Age of the Four Clans
|Age of the Four Clans|
|Operator(s)||Dawn Chordsy Best|
|Ran from/to||2016 - present|
Age of the Four Clans, is an up and coming multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by EVOLV Games. The game is free to play and currently in open Beta. It is unique among 2D MMO games in its utilization of anthropomorphic dinosaurs as its main cast.
Storyline and Overview
The four Raptor clans of the ancient Earth always held an uneasy alliance with one another. After a meteor devastated the Deathclaw Clan and unleashed strange creatures upon the planet, truces were made in order to find answers and return the world to order. The slime, a bizarre life form which oozed forth from the impact site, quickly spread to all corners of Laurasia, mutating native species and trashing the delicate ecology everywhere it appeared - threatening a mass extinction of all life on Earth.
You take on the role of a Raptor, choosing one of three clans as your starting "class":
- The Lightwalkers - A sect of highly intelligent Raptors who take on the role of warrior class. They are fair minded and have always sought peace between the tribes. Their magicks are typically based on hard-hitting earth spells and they sometimes wear tough hides as armor.
- The Bloodfuries - The largest clan of Raptors, these fast and nimble creatures are the rogues and assassins of Raptor society. Some practice fire magick and most like to adorn themselves with feathers and light armor decoration.
- The Spectres - These are mysterious Raptors who are well-versed in magick. They are natural healers and warlocks, calling on nature spells to do their bidding. Some fashion armor from the bones of their enemies, which they believe grants the wearer with further power.
- The Deathclaw - Large Raptor brutes who believe themselves to be kings among the other clans. Deathclaws use their great strength and powerful ice magicks to great effect. Some even fashion and wear heavy armor made of stone. Their home and their kind were nearly completely destroyed in the meteor strike known as The World Shattering. Players will not be able to select Deathclaw as a class initially, but there may be ways to become one, in game...
The game opened its Alpha 1.3 version on a public test realm in January 2016. In order to secure better server space and wait out the latest version of the Intersect Engine which the game runs on, the development team took the game offline in June 2016. It returned in December 2016 and a new public test realm with updated content went live.
A4C limited Beta was released on August 31, 2017 in conjunction with the open Alpha. In January of 2018, Beta 2.0 was opened to the same limited audience on a new server hosted by the same team responsible for the game's engine, Intersect Hosting Solutions. Spring of 2018 slowly onboarded new players to the Beta, and by the end of the year, the server was completely open to the public.
The game was upgraded to Intersect's version 6 in January 2020, along with new GUI, better stability and network access. A4C is currently running version 2.0.2 of its open Beta.
According to artist, Chordsy, the game was originally launched as a 3D MMORPG in 2007. Its title was simply "Raptor". Though there was significant interest in the game, particularly by the furry community, due to lack of funding the game was never released. It was decided in 2015 that the game would be revived as a 2D MMO, since the hardware to run such a game was more affordable and the time taken to render the world less time consuming.
Age of the Four Clans' PTR is currently hosted on a dynamic cloud server running Ubuntu 16.04. The game was previously hosted on a single Intel Core 2 Duo CPU running Windows Server.