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Vendetta Online
Feb 5, 2013 @ 2:55am
Mar 4, 2014 @ 10:55am
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Vendetta Online has been Greenlit!
Vendetta Online is the first MMO to release for Oculus Rift!
Release date: Already Released. VO 1.9 expansion in development.
Vendetta Online is a long-running, first & third-person 3D space combat MMORPG for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, WinRT and Android (including OUYA!). This MMO permits thousands of players to interact as the pilots of spaceships in a vast universe. Users may build their characters in any direction they desire, becoming rich captains of industry, military heroes, or outlaws. A fast-paced, realtime "twitch" style combat model, along with realistic physics, creates intense action against the backdrop of RPG gameplay in a massive online galaxy. Three major player factions form a delicate balance of power, with several NPC sub-factions creating situations of economic struggle, political intrigue and conflict. The completely persistent universe and detailed storyline add to the depth of immersion, resulting in a unique online experience.

A free download:

Joystiq - "For active developer participation, Vendetta Online definitely runs near the head of the pack and might even lead it"

Kotaku - "a deep game with an intuitive interface"

Macworld - "a brilliant online gaming experience, clearly influenced by classic space games Elite and Frontier"

Vendetta Online has been built and expanded since the late 90s by a four-person independent studio, based in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The game originally debuted online in 2002, and shipped to retail stores in 2004. Since then, we've provided a non-stop supply of new updates and changes to the game, created with constant feedback from our supportive userbase. Among other things, the game offers:
  • Twitch Combat, meaning that success in combat is ultimately determined by player skill rather than character stats.
  • Realistic Physics underpins all flight mechanics and combat gameplay. Mass is dynamic (ships can jettison cargo, for instance) and even the shape of a given ship impacts its distribution of mass and handling characteristics.
  • Multiple flight control modes sit on top of this physics model. One gives a fly-by-wire approach, yielding a flightsim-style experience; the other offering advanced control over all six degrees of freedom, including vertical and horizontal strafe, plus conservation of momentum. Many other options also available (1st or 3rd person view, control styles, etc).
  • Configurable Ships with a flexible "port" system to allow usage of many addon types (weapons, scanners, sensors) with different tradeoffs.
  • A Massive Galaxy of over 7000 sectors. Three major player nations occupy most of the space, with two of the nations at war and one of them remaining neutral. Ten minor factions and corporations fill out other corners of the galaxy, creating situations of intrigue and conflict.
  • Complex AI guides the long-term decisions of huge numbers of NPCs. By handling NPCs as entire factions and nations, they can be coordinated towards large-scale strategic goals, reacting to player behaviour not just on an individual level, but across an entire faction over an extended period of time.
  • The Dynamic Economy drives commerce in the game universe, fluctuating over time based on the actions of both player and NPC traders. Corporations may hire combat-skilled players as escorts for trade convoys in dangerous territory, and will also react to the loss of convoys with the assignment of more defenses and by placing bounties on pirate heads.
  • Mining of Asteroids provides raw materials needed for the galaxy, the economy, as well as specialized player-constructable content available through the process of Manufacturing.
  • Galaxy-Wide News keeps people informed of the latest events: which bounty hunters have successfully brought down criminals, what locations have surplus or need for trade goods, and other information.
  • A Rich Backstory covering two millennia, which you can read online. This lays out the history and cultures that evolved within the game universe, along with the events whose echoes still resonate in the political divisions of our "present day" galaxy.
  • Subscription-based, but actively working towards a Free tier. As a small company, it's a risky process for us to convert from the classic subscription system that supports us, to something else. Still, we've just launched a new level-capped "Lite" subscription for Android users, and we're working to expand our available options to new players.
  • Would you like to learn more? Take a look at the Game Website or the vast amount of information on the totally-player-created VO-Wiki!

The Vendetta Online 1.9 Expansion

See the video list for extensive developer discussions of the Vendetta Online 1.9 goals, such as player RTS control of MMO battles, reactive AI nations, and game graphics and rendering technology changes.

Among other things, the VO 1.9 expansion includes:
  • Updated graphics, sounds, and rendering technology.
  • Major improvements to player-owned capital ships, like custom ship names, shields, shared ownership, and improved hangar access for captains.
  • A significant re-working of the game galaxy to make for larger and denser asteroid fields, with updated graphical assets.
  • An increase in the number of mineral and ore types, re-distributed throughout this updated galaxy.
  • More complex space stations, along with capship stations located at all Capitol sectors.
  • More persistent NPC types and Named NPCs, offering specialized missions and gameplay (disabled freighters, lost colonists, wandering smugglers, wanted assassins, etc).
  • Expansion of the dynamic economy to support more supply-side variability in cases where territory is conquered during Dynamic Warfare.
  • Expansion of the current Dynamic Warfare implementation to include the outbreak of small wars (lasting weeks to months) between minor factions in unaligned space, creating gameplay situations for Letters of Marque (privateering), smuggling and espionage.
  • More tools for player created content, related to creating events and persistent NPCs.

What would come with Vendetta Online for Steam?

We would integrate support for our 100% native Windows, Mac and Linux versions (since 2002, we're one of the longest-supporting, completely-native Linux games). We'd also like to integrate Steamworks features, including use of friend-finding features and showing our many existing Achievements.

Steam sales structure will be up to a discussion with Valve; but it's easy for us to allow players to pre-puchase blocks of time.

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Popular Discussions View All (6)
Aug 30, 2014 @ 7:57pm
EVE Copy. Another Subscription Based Space RPG? No thanks
Aug 2, 2015 @ 2:38am
Capital Ships
Apr 13, 2014 @ 10:24pm
release ??
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Phoenix (yes, another one) Sep 18 @ 2:49pm 
These guys have a long standing tradition of grossly underestimating how long it takes them to complete something. Take the fabled 1.9 patch, talk of that being juuuuust about ready has been going on for about ten years now, it's still not out. You'll want to at least double, or triple whatever time period they provide you to get at least close to the actual completion date.
vskye1 Aug 21 @ 9:52pm 
Now that DX12 is out, does that mean another 3 years of waiting Inc? Gezz.
Ikey Mar 12 @ 11:26am 
ViperX Jan 3 @ 9:22am 
Heh. :d
Guild Software  [author] Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:46am 
New DX11 engine just went into production a few weeks ago, and the game server was re-worked and migrated to a much stronger location over summer+fall, we're doing much of this to prepare for the Steam release. Currently targeting the first half of 2016, preferably Q1 if all goes well.
vskye1 Oct 26, 2015 @ 10:23pm 
Ya, what Spence said!
CrazySpence Jun 3, 2015 @ 11:38am 
Hey! get off your butts and release already or I'm gonna drive down to Wisconsin and slap you!
Eraserman May 4, 2015 @ 1:42pm 
Wold love to hear about a release date. Is this still planned to happen?
PhantomArcanist Feb 25, 2015 @ 2:52pm 
ooh new graphics like the sound of that
DIE_by_SCI-FI Feb 25, 2015 @ 2:11pm 
Thank you for answer! Im really respect you because you dont give up and improving your game. Wish you good luck and strength.
And hope that there is still be p2p system with time-limited free period.
Never switch to f2p, please.
Best regards,