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Hi-Rez’s online card game Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics is getting a real launch set for February 20th on both PC and console. The game is the studio’s fifth game to make it to this stage (though as we’ve previously written, the studio has quite a lot more in production).
Like SMITE, HOTG will ostensibly be free-to-play, but players will need to buy cards to stay competitive. Hi-Rez says to expect a core bundle plus three pantheon packs to start, with a combined fee of around $45 to nab all the existing cards – more than 300 – at launch.
“Owners of the Founder’s Pack of Venus Competitors Pack will receive the Core Set Bundle for free. In addition, anyone already playing Hand of the Gods will keep their card collection, and will also have any previously spent runes returned to their account. Players can still play for free and acquire cards over time like a traditional CCG. Players can also get a quick start at the game by purchasing just one Pantheon Core Set.”
Check out our most recent stream of the game!
Last September, we first heard about Pantropy, a “sci-fi faction multiplayer shooter with mechs and focus on building and crafting” and a really cool name – not quite an MMO, but in our orbit, we think, particularly with the sandboxy features, hosted servers, and 128 potential players per server. At the time, German studio Brain Stone was plotting a November Kickstarter, but that was apparently delayed, as the Kickstarter launched just a few days ago and runs for the next month and change with a $91,903 US goal.
€15 (about $18.34 US) – is the cheapest pledge for a copy of the whole game at its estimated June 2019 launch; in fact, the devs are straight-up calling it a preorder, though you’ll need to pony up a little more for early access or closed alpha, set for later this year. The Kickstarter is specifically meant to help the team finish the game faster, optimize for performance and multiplayer, hire an extra level designer, add high-end sound effects and music, and flesh out the story. PvE servers are slotted for the second stretch goal (around $122,000 US); character customization (“play as male or female, tweak your appearance into something you’re proud to wear into battle”) comes at $305,000 US. Console ports are also on the table.
You cannot play Monster Hunter World
on your desktop computer (for a while, anyhow). You cannot play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
on your PlayStation 4. But you can play both titles on Xbox One, and when you put them head-to-head it turns out that MHW comes out on top
. Yes, it’s toppled the free-for-all battle royale game from the top spot on the Xbox One for the first time in a while, which you could take to mean that it won the battle or that it successfully slew the beast.
You know, depending on your preferred game for the metaphor. It fits both.
The game is only winning out on the US sales charts at the moment, as UK charts show PUBG still on top, but it’s still a notable sales bump that speaks to the new title’s popularity. This is especially notable considering that Xbox One wasn’t involved in the game’s beta testing, indicating that it had a big popularity surge even without pre-launch pushing. Let’s see how long it can hold on to the top spot.
Massively OP’s MJ may not be the most proficient with shooters, but that doesn’t mean she won’t give a new one a go! Someone has to be cannon fodder, right? Ironsight just launched its open beta this week and she is jumping in to try it out. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. as MJ attempt to stay alive in…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
Last August, we heard about a cute little coop survival MMO called Dead Maze. Yeah, yeah, it’s zombies. But it’s also not your average cutthroat you-red-you-dead kind of survivalbox. When they say co-op, they mean it: If you don’t work together with your fellow humans, you’re gonna die.
Studio Atelier 801, which yes we do realize is redundant, pushed the colorful isometric game to closed beta on Steam last November, and this week, it announced a February 13th official launch. Over the past few months, it says, it’s been working on both bug fixes and new features, “including a new game mode called The Raid where players have to survive infinite waves of enemies.”
We’ll be checking the game out ourselves on OPTV next week, but for now, we leave you with the brand-new trailer.
Thursday sounds like a great night for action, does it not? Massively OP’s MJ has the chance to check out the closed-beta action in the upcoming Conqueror’s Blade. Come take a peek at what the game has to offer; tune in live at 5:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first glimpse of…
What: Conqueror’s Blade
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Diablo, Hellgate: London, and Marvel Heroes creator David Brevik has just announced his newest game — and it’s both similar and unlike anything he’s done before.
