This week in MMO crowdfunding, Crowfall canceled its weekend playtest, but not before issuing a dev blog updating the community on some of the crafting changes that are in the latest builds, including the addition of Geomancy (using precious stone, wood, and ore to make land parcels that can combine into larger ones) and Architecture (which lets players craft deeds for buildings as well as crafting stations and city structures — sound familiar, SWG vets?).
Out in space, a group of core Elite Dangerous community developers went on strike briefly this week, bringing their websites and tools back online once Frontier had agreed to better support them. That was good timing, as players are in the middle of a massive roleplay event that will affect the outcome of an in-progress novel based on the game.
Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar dropped Release 41, City of Titans talked about its “aesthetic decoupling” philosophy, Pantheon updated players on its finances, OrbusVR completed its first closed alpha test, and the Dual Universe team moved into a new office.
Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on.
Conan Exiles has plenty of dangers lurking about ready to end players’ lives. Massively OP’s MJ has certainly encountered her fair share. Now, she has learned that besides dragons, there are also werehyenas. As if hyenas weren’t annoying enough! So now, she and the team are going to head out and exterminate some of these pests. Join us live at 6:00 p.m. to watch the slaughter (of beasts or MJ — or both!).
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Remember last June when Camelot Unchained startled everyone by announcing it was opening a second studio in Seattle? The team out west has been working on the game for many months now, but finally, it’s getting a home.
“The crew out in Washington now have an office space they will be moving into at the start of next week,” the game’s latest newsletter reveals. “After quite a journey, the lease is signed, the moving can begin, and maybe we’ll even convince them to appear on our streams a little more often.”
Also, may we say that this particular developer has impeccable taste in vintage 2015 t-shirts featuring a mascot rather near and dear to us:
Another big change is coming to ARK: a live volcano! Devs have recently added special markers to show what will be changing. Unfortunately for Massively OPs MJ the entire metal production operation is based on the soon to explode mountain, so she and the team need to relocate the dinos and goods before they are destroyed. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. as the team preps for this new world change.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Never say die! If City of Heroes fans had a motto, this would likely be it. Although they don’t have the original game to play, they do have Paragon Chat to hang out together in. And in honor of the game’s anniversary, folks are gathering to pay homage to their favorite world. And Massively OP’s MJ is not going to this party alone: Bree, Eliot, and Justin are also heading in for the evening costume contests. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to catch the gang together and maybe even show off your favorite attire!
What: City of Heroes
Who: Bree Royce, Eliot Lefebvre, Justin Olivetti, and MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 28th, 2017
Calling Patch 9.18 “one of the most significant ever” for World of Tanks
overhauled the game’s matchmaking system this week as part of a concerted effort to address some troublesome areas.
So how does this matchmaking overhaul make the game better? “The improved matchmaker assembles teams choosing from a set of server-based algorithms — templates — so that both camps always have the same number of vehicles at the top/middle/bottom of the list. It also limits the number of SPGs per side to 3 at the most and significantly reduces the instances of map duplications.”
In short, fewer unfair matches and more battles in which you’ll have an honest shot at victory. The update also changed SPGs to become long-range artillery support for teams and revised the light tank lines to spread them all of the way to Tier X.
The Chronicles of Elyria team hosted a public community Q&A session, and players had questions. And those questions… well, they were answered. Extensively. The resultant stream was just shy of two hours long, which means by all rights it should have its own trailers and a cast poster. And now you can watch the whole thing just past the break.
You will probably not wish to do so if you are at work, however. Your boss will probably notice two hours of video.
Of course, as you might expect from a lengthy video, the topics range far and wide, from PvP penalties to combat systems to elaborate conspiracy theories regarding the shooter on the grassy knoll. (All right, that last one’s a fib.) Strap in, grab some popcorn, and if you want to do some voiceover work for the trailer you’re workshopping in your head… well, don’t tell us.
