In 1999, the year that EverQuest released, work was already underway for another fantasy MMO called World of Warcraft. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that gamers got their first look at the game, but screenshots do exist from this ancient era of WoW development.
Perhaps you’ve seen some of these pictures, perhaps not, but it’s always a fun trip to see the very early stages of a game that would come to dominate the industry. This gallery contains one of the first pictures of WoW from 1999, the character selection screen, some funky models for the Forsaken, and the very first Molten Core raid.
Take a trip down memory lane courtesy of exo316 (even if they aren’t your memories)!
The One Shots community does love congregating on Sundays to post favorite MMO screenshots in the comments section. While I certainly do love and appreciate getting pictures sent in via email, I’ll admit that I equally enjoy perusing the comments to see what’s tacked on to each week’s column.
So today I’m going to devote an entire edition of One Shots to great pics from December. Might even make this a regular thing if y’all like it! Our headliner is a WildStar technicolor dream from ManastuUtakata titled “Secret pink spots of AurinStar.” Check it out!
If you’ve played through the first nine chapters of the Star Wars: The Old Republic
expansion Knights of the Fallen Empire
, then you’ve probably already seen the name of the next chapter: Anarchy in Paradise. You’ve probably also noticed that it will feature the former Imperial Agent companion Kaliyo going by the name Firebrand. But you probably didn’t know that the subscriber reward for this little escapade is a special jetpack mount inspired by your fallen companion HK-55.
According to BioWare, if you are subscribed to the game on the first of every month from February to August, you will receive that month’s subscriber reward. So those subbed on February 1st will earn the HK-55 jetpack.
We could tell you that Firebrand is a infamous mercenary bent on taking down the Eternal Empire at any cost, but why not just show you in the video and a gallery of images below?
If you’ve already put your money down for the $599 Oculus Rift, you might be curious about when you can actually get some games to play upon it. EVE: Valkyrie is the headlining title for the headset, and the good news is that it’s going to be entering the alpha test phase for players on January 18th. Said test will naturally require the Oculus Rift DK2 headset.
Those of you who are pre-ordering the Rift will have a copy of Valkyrie included. The developers have stated that new players will be invited to the game’s alpha test in waves before the test actually begins. You can check out a handful of alpha test shots down below, if you’re curious.
Linkrealms developer Mythyn Interactive announced today that it’s planning a Steam early access launch in March 2016 and as well as a fresh round of beta testing in January.
From the 9th of January, all registered users with a Beta Key and all purchasers of a Founder Pack will be able to play Linkrealms continuously for at least 3 weeks.
The Ultima Online-inspired isometric MMORPG ran a summer test and an autumn test last year in addition to releasing founder packs. It first entered testing in 2011; in February, 2015, it rebooted as an open-PvP game. Most recently, it’s touted a new crafter contract system, support for multiple characters (five, to be exact), a new login interface, and a creature balancing pass.
Source: Press release
It’s no secret that Hearthstone takes its inspiration from World of Warcraft. The former is meant to be inspired by the latter. That means that there are no shortage of legendary Hearthstone cards with direct equivalents in WoW, and an enterprising fan by the handle of Jeppz95 has taken the opportunity to pair the inspirations for the cards with the cards themselves in a new gallery.
For those of you who recognize all of the cards from their sources just by name alone, it’s a fun trip down memory lane for characters and bosses that haven’t been cutting-edge content for some time. If you’ve never seen the inspirations, it’s a chance to see the characters who inspired the cards. And if you have at least a passing familiarity with the lore of the setting, it’s an entertaining diversion for the time it takes to page through the full gallery.
Sci-fi sandbox Divergence Online is on the way to Steam’s early access program — at least, it will be when someone at Valve wakes up from the traditional New Year’s stupor and flips the approval switch.
“We’re realizing that although the game was already approved for sale on Steam, that there is still a final ‘final’ approval process that it must go through, which could take ‘anywhere from a few hours to a few days,'” Stained Glass Llama wrote on Facebook, “so just letting everyone know that we’re just waiting on word from Valve right now and will let you know the moment it goes through. Thanks for your patience.”
