This is the current development-alpha client for The Universal. The client itself is well advanced, with a range of features including a custom 3d engine...
The Universal is a free massively multiplayer online game. Help write the history of your civilization as you struggle from prehistoric ignorance to the stars!
Starting life as a simple caveman, you must compete and cooperate with other players to advance your society. Ultimately, together you will reach space, where you'll find an Elite-style trading and combat game spread across a galaxy of player-made worlds.
The Universal progresses through a series of chapters each with their own unique gameplay and challenges, from crafting and trading to combat and racing. At various points in the game the actions of individual players can change the course of history - or the cosmos itself!
While all of this goes on there are regular mini-games and events to take part in, achievements to earn, and a fair amount of sitting about, chatting with other players and general messing around.
The Universal is free to download and free to play now, with the aim being to release a beta in early 2014 demonstrating the full, compressed flow.
The Universal is currently being re-developed via the process of a historical journey through the ages, from the dawn of time back through the space race and eventually back into the galaxy where it belongs :].
The current chapter (vaguely medieval themed) offers a fully-fledged genuinely social economy game, where you can make a killing in the market for bread, corner the trade for gold or get ripped off by a dodgy guy with a knackered old mill. Its a peaceful, sedate world at the moment, but when a few people start to realise the potential of swords, and towns declare war, things may begin to change.
Coming up this year : The Industrial Revolution, Tractors, World War II, Monkeys in space and loads more stuff on a similar theme.