Trion Unveils Voxel-Based Trove

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor November 15, 2013
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After a cryptic tease on the newly created @TroveGame Twitter account Wednesday, Trion Worlds officially revealed their newest project, Trove. The free-to-play game is described as "an open-ended voxel adventure through countless realms filled with quests, chests, and enemies great and small," the game will offer procedurally generated voxel-based worlds with exploration, combat, crafting, and building.

It makes sense that Trion would go in this direction. Before returning as Trion's CEO, Scott Hartsman famously said that the content-development system for online gaming was "broken," and having something different from the usual "patch every few months" that players quickly tire of is right up their alley.

It's also a clear continuation of the trend in gaming started by games like Minecraft and Cube World, and, eventually, EverQuest Next. Voxels and procedurally generated worlds are gaming's new buzzwords these days, and I wouldn't be surprised to see more such games in the next few years. Whether that will be a good thing or not remains to be seen.

Trion is "launching Trove in alpha," which we suppose means that access will be granted to select players as soon as a reasonably stable build is available. You can sign up for the game at the Trove site.

What do you think? Does Trove look like something you're interested in trying?

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Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (33)

james 8 years ago
and another note to make this game you only need 2 people not a whole team. they said that on there live stream last Friday.

Donut0324 8 years ago
Everyone has to stop calling it a Minecraft clone. It has its own differences and similarities. This happens to every game after Minecraft came out.

Bic Boi 8 years ago
Moar voxels huh? New trend everybody! Watch for 27 more voxel-based games in the next 4 years!

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ExHuman 8 years ago
Although I have nothing against 2d puzzle platformers, this looks like 3D port of some 32bit game to me. Human eye is not designed to tolerate this for long time.
The whole idea of exploring and creating environment is cool though.

mr jodedor 8 years ago
cube world+ minecraft not is original already use that idea

Anon 8 years ago
Lost me at Trion.
Their record so far isn't too great. They just don't seem to have what it takes to make a solid game.

scorcher23 8 years ago
is this game going to be free?

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rsdiver 8 years ago
looks like a cubeworld ripoff :/ ... i am not going to support this

lolgonewrong 8 years ago
Just because a game has blocks
its a minecraft copy
lmao
Kids learn what your talking about before posting
minecraft is a survival game
THIS TERRARIA AND CUBEWORLD ARE RPG ADVENTURE GAMES

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legend 1 8 years ago
its a rip of of cube world which is a rip off of mincraft which is a ripoff of halo 3 YES I SAID IT minecraft is a rip off of halo 3;s forge mode which is a ripoff of quake which is a ripoff of counter strike which is a ripoff of pong its like ripoffception.

on the other hand though if this was in the bible it would be like and pong begat space invaders which bagat the 8 bit era which begat the 16 bit era who had two children and took them to tony's pizza,not the one on 59th and hoffstetter, the good one,which begat XD

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unmarked 8 years ago
cube world knock off

Sad 8 years ago
I was excited at first after reading the title of this article.

I imagined an adventure game centered around exploring procedurally generated dungeons, ruins and castles whose entrances would randomly appear in the world and players would co-operatively enter and defeat the monsters within.

Something like Realm of the Mad God but in 3D.

Where you go questing for loot and gear in these dungeons and then return to town to buy, trade, sell and upgrade.

Extreme disappointment is what I got after watching the video.

What theyre doing is nothing new.

Just another Minecraft server with even worse looking graphics.

Huntcameron 8 years ago
Lol, all the Minecraft noobs: "Has blocks (Voxel based) so its just another Minecraft"...

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iman 8 years ago
like cubeworld but not as good looking

ThcMonkee 8 years ago
This looks almost indentical to Cubeworld. While making a voxel based mmo might be a new thing, the market is just saturated with minecraft clones, some improve on the formula, some simply copy the highlights. Regardless whether it be a singleplayer, multiplayer or an mmo for a game to find it's place in this genre, it would need to evolve the creation part of the gameplay. Like being able to animate our creations and give them AI, instead of just making statues and houses.

Statues are cool and all, but we have the other 126 voxel based games to make statues in, we don't need another one.

Atleast that's my opinion.

Golgo28 8 years ago
The real question is can Trion handle another failed game.They still haven't come close to breaking even on defiance.And rift doesn't make enough money to cover more losses of defiance proportions.I sense more lay offs at trion after this game releases.

capoe 8 years ago
Gonna say that is a low blow on the guy who made minecraft/just sayin

capoe 8 years ago
Looks cool,but why just copy and paste minecraft? Why not have better gfx?

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Jooq 8 years ago
This "Minecraft" theme became boring for me. Ace of Spades, guncraft, whatever...all that kinds of sh*t.

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konnik 8 years ago
Mounted!!!


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