In Moonrise, the new game from State of Decay developer Undead Labs, your goal is to round up a group of cursed creatures called Lunari and help return them to their peaceful Solari selves. The game involves exploring its massive world, dungeons, quiet towns and all, and putting together a team of Solari who will gain experience and evolve during the course of play. We’ll have to organise our Solari teams appropriately, in order to be the most effective in battle.
If this is all sounding a bit like Pokémon then yes, I am inclined to agree with you. The fact that Moonrise is essentially Pokémon on PC (and mobile) is one of its biggest draws – and, is likely a key reason why over 4000 players were so excited to get into the closed beta. That beta appears to have gone well but there’s still much testing be done before the game has its full release, and so Undead Labs has now released Moonrise on Steam Early Access.
Moonrise Now Available
Undead Labs explains that they want to make Moonrise something that people invest their time in and that players will play for “years to come”. As such, this stint in Early Access is all about getting “feedback on other gameplay systems and content”, tuning gameplay balance, and seeing how players’ creativity “evolves the metagame”.
The full version of Moonrise will have more story content and a “more robust PvP experience” and is expected to launch this fall. At launch, Moonrise will also be free to play but while it’s in Early Access there are two (paid for) ways of playing:
- Moonrise – Warden’s Edition: This is the cheapest edition of the game and it costs £10.99. It includes: 4-Star Graveljaw, 4-Star Zaptrap, 4-Star Khemony, 1x Solari Booster (6x Solari each, with a guaranteed 4-star in each booster), 5000 Gold, 2000 Gems, and 1x Exclusive Snowy Crownlord Solari Skin.
- Moonrise – Guildmaster’s Edition: This edition is a little more expensive at £14.99 but it includes: 4-Star Emberjaw, 4-Star Snaptrap, 4-Star Nemony, 4-Star Graveljaw, 4-Star Zaptrap, 4-Star Khemony, 2x Solari Booster (6x Solari each, with a guaranteed 4-star in each booster), 10000 Gold, 3000 Gems, and 1x exclusive Ebon Kitzapp Solari Skin 1x EXCLUSIVE Snowy Crownlord Solari Skin
While I have no issues with a free to play game costing money whilst it’s in Early Access (we’re paying for the pre-release privilege) it does irk me a bit that the Warden and Guildmaster editions of the game are the only ones that are available.
For example, a 4-Star Emberjaw may be one of Moonrise‘s best creatures but how can the buyer, as someone who has not played the game yet, know this? Undead Labs’ combat strategy and team building guides might explain a few things though, so have a read and make sure you’re certain before you purchase.
Moonrise is now available on PC and Mac via Steam Early Access. A full release on PC, Mac, iOS and Android is planned for later in 2015.