A Stalk In The Park: Survarium’s Big Map, Plantiest Faction

By Nathan Grayson on July 12th, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

Good to see the Weirwoods at least made it through the Russian apocalypse. The First Men will be pleased.

If various apocalyptic games, books, and movies have taught me anything, it’s that you always side with the trees. Humans? Nah, they’re old hat. On the way out. This is largely evidenced by the fact that they always find some way to bomb, globally warm, or pandemic themselves to the brink of extinction. That’s not exactly the stuff of a winning team. Trees, though, they wither but never waver. Just a few stray seeds and they’re back in the game. So naturally, Survarium‘s Fringe faction worships them, because what else do you do with an unfeeling entity that doesn’t care if you live or die? See them in action – along with a new, impressively colossal map called Chemical Plant – below.

That’s quite a lot to digest, but here are the basics: Chemical Plant big, Fringe hearts trees and would never carve hearts into trees, and the alpha’s still ongoing, with new waves (including an English speaking one soon) incoming with each new feature added.

So basically, the multiplayer STALKER pseudo-successor’s chugging right along, and it definitely seems to have some interesting ideas propelling it. Couple larger levels and inventive faction ideas with location-based damage and STALKER holdovers like anomalies, and there’s a fair amount to be intrigued by here.

I still desperately want another single-player STALKER, but alas: it’s just not meant to be for now. I’m not entirely sure that Survarium can fill the giant-mutant-claw-shaped hole in my heart, but it’s looking like a strong prospect on its own merits. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it – at least, until the trees reclaim all the we hold dear and start planting us as roadside decoration.

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  1. Kefren says:

    Sadly, trees don’t do well in The Road.

  2. zoog85 says:

    To the video editor: the constant re-introducing of the person speaking with those annoying animated name thingies sure made it a pain to watch!

  3. Scumbag says:

    Those guys really like banners with their names and positions flashing up.

  4. Shooop says:

    Did you do something to piss off the other RPS staffers? Why are they making you look at this grotesque bastardization of the STALKER universe?

  5. ZIGS says:

    I still can’t believe they’re making a multiplayer shooter out of this… is there no god?

    • Sidewinder says:

      Maybe not, but there are plenty of trees.

    • Stevostin says:

      I was very disappointed like you, wanted a solo game etc. Also seeing first alpha footage: horrible.

      Two days ago I’ve seen this

      Can’t tell exactly why but after seing that I though “I want to play this”. Maybe it’s the soundtrack but all of a sudden there is that sense of place, that sense atmosphere, and I realised playing vs better AI (also known as “humans”) could actually help with immersion after all. Especially if they type in russian in the chat ^^. Also map is impressive, both visually and tactically.

      • Ross Angus says:

        No-one else builds levels like these guys. It’s something about the way nature is reclaiming the buildings they get exactly right. And between firefights, that’s what I want to see. I want to explore, and feel the emptiness.

        But that’s not what I saw in that video. I saw Quake running and tea bagging.

        Thanks, but no thanks.

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      VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      Same here. I seem to have suddenly lost most of my interest in Survarium :(

  6. analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

    Uberi oruje

  7. analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

    If this was a purchase or subscription based I’d be happy but a lot of money has been invested in this and as it’s a FTP I’M WORRIED!

  8. Grey Ganado says:

    I think I know which faction I want to be part of.

    • dufake says:

      That’s an original faction and I’ll consider it. Otherwise, I’ll choose to be an engineer.

  9. Crosmando says:

    Multiplayer is the spunk of Satan and must be exterminated.

  10. Iskariot says:

    No solo, no sale!