Frequently Asked Questions
What is Simulacrum?
Simulacrum is a FREE-TO-PLAY cooperative action game. At the heart of Simulacrum is the desire to play characters that can dominate the battlefield in style. Take control of one of five unique Eidolons, each with their own distinctive play style, assortment of abilities, and customization. We aim to deliver the definitive PVE experience, full of exciting, diverse and challenging encounters.
When is it coming out?
Simulacrum is currently in an alpha build. Right now we are looking to acquire funding in order to continue development and will be launching a crowdfunding campaign shortly. Be sure to follow us on twitter and subscribe to our email list to be the first to know when our campaign goes live! More information on our plans for release will be provided then.
What is the extent of the customization?
Customization is going to be a MAJOR element in Simulacrum. We want players to be able to create unique builds for each of their characters, both with respect to visuals and gameplay. No two characters will play alike. Each character will have access to unique disciplines that will govern the gameplay archetype, and a deep pool of abilities unique to that discipline that will be further customizable through a Mastery system, resulting in a myriad of possible builds.
Players will also be able to unlock armors, shaders, emotes, and more through progression and challenge completion. We aim to provide an overwhelming amount of quality customization at launch.
What is Incursion?
Incursion is the game mode Simulacrum is built around. You and up to two friends will enter into hostile territory in search of artifacts called Prime Diluvians. Establish a foothold on the battlefield and fortify it with powerful upgrades. Enlist allies to help you in your fight. Prime Diluvians can be acquired through a variety of ways - exploration, defeating powerful enemies, completing challenges and puzzles. Once you've gotten a certain amount you'll be able to call for an extraction, where you must survive a relentless barrage of enemies if you hope to make it out with the goods!
What are Operations?
Operations are a large-scale co-op PVE game mode that offers unique missions with challenging objectives that can be accomplished in dynamic ways. Operations will also offer new ways to play the game outside of what is available in the Incursion game mode.
What is an Eidolon?
An Eidolon is one of five powerful characters players will be able to play in Simulacrum, each with their own distinctive playstyles and customizable abilities.
What can you tell us about enemy Factions?
Players will learn more about the different factions over the course of the story. Each enemy faction has its own unique style of battle. In the Alpha Build, 2 units from the Construct faction can be encountered. The Drone, a cannon fodder unit that can prove dangerous in large numbers as they swarm the player. And the Hellion, a very dangerous blitz stealth unit that can become quite deadly if you aren't keeping an eye on them. There are several other units that didn't make it into the Alpha Build but will be revealed in time. Each faction is designed to allow their units to work cohesively towards their goal.
Enemy factions will each feature unique commanders. These characters allow us to further diversify the play style of each faction. Each faction will have at minimum 2 commanders.
Another unique element in Simulacrum is how factions affect the world. Whereas other games might handle differing factions a bit more simply, swapping out the units spawned and leaving it at that - we want to create a more dynamic experience so that when you play on Meridian Cliffs for example, the experience will be wildly different depending on which faction you are facing.
So not only will you encounter unique gameplay with each faction, but also dynamic events during the course of the match. This can be seen in the Alpha Build on Meridian Cliffs where the Construct faction calls down an orbital strike during the match, which changes the entire atmosphere of the level. More events can be seen towards the end as the player extracts. This is unique to the Constructs, on this particular map. Another faction will have an entirely different dynamic event depending on who you're fighting and where you are.
One of the things we wanted to do in order to break up repetitiveness of playing a map more than once is to introduce elements like this. As well as other dynamic events we will touch upon later.
What will the cooperative experience be like?
Players will be able to team up with up to 2 friends online as they complete Incursions, and will need to work together to solve puzzles, steal Prime Diluvians, and tackle difficult enemies.
What can you tell us about the story?
At the heart of Simulacrum is a compelling narrative experience. We wanted to blend great visuals, immersive gameplay, and an unforgettable story all into one package. Players will be able to experience the story as they progress through content, and align themselves with factions that offer unique challenges and rewards.
Will Simulacrum Be Built On Unreal Engine 5?
Yes, Simulacrum will launch on Unreal Engine 5. The game is currently being built on the 4.20 version of Unreal Engine 4. After our Crowdfunding campaign we will be upgrading to Unreal Engine 4.25, which will allow us to seamlessly transition to Unreal Engine 5 when it releases. Unreal Engine 5 will provide us with powerful new tools to take advantage of as we develop Simulacrum and will allow us to build on a strong foundation from which the game can evolve and grow smoothly as we enter the next generation of gaming.
Why are you Crowdfunding Simulacrum?
In order for us to bring Simulacrum to life we need funding. So far, we have been working full time while using money we had saved from UE4 Marketplace asset sales. If you are interested in supporting us in our Crowdfunding campaign, please be sure to follow us on twitter, or subscribe to our email list to be the first to know when it goes live!
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