Way back in 2001, some of you may remember the release of the world's first MMO space combat game, Jumpgate. Today, developer NetDevil has revealed via a press release that they are working on a sequel called Jumpgate Evolution which will feature several enhancements over the original.
"Jumpgate Evolution offers fun, intuitive game play that is thoroughly engrossing, while the new AI encourages players to immerse themselves in various roles available in the universe," said Scott Brown, President of NetDevil. "The game has undergone a complete graphics overhaul and has been vastly expanded to offer more weapons, and greater focus on [player versus enemy] targets, making roles more refined in the process. Advanced social aspects of the [game] are available as well, including player-owned stations, complete with controllable economy, updated player statistics and rankings, and the ability for players to create squads with customizable web pages for each. The overall experience is a vital improvement in terms of playability, accessibility, as well as the overall look and feel. We think it's a great example of just how far you can transform an existing IP."
The press release promises that Evolution's graphics and AI will be vastly improved on while at the same time being "accessible to [a wide] range of users" through a new user interface that will also "cater to the games' existing and loyal fan base." There will also be various missions for players to complete which will range from combat, patrol, mining and delivery as well as a supply and demand economy which changes based on player trading activities.
Hermann Peterscheck, Lead Producer on Jumpgate Evolution, added: "We saw a unique opportunity to expand the existing IP and integrate vast technical and game play improvements to breathe new life into the game. AI controlled cargo haulers can now respond to station supply requests and pirates can actively plunder these ships while being hunted by computer controlled defenders. All these interactions create a series of unpredictable episodes so that players stay completely engaged, immersed, and entertained."
Jumpgate Evolution will be available on the PC however no official release date or publisher has been confirmed as yet. First screenshots can be viewed in the media panel below.