Worlds Adrift is a sky-pirate-themed survival game set in a world torn apart by an ancient catastrophe.
In Worlds Adrift, you play as an explorer of the endless sky. You’ll travel across thousands of procedurally-generated, floating islands, collecting supplies to build your very own skyship. Aside from its rich lore and unique setting, Worlds Adrift is set apart from other survival games by its finite, persistent resources and physics-based object interactions. Resources do not regenerate after they are used. For example, if a player knocks down a tree and harvests some wood, the tree will not regrow and unused wood will not disappear. With this dedication to realism, players will be able to truly shape their world, leaving lasting imprints of their adventures on their surroundings.
Another novelty of the game is its crafting system and how it relates to flight. The plug-and-play, Minecraft-style crafting system typical of survival games is replaced by a more realistic and expressive system. The skyships of Worlds Adrift abide by a specific set of rules that allow them to fly, so when designing your ship, you will need to include cores to keep it a float, engines to propel it forward, and tanks to store fuel. How you structure the ship though is left entirely up to you.
Outside of the ships, players will be able to traverse the world by climbing the rocks and ruins that dot the skyscape, reaching difficult areas with the aid of a grappling hook or through use of a wingsuit. The developers have a ton of interesting ideas in the pipeline beyond these basics including weather patterns and various monsters that roam across the sky’s infinite expanse. Notably, the community of Worlds Adrift is very active despite the game’s incomplete state. This bodes for very for its future as an online multiplayer game.
Worlds Adrift is holding its second round of Alpha testing session in December, but registration for that event is closed at this time. The developers are looking to host another Closed Alpha in January, opening up the registration to North American players for the first time. Selection for testing is based on several factors, including community participation on their forums. As such, if you are looking to try out Worlds Adrift before its official release, you’d do well to sign up as soon as possible. Worlds Adrift is also currently holding a flag design contest, the winners of which will be featured in an upcoming Worlds Adrift trailer and in the final game.