When it comes to the Tactical, Survival or just general FPS genre, Russians seem to be doing things a LOT better than the western industry. Pioner looks to continue this trend by combining elements of Stalker, Chernobylite and Tarkov in this MMOFPS set in a Post-Apocalyptic Soviet Island.

The gritty look of the weapons and environments make me moist (Shot from the official trailer

Taken from the official press release (Down below) you play as a former operative who survives in a world after a technological disaster. A Soviet island isolated from the mainland by a large-scale technogenic anomaly. So now you have two primary objectives: Find (and rescue) your comrades and investigate the mystical MOGILNIK station.

Official Press Release

PIONER is an Action MMORPG game where your main goal is survival and exploration. Secret Soviet underground factories, machines and labs; abandoned settlements that were inhabited by vermin and mutants. Island collapsing before your eyes, can you survive and save the population?

Key features of the game:

– SATISFYING COMBAT SYSTEM, DEEP CHARACTER AND WEAPON CUSTOMISATION 

   Suitable for different playstyles, our weapon customisation system allows you to drastically change weapon performance, providing incredible flexibility. 

   You can create or loot attachments for weapons and craft weapons themselves in handicraft conditions (using workbench) and even use artifacts or energy anomalies as a source or details.

A look at the Weapon Customization Options. (Barrel, Grip, Magazine, Sight and Stock)

– CHARACTER PROGRESSION. 

Influence Level (IL) are presented in PIONER as a reflection of player progression. Influence Level does not affect the character stats and does not improve character combat abilities. Instead , IL provides access to new weapon suppliers, quest givers and more valuable items. Players can gain Influence Levels by a very variety of methods such as quest or quest lines accomplishment and trading / smuggling.

– UNIQUE SETTING

Closed Soviet Island isolated by a technogenic catastrophe involving a mysterious anomalous energy source not so long ago used by the Soviet Union to maintain a giant network of design bureaus, bunkers, and labs.

– PvE-FOCUS 

Most important parts of the game are the open world exploration, story, faction missions and RAIDS. You can either explore vast open areas with strangers; fight deadly enemies in RAIDS (which resembled by more linear locations) with your friends; or uncover the story of this secret Soviet island.

– PvP. 

In the special areas called Empty Lands which are scattered around the island there are uncovered amounts of valuable resources and dangerous secrets of Soviet military. Fight against deadliest creatures with other survivors (or against them). Explore most dangerous areas of the island to find unique and valuable gear.

– FACTION SYSTEM

In Pioner you can join the various factions (4 in total) to complete their faction quest lines. You are allowed to make decisions that can change the ending of the game or the situation in a particular faction or area.

– LIFE SIMULATION 

The time of day affects the behavior of the most ingame non-playable characters. For example, wild animals and mutants are very active during the day, and the most dangerous creature in the game, the LESHIY who goes out to hunt exclusively at night.

Still no word on a release date for the game, but keep your eyes peeled to my Youtube channel for the latest on this MMO experience!