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Rage Against The Machine In Upcoming Steampunk MMO


Shoot guns, use magic, swing swords, and grind gears in Mechanist Games’ premier title.

City of Steam is a free-to-play browser-based MMORPG from newcomer indie development studio Mechanist Games. It is being developed on the Unity engine and looks pretty great for a browser game even at its current alpha stage build. 

The world of City of Steam is set upon a massive construction known as the World Machine and is made up of numerous interlocking gears, many of which will probably be visited by players at some point. The base game takes place upon the center gear, called the Major Plate. Surrounding the Major Plate are four spokes made up of the elements of the World Machine: steam, coal, rust, and oil. Each of these spokes cause seasonal change, and are realms in their own rights. Surrounding all the gears is the Periphery, a band that binds everything together. This area is full of rugged terrain and dangerous monsters. Foreign gears are speculated to be floating through the void beyond the World Machine, as is as an underworld full of demons. The hub of City of Steam is called Nexus, a giant city in the center of the Major Plate. There, players will accept missions which will take them to various locations with different tasks. Each region has its own history and the lore of the World Machine appears to be incredibly deep.

Players have nine races and four classes to choose from. The races consist of four different types of humans, two types of elves, and three variations of orcs. Each race has its own backstory and stat adjustments. The four available classes (arcanist, gunner, warder, and channeler) appear to roughly conform to the typical ranged damage, melee damage, tank, and healer character roles.

Gameplay is similar to Diablo III. Players click where they want to go (Edit: WASD controls are available as well) and use various spells to defeat monsters and overcome obstacles. One of the unique things about City of Steam as an MMO is that it does not require you to play with others to progress in the game. You will be able to play through the game solo if you desire, although Mechanist Games has said that some of their dungeons are better suited to multiple players as opposed to a player tackling it by themselves. They describe their game not as an MMO, but as an RPG with MMO elements. 

As previously stated, City of Steam is free to play. It generates revenue through microtransactions involving the premium currency, Electrum. This should only have a slight negative effect for people who opt to not purchase Electrum, since Mechanist Games says that Electrum will not be used for anything other than convenience options like more inventory space, early access to special items, and reduced travel time.

While we don’t typically cover browser-based MMOs, we think this project shows promise. The premise is unique, it has large ambitions, and seems to demonstrate a degree of polish even in the early alpha build we have seen. We wish this indie developer the best of luck.

  • wow, that was a browser MMO? and its an indie game? looks pretty good! :o
  • Looks neat--and damn pretty too. I might end up playing this with some friends, who knows. Of course, Guild Wars 2 will be filling most if not all of my MMO time for awhile.

  • I may try this with my girlfriend later.

  • Looks pretty cool. But then again, any free game that lets me kill stuff usually is

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    While I'm trying abstain from playing MMO games ( due to my addictive tendencies with them) This has peaked my interest, especially considering I can venture and enjoy the game solo and not typically require other players ( which generally in my experience tend to ruin my fun). Curious as to how the classes are going to play, if they'll be predefined to their roles or if there can be some customization for unique play Being that's free is a big boost as well, though having to pay for inventory slots is a tad malicious as I assume that without them, you'll have your bags full well before a dungeon/area is cleared. That said, I will keep this on my radar :D
  • City of Steam will be browser based but not on Steam? What head-messing-with voodoo is this?
  • Being able to "smite enemies with rightous furry", may make this game worth a try.

  • Nice, but we console gamers are still starving for a true MMO experience...
    But these graphics on a browser game? Ba-jeezus!
  • Even though neither steam punk (or "industrial fantasy", whatever slight variation this may be considered) as a genre nor MMO as a game archetype speak to my sensibilities, it's been refreshing to see so many ambitious and seemingly high quality independent projects being revealed over 2011/2012.
  • This looks kind of awesome. I may have to check it out...

  • I can't believe that's a browser-based MMO. It looks rather nice and the fact that it's free and I wouldn't have to download a large load of files means that it has a better chance of me getting friends to play as well. Can't wait to see more. ^_^

  • Cool that it's free.

  • Maybe, its fun forthe stuff ive seen

  • will it be on steam? a? a?

  • wiat its not on steam how the scrambled eggs on *** toast did they miss that marketing opportunity

  • I have a feeling it is exactly equivalent to Forsaken World.
  • looks really good for a browser game

  • Wow cannot believe this is a browser game, will be keeping my eye on this one. Great work

  • Hi all, Andrew from Mechanist Games, developer of City of Steam here. The team and I came in this morning to see this piece and feel very honored to be mentioned here even though City of Steam is a Browser-based game. I think this shows that it breaks a lot of the common perceived notions of what a browser-based game is capable of, and being picked up here shows that it is evident to others besides us! If anyone has any questions feel free to ask and I'll strive to elaborate as best I can. Our first Alpha test weekend is just next month so sign up to our newsletter for priority in receiving a key. Thanks go to Jack for writing about us!
  • With a name like City of Steam, this thing better end up on Steam. I hate the idea of making a bunch of new accounts and passwords all over the internet just to TRY MMOs. It's best to have as many under the "Steam Umbrella" as possible if you ask me.
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