"We were already enjoying some of the other games in this sector and we liked the concept of a fun and engaging game like this in the browser," 8Realms VP Phil White tells us. "When we looked around for that 'perfect game' we were underwhelmed by what was already on the market and realized we could do something a little different with a Jagex feel to it."
Those familiar with how most social games work will fit right in at 8Realms. Players assume control over a colony of primitive humans, directing them to build farms, lumber yards and quarries to produce the game's primary resources. Would-be chiefs can then use those resources to build new structures, like main huts, prayer circles, and barracks. This cycle generally repeats until players enter the next era, or Realm, of which there are eight--get it?
"It was something that was seriously considered in the early days of planning," White says. "However we felt from very early on that 8Realms would be better situated if it started off on its own domain and was therefore not reliant on Facebook, particularly as we always wanted 8Realms to be available to play on a variety of platforms."
Gallery: 8Realms by Jagex
One thing players will be refreshed to find is that 8Realms is not governed by an energy system, rather certain tasks take far longer to complete than others, like erecting the next city hall or raiding an enemy settlement. Speaking of which, players are tasked with expanding their sphere of influence by attacking neighboring settlements-turned-cities. While there isn't a combat system in place, attacking enemies provides players with extra resources.
"Expect to see more of Gary, your faithful pal and adviser. We've also got the elusive end-game content, which until now has only been hinted at," White tells us. "8Realms is more than just a browser game that appeals to the casual or hardcore player. We really feel that 8Realms bridges the gap between these two opposites and allows them to compete on a level playing field no matter what their play style is."
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