Vostok Games is about to let the public try out their post-apocalyptic MMO shooter Survarium this week. The test will only last for one day, though.
Players can download the game client through Survarium's website on April 25th. The current build offers a sample of the game's team-based, competitive multiplayer. After the day's over, though, the game will go back into closed beta.
"Especially for this occasion, we decided to film a video on what currently is going on inside Vostok Games and how the developers get ready for the event," the studio said today. "In addition, the video will be useful to all who follow the project's development closely - you will be able to see and hear a lot of news on what's in works at the moment and to be released with the forthcoming and future game updates. Enjoy!"
Survarium is set after a cataclysmic event reshapes the Earth. Animals go mad and attack mankind. Plants and trees become overgrown and encroach on cities. This ecological crisis causes governments to collapse. The players are soldiers in the middle of this chaos. They can fight each other or team up in co-op missions. The game will also feature a free-play mode where players can roam a randomized map filled with mutants and anomalies.
The post-apocalyptic nature of the game and the free-play mode have invited many S.T.A.L.K.E.R. comparisons. The comparison's made even easier by the fact that Vostok Games was founded by former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. developers. They created the studio after S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's cancellation. Vostok says that Survarium isn't connected to their previous games, though.
"We have our own story created off our experience and vision of the post-apocalyptic world. Survarium has similar spirit and offers S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-proven elements, such as anomalies, mutants, artifact and recognizable locations. It is an amazing new world, with new meanings, atmosphere and content."
When Survarium is officially released to the public, it will be free to download and play. Players will have the option of paying for a premium account, though. Vostok says that premium players will get certain advantages like faster progression and unique items. They want to make the game as skill-driven as possible though so players who don't pay still have a fighting chance.