We get this question a lot so I'm doing my part to get the word out: BASICS Even though Eternal Crusade is an MMO in a persistent open world, the combat plays out like a proper third-person shooter and in this regard one of our big inspirations is Space Marine. You point where you want to shoot or strike and hitting your target is based on skill. There are no ability bars or auto-attack systems, and if you want to evade or block an incoming attack, you press a button to roll out of the way or hold down the guard button. In terms of pacing, the game is slightly slower than Space Marine in order to play up the tactical angle, with time-to-kills longer than Call of Duty and shorter than Borderlands for now. For melee combat specifically, Dark Souls is another game that we're looking at very closely. RPG SYSTEM Like many action games these days, an RPG system affects the otherwise skill-based combat in a variety of ways. For example, in addition to modifying damage and health, the spread on your shots comes from a variety of factors, including what kind of gun you're using, its upgrades, and an accuracy stat from your character. When you swing a melee weapon, the effect on your opponent in terms of stagger, knockback, etc., depends on the force value of the weapon, the type of attack, the stance of your target, strength stats on your character and stability stats on your target. You can see systems like this in games like Deus Ex and Dark Souls. However, since this is a PvP-focused (though not exclusive) MMO, your progression is largely horizontal, meaning that you unlock new things to equip on your character, but they'll generally have to replace other options and choose how to specialize. Think of the recent equip systems in Call of Duty, War of the Roses, or various mech games as examples here. CLASSES Each faction has ~5 primary classes (this may vary on faction), and depending on how you build your loadout (accessories, weapons, items, etc) for that class there are a multitude of possible specializations. Eternal Crusade is also a massive tactical wargame so not every specialization will be equal when going toe to toe with each other - you should either bring friends to make up for your weaknesses or deploy your loadout in the circumstances that favor your specialty. Since you can change classes and loadouts whenever you deploy to the field, you're not locked into your choice for hundreds of hours or anything, though that's not to say all the choices you make in your progression will be easy to reverse. LOADOUTS With a few exceptions, each character generally has access to both ranged and melee attacks at any time. For example, if your assault unit has sword, axe, or power fist in one hand, they're going to have a pistol in the other. There are exceptions, of course. Heavy guns prevent you from having much melee capability, of course, and if you choose to equip dual lightning claws then you're not going to have any ranged options in your loadout. But your average soldier on the field is able to do both in some capacity, just like in the tabletop. EXECUTIONS & RESCUE ACTIONS When a character hits 0 health they enter a downed state where they start bleeding out (unless they've taken so much damage they've blown past the death threshold of course). Friendly units can rescue a downed character and bring them back with a little health, or enemy units can execute them up close (with any weapon) to earn a little XP and prevent them from coming back. Both executions and rescue actions take time and can be interrupted, so you have to decide if doing so is worth the risk. Some characters may be better at rescuing than others. I'll add more to this post going forward and hopefully things will be a bit clearer! Some upcoming gameplay footage should also help.