It also features some sort of crowdfunding component judging by the funding and backer counters on the official website, though the PR doesn't mention how far along the game's development actually is.
You can read the full announcement and watch the associated trailer past the break.
[Source: Piranha press release]
The Future of Humanity is Unknown:Transverse, the New Science Fiction MMORPG from the Creators of MechWarrior OnlineComing 2015
- In the fringes of the cosmos, all traditions will be broken and your actions determine humanity's path among the stars -
VANCOUVER - September 9, 2014 - Humanity has begun its first tentative steps beyond its home solar system. However, the journey has not been entirely peaceful...
From the creators of MechWarrior Online comes Transverse, a galactic flight-based MMORPG set in a persistent, distant sector of the galaxy where industry, science and combat shape humanity's interstellar progression.
When the division between humans on Earth and the trans-humans of the outer colonies threatened to develop into a system-wide war, the development of an interstellar jump drive offered an alternative and the trans-humans in the outer colonies were given the drive and a choice: integrate or emigrate.
They chose isolation.
Now immortal through the ability to transfer their consciousness into different host bodies, the trans-humans have multiple hosts that can be modified and improved to advance a pilot's skill. The future path humanity takes among the stars is in your hands.
With incredibly detailed ship and station construction, massive solar-system-wide player events and real-time, physics-based combat, Transverse puts the power in the pilot's hands. A fluctuating, real-time economy fueled by industry drives trade in a dynamic resource ecosystem, and player-generated contracts and missions can shift the balance of power at any given moment. Your reputation as a pilot throughout the galaxy will be judged by how well you fly, and the decisions you make.
Transverse is now available for pre-order via a variety of tiers starting at $30 USD.
For more information, please cruise over to www.transversegame.com.
About Piranha Games
Founded in April 2000 by Russ Bullock and Bryan Ekman, Piranha Games (www.piranhagames.com) is an independent veteran game development studio and the creator of hit multiplayer game MechWarrior Online. Russ and Bryans collective vision and dedication to core gaming, have fostered an environment of excellence and creativity that has allowed Piranha to deliver deep, rich, engaging game experiences. Piranha continues this excellence with its latest project, the Transverse (www.transversegame.com).