Bluehole and Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene ought to be pretty pleased with themselves, and not just because they’re rolling around in piles of money: They also set seven Guinness World Records with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which still has yet to formally launch. According to the records body, the game now holds the titles for
- Fastest time to sell a million units on Steam early access (16 days)
- Fastest time to gross $100M on Steam early accces (79 days)
- First videogame to reach 2M concurrent players on Steam (well over that now)
- Most actively played game on Steam (2.6M concurrent last week)
- Most concurrent players for a Steam early access game
- Most concurrent players on Steam for a non-Valve video game
- First non-Valve video game to be the most played game on Steam.
Yeah, some of these are starting to seem a bit redundant, but hey, it’s the gamer’s edition, so they’re doomed to pedantry. Still, nice work if you can get it. And you can’t. You’ll have to position yourself at the global forefront of a dawning genre first. Good luck with that!
Live now in Pokemon Go as of this weekend is a pretty nutty challenge for players all over the globe, daring players to get out there and catch ’em all. In fact, the more you help the community, the more the community will be rewarded, with everything from a double-experience boost to special ‘mon unlocks depending on where you live. The whole shebang has a travel theme just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the US, although you have only the 26th to hit three billion, so, you know, get playing!
Can it be done? Probably. Niantic hasn’t provided a countdown timer or anything resembling a progress bar, but the fans at The Silph Road put together a gorgeous infographic that better explains the event goals, and Pokemon Go Hub has a detailed breakdown of the math.
In a new paper released last week, University of York researchers sought to examine whether research that strategy gaming (like chess and arcade games) correlates with intelligence holds true in the modern games like MOBAs. “In our current paper we extend their findings by asking whether we can establish a link between intelligence and performance in widely-played, commercial, team-based videogames with global reach,” the authors explain.
The researchers examined League of Legends and Dota 2 players, comparing their ranks to their results on a fluid intelligence test and attempting to disentangle all of that from teamwork ability, practice, and age by comparing the results to those from more twitch-oriented games like Destiny and Battlefield 3 – easier said than done, since apparently there aren’t a lot of “olds” playing some of these titles – and the general population’s performance on fluid intelligence tests by age. The result?
CD Projekt Red is definitely increasing the profile of its sci-fi open world RPG as of late after years of mostly silent development. After confirming that Cyberpunk 2077 is being made and would have online elements, the studio mentioned on Twitter that it won’t be delving into shady tactics that it sees plaguing other games:
“When thinking [Cyberpunk 2077], think nothing less than [The Witcher 3] — huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG. No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others.”
Cyberpunk 2077 is looking to pick up some new talent, too. CD Projekt Red has posted dozens of job openings for the game, including artists, a lead gameplay designer, an open world designer (tasked with “keeping high quality of sandbox content in game”), and a network programmer (“helping in design and implementation of multiplayer changes to existing systems”).
If you don’t mind saddling up on something that is straight out of an entomophobic’s worst nightmare, then boy is Elder Scrolls Online
going to make your November extra special!
ZeniMax announced this past week that it is giving away a free Nix-Ox mount to all players who have purchased the Morrowind expansion. To claim the mount, you will need to log into the game by November 26th. And yes, this promotion is good for anyone who decides to purchase and play Morrowind over the next week as well!
This is the latest in a string of promotions and deals for Elder Scrolls Online around its anniversary. Recently, the game gave out a pair of clockwork pets and deeply discounted some of its DLC packs.
To put it simply, it has not been the best of weeks for Electronic Arts, DICE, or Star Wars Battlefront II.
The publisher’s decision to push exploitative and pay-to-win lockboxes as part of the multiplayer shooter’s business model sparked a mainstream headlines-grabbing backlash from the community. After several PR stumbles, EA finally made the decision to reduce the cost of the lockboxes and pull microtransactions from the game (for now) prior to Battlefront II’s launch.
But the real decision for this move probably came from even higher up. The Wall Street Journal backs up last week’s rumors that “alarmed” Disney execs, in particular Disney Head of Consumer Products and Interactive Media Jimmy Pitaro, put direct pressure on EA to improve the situation. Considering that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming out in theaters next month, we suspect it definitely doesn’t help the franchise to have a high-profile video game racking up massive amounts of bad publicity.
