Online game network Playnet and Texas-based game developer PaleStar have announced that DarkSpace, the upcoming massively multiplayer space simulation, will be available at Playnet.com. The game will be available beginning December 17, 2001, for a monthly subscription fee of $9.99. The DarkSpace client is free to download and includes a tutorial and a demo.
DarkSpace is set in a dynamic online universe in which players participate in a variety of scenarios. They will begin the game as an ensign pilot and will be able to work their way up to the rank of grand admiral in command of a capital ship. The game is built on PaleStar's proprietary Medusa engine, and it supports real-time particle effects, detailed space environments, and realistic stereo sound. The game features more than 18 types of ships and more than 49 types of ship enhancements. Players can participate in a variety of scenarios ranging from one-on-one skirmishes to huge 200-player wars.