Ryzom finally lands on Steam this week

Ryzom is really truly on the way to Steam — this week, in fact. May 6th is the big day.

The 2004 sci-fantasy sandbox MMORPG was greenlit in May of last year and is finally ready to go. Winch Gate says that it’s upgraded the game’s visual effects, rendering, textures, and security as well as implemented OpenGL 3D and support for 64-bit systems.

Winch Gate rather famously released the source code for the game in 2010, allowing other players and programmers to dabble with their own servers. In 2012, the company wiped Ryzom’s servers completely and started clean, which is a bold move for any MMO studio, never mind one with half a million registered players.

Looking to get caught up on the history of the game? Our very own Game Archaeologist covered it in full just a few weekends ago.

Source: Official site, Steam. Thanks, Nuzan!
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cures
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cures

one of my fondest mmo memories. What a time.

ayatesart
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ayatesart

I already downloaded it and started to play, today.
Just started but I’m liking it already.
Very old game, so don’t be surprised by how dated it looks.
That said, the environment looks nice and the world feels massive.
I really hate that I can’t jump, but, again, it’s old school.
Classless system, so you choose whether to focus on fighting/magic/harvesting/crafting, but you pretty much can do it all.
The wildlife seems smart and responsive, it’s old style right-click on the mob to attack, but the combat animations are pretty solid.
They give you a couple tutorial quests, if you want them. Everything seems wide-open and free to do what you want.
The community also seemed cool and helpful. Some folks were speaking French/Spanish/etc. I assume it’s one server for everyone, which I like!

I think this is a nice extra game to have in the mix, but it won’t replace whatever next gen game itch that you have.

mysecretid
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scathson 
Marry someone rich — that’s a back up plan! :-D

Giggilybits
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Giggilybits

Where MMOs go to die.

karmamule
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karmamule

Oooooo, I’ll be checking this out!!

DanielCulbertson
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DanielCulbertson

Kasch So, you’re like…creating a new character?  Good luck with the leveling process!

scathson
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scathson

Damnit!
I loved this game back in the day
Full time Black Desert right now
grrrrr – time to quit the job I guess – only way to have enough time……

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

ManastuUtakata 
It will ding 12 this fall.  It came out a month or two before WoW and EQ2 did.

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

Kasch 
Good luck with the baby!!

TheChiefTurtle
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TheChiefTurtle

is good game. play.

TheChiefTurtle
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TheChiefTurtle

about time

mysecretid
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mysecretid

I’m curious to hear what the various Massively posters might think of this one.

Warking
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Warking

ProfessionalNoob Imagine Avatar as a very cool sandbox mmorpg with great creature AI. Ryzom was super ahead of its time when it launched.

ayatesart
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ayatesart

I’m going to give it a try. It looks very open-world w/ deep crafting, which I like, but dated, of course.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

breetoplay JayPower 
Well two rhymes with few, doesn’t it? >.>

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Syco_at_Twitch 
…well, it is 12 years old by all accounts. :)

Kasch
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Kasch

WHY must you peak my interest? I have a baby on the way (like probably today) and you have to tempt me like this. I’ll probably see what it’s about could use more sci-fi MMOS in my rotation. Also my comp is showing is age so getting into an older game might help extend satisfaction and keep me from wanting an upgrade, which I would have to “convince” (beg) my wife for…

Syco_at_Twitch
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Syco_at_Twitch

Looks dated but better then most dated games, ill give it a whirl

ProfessionalNoob
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ProfessionalNoob

Oh maybe i should go look at the Game archeologist article…. *sheepish

ProfessionalNoob
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ProfessionalNoob

I always wondered about this game. What;s it about? I always got the impression it was a bit of Isatria and a bit of Asherons Call and a bit of Tale in the Desert rolled together.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

JayPower Justin writes them so far in advance, I had forgotten we published it just two weekends ago. :D

JayPower
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JayPower

“Covered in full a few weeks back.” Um, that was on the 24th which was last week.

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