Oort Online could be the best thing to use Voxels since Minecraft, maybe even better. There are so many block building games out there now, we’ve covered a couple here on Frugal, and to be quite honest most of them are absolute pants. I’m convinced that Oort might be something different, something better, and before you stop reading thinking it’s just another clone of the hugely successful Swedish export, just have a look at the trailer below.
First up it looks absolutely beautiful, where other developers are happy just to use plain old simple blocks, Wonderstruck are really pushing to make Oort a real stand out visually. Having had the chance to go hands on with the game, currently played through my web browser, I was absolutely awestruck at how good Oort looks in action.
One of the biggest draws, for me at least is how easy is it to experience all the different worlds currently available in the early build of Oort. Not having to put in server numbers or ip addresses, if you find a portal, just walk through it and you’re there. Peering through these magical portals and seeing a living world on the other side is quite magical. You can be standing in the sun on a woodland hillside, and right in front of you is a snowy mountain range, just step through and you’re there, no waiting, no loading times, and no messing about trying to log onto a different server.
I’ve spent hours over the last couple of weeks exploring the strange lands and discovering what other players have been building. It’s a truly immersive experience and the list of features the developers plan to add has got me rather excited for what Oort will end up becoming if funding allows.
Having decided to forgo Kickstarter, the Wonderstruck guys are self funding via their own website. With no arbitrary goals to reach, the money pledged it already going to good use. As the total increases so do different aspects of the game that the team will be able to develop. At the moment Oort is hovering just over $80,000 and that covers the base game with multiple worlds, building and mining and also weapons and combat mechanics. The next target met will add crafting mechanics and a recipe system. A nice feature is that backers will be able to vote on the next feature to be unlocked for funding, it’s a much more organic, community focused and open way of developing games and I like it.
$15 will get you a digital key for the game at launch, $25 and you’ll be able to jump onboard with the beta when it launches. There are loads of Youtube vids out in the wild covering Oort and the devs have started doing regular streams via twitch if you want to find out more. Lots of crowd funded games ask for cash before having anything to really show, Oort on the other hand is playable right now if you back at a specific level.
Not everyone feels comfortable with the whole crowd funding scene, but there are more ways than splashing the cash to support Oort Online if you like the look of it. Oort has flown through the Steam Greenlight process in pretty much record time. In just 5 days it had enough community support and it’s now definitely going to be releasing via Steam. Even though the Greenlight Campaign is over you can still check out and follow the page and it’s a great way of showing support and also keeping an eye on Oort as it develops.
I was lucky enough to be given access to Oort to help with this preview, but I’ve still pledge at beta access level, thats how much I believe that Oort is going to be something rather magical. As with all early access games, I’ll be doing a more in depth preview when the beta launches and a full review upon release.
Oort Online can be found HERE
The Steam Green Light Campaign HERE