Wanna take part in this week’s closed beta test for the Steam early access version of upcoming MMORPG The Skies? EFORB has granted MOP 2000 keys that’ll get you into the closed beta early access on Steam that begins today and ends the 16th. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take home one of these keys!
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Livelock has revealed its final character out of its lineup of robots, and she’s not going into battle alone. Not just in the sense that the game is a cooperative shooter, either; Catalyst goes into battle with a small group of drones under her control that can serve a variety of functions, from perimeter defense to straight offensive rushes.
On a whole, Catalyst is the most support-oriented of the three playable characters, serving to coordinate and organize the other playable characters while keeping the battlefield lively. You can check her out in action with the trailer and screenshots below.
Maata Games opened the closed beta gates for its “strategy focused empire builder MMO” called Erectus the Game yesterday. Get your giggles over with because the studio has a good reason for using that game title:
“The name Erectus is taken from Homo erectus, the ancestor of modern man. Both human races want their space to live and became enemies in Erectus the Game. Players take on the role of Homo sapiens and build their empires with the end goal of defeating the Homo erectus armies. The story takes place 130,000 years ago and allows players to form alliances and unite against the common enemy as well as against each other. Players’ success will rely heavily on their strategic, economic and diplomatic management skills. As the game world shifts, players will have to quickly adapt their strategies and successfully micromanage their empire in order to expand and achieve greatness.”
Maata has granted MOP 2000 keys that’ll grant you access to the closed beta. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take home one of these keys!
Atlas Reactor launches Vive preview, EVE Gunjack launches on Vive, EVE Valkyrie confirms Vive arrival in 2016
“The VR experience built by Trion’s virtual reality lab showcases Atlas’ most wanted Freelancers in a revolutionary new way. Perched atop one of the many skyscrapers in the game’s cloud-piercing cityscape, users will get an up-close look at Atlas Reactor’s full character roster. They can watch Freelancers perform in-game abilities and taunts, in addition to previewing each character’s visual customization options, like skins and styles, with the wave of a hand.”
Trion is serious about VR; CEO Scott Hartsman says his company “believe[s] in the promise of VR”: “We know there’s a long road ahead before millions of people have these and we want to be here creating experiences for you every step of the way. For now, we hope early VR adopters have some fun with this token of our high esteem for VR.”
You know what I love about foreign video game press releases? They are very often free of bullshit. So it is with a PR from German studio CFJ Games, which today announced a Steam Greenlight campaign for its oddly titled co-op survival game The Island – Ethereal, in which a helicopter crash on a deserted island forces you and your mates to “gather and defend resources that [you] can use to build a craft [to] escape the island and win the match” against the enemy AI.
So basically, it’s LOST, but with any luck, the ending won’t suck.
It’s definitely co-op, but small scale and not an MMO, with six playable characters, dynamic weather, and PvE combat:
“The Island – Ethereal is a co-op multiplayer game for the PC, which combines tactical shooter, survival and horror elements. You can play with up to five other players and choose to connect via LAN or the internet. The game-play consists of matches versus an AI.”
A formal launch is planned before the end of the year. Check out the screenshots and video below.
Cheers, Heroes of the Storm fans, the cavalry’s nearly here. Tracer is dropping into the game for Overwatch pre-orders on April 19th, and a brief new video highlights how the shooter’s erstwhile mascot will play once she’s dropped into Blizzard’s MOBA. It’s a very different style of game, but Tracer will keep her own uniquely mobile flavor, starting with her ability to move while attacking.
Beyond that passive trait, Tracer also possesses analogous abilities to her FPS self, including quick teleportation, altering time, and throwing rather nasty bombs around when she needs to. There’s also a promise of a single Heroic ability with three different upgrade paths to alter Tracer’s overall playstyle. Check out the video preview for the character just below. Read more
Fancy a survival sandbox that has more MMORPG than multiplayer? Open-world, single-shard LUX might just be your game, and it’s on Kickstarter hoping for your dollar right now. LUX features real-time combat, a hunger system, stealth, settlement construction, NPC hiring, crafting, a diurnal cycle, personal bunkers, mecha mounts, and over 15 character types planned for launch. As in many survival games, your loot will stay on your corpse when you die. Oh yeah, and it’s super cute and seems to evoke shades of Don’t Starve.
