Last year’s announcement that Kakao would be bringing the steampunk-flavored Ascent: Infinite Realm to the west was a much-needed shot of encouragement to MMO players who have been desperate for new titles. There was a good month or two in late 2017 when we were genuinely excited for this game as it showed off its trailer, talked about its lofty ambitions, and started Korean beta testing.
Then it kind of dropped off the map, and for the last four months, we’ve heard very little about this game. But now it’s back, baby, and things look like they’re progressing just fine. (True story: This author was just writing a “whatever happened to this game?” post when the official account sent out an update.)
The dev team said that the game is being “refined” following its initial Korean beta test. In the meanwhile, some new teasers and art will hopefully rekindle players’ interest. More previews are promised for upcoming weeks.
The next alpha version of Crowfall will allow players to try out the High Elf race, which means that it would be a bit of a problem if you couldn’t dress them up appropriately. Originally, the race was designed for the Frostweaver class, but while the races can now take on multiple different classes, those design elements are still in place for the High Elf garments, all of which have a looser feel and more elegant designs.
All of the various outfits were designed with an eye toward some of the more ornate armors found in traditions like ancient Persia and Thailand, functional with a nod toward high collars and sweeping lines. You’ll get to play around with it yourself in the game’s next alpha test, of course, but it’s nice to get a preview of the fashion before playing dress-up.
Hope you weren’t holding out any great hope for Icarus Mobile, the portable spin-off of Nexon’s Riders of Icarus. MMO Culture is reporting that the contract for the upcoming mobile title looks like it will be canceled very soon, leaving the title’s continued existence in doubt.
However, take solace in the fact that the main MMO endures. In fact, the dev team just started talking about the future of the title after nearly a year of stalled development. Plans for 2018 include special MacBain merchants, improvements to the Tempering System, a world cup event, a party mode for Ellora’s spire, and the opening of the region of Turimnan sometime around August.
“The development has halted for Icarus for almost a year, as many of you have noticed, due to unforeseen circumstances, but rest assured that starting from now, the direction of the development for the game will improve gradually in the coming months so as to not disappoint everyone that has continued to wait and support us,” the team posted.
If you have a console from the current hardware generation, you can play TERA
on it right now. But there’s also a lot of content for the game that’s accumulated over the years, and fortunately for console players, En Masse Entertainment is wasting no time in bringing a whole lot of it right to the game
. All of May will be filled with new content, starting with the Lilith’s Keep dungeon for level 65 players.
From there, the game will introduce the new 20v20 Corsair’s Stronghold PvP map, then 10 days of doubled experience followed by the launch of the Ruinous Manor dungeon. It’s plenty of stuff to do to get you caught up with the game, and there’s still a lot of ground left to cover. Just jump on in and start enjoying all that the game has to offer players, and know that there’s plenty more where that came from.
Massively OP will be streaming from the anniversary celebration in-game later today, so join us around 3 p.m. EDT on OPTV!
The Zandalari trolls are allied with the Horde in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, but their society has long endured without outside interference. The capital city of Zuldazar stands as the oldest city on the face of Azeroth, and all of the many tragedies and challenges that have faced these trolls haven’t yet brought down the city. But if you can’t check the place out in person just yet in the beta, you can take the guided tour on the official site.
While the city still stands, there are rumors of rebellion and dark forces moving through the streets, and visitors from the Horde will need to earn the trust of the trolls therein. But there are also the wise Tortollan to be found outside of the city, along with no shortage of wild beasts and, of course, enormous dinosaurs. Players can also find the new dungeons of Atal’dazar not far from the main city, the place where deceased kings rest eternally within the ever-expanding tomb. So it’s a nice vacation spot while you try to acquire a naval ally for the Horde, in other words.
With the prodigious and well-known appetite of Hobbits, it’s a total surprise to me that the Shire hasn’t been stripped bare with these creatures’ all-consuming need for tummy fuel. Maybe that’s what the Scouring of the Shire was? It wasn’t in the movies, I wouldn’t know.
Anyway, Amorey contemplates eating 9,000 calories in one go: “Please note the very surprised look on my Hobbit’s face: ‘What about second breakfast ? Luncheon ? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper?’ Eleven years in LOTRO is a big milestone for a tiny Hobbit.”
Also, do they have food wars? Weight watchers? I have so many questions about the dietary lives of these people.
It’s been a quiet year for fans of Riders of Icarus, so it’s probably for the best that the first words of the newest development blog is an apology for being so quiet. Apparently, there were issues with providing players with new stuff to do. What sort of issues? We don’t know, it doesn’t say. But it does confirm that new stuff is coming to the game, starting with the addition of the MacBain merchants. Take on MacBain quests, get MacBain coins, get powerful weapon crafting materials from the MacBains. And if you want to make references to The Simpsons while you do so, who are we to judge?
