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StarVault's massive-multiplayer online, role-playing survival game, Mortal Online, has decided to abandon the premium monthly fees and head to the new hotness of “Freemium” or “free-to-play” monetization. This means that gamers can download the client, install the game and hop right into the game without laying a single cent on the table.
The game is pretty slick in terms of features. You can basically build a house anywhere, kill whoever you want, steal from whomever you want and do whatever you want. It's a survival MMORPG and it's designed in a similar vein to games like Minecraft and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
In terms of functionality...well, the last I played of the game I was on the verge of rage-throwing the keyboard at the wall. So um...yeah. Anyway, that was many years ago and the game (presumably?) has been fixed up into working order. Check it out in the new trailer below.
Looks good, eh? Well the game, in its original state, was running on one of the crappy versions of the Unreal Engine that wasn't suited well for MMOs at all and then the netcode was all horrible and, yeah. It was bad...I'll leave it at that.
On the upside I imagine this will be a great game for those of you who enjoy the sort of do-anything, be-anything gameplay of Skyrim but you want to play with friends and stuff. I imagine StarVault has done everything necessary to at least make the game playable and functionally competent since its release back in 2009.
You can learn more about the game's free-to-play conversion or grab the client over at the Official Website.