Why You Should Play the MMO DarkSpace

Welcome to MMO Unknowns, a new ongoing series here at GameFront that aims to showcase obscure MMOs that still persist to this day.

A huge volume of games are released every year, and a lot of them slip through the cracks. MMOs are no exception to this rule. Sure, there are a fair amount of mid-tier MMOs that end up eking out a modest existence with a dedicated fanbase, like the now-defunct City of Heroes. But what about that games that have only a few thousand active subscribers, and concurrency that never exceeds three digits? What about developer teams and fans that just don’t quit, despite the age and lesser production values of the games they are so beholden to? What about MMOs that, despite all odds, are somehow still running?

Every dedicated MMO player has at least one title they love that never really took off. For me, that MMO is DarkSpace. Released in 2001, DarkSpace had the unfortunate luck to go up against both EVE Online and considerable legal troubles. It’s also twelve years old at this point, and the seams are definitely showing, although the volunteer programmers and artists are doing their damnedest to update the game to modern standards. It’s a shame that DarkSpace never grabbed a wider audience, as it captures my imagination more than any other MMO before or since.

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6 Comments on Why You Should Play the MMO DarkSpace

Air Jimma

On February 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I think this is a fantastic idea for a series of articles.

I hope you keep them coming.


On February 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I really liked this article, and while this mmo in particularly doesn’t appeal to me I really would like to see what other mmo’s you explore.


On February 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm

+1 with the other :)


On February 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

I have never been into MMOs that much, but your article just convinced me to try Darkspace. Keep ‘em coming.

Jack 'Pantheon' Wallace

On March 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Thank you for this article, James. It’s always nice to see our voluntary work noticed and written about (in any format).

If you would message me your player ID via my email (backslash ['at'] palestar ['dot'] com), I will be happy to give you a little something for your efforts in writing what is an excellent article.

- Pantheon, DarkSpace Dev Team Lead


On April 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Great article, if I wasn’t already playing Darkspace I’d be giving it a try after reading this.

And you might be interested to know that your ships aren’t totally gone if you get them blown up anymore, they go back to your garage at 5% HP and will need to be repaired the next time you want to use it.