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Wednesday, May 1, 2002
Trade Wars: Dark Millenium Interview
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Computer gaming site HomeLAN Fed recently hooked up with Realm Interactive's David Adams and asked a variety of questions involving their current project, Trade Wars: Dark Millenium. For those unfamiliar with the name, it is based off an old BBS game bearing the same title. Dark Millenium is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game with a science fiction background that involves the exploration of space and the completion of various mission-based objectives.

The interview covers a variety of topics, from the beginnings of Realm Interactive to the back story of Trade Wars: Dark Millenium. The game currently offers four playable races, optional player-vs-player combat, and a wealth of quests and missions for players to complete. The quest system in particular is singled out by Adams as being integral:

One of the key gameplay aspects of Dark Millennium is our quest system. We are building a highly robust, fully scriptable, questing system. Our goal is to continually add new quests to the game world, and to use some of these quests to advance the storyline of the game. This serves two purposes. One, the player should always have something new and interesting to do. Two, the player has an opportunity, through the quest system, to affect the outcome of the story.

In addition to offering standard RPG quests, our quest system is also being designed to support a certain degree of RTS-like combat quests. The fiction of the game involves huge warring factions whose wars are fought out through the in-game questing system. For example, one quest might send you to retrieve battle plans for a secret Nekron laboratory. The follow-up quest might involve assaulting that laboratory with a squad of 12 marines. This is just one example of how both RPG and RTS will be woven together inside of the questing system.

A publisher has yet to be found for this title, but Adams notes that he expects the game to launch by the end of 2002. The PC version is planned to be launched first, with Mac, Linux, and console versions to follow.

For more information on this upcoming title, be sure to check out the full read at HomeLAN Fed.

HomeLAN Fed: Trade Wars: Dark Millenium Interview

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