Social sandbox MMO Pax Dei launches via early access this week

Pax Dei

Publisher New Tales and developer Mainframe Industries announced a release date for Pax Dei, their new “social sandbox MMO” inspired by the medieval legends.

The new MMORPG is launching in early access for Windows PC (via Steam and the game’s official launcher) on June 18th. The game will remain in early access for at least a year, during which the game will “expand in all directions, based on the reaction and feedback” from the players.

“Pax Dei is a game about people interacting with each other – the war and peace they will make, the social structures that will emerge. The game can’t be built without players,” said Reynir Hardarson, Game Director and co-founder at Mainframe Industries. “We want to gather a community of people willing to work very closely with the development team. Early Access means that you are on the floor with us.”

Mainframe CEO and co-founder Thor Gunnarsson added, “We’ve been humbled and are deeply thankful for the interest and passion our project has received already. Today, we’re inviting players to embark with us on the next step of the journey.”

While the current build of the game is still alpha, the game is heavily in development and the foundations for Pax Dei are already in place, including: a peaceful gameplay loop (gathering resources, crafting, building) inviting players to claim a home in a large, shared & persistent open world; and an adventure gameplay loop, with large areas to explore (PvE) and compete over (PvP).

Big or major changes will occasionally require wiping the game and starting over, the first such update will be add the third core pillar of the game: the social gameplay loop, by introducing features such as markets and gold economy.

Here’s a rundown on the previously announced game, plus a new video and trailer:

What world will you make?

Welcome to a vast, social sandbox MMO inspired by the legends of the medieval era. Here, myths are real, ghosts exist, and magic is unquestioned. In this immense, open-world playground, you choose the role you want to play. Immerse yourself along with thousands of other players as you explore the land, build your home, forge your reputation, and craft your own stories.

A place to call home

Travel the relative safety of the Heartlands and find the perfect plot of land on which to build your home. Protected by the grace of the Divine , your village is a safe harbor where your Clan can grow and prosper.

Everything in this world is produced by the players’ hands and skills. Your village needs clothes, walls, food, flowers, and prayers. Your Clan, weapons, and armor. Others require tools, materials, or mysterious reagents. It’s easy to find your place and play your part in this breathing world.

Explore uncharted lands

Adventure awaits as you set foot into the Wilderness. Here, you’ll battle evil beings, uncover mysteries of an ancient and wondrous past, and square off against rival Clans as you struggle for power, position, and resources.

A word of warning: The further you journey from home, the stranger and more dangerous this world becomes. The glory, bounty, and secrets you bring back will enrich your entire Clan. How much challenge are you willing to accept? That’s for you to decide.

Everyone matters

Skinning a basilisk, choosing between war and peace, picking flowers: it all matters. In a fully player-driven world, all play styles connect and complement each other. Join the community and be part of the stories about to take shape.

Early Access Announcement

Early Access Trailer



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