Friday, April 23, 2010

Perpetuum Online – Clone or not to clone. (Part 2)

So in (Part 1) we looked at a couple things out of a long list that makes Perpetuum appear to be or is a clone of Eve Online. Now lets take a look at the differences between the two games.

Eve Online has spaceships in 3 dimensional space while Perpetuum has robots/mechs in 2 dimensions on a planet with sloping terrain.

Perpetuum lets you control the robot/mechs with the classic  (W,S,A,D) keys, but also have the option of using just the mouse or a combination of both.

Eve Online doesn't have free movement control over the spaceship. Instead they use a system of set type paths of approach and orbit; which change by speed increase/decrease or direct user input by double clicking in space or changing the orbit distance.

These above environments and the control systems used to move around in them give the player two very different play styles and strategies for PVPVE.

Lore and background story between the two games are very different. Perpetuum is not as far in the future as Eve's setting.

In Eve you are a clone pilot in a pod that is seeded into a ship. Wars have raged between the four different factions that are decedents of the long gone human race. Pilots work for different faction corporations.

In Perpetuum you are a human agent working on a space station in orbit around Earth with a remote connection to a nano bot called a Spark. The Spark gives you control of the different robots/mechs from three different factions of alien technology on a distance planet. Each agent works for an Earth based corporation working to bring much needed energy back to earth.

While certain aspects at first glance seem to make Perpetuum appear to be a direct clone of Eve Online, there are plenty of differences between the two games that set them apart. At the same time Eve refugees will find them selves in familiar game mechanics with refreshing game play changes.

I invite you to come and see for your self and check out Perpetuum once the game is in open beta or has released!

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