Ships Ahoy - Auto Assault

Auto Assault goes live today, as NetDevil's road rage MMORPG is online in Europe and North America. Here's word on the North American release:
AUSTIN, Texas, April 13, 2006—NCsoft® North America announced today that Auto Assault® launched commercial service in North America, Europe and other select markets worldwide. Developed by Colorado-based developer, NetDevil®, LTD, Auto Assault is the first massively multiplayer online (MMO) game set in a post-apocalyptic world featuring vehicle combat on an epic scale and fully destructible environments.

Auto Assault is available at retailers in North America at an expected price of US$49.99. The Limited Edition, which includes a headset to utilize the game’s voice chat system and a game soundtrack CD, will be available for an expected price of US$59.99. Both the standard and Limited editions of the game include the first month of online game play. After the first month, players will be charged a monthly subscription fee of US$14.99. Sixty-day game time cards will also be available at many North American retailers for an expected price of US$29.99.

In Auto Assault, players choose from three races and venture into a post-apocalyptic Earth wreaking havoc and vying for control over the few resources left. Players can design their characters and customize many different vehicle chassis to make their own unique fleet of death machines. Players may go on missions with others or on their own, craft unique items, and participate in player-versus-player combat via the arena system and contested outpost battles. No matter what they are doing, players are encouraged to interact with the game world by blasting through buildings, leveling towns and destroying just about everything they see.

“Auto Assault is a truly unique game, and a fantastic addition to our catalog,” said Robert Garriott, CEO of NCsoft North America. “There is nothing like it in the MMO game space – it is easy to play, fast, and very fun. Auto Assault gives players the best of action games, the best of role-playing games and a super-cool world to discover and destroy.”

The release of Auto Assault represents both a continuation of NCsoft’s efforts to provide gamers many compelling products to play online, and the beginning of another great service with free content updates and expansions in the years to come. Additionally, a veteran rewards program has been put in place for players who subscribe to Auto Assault within the first thirty days of service. A detailed description of the veteran rewards is available on the Auto Assault website (www.autoassault.com/gameinfo/vetawards.html).

“Compelling characters, tricked-out vehicles, crazy-fast combat and full-blown destruction make Auto Assault a blast,” said Scott Brown, president of NetDevil, LTD. “This is the game we’ve wanted to play for years; it feels good to launch commercial service. Now the real work starts – today marks the beginning of our ideas for the product and we look forward to rolling out new content for players to enjoy.”

Auto Assault is rated T for teen. For more information about Auto Assault go to: www.autoassault.com.
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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware...
Apr 14, 2006, 11:55
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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 14, 2006, 11:55
Apr 14, 2006, 11:55
 
I was interested in this game because one of the content designers is the guy who wrote most of the script for Deus Ex

who is this? I worked on DX and don't know anyone from the team over at netdevil.

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Re: If things splatered and died when hi
Apr 14, 2006, 10:28
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Re: If things splatered and died when hi Apr 14, 2006, 10:28
Apr 14, 2006, 10:28
 
this will be NCSOFTS first flop

because Lineage II isn't enough of a flop (in the western heimsphere, at least) already?

but I admit I was psyched about the concept at first, when I played the closed beta not so much anymore... that it ran like ass while looking somewhat average on my not-too-shabby PC didn't help either

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If this game was any fun...
Apr 14, 2006, 09:36
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If this game was any fun... Apr 14, 2006, 09:36
Apr 14, 2006, 09:36
 
Two words: Micro Machines.

I felt like I was 12 again, and playing with little Micro Machine toy cars. SOOOOOO boring. None of the weapons had any feel to them, they all felt like pea shooters. And who the F would pay monthly for basically Guild-Wars in a Car, when they can just play Guild Wars?

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Re: Mmmmm...
Apr 13, 2006, 23:07
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Re: Mmmmm... Apr 13, 2006, 23:07
Apr 13, 2006, 23:07
 
I was real interested in this one, as the whole fantasy-MMO thing just doesn't do much for me. (I'm a Sci Fi geek.)

I got into the Beta some months ago, and didn't find too much to love, sadly. I know they did a major overhaul, and hopefully it addressed the problems, but I found the Quest system frustrating and the Loot system way too fiddly.

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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware...
Apr 13, 2006, 22:38
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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 2006, 22:38
Apr 13, 2006, 22:38
 
Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 13:51 Elf Shot The Food

Someone make Redline II please.

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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware...
Apr 13, 2006, 22:13
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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 2006, 22:13
Apr 13, 2006, 22:13
 
Does that make every modern sports and racing game with real company logos and advertisements embedded "adware", or more realistic? e.g. Madden, NHL, NFS, etc?

The sports genre requires much more of a judgement call. It's difficult to separate sports and advertisements since one drives the other. A few sports have sold out to the point where if the advertising is omitted then it's not even close to representative. I have few issues with a game if it displays Siemens on Real Madrid's unis or Dupont on Jeff Gordon's car. Unfortunately almost all of the sports games today have become ad infested with billboards, posters, and other placements that are obvious payoffs and have little to do with the enjoyment of the game or representation of the avatars in use. Making almost the whole of todays sports games adware.

