When it comes to virtual worlds, Massively's main focus to date has clearly been on Second Life
, but we're also interested in some of the other choices
that are becoming available to residents in virtual spaces. Blue Mars
from Avatar Reality
is one that's caught our eye -- it's a sci-fi themed virtual world, set on a terraformed Mars in the year 2177 AD. The potential is there to have some stunning visuals, as Blue Mars
is built on CryEngine2
, best known for giving Crysis
The official Avatar Reality site lists a beta release for the end of 2008, but they've told Eurogamer
that Blue Mars
enters beta in January 2009. "The first-time developer expects this to last for around three months, before the full game launches in April,"
Eurogamer's Rob Purchese reports.
We know there are quite a number of Massively readers who follow our Second Life content written by Tateru Nino
. What do you make of Blue Mars
from what's been revealed thus far? Will the mix of developer-created minigames and third-party content
be enough to tempt you to try it, or is the fact that Blue Mars
doesn't support user-generated content a deal breaker?