Moving forward, the development team has plans to implement the region of Turimnan, make improvements to Ellora’s Spire such as including a party mode, and make the Tempering system more straightforward and clear. Most of the future updates don’t have dates just yet, but we can hope that there will be quite a bit more happening this year than took place last year. Less quiet, at the very least.
South of Rabanastre, there is a lighthouse. It’s not a very good
lighthouse, because it’s surrounded by a yawning chasm that gets worse every year and the best option for boats is to just get nowhere near it at all. But that’s where you’re going for the next raid dungeon in Final Fantasy XIV
, and the preview site for the next patch
has a brief discussion of why you’re going to this awful tower. Aside from the long tradition of Alliance Raids in towers, that is. (It’s sort of a thing.)
The preview page also gives us our first look at the upcoming guestbook decoration for housing, allowing players to leave you feedback and let you know that they visited and liked your home. You can also try the new cross-world linkshell feature and the expansions to the glamour dresser, although the latter is a bit harder to display in graphical form. Check out some screenshots for the update just below.
Are you hyped for Deep Space Nine in Star Trek Online
? Victory is Life
is hitting PC in June, complete with a journey to the Gamma Quadrant, the Deep Space Nine crew, the Jem’Hadar playable faction, bumped level cap, seven new episodes, and more goodies.
Ahead of the launch, PWE has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to raffle to our PC readers! We’ve got 25 codes for the T5 Defiant Tactical Escort Retrofit and 100 codes for the Stalker Stealth Fighter.
Read on to enter to win!
Did you miss last weekend’s Defiance 2050 closed beta? Good news for you; Trion is doing another one – this very weekend, in fact. Aaaaand it won’t just be for PC players this time.
“The Defiance 2050 PC closed beta weekend was a huge success, with thousands of players jumping to see what the upcoming reimagining of the landmark sci-fi shooter will hold for players when it releases this summer. Trion Worlds is thrilled to reveal that a second closed beta test will be underway this weekend, welcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players into the fold! From April 27 through 29, hop into the Defiance 2050 closed beta to experience the riveting shooter gameplay and great environments that will await you when the game launches.”
Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie checked out the funsies yesterday before the last beta wound down – check out the replay for a glimpse of how it plays:
It’s spring cleaning month for Ship of Heroes, Heroic Games’ Casey McGeever has told forumgoers on the official site.
“What we mean by this is that we are reviewing our game code, looking at how it is organized, and then making it quicker and more efficient to compile through a set a changes,” he says. “It’s complex and a bit grindy to do, so we force ourselves to do it periodically.” He says the studio is working on picking the best maps, testing character models and costumes, iterating on animation code to reduce lag, improving buildings on the ship, creating new props, and even working on the new healing powerset.
“Basically everyone is working away at their jobs, and we’re making steady progress,” McGeever explains.
In other SOH news, you may not see many MMORPGs on Instagram, but Ship of Heroes is giving it a go – check out some of the brand-new screenshots it’s put up so far:
When Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset
chapter launches next month, it’ll introduce a number of new groups and factions to the game. The Psijic Order has already been well-documented as an ancient monastic order that studies the magic of Tamriel in a secretive way – very different from the traditional Mages Guild. But you may not know about the other groups, even if you’re a die-hard Elder Scrolls fan. A new dev blog
today outlines a few more.
First, there’s the Divine Prosecution. They’re more than just provincial cops, as it turns out; they’re also supposed to hunt down heresy and stamp out Daedra worshippers. What could go wrong?
Next up? The Sapiarchs. They’re basically an elite college with experts on everything, the keepers of all knowledge.
Finally, we’ve got the House of Reveries, a group of troubadours who perform only in masks.
The dust may be settling after Shroud of the Avatar’s final launch, but that doesn’t mean the game is done. On the contrary, Portalarium clearly means to keep right on its strict monthly update schedule.
As the title’s latest dev update explains, R53 – due out this Thursday – includes the rebuild of multiple scenes and locations (like Tenebris Harbor and Penmawr Island shown in the gallery below), plus the looking-for-group system, better loot, offline drop rate tweaks, additional side quests, heraldry, and new “plunderer NPCs,” plus the promised UI polishing pass.
The planned stress test on the QA server kicks off as this post goes live; as previously noted, a quorum of participants will ensure a double experience event come the launch of the update.
Meanwhile, if you’re into world exploration, swing by the Twitter feed of Portalarium’s Richard Garriott; he’s been chronicling a well-earned trip to the Arctic.