Em-8ER: Is Firefall Spiritual Successor + Pacific Rim Style MMO Worth Our Hype?

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Em-8ER (pronounced Ember) is the next MMO shooter project from Mark Kern, the designer of StarCraft, Diablo 2, and World of Warcraft. Mark's last project Firefall was a failure but he didn't give up making open world MMO shooter, therefore, we have Em-8ER, a human versus alien shooter with fancy suits.
 
This time, Em-8ER is more ambitious than Firefall, as it allows you to play a massive wargame involves base building and defending. What's more, it features Pacific Rim elements and pits players fight against Kaiju, the huge alien creatures commanded by Tsi-Hu.
 
What is Em-8ER exactly
 
MASSIVE WARGAME - Em-8ER pits the players against a AI controlled alien army in a continuous, 24/7 battle for control of an entire world. Players fight to terraform habitable zones on the planet by building terraforming factories, defensive bases and refineries to process ore mined from the planet. The Tsi-hu aliens oppose the humans by invading zones and attempting to destroy what the players have built.
 
CRAFT EVERYTHING - Nearly everything in Em-8ER is built or crafted by players, using the resources and alien artifacts mined from Em-8ER. Players use massive mining mechs called THMPRs ("thumpers") to drill into the planet and extract ore which they refine into usable elements. Players build weapons, abilities, spawn bases, defenses, and contribute to world event goals with these resources.
 
SKILL MATTERS - Em-8ER is a shooter where skill matters. Aim and ability reward skilled players and enhance their powerful gear. Progression of weapons and abilities follows a shallow power curve, and are meant to compliment a player's preference of play-style rather than simply providing massive increases in damage.
 

Like Firefall, jetpacks, gliding and guns are still the core combat features. In Em-8ER, the Kaiju will be a lot larger than you and the jetpacks become very important and can bring a lot of possibilities. You can to jet up to fight the monsters face to face, or explore their vulnerable areas by gliding. The suit that called Omniframes evolve as well compared with those in Firefall, and now your suit can be equipped with a variety of handheld weapons, shoulder mounted weapons, and integrated abilities to give them unique capabilities.
 

What's more you can customize your Omniframe's appearance extensively. "Purchase visual upgrades to replace head, wings, jets, shoulder, lower arms and thigh plates. Build what you want, collect as many as you like."

Em-8ER is also the name of the planet the game takes place on. The concept of Thumper in Firefall returns in Em-8ER and has a new name THMPR. It works like Thumper which mines resources in the planet for players. The differences are there are more you can do with THMPR, for it can terraform every inch of land on the planet of Em-8ER. You will need to fight to protect THMPR and escort it back to base. Last but not least, you can customize your THMPR with customs skins and decals.
 
So Em-8ER is a bigger project than Firefall. By July 2017 Em-8ER has been 570% funded via multiple crowdfunding channels. And backers have been able to play a very early demo including some very basic functions (like the image below). Do you think the game is worth some hype or do you think whether it has a future or not?

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