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Fans of the MMO and RTS genres have been blessed with a growing developer interest in combining the two game styles. Along with Trion Worlds’ (yup, the same guys behind Rift) End of Nations, gamigo has formally unveiled their contribution to the cutting-edge MMORTS genre. gamigo’s Elements of War Online is set in a dystopian American future wherein Russia and Europe have joined forces in staging a full-scale invasion of the free world. As a result, the United States have been torn and ravaged into raging battle zones. Most interestingly, guns and steel have long ago been cast aside in favor of ultra-futuristic “elemental” weaponry, namely artificial tornadoes, storms, earthquakes, and more.
Continue past the cut for the official feature list…
The dividing of America into smaller war zones takes on more than a figurative form; players will participate in 8-man (4 vs. 4) strategical battles across the States, the results of which should collectively shift the tide of the war as a whole. The entire war is what adds the “massive” connotation to Elements of War Online, as territory control is affected by thousands of players concurrently. Aside from carefully selecting units for different situations, players should never underestimate the effectiveness of a well-placed storm or tornado.
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Here’s the full feature list from gamigo:
- Tactical map with 50 different battle zones
- 16 maps (forest, desert, town, plains, hills, snow)
- Element weapons )earthquakes, tornadoes, thunder, electro-magnetic pulses, storms)
- 2 playable factions (USA, Russia); more factions are in planning
- 31 unit types for each faction (infantry, vehicles, planes, helicopters)
- Experimental units (such as units with modern armor and uniforms)
- Up to 8 players on one map (4-on-4)
- Units gather experience and gain ranks, can be equipped and learn skills
- Destroyable environment
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