Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall is a browser-based virtual world developed with the Unity 3D tool set, in order to provide a AAA, 3D experience with over 60 playable spaces that can be easily accessed by kids across a variety of PC and Mac hardware setups. It takes all of the best Cartoon Network characters and re-imagines them in an anime-inspired style, then sets them in dynamic new environments. Players create their own in-game avatars and battle alongside their favorite cartoon characters to save the world from an epic alien invasion.
Along the way, players can also collect small, "super-deformed" versions of Cartoon Network characters that assist with powers and abilities during missions. There are also opportunities to socialize and team up with friends online for dynamic group gameplay. It mixes all the action of a 3-D console platform game and all the customization, character development and open-ended world exploration of an MMORPG (massively multi-player online role-playing game).
What sets FusionFall apart from other massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) is that it has game play elements over and above the traditional "quest, battle, level, repeat" model.
Many in-game missions incorporate platforming as a vital design component. In this, players can test out their reflexes and puzzle-solving abilities by having their characters jump across floating, moving pieces of the landscape to travel through challenging "infected zones" in the game.
The Collection Component
The collection component of FusionFall goes far beyond merely gathering items and rewards. Nanos - small, "super-deformed" versions of popular Cartoon Network characters - are key to a player's success in the game. Nanos boost player characters' abilities by giving them special power-ups. As players collect Nanos, they have to think strategically, equipping them in different combinations to achieve goals and optimize their skills.
The official release of Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall is January 14, 2009. The game is in beta testing right now with invited players. There are also some Sneak Peek events, where everyone with a FusionFall account is invited to check out the game before it's released. The next coming Sneak Peek is from Dec 5th to Dec 7th.
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