Sandbox lovers must be in heaven lately with so many new choices arising in MMO circles. It seems as though most of the newer titles announced have widely embraced sandbox elements, even if integrating them with a more theme park structure.
And I’ve watched as a segment of the community has rejoiced over the resurgence of sandbox games, although I’ve also seen consternation and debate over how these MMOs are made. Should they have PvP? If so, how much? What about housing? What type of economy should it run? Should there be any developer-created story or should it be left fully in the players’ hands?
Good luck trying to get any consensus there because the only constant I’ve witnessed is how people will say, “I want New Game Online to be practically identical to Nostalic Old Game I Used To Play Online.” Whatever that may be.
Nexon will no longer be handling Dota 2 in Korea, as the publisher announced that it will be shutting down the MOBA’s server in the country soon. The last day for Dota 2’s operation on Nexon’s servers will be Thursday, December 10th.
Fortunately for Korean Dota 2 players, this will not spell the end of their game experience. Nexon said that over the next month it will be working with Valve to transfer all accounts and information to Steam’s own server so that players can continue to enjoy the game through that digital platform.
What did you expect? Of course we’re going to be talking about BlizzCon on today’s show. While there were no major surprises, there’s certainly enough to chew on, especially in regard to Overwatch and World of Warcraft. Bree and Justin (but mostly Bree) have a lot to say about the convention and its reveals.
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The hack-and-slash fantasy MMO Elite Lord of Alliance will be transitioning from closed beta testing to open beta next week.
Webzen announced today that it’s set a date for ELOA’s open beta test: November 17th. Starting then, any player who is interesting in seeing what this title has to offer needs only to head over to the official site and sign up for the beta. While players can’t get into the beta until the 17th, they can preload the game today.
ELOA has an anime theme and has a style of combat that requires players to continually switch stances. If you want to get a better feel for it, there are character creation and class videos after the break.
Shroud of the Avatar’s design team has been going crazy with world-building as of late. In the game’s most recent newsletter, a couple of new zones are previewed as the game barrels toward Release 24.
The team showed off the final look of Nightshade Pass, complete with the fantasy requirement of a bridge and its troll. Next on the docket is Mariah Overlook, a former mountain entertainers’ commune that’s fallen on hard times: “Generations ago, visitors to the Grand Amphitheater would take in plays, witness feats of skills, or enjoy tricks performed by exotic animals. Now, visitors are lucky to escape the area with their lives.”
Finally there’s a look at the North Naryad Pinelands, a heavily forested area that used to be an active logging area. Now, like Mariah Overlook, it’s been abandoned, and players will have to uncover the reason(s) behind the desertion.
Planetary invasions are beginning to become a fact of life for Skyforge players. Get up, brush your teeth, fight off waves of terrifying space invaders, pick up dry cleaning, and binge-watch some Netflix. That’s become the routine.
Well, apparently there are even worse threats than your run-of-the-mill armies: planetary avatars. These avatars are the representation of the god of the invading planet, and in a new dev blog, players are informed about their responsibility to confront and defeat them.
The upshot of these 10-player battles is that there are some seriously great rewards in store for the victors, including divine revelations. In addition, if players can topple an avatar, then the entire server enjoys increased rewards for two days.
I’ve always been a sucker for vanity pets in MMOs. It’s not just the layer of customization and ownership pride that lugging along one of them provides but the feeling of having a loyal companion join me on my many adventures through these worlds. Plus, they’re something else to collect that can actually be used, albeit typically in limited ways.
So I was overjoyed when I first started playing Marvel Heroes to discover not only that the game had a pet system but that pets actually had a purpose. Since then I’ve accumulated a half-dozen pint-sized pals and almost always had one of them out, even if Doctor Doom ended up giving Doom H.E.R.B.I.E. the stink-eye because of the pale imitation.
Today let’s talk about how you get pets and what they do for you!
closed beta events are flying by, with a third planned
to run from Thursday, November 12th through Monday, November 16th. The CBT is being called Speak of the Devil and will include French and German localization.
The dev team also put together its first video diary to try to explain the hook of Devilian. “It’s like your favorite ARPG and your favorite MMO got together into one amazing game,” Trion Worlds says. The video touches on the main features and aspects of Devilian, which makes it a great overview if you’re unfamiliar with the title. Check it out after the break!
When Glitch was canceled, it crushed the hearts and dreams of those few who knew, understood, and loved the game. Since its downfall, the quirky browser game has grown a cult following and even (tiny) sparked two attempted revivals. Today we’re talking with Kaiyon Alatar on how Eleven will bring back Glitch’s world — just perhaps in a new way.
Join us after the jump as we talk with Alatar about Eleven’s progress, how it differs from Children of Ur, and what you can do to help!
Narwhals. They’re swimming in the ocean, causing a commotion because they are so awesome. I’ve even heard that they beat polar bears in a fight.
They’re also the mascot of a new Albion Online guild. To promote the guild, one player has created a series of Narwhal-themed propaganda posters that will bring a tear to your eye. “Unlock your final form” is my personal favorite.
Check them out and let us know in the comments what you think are the best guild recruiting techniques that you’ve seen over the years!
Just because Overwatch will be a team-based shooter doesn’t mean that it lacks a story. On the contrary, Blizzard said that the game will boast a rich narrative that will illuminate the histories and personalities of each characters.
At BlizzCon this past weekend, the developers on the Overwatch panel confirmed that some of the game’s heroes will be gay, although they aren’t saying which ones yet. The devs did say that they will be revealing more about all of the characters and world through comic books, animated shorts, and additional cinematics. There were even hints about a possible map called “Blizzneyland,” although whether or not the studio is truly serious about this remains to be seen.
Overwatch will be released in spring 2016. You can watch the full BlizzCon panel after the jump!
Some Black Desert fans are concerned that the game appears to be headed for a heaping pile of regional IP blocking in the near future and have started a Change.org petition to ask Daum Games to keep the sandbox’s borders open to all.
Chinese news site 17173.com is reporting that Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns will be releasing in the country on November 20th.
The launch of the expansion will be proceeded by a pre-order sale that includes all three of Heart of Thorns’ editions: basic, digital deluxe, and collector’s. The sale will begin on November 13th.
Massively Overpowered has extensive coverage of Guild Wars 2’s first expansion, including a special podcast devoted to talking about it, our hands-on choose my adventure series, and our regular game column.
. Thanks to Siphaed for the tip!