We’ll be updating this post with all the highlights of ArenaNet‘s Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns PAX Prime 2015 panel beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT today. Watch along below; we’ve got the stream embedded from Twitch!
Alphas & Betas Category
While MassivelOP’s MJ was away, a few new dinosaurs were added to ARK: Survival Evolved. There’s a monkey man that can literally toss people around as well as a roly poly armored mount — and MJ just has to get one of each for herself! Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to help her search out these new pets in the wilds.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 29th, 2015
The cheapest bundle, at $49.99, includes beta access, 2500 credits, a two-day early access, a month of Patron status, two extra character slots, two extra inventory rows, a character potion bag, a Founder title, and a multipurpose Corgi pet.
The $99.99 bundle stacks on even more Patron status and credits, plus a Vanguard title and talismans. For $149.99, you snag all that, plus more credits, more Patron time, a Harbinger title, and a polar bear mount, among other perks.
Design director Tony Zurovec has penned a lengthy intro to the social module, which allows you to choose from a handful of character configurations and “explore the first of many planetary landing zones” with up to 24 other players.
The electronic warfare blog outlines ship signatures, radar scanning, and both offensive and defensive EW in detail, while the Star Marine update hits the usual gameplay, art, audio, animation, and UI highlights as well as “the big merge” from staging to game-dev.
On the surface, it has the makings of a thinking-man’s PvP game. As of right now, the PvP market is flooded with fast-paced MOBAs and team-based shooters, so Atlas Reactor takes a different path, making the action more strategic and measured. But like its twitchy cousins, the cast of characters is meant to foster a sense of ownership and empathy in players.
Project Gorgon‘s latest run on Kickstarter is over, and it was a pretty big success for the title, hitting almost $75,000 in funding. That means the game is moving forward with improvements, and it also means that players are going to need to start paying money to get into the test client. Hey, it had to happen eventually.
So what other beta news do we have before this weekend’s convention?
- Ark: Survival Evolved is free to play this weekend if you have the urge to briefly log on to a game and then immediately get crushed to death by Cretaceous wildlife. I assume that’s how the game works, anyhow. There’s also some new stuff coming soon.
- Early access for Otherland has been pushed back to September because of course that happens right after it gets a header on this column.
- The social module for Star Citizen has entered testing. How is it? We don’t know; there’s apparently an NDA for this module. But what’s not to love about standing in a room talking?
- The Repopulation is getting ready for sieges as it rolls closer to release.
Plus we’ve got our usual list of games just past the break. Did we miss something? Is another game further along than we know? Let us know down in Ye Olde Commente Sectionne.
Camelot Unchained is currently in the midst of a Friday Night Fights bonus round, but that didn’t stop founder Mark Jacobs from penning his customary Friday update. It features a lengthy section on user stories as well as a full body shot of the Fir Bog who debuted last week.
There’s plenty of fresh concept art in today’s update, too, along with another mention of the team’s plans for next month’s DragonCon and the associated build prep work.
Pokémon-like battler Moonrise won’t be seeing the light of commercial release, apparently.
“What we’ve found is that while some people really love Moonrise, there were unfortunately many more people who played the game and then moved on after a few days,” founder Jeff Strain wrote. “For a standalone, offline game that might be fine; but for an online game with significant server hosting costs and an expectation for ongoing development and new content, it can mean a game that not only doesn’t pay for it’s development costs, but might even cost money to operate.”
There’s an old phrase from a movie about chocolates, but MassivelyOP’s MJ thinks that life in Landmark is more like a box of templates. And boy, do you get plenty of templates! From beginner ones to ornate structures and items from friends or the Marketplace, there’s a whole lot even non-voxelmancers can create. MJ has spent plenty of time touring lately, so now she’s settling in to tinker around on her plots — and she invites you to come help her build. Don’t have a beta key? Well she’ll be giving some away along with lots of other goodies. Join in live at 5:00 p.m. and see what things you can create alongside MJ from the myriad of templates.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 28th, 2015
If you want Bless news, this is your post. If you want a western release date, though, we can’t help you. At least for now. That said, it can’t be far off, since the final Korean CBT has been announced. It starts on September 17th and runs through the 25th. MMO Culture reports that the final phase will add two new classes (Mage and Assassin) as well as more gatherables used for crafting. The site also says that realm-vs.-realm PvP is the game’s “core feature.”
Also, the latest teaser trailer is in English! You can view it after the cut below.
Anyone who has popped into Project Gorgon knows that there are plenty of interesting things to do and no specific order you have to do them in. MassivelyOP’s Justin has recently started playing as a cow! Last time, MJ was learning how to be a werewolf, but the other possibilities really moooove her, so she’s seeking out the many forms. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you more…
What: Project Gorgon
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 28th, 2015
— Guild Wars 2 (@GuildWars2) August 28, 2015
With its successful Kickstarter campaign behind it, indie MMO Project Gorgon is forging ahead with plans to transition to Steam.
Elder Game sent out a letter to all backers this morning with a timetable regarding the team’s fall plans. The big announcement is that in a few weeks the alpha server will be closed to everyone except those who pledged funds. Previously, the game had been open to any and all who wanted to try it out. Following the server restriction, Gorgon will make the jump to Steam in late October and require players to access the game through that service.
The team said that there will be options available for fans to buy into the alpha or upgrade their pledge going forward, perhaps with PayPal. Additionally, a preview of the guild system is tentatively scheduled for the next update, which should be good news to the social structure of the game.