The self-proclaimed Star Wars Galaxies spiritual successor was Greenlit on Valve’s platform last fall. Massively OP chatted with the game’s lead dev, Ethan Casner, during his Indiegogo campaign in September, when he added a consensual PvP server as a stretch goal as a result of community requests. The game’s most recent patch introduced twitch combat, destructible structures, and a complete refactoring for skills and professions.
We’ve included new screenshots and the early access launch video below.
The new year is here, and it brings with it the promise of more content and options in Shroud of the Avatar. Not in the abstract sense wherein you know there will probably be content, but in the sense that the most recent dispatch from the developers extensively outlines several parts of what players can expect from Release 26. The game’s next major update isn’t due until January 28th, but there’s still plenty to feast your eyes upon just the same.
Resolute, the town that serves as the next destination for those following the Path of Courage, is on deck for the next update, as is the former mining area of North Varisa Foothills. Players can also expect clockwork animals, people, and steam-based power systems in terms of development assets. There’s a current call for players to submit potential NPCs for Resolute and Aerie, as well, so suggesting one now may well mean encountering that NPC at the end of the month when the update goes live. Check out several screenshots of what you can expect just below.
Today’s headlining picture is another debut for One Shots: Funcom’s LEGO Minifigures Online. I don’t know many people outside of MOP who have even touched this title, so it’s cool to see at least one gamer was having fun with the mobile title.
“Here’s a picture of a wizard fighting a red dragon,” reader Weakness wrote. “It’s not going to win any points for originality, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this game had dungeons and that boss mechanics were quite involved. Not only did I have to avoid all those puddles of fire, but there were also water pumps that I could activate periodically to clear the fire out, all while taking down the boss and his minions. But it is rather generic as far as fantasy themes go. In hindsight, I should have gone into this fight as hotdog man. Now that’s something you don’t see everyday.”
Aw, you guys! The call for winter and holiday screenshots proved to be a sustaining request, as many of you kept sending in more and more pictures from your gaming folders. As a result, here’s a second column in a row celebrating the season!
We’ll kick off with this artsy shot of reader Jake in The Secret World. “The Secret World is proving to be quite the screenshot-worthy title,” he writes. “Recently I went Shambala chasing a thief for the Templars and did what any other hero would do when the fate of the world rests solely in their hands — I stopped to take some screenshots. Hey, he wasn’t going anywhere and the view was breathtaking.”
Elite Lord of Alliance has done its utmost to make us trip over its name, and now that its first major content patch is out, it’s working hard to confuse us even more. “First Expansion” or “Part 1” is now out, and if you can get past these weird titles, then you might find quite a bit to do in this hack-and-slash title.
Today’s update raises the level cap from 36 to 40, giving players four more levels to explore. Additionally, ELOA has added a high-level monster journal, the Crying Land zone, two level 40 dungeons, and the expected assortment of new quests, titles, and achievements to master.
Read up on the patch notes and show those monsters who’s the boss (the answer is Tony Danza).
Have you checked out the open beta for post-apoc online shooter Survarium? Developer Vostok Games wants to make it easier on you: It’s given us a boatload of keys for Survarium Bandit Sets, worth $9.99, to hand out to our readers just in time for the holidays.
Get a unique UZI Hurricane submachine gun, Bandit pants and jacket and join the fight! With this equipment you will be well protected from the dangers of the New World and you’ll definitely stand out among other survivors! Premium equipment from the Bandit Set increases reputation gain towards Black Market (+20%) and increases your income per battle (+25%).
Clicky the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take home one of these keys.
A few weeks ago we put out a call for winter and holiday-themed screenshots. Two readers responded with multiple pictures each, so today’s column is brought to you by Tyler and Stormwaltz. Take a bow, both of you!
Our headlining shot is from Tyler in World of Warcraft. “Here my monk is taking in the sights during a snowstorm in Pandaria’s Kun-Lai Summit zone,” he writes. “Whatever other problems Mists of Pandaria might have had, they sure nailed the world design.”