Population Zero is a survival sandbox MMO developed and published by Enplex Games LLC.
The gameplay of Population Zero begins on the planet named Kepler after the player's spaceship was destroyed, and there is no hope to find a way back to Earth. The game forces you to to save yourself from extinction within 168 hours, and you have to build a reactor, restart the hibernation pod and survive the deadly radiation before the long night begins.
Kepler is a massive seamless diverse world with seven different biomes populated by exotic wildlife wandering the terrain covered with bizarre vegetation. The planet offers to witness breathtaking, surreal sceneries and fantastic beasts. Toxic swamps, dark caverns, anomaly zones and sheer cliffs are full of dangers, and some of the alien creatures are cunning and fierce. Exploration is a primary storytelling tool of the developers, and it affects character progression.
Weekly resets advance the narrative, and when the long night comes, the players fall asleep and keep their memories, but you have to start again during the next cycle. That way, you get progression points on your account, and it unlocks various game modes and other account-wide rewards. Every week adds news mysteries, new mechanics and new locations to Kepler, and every cycle brings a unique experience to the players.
Exploration of the world of Population Zero and development of available technologies awards the players with Research Points that allow them to unlock more advanced equipment and tools. Tech Tree progression is tied to various gameplay aspects, such as botany, zoology, geology and surveying. These fundamental sciences open access to new blueprints and equipment. You can also earn perks to improve your colonist to become stronger and faster. Every activity available in the world may grant you with a unique perk that may vary in rarity, and they may change character stats dramatically.
The essential location on Kepler is the remains of the colonists' spaceship Artemis, and it is the place for players to respawn, meet, socialize and get new quests. The quests provide more information about the planet and your mission's real goal, and they also reward you with resources, gear and knowledge points. You also may work cooperatively with other colonists to build a base and explore new locations along with obtaining new technologies and equipment.
Harsh conditions on the planet in Population Zero challenge the players to endure hunger, thirst, toxicity and extreme temperatures. Crafting allows you to create equipment to overcome those obstacles, and it works closely with the tech tree, which means that more tech skills allow your colonist to create better gear and tools to survive and explore. You may also establish small settlements in the wild, and the building is an essential tool for both survival and players' self-expression.
Population Zero offers a few game modes, including player-versus-player battles where you can play for colonists or monsters. You can obtain more mutations to become a deadly creature, and death is not an end. You may team up with other colonists or monsters to perform strategical attacks to win the battle. Various options for the PvP game mode offer the players more flexibility and customization options to improve their gameplay even further.
Population Zero is a unique space survival project that unifies both casual and hardcore players with a single objective, and it has a lot of secrets to discover. The game community grows continually, and various game modes bring different types of players to the game. The account progression awards players with new ways to play and the developers add more customization options weekly.