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  • Ownership of Ember Sword Land
  • Holding or burning $EMBER badges
  • Possession of at least 5000 EMBER tokens
  • Acceptance into the Creator Program

These initial tests aim to gather valuable player feedback to refine the game's various aspects. As testing progresses, more players will be invited to join. During the Prologue, expect intermittent downtime for adjustments and server stability improvements. Character progress and account-specific data may also be reset as needed.

Once testing is complete, NFT and $EMBER transactions will move to the Main Net, making all on-chain items tradable on the blockchain. Following this transition, Ember Sword will be available to all registered players around the clock, with continuous updates and improvements facilitated by the game's proprietary engine.

Ember Sword Unveils Early Access Prologue and Major Developments

Part Two: Path to Prologue

What to Expect in Ember Sword: Prologue

Ember Sword: Prologue offers early access to a developing game world, focusing on a smaller section of Solarwood. Players will experience preliminary versions of core gameplay and economy systems, with more features and regions added over time.

Initial content includes collectibles such as character and weapon skins and vibrant emotes. On the Test Net, all NFTs and $EMBER will be temporary and used only within the test servers. Upon transitioning to the Main Net, players can earn real rewards like NFTs and $EMBER from the start, with landowners receiving a share of in-game NFT trades.

Ember Sword Unveils Early Access Prologue and Major Developments

What to Expect in Ember Sword: Prologue

The Early Access Advantage

Early access allows Ember Sword, a small studio, to release the game sooner and refine it with community feedback. This iterative development approach helps ensure the game meets player expectations and remains sustainable long-term. Direct player input is crucial for testing innovative features, such as the game's economy, under real-world conditions.

Differences Between Prologue and Full Release

Weapons 2.0

A major focus during Prologue is on the gameplay feel, particularly weapons. The first major update, "Weapons 2.0," revamps weapon mechanics, starting with Sword and Shield, which balances offensive and defensive capabilities. Future updates will enhance additional weapon types.

Ember Sword Unveils Early Access Prologue and Major Developments

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Solarwood in Flux

The world of Thanabus, particularly Solarwood, is currently affected by a mysterious flux storm, limiting player exploration to a smaller area during Prologue. As the story unfolds, more regions will become accessible. Solarwood's diverse landscapes include both safe and PvP-enabled areas, each with specific rules and risks. Please note that PvP rules vary by zone:

  • Blue Zone: PvP is disabled, players cannot attack each other.
  • Yellow Zone: PvP is enabled, and players have a chance to drop some of the inventory upon death.
  • Red Zone: PvP is enabled, players drop inventory and have a chance to drop some gear upon death.

Economic Overview

The game's economy, detailed in a previous write-up, will be tested thoroughly during Prologue. The early access phase allows for real-time feedback and adjustments, ensuring a balanced and sustainable in-game economy. $EMBER is crucial for purchasing and enhancing collectibles within Ember Sword.

With a fixed supply of 2.5 billion tokens, $EMBER powers the game's cosmetic and economic activities. Players can earn $EMBER through PvE and PvP events, while landowners can generate additional rewards by hosting Premium Shops and facilitating player trades. The distribution of $EMBER is directly tied to active gameplay, ensuring a balanced and dynamic economic system.

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$EMBER Key Features

Here is a detailed breakdown:

  • $EMBER is essential for interacting with collectible cosmetics, including purchasing and merging them. These collectibles are limited in supply, with the number of items dropped or released into the game determined by a percentage of the user base on a daily or monthly basis.
  • Land plots within each nation are also limited in supply. For example, only 40,000 land plots are available in the First Nation, Solarwood. Players owning these plots will be eligible for earning shared $EMBER rewards. Landowners receive rewards for Premium Shops and Player Trading, which are also based on a percentage of the user base.
  • $EMBER can be purchased and used to buy or merge cosmetics at any time. With a fixed supply of 2.5 billion $EMBER tokens, their distribution is tied to active gameplay through PvE and PvP events. Landowners in Ember Sword can earn additional $EMBER rewards by hosting Premium Shops and facilitating player trades, further enriching the community-driven economy.
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How $EMBER is Regulated In-Game

Other Notable Developments

Since the last update, the development team has focused on several key areas:

  • World Building: Enhancing Solarwood's look and feel, including improved water shaders and camera dynamics.
  • Character Customization: Introducing diverse customization options for player characters.
  • New Skins: Developing new armor and weapon skins, with more to be revealed soon.
  • Patrols: Implementing NPC and creature patrols for dynamic world interactions.
  • Premium Shop: Launching the first version of the in-game Premium Shop, offering exclusive skins and emotes during Prologue. Note that all items on the Test Net will be reset before transitioning to the Main Net.

Final Thoughts

Ember Sword: Prologue marks a significant milestone, offering players an early glimpse into the evolving game world and laying the groundwork for future expansions. The development team's commitment to incorporating player feedback ensures a dynamic and engaging experience for all.

Stay tuned for more updates as Ember Sword progresses towards its full release, promising an immersive and ever-evolving adventure in the world of Thanabus. More information is available on the official social media account here.


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updated:

July 9th 2024

posted:

July 8th 2024

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