Citadel: Forged With Fire is a brand-new ‘massive online sandbox RPG’ debuting this month

Well well, lookie what popped up on Steam: It’s a new “massive online sandbox RPG,” Citadel: Forged With Fire, and it came out of nowhere this week to announce an early access debut soon — really soon. Early access begins on July 26th and is expected to last 8-12 months, with a formal launch in 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Citadel: Forged With Fire is a massive online sandbox RPG with elements of magic, spellcasting and inter-kingdom conflict. As a newly minted apprentice of the magic arts, you will set off to investigate the dangerous world of Ignus. Your goal: create a name for yourself and achieve notoriety and power among the land’s ruling Houses. You have complete freedom to pursue your own destiny; hatch plots of trickery and deceit to ascend the ranks among allies and enemies, become an infamous hunter of other players, build massive and unique castles, tame mighty beasts to do your bidding, and visit uncharted territories to unravel their rich and intriguing history. The path to ultimate power and influence is yours to choose.”

Developers Blue Isle Studios and Virtual Basement LLC are promising a large map to explore, crafting, building construction, flight, a dynamic loot system, housing, player alliances, elaborate magic, taming, harvesting, and empire building. Its PvP system isn’t expressly stated, though except at least guild wars with rival houses.

If Blue Isle Studios sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the studio that built the Slender games, so they’re not noobs.

“Our plan is to use Early Access to not only realize our fantasy adventure dreams, but also yours,” the studio says. “We plan to rapidly implement updated content and bug fixes, and we want to do it in collaboration with you, the community. We aim to do everything we can to ensure that community feedback helps to drive the direction of the game’s future. Listening to our players is a top priority, and we’re thrilled to work with you guys in shaping Citadel into something truly special! As we work our way toward our Early Access launch, we will be sharing with you more details about what you can expect on day one. Look forward articles on topics like magic, our building system and monster taming, and tune in for some fun live gameplay!”

Sign-ups for the “pre-release beta test” are live now, as are a batch of introductory screenshots and the announcement trailer.

Source: Steam. With thanks to Dmitri, NoctisGray, and Cosplayboy25!
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Jennifer Yaner

The real question is:

A real MMORPG with massive servers?
or
One of those games that call itself a MMO like ARK, but only allows like 100 people to play on a server together. That has player admins that can god mode and do whatever they want to do and ruin the game for everyone else.

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General Caesar

It’s the second one.

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Jennifer Yaner

Ya, I saw it on the forums. Disappointing really, only 40 players at launch.

Cadaver
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Cadaver

I’m a sucker for first person perspective. I’ll be following this.

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flamethekid .

medieval Harry Potter online

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Veldan

sounds good

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Sorenthaz

Sounds interesting but if it gets overrun by the griefbox kiddies (mentally or physically childish and whiny as all hell) who come from Darkfall and ArcheAge then there’ll be bound to be plenty of forum PvP at least. Course if the devs fully listen to vocal groups like that then the game will go downhill rapidly since griefers don’t actually enjoy griefing each other but instead only enjoy messing with people who can’t fight back.

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Toy Clown

It looks intriguing, but my mind is seeing “sandbox” as meaning open-world PvP, which means toxic levels of players attracted to these games. I’ve stopped playing “open world PvP” MMOs due to the type of players they attract.

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How many players does it support? Has that been detailed. As it stands right now. All I see is another ARK or Conan Exiles. Just with a different skin on it. Not everything that has multiplayer deserves the “MMO” branding.

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Dug From The Earth

What must be going through the games mind right now,

“Im skyrim! No… wait… Im Lord of the rings! No no… im Harry Potter! Shut up, no you shut up… no you!”

Still, looks like its worth a try, as long as the pay model is decent.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

I thought the same thing when I saw the footage. Harry Potter and Skyrim inside the gameplay of Ark.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Korbenik

im just surprised a kickstarter game like this with an empty world made it to ps4

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Zander

im just surprised a kickstarter game like this with an empty world made it to ps4

Yeah me too. Especially since it appears to be fully funded by Blue Isle Studios and has a beta release date. I almost didn’t see the trees, water or dragons and stuff… <. <

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Jeronimo Collares

Im in! :)

miol
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miol

“36 square kilometers” is about the same mapsize as the original ARK map or Skyrim! :/

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Sorenthaz

I mean that’s still a ridiculous amount of space if it’s the same size as Vanilla Skyrim.

miol
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miol

Yes, if you’re solo on the map and not flying twice as fast than with a horse.

With really only 70 players, it gets crowded fast in Ark with all those self-build structures everywhere. :/

And as another reference, GTAV is around twice the size, but feels as large, because of the higher vehicle speeds.

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bobfish

Those animations.. not normally something I care about, but given the competition in the space for these survival PvP games, those animations are just so bad.

Strange mix of Elder Scrolls and Harry Potter though.

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cista2bpo

If it in fact is a PvP-based MMO then the only competition right now is DarkFall, so….

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They have not spoke on how many players it will support or about its server structure. Until then, its not an MMO. Its just another ARK or Conan Exiles.

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bobfish

So, what about ArcheAge, Black Desert Online and the numerous other ones out there? Not to mention things like Crowfall, Camelot Unchained and a whole host of them due in the next year or two.

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cista2bpo

I should have said pvp-*driven* rather than pvp-based. Looting makes the difference. There is no looting in the Korean MMOs, hence the PvP is more sportsmanship than a matter of survival. Not that one is better than the other IMO, I am just saying DarkFall is still the primary game out there of its kind. This could be a better one, and apparently already playable now.

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Korbenik

bro 1v1s isnt pvp neither is pack running and i heard people only pvp in black desert at noob lvl

Zander
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Zander

bro 1v1s isnt pvp neither is pack running and i heard people only pvp in black desert at noob lvl

Allow me to translate.

My friend, dueling isn’t PvP. None of the games you mentioned are doing better than the other in that regard. It was communicated to me that people in Black desert only PvP at lower levels.

Best I could make of it, sorry. I think Schlag posted a gif of the dude who wrote this..

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Shiro Madoushi

I just wonder what “massive online sandbox RPG” actually means. Is it mmo? Is it a 100 man survival game?

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Melissa McDonald

I can’t be the only one that thought of this…

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squidgod2000

Keeeel.

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William Tweed

Dark and Light who?

borghive
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borghive

Is this survival sandbox game like Ark?

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Space Captain Zor

become an infamous hunter of other players

:|

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My kind of game!

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Sray

Whilst it’s more dragons, and wizards, and elves (oh my!), this sounds interesting. But early access means I’m unlikely to hop aboard until it’s actually launched.

Edit: just took a closer look, and it looks to be all first person, and a bunch of PvP junk, so I’ll probably just pass on it altogether.

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pepperzine

This looks like it could be really interesting!

Zander
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Zander

Looks interesting. Your character gets to fly without a mount? I’ll definitely keep an eye on it. Free beta sign ups for this month! Nice find, Bree.

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