'Salem: The Crafting MMO' from Paradox Interactive.
Salem: The Crafting MMO, the forthcoming free-to-play community-driven MMORPG from developer Seatribe, has entered into open beta testing according to game publisher Paradox Interactive. The game, which challenges players to survive and settle in the new world of colonial North America, is now open for would-be pilgrims everywhere.
In Salem, players can step into the well-worn boots of brave pilgrims, arriving in a fledgling settlement and attempting to carve out their new homes in the untamed wilderness. To survive, pilgrims will need to learn from the land to boost their skills, scavenge for food, and harvest natural resources in a wide-open sandbox environment to craft tools and homes, and even establish their own in-game settlements. Danger lurks around every corner, however, and between wild animals, unseen perils, and their fellow players, surviving Salem is no lean feat: there are few restrictions on Player-versus-Player (PvP) attacks, no law except what the community makes. Further pushing the in-game dangers, character death in Salem is permanent.
By designing Salem with less of a traditional MMO structure, and instead presenting players with a persistent community sandbox with high-stakes consequences for conflict, Paradox and Seatribe are allowing the Salem community to shape their own experiences. The in-game society that has sprung up during closed beta - including a bustling barter-based economy, vigilantes and mob justice, and rival settlements, have all happened as a result of players' choices and actions. With the new addition of more players during open beta, it will be fascinating to discover what the community ultimately makes of the world of Salem.