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Otherland, a long in-development MMO, is playable this month

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In the '90s I devoured Tad Williams' sci-fi fantasy novels, all the while thinking "jeez, this would make an incredible video game". Flash forward fifteen years, and it looks like my dream will come true imminently, because Otherland – an MMO based on Williams' series of the same name – will finally hit Early Access later this month.

The game was actually announced way back in 2008, but after a series of hurdles Drago Entertainment has announced the full game will launch in 2016. It's no surprise to me that it has taken so long, because any game attempting to render Williams' universe digitally is going to have a hard time. My memory is foggy, but the overall premise is that a group of explorers visit a range of hugely different virtual reality worlds.

The Early Access page corroborates this: "Embark on exciting adventures in a virtual multiverse with worlds ranging from fantasy to sci-fi. Built on the Unreal-engine, the Otherland MMO features beautiful graphics, action-based combat with direct controls, PVE and PVP, a rich storyline and complex RPG character development with four classes and numerous skills."

The trailer below gives a better feel for what the game will offer. The MMO market is a bit unstable at the moment, but if Otherland fulfills the promises of its concept then it'll be well worth the wait. It launches on Early Access August 26.

Shaun Prescott
Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.