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You’ve seen the teaser. You’ve heard the rumors. You’ve watched the E3 trailer. And now it’s time to find out, exactly, what Fallout 76 is.
On Sunday night, Bethesda took the stage at E3 to finally talk about what Vault Boy and his comrades are up to with this prequel game. Let’s start with the bombshell (so to speak): “Fallout 76 is entirely online.”
That’s right: Bethesda is bringing the Fallout series online with this game, with the option to play solo. It’s what the studio is calling “softcore survival” — death doesn’t mean the loss of progression or your character. Players will be able to hop over to wherever their friends are and play on servers populated by dozens, but not hundreds, of people. Choices are key here as players will decide on the heroes and villains.
There is PvP here and co-op adventures as well. Scavenge, gather, and crafting is a major component. Players, solo and grouped, can build bases anywhere they want and move those buildings to desired locations with mobile platforms. Oh, and there will be nuclear sites that players can use to nuke the world if so desired.
B.E.T.A. (Break-it Early Test Application) testing begins soon, and Fallout 76 will launch later this year on November 14th.
At this afternoon’s EA Play, EA and BioWare have revealed Anthem’s brand-new trailer. The game is now slated to launch on February 22nd, 2019.
During the developer discussion, BioWare said it recognized the problems inherent in storytelling in a multiplayer shared world (reiterating Casey Hudson’s dev blog from not that long ago), but it thinks it’s found a way to reconcile driving the story without sacrificing multiplayer gameplay.
Characters will play as “freelancers” piloting Javelin exosuits, trying to survive in a hostile environment, and fighting the bad guys trying to exploit the power. There are four Javelins, each with a different way to play the game: Ranger, Colossus, Interceptor, Storm. “You are not your suit,” BioWare cautions; you can flip between them depending on the gameplay you want to take part in from moment to moment.
At EA Play this afternoon, Electronic Arts confirmed that it is indeed working on a Star Wars game, previously rumored as an open-world game.
The game’s title is Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, which makes it clear we’ll be playing around in the Jedi lore. It’s also set during the Dark Times when Vader and Palpatine are busying themselves hunting down all the remaining Jedi, which puts it somewhere in the 20-year period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
EA says the game is scheduled for “holiday of 2019,” so there’s something big to look forward to next year. Aaaaand that’s it – it’s not ready to be shown at E3 this year, unfortunately.
Do you like claymation? Do you like survival games? Well, the newly introduced Disdoored was made with you in mind! Massively OP’s MJ is really curious how the stop motion capture of a hand-crafted plasticine world translates into a survival game. It seems to be quite unique, so tune in live at 1:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 8th, 2018
Remember Paladins: Battlegrounds? Massively OP’s MJ played it when it was debuted at Hi-Rez Expo 2018. Now, it is rebranded and in early access on Steam. It’s time to dive in and see how development is going. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first live look at…
What: Realm Royale
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
Heading into Steam early access today is new isometric game called Corrupted, and if it looks familiar, that’s because it’s from Juvty Worlds, which also operates PvP sandbox Wild Terra. The new game appears to utilize Wild Terra’s world and graphics; the sole user review active as I type this rather uncharitably calls it an “asset-flip” and more of a “wave defense” title than an ARPG, but it definitely takes after its MMORPG kin on the surface.
For its part, Juvty says the game is a “mix of arcade, RPG and visual novel” in which you’ll “fight off the hordes of monsters and break through to the truth” and “discover new skills and improve your combat arsenal” as you cleave your way through enemies. This early access edition includes a 20-chapter campaign, multiple biomes, and a “twisted” storyline.
The full game is expected to launch later in 2018, Juvty’s Steam entry notes. “In the full version, we plan to add more active and passive skills, different opponents, more weapons and equipment, improve locations for battles, and make all necessary balance corrections. Together with you, we can make Corrupted even better and more interesting.” It’s currently $7.99.
Howsabout that mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved? It’s happening, and it’s happening soon, as Studio Wildcard and War Drum Studios announced today that it’ll hit both iOS and Android next week on June 14th – that’s a global launch, mind you. The companies say it’s the “same multiplayer game” from PC and console with all the same territory and dinos, except in that the mobile edition is “free-to-play with more accessible gameplay developed specifically for on-the-go dinosaur fun.”
“ARK: Survival Evolved mobile includes a unique user interface and a specialized control setup. A new subscription service, called Primal Pass, gives survivors access to an ad-free experience with reserved server slots, free gifts, and more. Additionally, survivors can acquire optional upgrades using Ancient Amber, a new material found throughout the island that allows players to obtain certain buffs for extended periods of time, build unique crafting structures and even resurrect your favorite pet dinosaur back from the dead!”
