Snail Games has announced that the much-anticipated Dark & Light will be heading to Steam early access later this fall. Dark & Light is an open sandbox world that blends the 'normal' MMO experience with survival mechanics.
UPDATE: Earlier today, we reported conflicting information about the nature of the Dark & Light revenue model. Snail Games sources had indicated both P2P (subscription) and B2P (one-time purchase). In response, the Dark & Light Facebook page has been updated with the news that the game will indeed be Buy to Play.
The announcement that Snail Games would be bringing Dark & Light to the world in the very near future caught many fans off guard. We took the opportunity to reach out to Product Manager Shen Yan to learn more about Dark & Light, how it's changed over the years and what players can expect in what developers call "even more of a sandbox" than ever before.
Snail Games Associate Producer "Horsejoke" took to Reddit earlier this week to answer five questions about Dark & Light. Topics included why Snail is keeping the original name and logo, how movement and combat will work, the three faction system, dragons as mounts and progression in the game.
Dark and Light, as many of our loyal readers may remember was an insanely ambitious MMORPG that launched in 2006, flopped, and was shut down in 2008. There was a load of controversy surrounding the title back then, ultimately leading to the original developer (NPCube) and publisher (Farlan Entertainment) closing quietly after lawsuits filed by VWorld LLC.
MMOSite is reporting that the development of the long-thought dead Dark and Light has been taken over by Chinese development house, Snail Games. Snail Games is best known for Age of Wulin. Devs call Dark and Light a "real" MMO.
NPCube and Farlan Entertainment, the makers of Dark and Light, are being sued by VWORLD over ownership claims and alleged misuse of VWorldTerrain technology.