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Pioneer was first announced in development in 2017, although there were few details beyond some gun models and environments. Now, the game, in which GFA Games is working, has its first suitable trailer and a tentative release window in late 2021 / early 2022.
The genre is a mix of MMORPGs and survival games and, following some systems, Pioner's big influences are Escape from Tarkov and a bit of STALKER. The setting seems to be especially influenced by the classic science fiction novel Roadside Picnic: a Soviet island isolated by a kind of artificial anomaly, in which you and other players search for treasure, information and survivors.
The GFA problem for the game mentions raids, allies, monsters, a base of origin that must be protected from assassins, and most interestingly, is the ability to change and adapt your character's body. The trailer doesn’t give many clues as to what such modifications might be, though it’s clear that melee combat is clearly intended to play a role as big as weapons. There is a system of elaboration, of course, and it places great emphasis on customizing the weapons and keeping them in good condition. While players can explore alone, certain locations and enemies will require multiple players to work together, and in addition, there is the PvP element.
The game has a Russian website which throws some real gems at Google Translate. "Maybe the world is already dead and the surviving people swarm over their remains like worms in a wound." Yes! "The old rules don't work. The new rule is just one: whoever is best armed is right."
I can't wait to launch the Soviet Union app on my retro-futuristic smartwatch.
The developers also hosted questions and answers on the Russian website VK, which contains a few kilos of information. GFA confirmed that there will be several locations in the game and that the Pioneer world has a dynamic weather and schedule system that can be influenced by anomalies: “for example, in a second, if the weather is clear, it can turn into rain wind and hail ".
The second half of the Pioneer trailer is where the interesting things reside: more than a glance at this strange and slightly alien landscape, and the sci-fi elements of the world. The retro Soviet aesthetic, crafted with love, is also something special, with elements like the operating system of your "smartwatch" that gives you a real sense of character. Heck, I even think the sinister Russian voiceover adds something. Pioneer will do a beta test before its full release, at which point we hope we can report on the area ourselves, colleagues.