Territory Control is the gameplay mechanic behind claiming, owning, and operating territories both on the surface of worlds, and in space. The mechanic revolves around a system of placeable Territory Control Units (TCUs) and the Rights & Duties Management System (RDMS) to enable players to claim an exclusive right to a territory, and to do with it as they please. The stated purpose of this system is to enable players to act out a system of geo-political conflict between individual players and organizations for the control of resources and prime real estate.
Planetary Territory Tiles
Planetary territory tiles, or simply tiles, are the basic unit of territory control within which a player or organization can place and maintain a Territory Control Unit in order to control that part of the surface. These tiles will be 1km (~1100 yards) wide hexagons, extending from 6km above the surface to the center of the planet. Tiles are visible on the minimap called by pressing F4 or M, and visible through the enhance HUD by pressing V.
It is notable that while the vast majority of tiles will be hexagons, due to the nature of a spherical shape, a few tiles will be pentagons in order to cover the entirety of a planet. Utilizing the RDMS, players and organizations will be able to give, lease, or allow other players and organizations access to tiles they own or operate.
Sanctuary Territory Units
Sanctuary Territory Units are a special type of territory unit that allows a player to claim a tile on the Starter Area - Alioth's 'Twin' Sanctuary Moon - These tiles and units are limited to 1 per player as of this time. A Sanctuary Territory Unit or "STU"" is the physical asset through which a player or organization can claim ownership of a tile. STUs can be placed anywhere there is a unclaimed tile on the Sanctuary Moon, they just have to be within the boundaries of the territory (see above for territory boundaries). The owner of the STU can share its rights (to dig or build) with anyone they choose. The Sanctuary Moon is a guaranteed permanent safe area and as such the tile a player claims there is generally the first place a they will place their base construct to get started in Dual Universe.
Note: Players will be unable to pick up or move their Sanctuary Territory Unit, so careful consideration should be applied when placing them.
Territory Control Units
A Territory Control Unit is the physical asset through which a player or organization can claim ownership of a tile. TCUs can be placed anywhere within a neutral territory, even underground; they just have to be within the boundaries of the territory (see above for territory boundaries). The owner of the TCU can then share its rights (to dig or build) with anyone they choose, notably those in control of the territories around them, if they don't own those territories already. This centralization aspect is intended to encourage the growth of nation-states where a central defensible capital can be established to maintain control over several tiles at once.
Note: Once deployed a player / Organization will need to wait 7 days before they can retrieve it. There is no current method for trading territories.
When a player deploys a Territory Control Unit, a fee will be required payable before actioning. These fees differ slightly, depending on whether the unit is being placed for a Player or an Organization. These costs can be seen in the table below:
- Dual Universe Pre-Alpha Tutorial: Rights Management, Outposts & Territories | October 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdJQjiQXO8w&t=20s Oct. 20, 2017