What is Earth & Beyond™?
Earth & Beyond™ is a Persistent State Galaxy
game that you play exclusively over the Internet, which
means that you and thousands of other players will mold and
shape the game world as you play. If you create or destroy
something, it stays that way after you've logged off.
Basically, you play in a dynamic and changing virtual world.
What will Earth &
A subscription-based fee will be charged
monthly to play Earth & Beyond™ ($10.99-$12.99
depending on pricing plan) in addition to the
initial cost of the software.
Why is there a
subscription cost too?
A subscription fee covers ongoing costs
associated with the game. These include
providing a dynamic changing world, a highly
responsive customer support infrastructure,
costs for bandwidth and server maintenance,
amongst other benefits.
What kind of payment options will be available?
Do I have to have a credit card?
Available payment options include:
These packages will be made available to players
when they register the retail version of Earth & Beyond.
- Players can pay month-to-month for $12.99
- Players can purchase three months of
playtime for $35.97 ($11.99 per month)
- Players can purchase six months of playtime
for $65.94 ($10.99 per month)
No you won't need a credit card. You can also pay
for your subscription with a Game Time card or an electronic
What are the hardware requirements?
- Windows® XP, Windows Me, Windows
2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows 98 (Windows 95 and
Windows NT are not supported)
- 56 Kbps or faster Internet
- 500 MHz Intel® Pentium® III or
AMD® Athlon™ processor
- 128 MB RAM
- 4x CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive
- 1.5 GB free hard disk space
(additional space required for Windows swap-file and
DirectX™ 8.1 installation)
- 32 MB Hardware Accelerated video
card with DirectX 8.1 compatible driver
DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
- 800 MHz or faster Intel® Pentium®
III or AMD® Athlon™ processor
- 256 MB or more RAM
- 16x or faster CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive
- 2 GB free hard disk space
Will there be a Linux or Macintosh version?
How will the servers be setup?
We'll be running multiple server clusters
which support approximately 3,500 simultaneous
users per cluster.
Will you have PVP only servers?
We're not planning to.
Will there be international servers?
Yes, some servers will eventually be
localized, translated into specific languages.
The date for localized international servers is
Can I play offline?
No. Earth & Beyond™ is designed to be played
online over the internet, only.
Will someone with a faster connection or better
computer have an advantage over me?
Can I use a joystick?
The game is designed to be played with a mouse
and keyboard. We're not planning on having
support for joysticks or game pads. Game
navigation through interfaces such as menus,
character attributes, skill activation, etc. is
best done with a mouse. If you have a peripheral
you want to use and it has programmable keys,
you can do that.
How can movement and direction take place
without a joystick?
You will be able to use either keyboard
commands or your mouse.
Will there be support for voice over IP?
We're looking at ways of integrating
Microsoft's voice-over-the-internet system into
the game, but we can't promise how much, if any,
support will be available.
Will there be 360-degree movement (i.e. barrel
You can fly in any direction but your Z axis
movement will be limited to simplify navigation
and concentrate the action.
How many characters can I have per account? How
many per server?
You will have five characters per account. You
may play any number of them on the same server.
How will patches be handled?
We use a built-in patching process which
checks your current system files and
automatically patches your computer with the
most current information and data.
Do I have to have broadband internet access?
No, you'll be able to use a dial-up modem.
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