The Interface

Prosperous Universe is a space economy MMO played entirely through a highly customizable user interface named APEX, which allows you to manage your own spacefaring company via web browser on any desktop computer.

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To get you accustomed with the interface, APEX has issued learning materials that gradually introduce you to its rich feature set:

This game does not set any goals for you.You decide whether you want tobe the richest CEO in the system, a respected political leader, a lone hermit farming a desolate planet, or an explorer scanning the fringes of the known universe. However, everything you do happens through the lens of managing a company with the need to turn a profit.

“I don’t play browser games”

Yet you have found your way here, and for good reason! You will find that Prosperous Universe is all but a conventional browser game. Many of our players come from a hardcore PC gaming background, while some others haven’t played a video game in their life. Only a select few seem to be playing other various browser games.

The browser is a very capable gaming platform, available on pretty much every computer in the world. Achieving immersion is not a matter of high-definition graphics but of a plausible and consistent way of interacting with the game world. The APEX interface provides just that.

A single, player-driven universe

All players share the same, persistent universe. As a result, every single action has the potential to bear a lasting effect on the future of the game. Rather than having NPCs and scripted events shape the course of history, economic and political developments are purely driven by players. At the heart of our vision lies the concept of a closed economic loop. There have been thousands of browser-based sci-fi strategy games before emphasizing military conflict. By contrast, Prosperous Universe is all about the economy and complex player-driven supply chains in which every material has to be either produced or purchased from other player-run companies.

Through its many intertwined features, Prosperous Universe also allows for meaningful, high-level meta game play like forging huge alliances, building lasting empires and waging trade wars by employing diplomacy, strategy and intrigue.

Play at your own pace

A game that pairs a highly realistic economy with literal rocket science may appear daunting to some. And indeed, mastering complex systems is part of what gets you ahead in Prosperous Universe. However, the ability to play at your own pace is the core of our game design. Your company’s success is not directly tied to your time investment unlike in most browser games. Prosperous Universe doesn't pull any tricks in order to lure its’ players back online when they’re currently trying to go about their busy lives:

No grind. No daily “special” offers. No looming threat of destruction by the hand of others in your absence. You play when you want to play.

Pricing

The game can be played for free! However, licensees playing for free have to deal with a few restrictions on what their companies can do. Upgrading to PRO is possible at any time by selecting a subscription plan (starting at 8€). Support tier packages are also available that give players in-game perks and PrUn merchandise. This crowdfunding-like system allows early adopters to help fund development and get some great perks in return. Early Access will begin in early 2021 and continue until the game officially launches (TBA).

FAQ

Here we try to answer the most common questions you might have about Prosperous Universe. If you can't find your question answered in the list, feel free to post it on our forums.

Where can I get the game?

Hit the button labeled "Play now!" at the top right of this page.

What is the current status of the game?

Prosperous Universe is currently in Early Access. The goals of Early Access are to build a community early, integrate player feedback and help fund the game's development until the full release.

What comes after Early Access?

The next big steps will be ultimately preparing the game for the full launch (TBA). The single game world will be reset multiple times during Early Access and finally become persistent upon full launch.

Is Prosperous Universe a free-2-play game?

The game can be played for free! However, licensees playing for free have to deal with a few restrictions on what their companies can do. Upgrading to PRO is possible at any time by selecting a subscription plan (starting at 8€). Support tier packages are also available that give players in-game perks and PrUn merchandise. This crowdfunding-like system allows early adopters to help fund development and get some great perks in return. Early Access will begin in early 2021 and continue until the game officially launches (TBA).

Why a browser-based game in 2021?

We think that the browser is a very capable gaming platform, available on pretty much every computer and every system in the world. It's the perfect match for the kind of play style we have in mind, allowing people to play from their office or while doing something else without having to download, install and run client software.

Can Prosperous Universe be played on mobile?

A mobile version of Prosperous Universe is coming soon in 2021, please stay tuned for updates.

Will the game be available on Steam / the Apple App Store / my favorite platform?

First and foremost, Properous Universe is a browser-based game. While we do have plans to provide a client software that could be offered on platforms like Steam or the Apple App Store, this is a low priority for us right now.

My question isn't answered here, where can I ask it?

There are links to our forums and our Discord server at the top of this page. If you prefer e-mail, write to hello@prosperousuniverse.com.

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