That oughta help scratch the itch if ARK Park, PixARK, and Jurassic World didn’t do much for ya.
You can’t accuse Hi-Rez of not chasing trends: Not only is it introducing a battle royale mode to SMITE, but it’s actually just launched a standalone free-to-play battle royale game into Steam early access today. It’s called Realm Royale, and the company is calling it the “first 100-person fantasy Battle Royale” title. You might remember it from its previous incarnation as Paladins: Battlegrounds, a mode originally planned for the MOBA-shooter Paladins (and we liked it when we played it then too).
“Players begin each round of Realm Royale by selecting one of five traditional fantasy classes. Each class offers a unique playstyle; Mages can soar above the battlefield and rain down fireballs, while Engineers deploy turrets and shields in hero shooter-style combat. […] Each round unfolds in true battle royale style, with 100 players dropping from a zeppelin into a massive fantasy-inspired map full of goblin villages and mushroom forests. Players loot weapons and abilities from chests as the fog closes in, customizing their character and effectively creating their own personal champion. In another fantasy twist, players are able to summon a mount at any time to quickly cover open ground and get right into the action.”
CCP has just announced a brand-new mobile MMO, being built in conjunction with NetEase. It’s called Project Galaxy, and yes, it’s intended as the mobile version of EVE Online.
CCP has apparently deleted the tweet, but here’s what the text said:
In this past weekend’s Make My MMO, we noted we were keeping a close eye on Temtem, a clearly Pokemon-inspired “massively multiplayer creature-collection adventure.” It hit Kickstarter last week and at the time was really close to its $70,000 goal. I’m happy to report today that it has now zipped past that goal and will assuredly fund; as I type this, it’s closing in on $100,000 with almost a month still to go.
“The days of traveling solo are over; in Temtem the world is a massively multiplayer one. Tamers from around the world can join and you will be able to see them around you, living the adventure with you and fighting to become the best Temtem tamer. Chill with strangers, make new friends and battle them or trade your goodies; the dynamic online world is full of possibilities.”
Stretch goals are naturally in order as the game keeps attracting funding. At $90K, contributors unlocked what is basically a hardmode roguelike ruleset; at $120K, devs are eyeing arcade-style minigames.
Perfect World is up to some stuff at E3 this year. Some good stuff, by my estimation. The company sent ’round PR on two of its upcoming games today: a mobile MMORPG that actually looks really good, and a battle royale game too.
Let’s start with the mobile MMORPG. It’s called ReEvolve, and it’s sort of a post-apoc sandbox with an “immersive, real-world environment, replete with a range of different ecosystems, a day and night cycle, changing weather, and realistic animal behaviors including food chains and migration,” plus crafting, architecture, base-building, housing, farming, animal breeding, PvE, and PvP. Here’s the backstory – and you’ll probably agree it’s a cut above the typical mobile game.
Welcome back to another mobile MMO roundup, those MMOs that obviously don’t count because they are played on a small screen instead of a massive screen, and we all know that’s what the M stands for, am I right?
First up is MapleStory M, the mobile edition of MapleStory, which soft launched in multiple regions over the holiday weekend; Canadians and Aussies can hop in, but those of us in the US and Europe are still waiting. Nexon is calling it a “real” MMORPG on mobile, and did I mention it’s cute as a button?
Missing Marvel Heroes and Super Hero Squad Online? Today’s newly announced Marvel game isn’t going to bring those back, but it might rekindle the romance, especially if you’re an online card game fan. Yes, Marvel has apparently teamed up with Nexon for a mobile TCG they’re calling Marvel Battle Lines. It’s boasting both a solo campaign and multiplayer PvP.
“Nexon, a worldwide leader in online and mobile games, in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment has announced MARVEL Battle Lines, a new strategic card battle game featuring hundreds of iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains. In MARVEL Battle Lines, players collect and build the ultimate deck of Super Heroes and Super Villains to take into battle across an expansive single-player campaign with an original story written by Marvel writer Alex Irvine and a real-time turn-based competitive player vs. player (PvP) mode. […] Collecting cards from each battle in the single player or PvP modes, players can build diverse decks of powerful Super Heroes and Super Villains, mastering their strategies to take on greater challenges and compete with the best in PvP.”
The game is slated to release free-to-play later this year on iOS and Android.