GDC Impressions - Kartuga

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'Kartuga', a pirate-themed MMO from Innogames.

Hamgurg, Germany, based indie game developer Innogames is working on a new MMO that promises to be chock-full of booty.

Kartuga, the company's upcoming MOBA/MMO computer game, is a pirate-themed affair that the company says will be free-to-play and backed by microtransaction purchases.  The company says that what can be purchased won't give any one player an advantage over another in the spirit of keeping things fair.  This includes the ability to fast-travel across the map, which costs a small amount of real-life money each time it's done and cannot be done at all while in combat.

While the game is still in development, it's so far looking rather good per what was shown during a private hands-off demonstration during the 2013 Game Developers Conference.  Environmental items such as land masses and the seas and oceans all look quite nice, as do the ships themselves.  At a glance, it's quite obvious that Innogames is putting in the time necessary to ensure that Kartuga is, at the least, a very nice-looking game.

As for the game itself, it's broken down into two main components.  First is a semi- single player PvE area that is more-or-less designed to give a player his sea legs (as it were).  Beyond this is when the game opens things up to include PvP play, which is where the game should find the bulk of its appeal.

Feature-wise, Innogames looks to be putting quite a bit into Kartuga.  For example, come launch-time there will be two game types (the territory-controlling "Domination" and bomb-tastic "Destruction"), three classes of ships (the offensive Destroyer, defensive Protector, and mid-range Engineer), and more than 20 overall ship types.  Add on top of that the fact that each ship also has a crew that must be managed.  The develoment team is also including RPG elements in the game by giving each ship class a skill tree that gets unlocked and progressed using Kartuga's in-game currency.  All-in-all, it looks like there will be a lot to this browser-based game once it does finally go live.

Kartuga is also marking the last of its kind for Innogames.  The company has plans to make all future releases cross-platform between PC, Android, and iOS.  Like the games released before it, Kartuga is PC exclusive.  That doesn't mean, however, that it will always remain as such.  The company revealed during GDC'13 that it plans to adapt eventually its currently-available games to also be cross-platform playable.  One can only assume Kartuga will eventually be a part of this.

Innogames did not provide a release date for Kartuga during the conference.


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