It Lurks Below is a 2-D lovechild of horror, Diablo, and Terraria, sending a lone player into a gloomy, pixelated world filled with terrors and spelunking. The game will make heavy use of procedural generation and randomization to create the maps on which players will explore, scavenge, loot, fight, and build. Brevik made the entire game by himself, including the art and music, and he promised fans that it will be coming out later this year with a limited closed beta starting this weekend (which is full, sorry to say, but you can watch Brevik stream it).
Not too shabby there, Capcom: Monster Hunter World has already sold five million copies of the console edition of the game. (The PC version, you’ll recall, won’t launch until later this year.)
In conjunction with the launch, Capcom has apparently partnered with a “real-life monster hunter and Cryptozoologist,” which for some reason merits capitalization, to offer a £50,000 reward (about $70K US) to anyone who can submit “clear new evidence” of specific “monsters.” Sorry, you can’t just submit a particularly monstrous politician; your choices are Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, Mongolian death worms, mermaids, the flying snake of Namibia, chupacabras, yeti, earth hounds, Yowie, and the Cornish owlman.
The good news for Capcom is that at least it won’t have to pay out that chunk of change. Let this serve as another reminder of the sort of cognitive deficiencies with which gaming studios believe gamers are saddled.
We delivered a guide to the game as well as our first impressions last week, so don’t miss those if you’re still considering trying the game on console!
Source: Press release, GIbiz
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.
First up is Lineage 2 Revolution. Netmarble’s new toy got a big update this week infusing the game with seasonal content for both its PvP modes. You’ll want to make sure you jot down the Fortress Siege and Open Siege start times in your calendar! For PvE players, note that
“the latest game update also expands the max level for players to 180, along with the expansion of Main Quests, Daily Quests, and Scroll Quests, providing more content for active and higher leveled players. New region, Giran Dominion, has been added, along with field expansion in Deathly Fog Shores, Devil’s isle, Haunted Necropolis, Ivory Tower Catacombs 1, 2, and 3. Moreover, Elite Dungeon has additionally opened Ivory Tower Catacombs 1, 2, 3, allowing players to gain even more EXP and Adenas.”
Read on for more mobile MMO news!
Have you heard of Aftercharge? No? Well it is worth taking a look at — it has invisible robots! The 3v3 game pits a team of invisible robots bent on sabotage against another team of specialized security enforcers aiming to thwart just that. Massively OP’s MJ is excited to dive in to get a peek at today’s special alpha run. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first alpha look at…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 26th, 2018
Hey fellow hunter! Did you also enjoy the Monster Hunter World weekend betas as I did? Wondering if the full version is the same? Well here’s the short answer: Nope! Article finished, time to go back to hunting.
Just kidding! While the release version of the game isn’t the same as what you played, it’s still recognizably a Monster Hunter game. We’ll talk more about the online experience once the game’s been released to the masses for awhile, but a few hours in with a review copy of the launch product have answered some questions and concerns that came up during my beta experience.
Darkfall New Dawn formally launches today as one of two officially licensed spinoffs of Aventurine’s classic hardcore sandbox, which went belly-up a few years ago. As we’ve previously noted, the game has multiple packages ranging from €19.99 with a €9.99 per month sub up to €74.99 with a €6.25 per month sub, so that ought to make old-school gamers happy.
If you’re confused over what this version of the game has in store for you, and you probably are because this is really very much not a one-to-won remake, you should definitely zip through the new launch trailer, which Ub3rgames put together as an explainer.
We’ve got that trailer below, along with our hands-on with the game, a bunch of screenies in a gallery, and a quick flip through all our coverage of New Dawn along the way. Happy launch day!
Fancy a brand-new browser MMO? Mu Ignition, heir to what as become an incredibly long lineage of Mu games, formally launches today on Webzen’s global portal – you don’t even have to download anything. As we’ve previously written, the game is focused on combat and character progression and offers three different classes to tinker with.
In celebration of the launch, brand-new server, and ongoing festivities, Webzen has granted Massively OP keys for starter packs to hand out to our readers. The codes unlock a potion for a 50% EXP booster, 10 million zen, 10 jewels of bless, 10 basic mount feeds, and 20 teleport scrollies, all of which ought to help you get started playing.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!