Novaquark announced that their sci-fi sandbox MMO, Dual Universe, is now in beta. It is not entirely open as subscriptions are already mandatory but they are lower than one might expect.
Dual Universe pretty much came out of nowhere and presented a highly ambitious as well as an interesting idea - a single massive server for everyone to play and create on. One could see the game as Minecraft in space and they wouldn't be too far off the mark.
The game is described as a sci-fi MMO meant to bring "the dream of a fully realised metaverse to reality today". While the description might be seen as somewhat ambiguous, the key features pretty much explain it all.
Players in this massive server will get to build almost anything, including their own ships and participate in the player-driven economy. In other words, this is meant to be a player-centric world, along the lines of EVE Online with as few restrictions as possible.
The impact of social interaction will most likely be the driving factor behind events unfolding in Dual Universe as players will not only dictate the economy but also form organisations and wage wars with one another.
Beta participation is not free, however, as subscriptions are already mandatory. The developers explained that they need the steady revenue stream for the server upkeep which is a bit higher than usual due to its nature and size. One month subscription stands at $6.99 which is substantially lower than what we see in modern games such as World of Warcraft and Elder Scrolls Online.
You can check out the subscription details as well as more game info on the official Dual Universe website .