Derek Smart's Line of Defense is doing the Early Access thing on Steam, not because he needs your money—he doesn't—but because it's a good way to do a "wider public test... using backend tools we don't need to or want to develop." But a lot of gamers view Early Access as simply a way to play a game before everyone else rather than an actual testing environment, so to ensure the developers get the meaningful feedback they need, developer 3000AD is charging a hefty premium for admission to the club.
Line of Defense
Derek Smart, president and lead developer of 3000AD, has a lot of ambitious ideas swirling around in his head. He talked almost continuously for 45 minutes yesterday as he took me on a tour of his latest creation: MMOFPS Line of Defense.
Face jumping is an underused method for taking out gunners in enemy vehicles. Seems simple enough to me. Jump off building, land on dude, stab and repeat for victory. When you're done, why not hop into a tank or mech and finish off the driver. This Line of Defense trailer shows this crazy stunt and plenty of vehicles you can pilot in 3000AD's upcoming sci-fi Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG).
Line of Defense is a team-based continental war for territories. The game features a large variety of roles, allowing players to customize and play the way they want. For example, if you want to be a base-camping computer lover spec into hacking, sniping and cloaking capabilities for base management and sniper support. Prefer to be a pilot? Grab a transport and sprint your team's run-and-gun junkies to the front lines. Their servers will allegedly hold anywhere from 2,000-23,000 players, too. With that many people around it will be hard not to kill someone whenever you jump off a building.
Line of Defense is releasing later this year. If you want to know more, check out their website FAQ.