What is the mobile game that everyone will be talking about this holiday season? Netmarble is confident that the answer to that is “Lineage 2 Revolution.”
The newly launched mobile MMO has some decent momentum at its back, considering that it is Netmarble’s top-grossing game in Korea right now and racked up 1.5 million pre-registrations. The studio is not shy in anticipating that Lineage 2 Revolution will blow up huge in the west as well, taking the top spot on mobile gaming charts.
“I’m taking every measure to make sure that Netmarble US would be successful here. I know for sure that we can reach the top of the charts with a mobile MMORPG,” said Netmarble CEO Shim Chul-Min in an interview. “To make sure that Lineage 2: Revolution becomes the number one mobile game in NA, we’ll do our absolute best.”
With the shutdown of Marvel Heroes looming about a month and a half away, players are scrambling to see if they can obtain a refund for some of the funds they dropped on the game the past few months.
According to Kotaku, it has been a mixed bag so far, with many players reporting that they have not been able to get a refund within the 90 day grace period. However, there may be hope. One player reported (and screenshotted) a conversation with Xbox Live support during which the representative said that “all customers who purchased the game will be receiving a refund for it next week automatically.” The rep followed that up by saying that “we were initially waiting on approvals from the publisher to allow refunds to be processed for it.”
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Disney’s image-preservation machine was in high gear this week over two of its most high-profile IPs and the clownshoes video game companies picked to print money with them. First, the Mouse House shredded its Marvel-based partnership with Gazillion, leading to the sunset of the once-popular MMOARPG Marvel Heroes (planned for early next year). And then there’s the whole Star Wars Battlefront 2 fiasco, where EA has temporarily been stymied in its attempt to suck every last dollar from our wallets, at least until The Last Jedi has broken records.
Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.
It has been a long while since we heard anything about Dragon of Legends, a pixel art-style indie MMORPG that ran a small but successful Kickstarter last year and then dropped off the map. Fortunately, the project isn’t vaporware, as evidenced by developers cranking up communication over the past few months.
Back in September, the team reported that the game was “very close now to going live on Steam” and that it was focusing on the Ranger and Wizard classes for the Steam build. Moving into October, Dragon of Legends received some Halloween touches and opened up caves for testers to explore.
Just because the game is 2-D doesn’t mean that building its world is simple. Developer Desmond Thackeray wrote up a piece explaining the process of creating 2-D level design and how it is more challenging than one might assume. “If Dragon of Legends is to be successful, we must pay close attention to verisimilitude,” he said. “We strive to make the environments realistic in that the terrain makes sense, and that every scene is full of life and uniqueness.”
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Dragon Nest, TERA M, Mabinogi Mobile, Icarus M, Summoner’s War, Star Trek Online, Osiris New Dawn, Lord of Vermilion Arena, PUBG, Stardew Valley, Warframe, Overwatch, Path of Exile, Astroneer, KurtzPel, RuneScape, Dota 2, Second Life, and Renaissance Kingdoms, all waiting for you after the break!
Have you tried the mobile revolution that is ArcheAge Begins yet? Don’t worry, we haven’t either, although it does look like a heap of eye candy in the palm of your hand.
Gamevil isn’t neglecting its new property, releasing the game’s first major update this past week. This patch contains a new guild vs. guild territory battle system, the first evolutionary hero, additional costumes, more guides, and an increase in the membership cap for guilds (which now goes up to 50).
In addition to the update, the team has also activated a “surprise” login reward campaign that is running through November 26th. It looks like there is something different to be claimed every day from now until then, so be diligent in grabbing those freebies!
Did you know that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is up for a Game of the Year award? Probably not, because… like, there are a lot of those. Every publication has its own game of the year awards. We have our own game of the year awards. It’s only a matter of time before Cat Fancy starts publishing one, and we can only pray the market reaches critical cat-related mass by that point. But the important thing is that it’s up for one, and Brendan Greene (aka PlayerUnknown himself, the person who owns the battlegrounds) doesn’t think it deserves one.
Is that because the game is still technically clinging to early access and has not actually launched? No, in this case it’s apparently just that he thinks better games have been released over the past year. Whether or not the judges agree remain to be seen, although we’re relatively certain that the game will win at least a couple of awards. And if not, he can always start up his own game of the year awards. Everyone’s got some now.