New Population Zero Trailer Reveals Shift to B2P

Population Zero hits Steam Early Access later in this year, bringing survival mechanics and world resets to the forefront.

Previously planned as a free to play release, upcoming exploration MMO Population Zero is now switching gears to a paid Steam Early Access distribution.

Creative Director Denis Pozdnyakov commented on the pivot away from in-game transactions to a full paid release:

The decision to change the monetization model from F2P to a one-time purchase has been made after a series of thorough discussions within the team and core community. The shift to B2P will allow the studio to continue the work on the game without fears of ‘pay to win’, as well as allowing us to release new game content that really enhances the gameplay.

Developed by Enplex Games, Population Zero will feature a heavy focus on the survival side, as players have seven days to build up before the planet becomes too deadly to survive.

After that point, each character's DNA changes radically and it all begins again. Account-based progression rewards remain after the seven day window, however, and players move forward with important knowledge from previous lives.

Enplex Games today announced fans can explore the world of Kepler on May 5, 2020 and the Steam wishlist page is now live. 

Are you looking forward to this survival take on the massively multiplayer genre? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Population Zero as it nears Early Access release.

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Published Feb. 21st 2020

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