Juliette Foucaut - 22 Oct 2013 - edited 02 Aug 2016
I think we should call sandbox first person games First Person Editors (FPE).
I was doodling around in Avoyd looking for inspiration: how do I describe our game? It's an FPS, but there's more to it and I think it's not the only game in that category.
The original Avoyd (version 1.x, or Avoyd 1999) is a multiplayer deathmatch in space, a rough mash-up of the original Unreal Tournament and Descent. The whole environment is editable, but that feature can easily be ignored.
The new Avoyd, version 2, is also an FPS but this time the environment editing takes a strategic role. As Players, we want to interact with the world as if we were editors; we want the universe and its elements to behave consistently throughout - by elements I mean not only the materials that constitute the world(s), but also the AI-controlled drones and the player's avatar.
Avoyd is a sandbox voxel game, it's an FPS and it's also a First Person Editor. Thinking about it, many games are FPE's:
If your game or a game you know is missing from this list, do let us know on twitter @juulcat or in the comments!
[Edit 17 Nov 2013 - added 10 more games (TUG, Vox etc), extra information and reformatted as a list]
[Edit 05 Dec 2013 - added freshly greenlit Masterspace and The DyVox Sandbox]
[Edit 27 Jan 2015 - added Upvoid (thanks @paniq), Oort Online, Planets3, Untold Universe, Imagine Nations. Made some updates and cleaned up]
[Edit 14 Aug 2015 - added Monadia, SkySaga, Seed of Andromeda, Voxelnauts, StoneQuest, Crowfall, Spark Rising, Dragon Stronghold, Farcraft, Windborne, Voxel Game, Voxel Planet, Creativerse, No Man's Sky, Subnautica (thanks @steverockan), Cube (thanks @Dghelneshi) and Celestial Impact]
[Edit 07 Jan 2016 - updated with new names for Oort Online: Boundless and Planets3: Stellar Overload]
[Edit 20 Feb 2016 - added Xcylin]
[Edit 21 Feb 2016 - added Blockstorm, Brick-Force, Empyrion - Galactic Survival, FortressCraft, Metaverse, Murder Miners, Rising World. Removed Kinetic Void. Added Steam store links.]
[Edit 02 Aug 2016 - added Dual Universe and Eco.]