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The Daily Grind: Are you Kickstarting Ashes of Creation?

Well, congrats, Ashes of Creation. You did it: You made your $750,000 Kickstarter goal in less than 24 hours, which means we’re going to spend the next 30 days watching you climb ever higher as you dangle stretch goals in front of us.

You also got half my damn guild to back you. “You know I have more money than sense, and there is a lifetime sub out there,” one of them joked to me last night while picking my brain on the game. AoC seems to have something old school MMORPG players actually want and will pay for: an actual full-scale MMORPG with plenty of investor backing and demo reels to instill confidence.

Personally, I kicked them the smallest pittance that’ll get me into the beta — those $10,000 packages are a bit too rich for my blood. The promise to return Kickstarter contributions should the game fail to launch is enticing too. How about you? Are you Kickstarting Ashes of Creation? Or are you holding firm on your resolution not to back MMOs in 2017?

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Ashes of Creation’s Kickstarter is live, seeking $750,000 to bolster the ‘rebirth of the MMORPG’

“If necessary, I have made some very good friends in my previous business endeavors who are dying to invest.” -Steven Sharif, Massively OP interview, May 2017
As promised, Ashes of Creation’s Kickstarter has just gone live — Intrepid Studios is seeking $750,000, and it’s already racked up $190,000 of that as I type this. Unlike most games that claim the MMO moniker these days, AoC is all about the massive, thanks in no small part to the MMORPG pedigrees of its team, with an emphasis on player-governed territory, economy, world building, and consequential PvP.

Ashes of Creation is a new MMORPG that aims to bring the Massive back to Massively Multiplayer,” declares the Kickstarter preamble. “It takes everything we love about the genre and brings it boldly into the future as a truly next generation title. We’ve all wanted a world that lives and breathes and reacts, where our decisions matter, where the world changes because of what we’ve done. Ashes of Creation is that game: The rebirth of the MMORPG.”

Here’s something we rarely see: a promise to refund in case the whole project goes belly-up. “And finally, in the case that Ashes of Creation does NOT launch, we promise to refund all backers in full.”

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Hover sparks a cel-shaded parkour revolution

That meanie oppressive future government! Always keeping the people under its foot and draining every penny from the masses for its insatiable neon budget! What’s there to be done?

Fortunately, we have gamers to the rescue in the early access title Hover. Revolting against the authorities, these gamers do what comes naturally: engaging in death-defying parkour. Seriously, it does look pretty cool, like Tron meets Mirror’s Edge with a more casual and goofy attitude. It’s not just outracing the Man, either; there’s at least one type of sports game that can be played with your friends or internet strangers too.

Hover: Revolt of Gamers is $20 right now in early access, and you can watch the trailer after the jump!

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The stream Team: Take a gander at the new Games of Glory

If you’ve been waiting for a new top-down action team shooter set in a sci-fi universe, then Games of Glory may be for you! The game just opened its beta doors this week, and Massively OP’s MJ is barging in to check things out. What will the champions be like? How are the play fields designed? And how well will the death counter feed? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Games of Glory
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 27th, 2017

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MMORPG sandbox Arcfall is headed to Steam early access

I’m always wary nowadays when a game bills itself as a massively multiplayer sandbox gaming world, especially one that says it’s akin to “old school RPG games with modern quality,” but Arcfall appears to deserve the label.

The new MMO is currently listed on Steam as an early access title still in pre-alpha, but it isn’t formally launched or buyable just yet. Developer Neojac says it’s a “social” game, with open world non-instanced housing, a player-driven economy, crafting and farming, mounts, banking, resource harvesting, a classless skill-based progression system, and an incomplete map. Guilds, factions, dungeons, ships, player islands, and PvP (to complement the full-loot death) are still on the way, though there are apparently PvE-only zones too.

Early access is expected to last “the better part of this year,” with beta by the end of 2017. Founder packs are available on the official site; Neojac says that early buyers can access the game through that portal while Steam’s rollout continues.

Neojac should sound familiar to hardcore MMO fans; that’s the studio building MMO Neo’s Land on the Atavism platform, also of its own design. Neo’s Land’s last public update was in December of last year.

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Marvel Heroes Omega’s closed beta begins for PS4 founder pack buyers

The closed beta for Marvel Heroes Omega is now live in the US for PlayStation 4 owners, Gazillion announced just a bit ago. A console launch had been long-anticipated by fans thanks to last year’s leaks and this winter’s poorly received streamlining update, but it was only just confirmed for PS4 a few weeks ago.

This particular leg of the beta is available only until May 15th and only for players who buy in with one of the founder packs, which appear to start at $39.99 $19.99 [cheaper packs have gone online since this post was published] and run up to $59.99 (the $99.99 bundles are for cash-shop currency). Longtime PC players will not be able to transfer characters and accounts to the new platform; that’s because Omega isn’t actually the same build. Indeed, it offers significantly fewer playable heroes as well as the recently announced local co-op mode. The studio has, however, promised that “PC support will continue.” Xbox One play is also on the way; Gaz has promised more details on the beta for that platform and the open beta for PS4 “soon.”

The launch trailer is below.

