Ludomotion, the small development team behind Early Access title Unexplored 2, “is aiming to create a new kind of RPG”, says Game Director Joris Dormans. “Unexplored 2 is what you might call an adaptive RPG. It’s not just your character that ends up reflecting your choices. Through our legacy system, the entire game world adapts to your choices and style of play.”
Talking about the generative nature of the game, Dormans explains: “We’re way beyond exploring content generation techniques at this point, what matters now is the impact it has on the game’s design. Something I call Radical Content Generation. We’re using it so that the experience is always novel and the player is always driving their own story. It’s almost like engaging with your own virtual D&D Dungeon Master.”
It’s very complex and to get all the systems right on an individual level and have them work together to create this one giant game has been quite an undertaking.
“We’re a small team and we’re trying to figure out how all these systems should come together whilst we’re creating them. We’re slowly getting there, so it’s absolutely great to see the response so far. A lot of players, press and streamers seem to genuinely understand, embrace and enjoy the freedom the game offers. They set out on quests of their choosing, they craft their own tools, and they decide themselves when they are ready to face the challenges the end-game offers. Combined with more traditional roguelike elements, this makes the stakes of their adventures very, very real.”
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy is available now in Early Access on the Epic Games Store. It’s priced $24.99, and is available with a 10% launch discount for a limited time. An additional $10 discount can be applied at checkout by using the Epic MEGA Sale Coupon, which is available until 17 June, 2021.