Faxion is a new free-to-play massively multiplayer online role playing game coming at you from UTV True Games. It's a mix between EVE Online and any other typical MMO out right now where you do quests, level up, get the best items, and play with or against friends. What's unique about Faxion is its setting. The game takes place in Limbo, you know, that place from LOST between Heaven and Hell.
Each zone in Faxion is designed around one of the seven deadly sins: Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Pride, and Greed. For example, the zone we played through, Avarice Canyons, was supposed to embody greed with its mines riddled with diamonds. Other zones like Gardens of Ardor represent the sin of Lust, featuring lush gardens with flowing streams and deep red flowers.
There is a theme for each zone, but the major goal in the game is to fight members of the opposing faction to control one central point in a zone. This will then open up things like trainers, vendors, and other items that your faction wouldn't otherwise be able to access. It wasn't made exactly clear how to take a control point, but it looks like you just have to have the majority of members in the area to take it.
If one faction controls all seven zones, Sean Dahlberg, senior game designer said, "Something will happen, but we haven't yet revealed what that is."
Faxion's character creation is described as "multi-classing," meaning you choose your character's class at the start (Fighter, Healer, or Mage) but can then divide skill points between each class as much as you want within the game, as well as set your own attributes. Your advanced class depends on if you want to be an angel or a demon. For example, a Fighter for Heaven is called a Crusader, whereas a Fighter for Hell is called a Reaver and has different abilities than a Crusader.
Faxion also uses an EVE Online-esque system where you queue up abilities that you want your character to learn. You can train any skill that you want, but it takes 10 hours to do so. UTV True Games is also developing a Facebook mobile app so that you can add more abilities to your queue while you're on the go.
As the MMO is free, it will use a micro-transaction model that lends itself to both casual and hardcore players. Any item that will be available for real money can also be found in the game, which isn't usually the case when it comes to micro-transactions. This allows people who don't want to spend tons of time playing the game to get the best items and to still have a nice beefed up character if they're willing to shell out some dough.
The graphics are stylized for a cartoony feel, which may seem a bit awkward for the serious religious themes behind Faxion. However, the developers have asserted that even though the game does have a religious tone, as well as angels and devils, they try not to force it down your throat.
Faxion has been in development for only 13 months and no release date has been set. If you want to get your hands on the game you can try the open beta, which kicked off alongside PAX East.