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NetEase soft-launches WoW-like mobile MMORPG Crusaders of Light today

Soft-launching today on both the iOS and Android markets is a new mobile MMORPG from Netease dubbed Crusaders of Light. It was originally released as Land of Glory overseas last month (and was tremendously popular in China), but it’s gotten a name-change and a spruce-up for the western market. You’ll notice immediately that it seems to have an awful lot in common with vanilla World of Warcraft, from its stylized graphics to its 40-man PvE raiding endgame. It boasts 25×25 battlegrounds, small-scale ranked arenas, guild ladders, mounts, and loot out the wazoo too.

As I write this, it’s not yet up for download publicly on either platform for me in the US; it looks to be trickling out to Oceania first today, then Europe, Russia, Brazil, and North America in time for the official launch this summer. You can preregister on the official site, and yes it’s free-to-play with plenty of stuff to buy on the side.

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Korean studio Move Games resurrects ASTA on Steam

When I mentioned in our newsroom that I was working on an ASTA post, nobody believed me, but it’s true: ASTA: The War of Tears and Winds is getting another lease on life.

You’ll recall that Webzen originally ported the game westward in 2015, soft-launching in an open beta here after the game had sunsetted in Korea the same year — and after having been in development since 2010. However, Webzen gave up after a year, sunsetting the western version this past October.

MMO Culture noticed that the game has popped up on Steam, however, with a posted release date of April 26, 2017, and a brand-new publisher: Move Games Co., Ltd., which is reportedly well-versed in picking up and relaunching Korean games for different audiences. According to the Steam and Facebook updates, the game will grant all registered players a “beginner’s gift” bundle for showing up. What is dead can never die.

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The Survivalist: Massively OP’s guide to survival games, single-player and beyond

As Massively OP is centered on the “massively” part of gaming, it makes sense that my first guide to survival games was focused on multiplayer titles. Similarly, The Survivalist will mostly (but not always!) concern itself with the multiplayer games in the survival genre. However, after researching this topic, I felt that not highlighting the single-player offerings would be a serious disservice to the genre. There are occasions when you want to test your survival mettle without the interference of other players; sometimes you just want to live or die on your own merits and not at the hands of someone elses decisions. Besides that, some of these titles — like Subnautica — offer an awesome premise you can’t get elsewhere.

Ready to survive on your own? Here’s a a taste of a number of games you can dive into when you want to scratch that survival itch in private.

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Grab a Brawl of Ages loot key from Massively OP and S2 Games

Yesterday, S2 Games — best known for Heroes of Newerth — launched Brawl of Ages, a new online collectible card game, into early access. In celebration of that launch (and to help you get started if you’re considering giving it a go), S2 has granted Massively OP 1000 keys for starter bundles!

Each key unlocks a bundle of goodies that includes 250 Gems, a pair of Silver “Big Brawls Board” Spins, and a “Red / White / Blue” Vermillion Skin.

Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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The Stream Team: A first look at Brawl of Ages

Are you ready for another collectible card arena game on your computer? Well ready or not, here one comes! Massively OP’s MJ is checking out Brawl of Ages, a 1v1 game that combines cards with RTS, MOBA, RPG and Tower Defense game elements. How will it play? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Brawl of Ages
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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S2 Games launches Brawl of Ages online CCG in early access today

If you were ever a fan of MOBAs Strife and Heroes of Newerth, you’re definitely going to want to keep an eye on S2 Games’ latest offering, Brawl of Ages. Available today in early access, the game is a “free-to-play online multiplayer collectible card game arena” title, which we might dub an OMCCGA if we were feeling cheeky.

Brawl of Ages is a real-time multiplayer battle game that combines the quick competitiveness and on-the-fly strategy of the Collectible Card Arena (CCA) genre with the customization and personalization only possible in a PC game. With simple core gameplay that is easy to understand, Brawl of Ages branches out with endless strategic options that rewards players who take the time to focus on skill and timing, pitting opponents against each other in intense head-to-head matches with a variety of diverse and powerful cards at their disposal.”

The online CCG features three multiplayer modes (ladder, conquest, and BRAWL CLUB, without caps), one of those roulette wheel prize things that are popular in F2P games, and a “robust crafting system” to help players “craft and unlock cards for their decks.” It’s already available on Steam early access, with launch expected later this year.

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EVE Fanfest 2017: Hands-on with competitive VR sports game Sparc

At the end of February, CCP Games announced a new game that has nothing to do with EVE Online or even the EVE IP. Named Sparc, the new VR game is being pitched as a virtual sport environment with competitive online gameplay and an online social space. It has the aesthetic of the Tron-style cyberspace world that movies promised us throughout the 80s, and uses motion controls to deliver full-body VR gameplay. Even the social space will have a bit of an 80s arcade vibe, with players able to gather around and watch others compete and challenge the reigning champion to a match.

Anyone who’s been to EVE Fanfest in recent years will recognise Sparc immediately. The game made its public debut as Disc Arena in Fanfest 2015’s VR Labs demo section alongside three other VR experiments, and made a re-appearance the following year with motion controls as Project Arena. Just as Project Nemesis became the release title Gunjack, this game has now graduated into a full production title with its own development team and budget. Sparc is due for release at some point in 2017 on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, and we managed to get some hands-on time with an early version at this year’s Fanfest.

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