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Re: No subject
Apr 13, 2006, 19:50
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Re: No subject Apr 13, 2006, 19:50
Apr 13, 2006, 19:50
 
now that NCSoft has so many mmogs out, many of which have a narrow niche focus, maybe it should try the "subscribe to one - play all" fee model, where a single monthly fee gets you access to all their games.

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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware...
Apr 13, 2006, 19:08
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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 2006, 19:08
Apr 13, 2006, 19:08
 
I was interested in this game because one of the content designers is the guy who wrote most of the script for Deus Ex, but I don't have the time to play an MMO now. And by the sound of it this one isn't much good.

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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware...
Apr 13, 2006, 18:44
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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 2006, 18:44
Apr 13, 2006, 18:44
 
On the academic point of ads in games:

But if and when it does, it will be software supported by ads. Ergo, adware.

Does that make every modern sports and racing game with real company logos and advertisements embedded "adware", or more realistic? e.g. Madden, NHL, NFS, etc?

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Re: If things splatered and died when hi
Apr 13, 2006, 17:41
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Re: If things splatered and died when hi Apr 13, 2006, 17:41
Apr 13, 2006, 17:41
 
this game sucks

this will be NCSOFTS first flop

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Re: If things splatered and died when hi
Apr 13, 2006, 16:14
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Re: If things splatered and died when hi Apr 13, 2006, 16:14
Apr 13, 2006, 16:14
 
i was int eh beta as well..
and i started playing the beta after i got bored of WoW and was deserately looking for anything to fill the void.
just as i got sick of WoW, i got in... built my character.. started up stuff.. did the first few tutorials...then on to the main city area for my race.

where i quickly found the game to be ugly and so simple it reminded me of City of Heroes.. minus the fun part. It was more interactive than the borefest, dull cowpie that is GW however imho.

i just felt like i was playing a large version of Twisted Metal..which in fun for like.. 30 minutes.


The amount of damage done to the US in the first week alone has to have China and Russia laughing at us.
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If things splatered and died when hit
Apr 13, 2006, 15:34
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If things splatered and died when hit Apr 13, 2006, 15:34
Apr 13, 2006, 15:34
 
or at least rendered immobile so you could back up and hit them again, it might be fun. But you have to shoot them and shoot them and stop and back up and shoot them some more. I wanted to drive a car stained with the blood of my victims, what I got was 'Driving Miss Daisy' set in the desert.

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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware...
Apr 13, 2006, 14:24
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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 2006, 14:24
Apr 13, 2006, 14:24
 
If the game does not contain any ads at launch, then my bad. But if and when it does, it will be software supported by ads. Ergo, adware.

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Auto Insult
Apr 13, 2006, 14:05
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Auto Insult Apr 13, 2006, 14:05
Apr 13, 2006, 14:05
 
More like Auto Insult. I found it to be the Computer equivalent of "playing cars" zroom! To me it looked and felt like it was designed for a very young audience, no depth. On the +plus side its not another fantasy mmo. PASS.
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Re: pfft
Apr 13, 2006, 13:57
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Re: pfft Apr 13, 2006, 13:57
Apr 13, 2006, 13:57
 
I'd rather play I'76 again than pay for Auto Assault.

I was in the beta since almost the beginning and when anyone asks about AA I ask them a couple of questions. One, did you like Mario Kart? and two, did you like it enough to pay $15 a month to play it? If the answer to both of those things are true, Auto Assault is the game for you.

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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware...
Apr 13, 2006, 13:51
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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 2006, 13:51
Apr 13, 2006, 13:51
 
Someone make Redline II please.

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pfft
Apr 13, 2006, 13:49
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pfft Apr 13, 2006, 13:49
Apr 13, 2006, 13:49
 
I would rather stick with stuff like hellbenderrace or V-CTF in UT2004 rather than pay a monthly fee.

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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware...
Apr 13, 2006, 13:48
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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 2006, 13:48
Apr 13, 2006, 13:48
 
I played Auto Assault during a weekend beta and the recent free preview. While I enjoyed the game, I didn't enjoy it enough to buy it and pay monthly.

If the game drops down to a bargain bin price sometime, I may buy it and play it for the free month.

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hmmm.
Apr 13, 2006, 13:38
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hmmm. Apr 13, 2006, 13:38
Apr 13, 2006, 13:38
 
Glad I didn't waste my time with the Beta then.

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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware...
Apr 13, 2006, 12:47
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Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 2006, 12:47
Apr 13, 2006, 12:47
 
"It's funny how any MMO, no matter how shitty, has at least a few fanboys trying to make it sound good... do you get paid per post?"

Wow. All he did was clear up some confusion about the ads... and he's a fanboy?
Amazing.

The game looked interesting to me because it's something different in the MMO world. It's not another medival setting and that fact alone had me interested when it was first anounced.

I did get into the beta but never actually bothered to download/PLAY the beta, haha.
I would still like to try the game, just to see how it turned out. I didn't hear good things durring the beta, which is part of the reason I kind of changed my mind once I was accepted into it.
Oh well.

I'll wait for the 7 day trial that will innevitably happen at some point. I just can't jump into an MMO without trying it first.

At least with a normal game, once you buy it you have as long as you'd like to "get to like it" if you don't enjoy it immediately... with an MMO, once you sign up, if it doesn't lure you in within the first 30 days then you've either got a coaster or you've got to continue paying just to see if you'll end up liking the game. Bah.

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