Gala Games already has quite a roster of projects in its ecosystem, from the flagship titles such as Mirandus, Superior, and GRIT, to a selection of more niche options. One triple-A standard extraction FPS, Last Expedition, was first teased nearly a year ago, and we’re finally getting a glimpse at what we can expect.
I have been closely following Gala Games for approaching 2 years now and writing about what is going on in that ecosystem for 18 months. As blockchain gaming was starting to garner modest attention, Gala began ramping up and quickly. The game that caught many people’s attention was the MMORPG, Mirandus, which is shaping up nicely. As excited as I am for it, what interested me more was Legacy, created by Peter Molyneux’s studio, 22cans. Molyneux has been one of the most innovative game developers in the industry for more than 3 decades.
Since those two games have been announced, Gala has inducted many more, including projects with impressive IPs such as The Walking Dead and Battlestar Galactica. The reason I’m setting the scene here is that Gala has strong pull and it seems to be getting stronger. GRIT, a western battle royale, will be on the Epic Games Store as it is undeniably of AAA quality, for instance. One project that hasn’t yet seen its moment in the limelight has been quietly building, however.
So, what is Last Expedition and why is it trending at the moment?
What Is Last Expedition?
Last Expedition is a Web3, PvPvE extraction FPS in the Gala Games ecosystem. It was initially announced around December 2021, but there wasn’t much to go on. Now, we have a developer stream in which the team behind the game goes through their progress, some details about the game, and some in-game footage to boot.
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Last Expedition is certainly showing some promise. If you’re interested in Gala Games, Last Expedition, or upcoming blockchain games, this developer stream is an interesting watch. It does seem a little way off from being ready for alpha release, but many of the mechanics are seemingly implemented and working well.
Last Expedition reminds me a fair bit of Scavangers, a recently deceased but interesting extraction FPS. This subgenre of FPS certainly attracts a healthy interest from gamers, but it has a confusing history of often hemorrhaging them as soon as the hype subsides. That is, player retention for the genre is hit-and-miss in the extreme.
Escape from Tarkov and Hunt: Showdown are examples of success, but there are far more that have “succeeded” only to then fold in on themselves like a dying star. I believe that true item ownership will make the extraction all the more exhilarating and that, if harnessed properly, could propel this subgenre of FPS into the stratosphere.