Publication date of the original Japanese article: 2021-11-04 17:55 (JST)
Translated by. Nick Mosier
On November 2, Studio 369 announced their multiplayer mech action game MetalCore for PC, with an alpha test starting in the spring of 2022.
MetalCore is a mech-style action game where players can enjoy large-scale 100 player battles, as well as smaller-scale PvE content. Long ago, there was a civil war across the solar empire. The central government on earth tried to maintain order amid a scarcity of resources. From the struggle, a new technology called The Fabricator was born that could make nearly anything from raw materials. Thanks to this technology, humanity is able to colonize other solar systems. After much time passes, multiple splintered factions descend on a mineral rich planet.
Players will fight for control as either a member of the Gearbreakers, Holy Corporation, or Metalpunks. In addition to the mechs players can pilot, the game will also feature ground vehicles and aircraft to use in combat. It hasn’t been revealed how battles will play out, but we can infer from the trailer that there will be a variety of mechs and characters in the game, with mechs being controlled in first person perspective.
In addition to rewards for completing missions, you can acquire ownership of land to mine for resources or collect tax revenue from. Within your territory, you can also use blueprints to make vehicles, and buy and sell equipment. If you become a Baron within your faction, it will become possible to recruit players under you, to whom you can lend your own mechs to, to fight on your behalf in the game’s guild system. It sounds like Barons will be able to purchase land and collect resources and tenant fees.
The game touts that every item has value. Everything from mechs, to weapons, to cosmetics and blueprints will be certified unique as NFTs that can be bought and sold on an open market and have value in the real world. The game will have Play-2-Earn and Win-2-Earn mechanics as NFT items can be acquired through winning matches and playing the game.
Studio 369 is made up of staff that have worked on games such as MechWarrior 2, Mortal Kombat, and Gears of War. Studios making games that implement NFTs and blockchain technology have suddenly increased in recent years. But Valve, the company behind Steam, put a policy in place banning NFT games, which has had repercussions on the genre (see related article, in Japanese).
MetalCore is scheduled to hold an alpha test in the spring of 2022. They are also planning to launch their first NFT collection of 10,000 weapons and release them for purchase in January of the same year.