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A quick look at XERA: Survival

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From the deep dark depths of the South Island of New Zealand (specifically Invercargill), a new game emerges from the darkness, foraging around for roots and leaves. Well, not really. The game is the brainchild of Kiwi developers Spotted Kiwi Interactive, and was released into the wild (ie. early access) on the 24th of May.

What is XERA: Survival? Well, quite simply:

XERA: Survival is an action focused looter-shooter, designed from the ground up as a multiplayer, open world PvPvE experience with a global gear stash you can access from any server.

The game occurs on a 4km by 4km map, with a few military and civilian installations, as well as two safe zones in the corners (SE and NW). Basically you spawn, and run around avoiding killer robots and other players, collecting loot, drinking and eating, and making your way to the safe zone in order to stash loot so you can keep it safe.

It’s set in the year 2022 and the scenario is thus:

The era of AI has arrived. The world is in chaos after a prototype combat robot – banned by law and awaiting secure destruction by Xera Corporation – became self-aware, escaped and began replication. Failed attempts to remotely shut down the AI simply triggered a war that humanity could not afford to lose. Nation turned on nation in a fight for control over resources to defend against the robots. With the attention of the world’s military elsewhere, disenfranchised operatives have gathered to ransack what was left of the Xera Corporation’s facilities, setting up two forward operating bases, safe zones on each side of the forest that was the hiding place for mankind’s greatest failure of leadership.

A number of streamers have been playing it (Shroud, ChocoTaco, WackyJacky to name a few) and they all seem to quite enjoy it. I’ve had a go at playing it, but haven’t had much time in-game as of yet. It runs really smoothly, and the graphics are great – even on my budget system I was getting 80fps in the forest. You will recognise a lot of the assets because they are the default ones, but the devs are replacing them with custom ones as they go.

So, shout out to the Kiwis, keep up the good work and we all look forward to seeing how this game progresses!

…there are no rules of engagement, as for some, nothing less than the future of the human race is at stake; for some there is a potentially boundless paycheck; and for others perhaps, political leverage. For all, the sole imperative is survival. But then again, no one expected the robots to be waiting.

– Geoff Gummer

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