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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to StarBreak, an innovative action MMO. To aid you, we have put together some frequently asked questions that we hope will help. Please keep in mind these are for your benefit only and anything contained within this FAQ can and likely will change based on a number of different factors, including the feedback you provide.

1. What is StarBreak?
2. I keep getting a "Connection Error" in the Web Beta when trying to register for or play StarBreak, help?
3. Wait, this game has permadeath, in an MMORPG?
4. How do I play?
5. Can I sell equipment?
6. Why should I register?
7. If I register after playing, will I lose my unregistered account?
8. Can I remap keys?
9. Can I use a gamepad?
10. Can I use the touch screen on my mobile device?
11. What's with the Wiki?
12. How many people can I play with simultaneously?
13. Can I play with specific people?
14. Can I trade with other players?
15. This game is HARD and I keep dying, what gives?
16. Can I create or post videos or other media about StarBreak?

1. What is StarBreak?
StarBreak is a co-operative action combat platformer MMO with perma-death and procedurally generated content.


2. I keep getting a "Connection Error" in the Web Beta when trying to register for or play StarBreak, help?
This problem is likely a function of your anti-virus program blocking the socket connection that we use. The web version of the game requires access to port 443 and the Steam version requires access to port 2048. To help us resolve this issue we ask that you do the following:

  • go to websocketstest.com; and
  • create a post in the bugs forum with the results and any anti-virus software you are using

You can also try the solution listed for your anti-virus program at https://wiki.f-list.net/Websockets.

3. Wait, this game has permadeath, in an MMO?

Yes. All character progress is lost when the character dies. However, progress is also much faster than in a traditional MMO and a skilled player will be able to recover from a death much more quickly. And, as with any skill-based game, the more you play, the better you'll get. You'll be surprised how much more successful you will be after a few deaths and the understanding that comes with those deaths.

4. How do I play?

After the tutorial (or after a player dies), the player will be an incorporeal being called a "spark." The player must select one of the available character classes called a "shell," by interacting with one of the vats. With the exception of the starting shell, each shell must be unlocked through play. Each shell has access to different types of equipment and is designed to fill various roles and attack in different ways and at different ranges.

Once in a shell, the character can enter portals to various zones. These portals will remain until they are entered into by one or more characters. Once opened a portal will remain for a period of time (around 120 seconds, but will close faster after a certain number of people have entered the portal) and then automatically close. If a player enters an opened portal, they will be teleported near the group, but generally out of harms way. If a player is teleported, they are given a large window of invulnerability and can instantly home during this time.

Those characters that remain in the zone must navigate the levels and defeat the boss that awaits them at the end of the zone! But remember, the levels are generated procedurally so each time you enter a zone, it will be a very different configuration and experience.

When enemies are killed, they may drop loot. Loot is broken into three broad categories: equipment, boosts, and restorative items. All loot is global loot. That is the loot is the same and drops for each player simultaneously and will disappear after a period of time. Equipment and chests disappear on a much longer timer than boosts and restorative items. In short, any loot you can see is yours and the other players will not be able to interfere with your loot, although loot will disappear if you move on to a new area.

The game controls are described in the user interface and reinforced by the tutorial, but each shell has one or more special moves:

  • Advanced Character Controls
    • Wildfire Shell
      • Shift + tap in a direction: Blast (temporary damage shield/push-back)
    • Ironclad Shell
      • Down (hold): Deploy Mantlet (blocks projectiles)
      • Shift + (left or right): Charge in a direction (blocks bullets while charging after a small delay)
    • Duskwing Shell
      • D while in the air: Spin Attack (invulnerable during attack)
      • Down + D while in the air: Dive Kick (bounces the Duskwing back into the air when it connects with enemies)
      • Shift + (left or right) and Hold: Dash Attack (invulnerable during attack)
    • Fabricator Shell
      • Shift + up: Deploy Macron up (temporary ledge)
      • Shift + (left or right): Deploy Macron in front (temporary ledge)
      • Shift + down: Deploy Macron under Fabricator (temporary ledge)


5. Can I sell equipment?

No. Vendering of items is not possible. We don't want people constantly returning to town to vendor unusable gear.

6. Why should I register?

While registration is never required to play StarBreak, as an unregistered user you are not able to use in-game chat features, log in from different computers or choose a username other players can remember. Also, if an unregistered player clears their browser local storage, they will permanently lose access to their account! Registration is quick and painless, so if you like the game, we highly recommend that you register!

7. If I register after playing, will I lose my unregistered account?

No! Your unregistered character will seamlessly transition to a registered character gaining all of the advantages of registration and protecting you from accidentally loosing your account. There really are no downsides, so if you like the game, register!


8. Can I remap keys?

Yes. Key remapping can be accessed from the options menu.

9. Can I use a gamepad?

Yes! Native gamepad support is in the game. We have tested it with PS3 and Xbox controllers. If you find a controller that doesn't work, please post about it in the Bugs forum. For controllers that don't work, mapping a controller's buttons to keyboard keys using third-party software works well.

10. Can I use the touch screen on my mobile device?

No. This game is designed to be played using a keyboard or gamepad.

11. What's with the Wiki?

It is designed to be a player-run repository of information about StarBreak. Feel free to add or modify information contained in the Wiki.

12. How many people can I play with simultaneously?

From a technical standpoint, the goal is to support up to a 100 players on a map together. In practice though we expect groups will be much smaller. But this is definitely one of the things we hope to learn from this test: how many players generally adventure together and how many feels like too many.

13. Can I play with specific people?

Yes, although we currently do not support friends, friend-finding, server selection or cross-server chat. We do plan to give you tools to find and communicate with friends across servers and maps at some point in the future.

14. Can I trade with other players?

No. And no player-to-player trading is contemplated at this time. We have found that this leads to too much scamming and spamming. We prefer that players spend their time adventuring (and scammers play something else).

15. This game is HARD and I keep dying, what gives?

We know there are fine lines between challenging, frustrating, and rage-quit-inducing infuriating and realize that we may have missed the mark in some places. But it is intended that you will have to play zones a possibly large number of times before possibly completing them. For us, its most important that when things get difficult, they still feel fair. If you come across situations you feel fall more into the "cheap" category of encounters and less in the "challenging" category of encounters, let us know!

That being said, while certain parts of this game are solo-friendly, the difficulty of this game ramps up dramatically for solo and small-group play. There is safety in numbers. We understand at the beginning there may be few people to play with, but as the game grows, you will be able to experience more consistent group-play.


16. Can I create or post videos or other media about StarBreak?

Yes, please do! You can create and share videos or photos of StarBreak, so long as you are not directly charging money for these creations (ad and click-trough revenue from sites like YouTube is fine). You may not provide music or sound effects unless it is included with the video footage or photo montage. See the Terms of Use for details.