Studio Chimera Games says its chief challenges will be day-one congestion and a simultaneous launch across PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
As of this writing, the game is approaching $75,000 funded of its $200,000 goal with just under two weeks to go. The $15 tier will net you the game, but if your pockets are sagging under the weight of all your money, you can shell out up to $10,000 to be immortalized in the game, get copies for your whole guild, and attend a swanky launch party.
Remember last year when DotEmu announced it was porting multiplayer mythological hack-‘n’-slash classic Titan Quest to iOS? Probably not, unless you’re as rabid a TQ fan as I am. It’s totally happening, and in fact DotEmu and Nordic Games have just announced today that the launch is planned for May 19th, complete with a brand-new dev video showing off the interface plans. Check it out below! (P.S.: Who wants to join me to get owned by superspeed tigers in China?)
Is PigBang a good name for a game? If it’s an action MOBA that’s chock-full of swine, then perhaps it’s applicable, but probably not ideal. But far be it from us to judge!
So what is this new title? PigBang is a mobile MOBA that’s eschewing touch controls for a twin-stick shooter approach. Players will lead their team of pig soldiers to victory (or defeat) by using virtual joysticks on both sides of a touch screen. In addition to running and gunning, players can use special abilities, construct towers, and summon minions for their cause.
PigBang certainly does have a colorful art design and some confidence behind it. The title is currently in beta and will launch on both iOS and Android devices. Look past the name to evaluate the trailer after the jump.
There’s no doubt that the Lineage franchise is absolutely massive in Asia, so drop your surprised face at the news that there’s a new mobile game coming based on Lineage II.
Lineage II: Blood Oath will be developed by Snail Games in cooperation with NCsoft for iOS and Android devices. The title is being built with the in-house Flexi Engine and is using content from the live game. Whether this will be a pure mobile version of Lineage II or a streamlined edition remains to be seen.
Blood Oath is scheduled to release in China later this year, and it is unknown if it will be coming to the west after that. It is also not clear if this game has any relationship with Netmarble’s Project S, which is also due out this year.
Survival MMORPG The Skies is launching what developer Eforb is calling closed Steam early access next week on April 8th, with an open early access alpha to follow on the 16th and beta chasing “soon after.” Launch is anticipated for “later this year.” Players who buy in before May 15th will pick up a $15 lifetime membership; after launch, the game’s premium version will run $10 a month.
“During the first month of Steam Early Access April 16th to May 15th, players will be offered a unique lifetime membership in The Skies via the Lifetime Premium Package, priced at $15. This limited offer enables players who upgrade to a Premium Account during the launch to retain this privilege without any further need for a subscription. After the end of the launch period, Premium Accounts will revert to a monthly subscription-based model priced at $10.”
“The Skies is a mix of FPS and RPG adapted to a multiplayer game in a big post-apocalyptic world,” says American-Ukrainian indie studio Eforb. “Features include a unique role system, and economy that entirely depends on players, non-linear dialogues and quests, clan wars, PVP/TVT combats, and much, much more.”
Is it really an MMORPG? Eforb argues yes — with a twist.
Webzen has seven games on the way for South Korean players, which very often means a trickle-over for us across the pond.
MU Legend (MU2) anchors a new video showcasing all of those games; it’s the hack-n-slash prequel to MU Online, a popular first-gen MMO from the early aughts, and it’s kicking off closed beta on April 21st.
Webzen is also working on a mobile version of Continent of the Ninth Seal, a new pet-centric “mobile action MORPG” called The Beast (due in May), and a PC MMORPG called Light Fall, which looks pretty sci-fi to us. More when we know it!
After a brief delay brought on by minor technical difficulties, Tree of Savior’s founder’s servers — Klaipeda and Orsha — came alive this morning, so if you’ve picked up one of the founder packs with exclusive early access, you’re now in. The free-to-play servers launch April 28th.
“The time to save the world and find the goddesses has finally come!” says IMCGames. Except every Tuesday from 1 to 5 a.m., when the servers are undergoing routine maintenance. That is the time to do something other than save the world.
IMCGames also has a long thread running on the official forums suggesting there’s hope for a future EU server. “I’d like to ask where in Europe you expect the EU server to be located. Is anywhere in Europe okay or is there a certain country that gives you better ping?” asks a staffer. “In addition, could you tell me where you’re playing from? Not only European players, I’m asking everyone.” Better go vote!
And if you’re already playing, which server are you on?