MMOs you’ve never heard of: Rogalia, Lazarus, Dead Maze, We Ride, and SOS
Welcome back to our intermittent series on MMOs and other multiplayer games you you’ve never heard of! Let’s run down five more floating to the top of the pile this month.
First up is a Russian indie MMO called Rogalia that I first heard of thanks to former Massively columnist Jeremy Stratton (heya Jeremy!). It’s cute and cartoony and will definitely appeal to old-school isometric sandbox players with its crisp cartoon graphics and detailed UI. Combine all that with the gameplay and it’ll remind you more of Ultima Online than most games that namedrop it! It’s currently $12 on Steam, though it’s set to launch out of early access at some point this month, when the price will likely increase.
We haven’t talked about this space MMOARPG in a year, so here’s a good spot to do so. Spilt Milk Studios’ massive roguelike is still space-truckin’. In November, it ran a stress test with 350 players, while a week ago it patched up with its biggest update to date; among other features, this one is PvE-only as of now. This is one of the SpatialOS games, do note, and it’s still slated for a launch this month.
Dead Maze is a zombie survivalbox, but unlike most games that fall under that category, it’s not a ganker’s paradise. In fact, it’s all co-op. And it’s just hit closed beta. “With the start of the closed beta, players can discover the destroyed world of Dead Maze, build their new home and craft their own supplies, team up with their friends and battle the dozens of different types of zombies, using over 200 different items and weapons,” says French dev Atelier 801. Launch is expected next year. Stay tuned for a future MOP stream of the game!
MOP reader Dalton tipped us off to We Ride, an isometric indie sandbox throwback that will appeal to folks looking for a hardcore FFA PvP experience. Here’s the dev’s pitch:
“Do you look back with nostalgia to when online games were still actually exciting? Are you waiting for that next MMORPG that will bring back all those amazing adventures? Look no more! I’m building WE RIDE in an attempt to bring that ultimate online PVP thrill back from the RPG’s of the 90’s. Also, I want it to be hard as hell. No magically flaming swords, no mighty castles. No, you live in a barren desert, you’re gonna get killed and looted, and you’re gonna love it!”
Finally, there’s S.O.S., the Survivor-style survival sandbox where 16 players basically fight each other and the island over 30 minutes in order to win. “It’s like if LOST and PUBG had a baby,” as we’ve previously joked. MJ’s streamed the game already, which ought to be a good tease for the closed beta, which began earlier this week and runs through the weekend.
Know of more MMOs we’ve never covered? Drop us a tip! We love to hear about them!