Feeling nostalgic for the shuttle program? How about the Cold War manifested in an escalating space industry? MMO space sim Star Conflict has you covered: This week, it’s launched an event called Space Race as part of its Ancestral Heritage patch to help you recreate that bygone space tech age. Oh, and there are now plasma cannon. Did we mention that?
“While the American Space Shuttle Endeavour and the Soviet Spiral Aerospace System are visually almost indistinguishable from their historic predecessors, the space engineers of Star Conflict have introduced significant improvements. Now featuring plasma cannons and special combat modules, both spacecraft have become dangerous opponents even for the ships common to the fifth millennium. The Space Shuttle Endeavour is perfectly suited for steadfast pilots and can function as a full-fledged Frigate-class warship capable of protecting its allies in combat. Taking advantage of its heavy armor protection, players can activate the Endeavour’s ‘Phase Demodulator’ module which forces enemies to focus their fire on it and away from other team members in the fleet, providing cover during a fight. The Spiral Aerospace System will appeal to all pilots that like to rapidly change their tactics, as its two special modules allow it to function either as a single or two separate spacecraft. In its unified state, the Spiral is a potent Engineering vessel capable of assisting its allies in various ways, while in its separated state the detached module can, for a limited time, act as a very powerful interceptor.”
Through May 14th, Conflicteers will zip through multiple types of missions for rewards that’ll help you build your very own shuttle. Check out the vids below to get your nostalgia on!
Osiris: New Dawn just launched its new patch, and Massively OP’s MJ is diving into a brand-new world to play the new Ranger class. Honestly, she just wants to explore the new landscapes, which are pretty spiffy-looking. Maybe she will stumble across a dungeon, but hopefully not before she has a bit more of an arsenal built up. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to check out the latest changes.
What: Osiris: New Dawn
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 28th, 2017
Just because you make a game doesn’t mean that you are an automatic expert in it. In the latest Sea of Thieves developer gameplay video, the team shows that even they can become tourists under the right circumstances.
This week, the devs faced off against a team of Xbox players as they raced to scour islands, dig up treasure, and sprint back to a safe port with their booty. Armed conflict and plenty of deaths ensue while the devs start caterwauling in distress.
See the devs play the role of noobs below!
Are you ready to handle the awesome responsibility of being able to make your own powers? City of Titans thinks so, which is why it’s including something called “aesthetic decoupling” in its superhero MMO.
The basic concept is that a power’s visuals and damage are separate; players will be able to select from a wide range of visuals to do the same damage, just with different flair. There are primary, secondary, and tertiary powers from which to choose, along with a couple of standard attacks that everyone gets and the expected travel powers.
On this week’s Around the Verse, Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts and Sandi Gardiner bookend two key segments. The first is a studio update with Foundry 42 checking in from Frankfurt; Brian Chambers describes the team’s efforts on procedural planets, spawning, moons, performance capture, the conversation system, NPC AI, and missions headed into Squadron 42.
The moons “are getting cooler every week, and they’re actually a really great test example where we’re sort of pushing our tech for the planets, which will also pay off on the more involved planets like Hurston or ArcCorp or Microtech and beyond,” Roberts says. “So it’s a great test bed, and it’s kinda fun for me, and we share it with you guys, but I sort of see the progress weekly in it, and it gets cooler and better. So this universe is going to be awesome.”
There was a lot of buzz swirling about Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen’s hour-and-a-half developer livestream yesterday, thanks to a truckload of information shared and gameplay that showed off the visual and animation improvements that the team has added.
Of particular note was the reveal of the Monk class and how this melee class handles, the new zone of South Saol Peninsula, and the acclimation system. Due to Pantheon’s hardcore design, even the environment will be a challenge to overcome due to debilitating effects (such as freezing winds, scorching fire, and deep sea pressure). To be able to survive in these areas, players will need to use “infusions” to acclimate their characters’ bodies.
While players will be able to eventually get their hands on all of the content shown in the stream, there is one aspect that will forever remain hands-off. Brad McQuaid apparently made his own class, a War Wizard, that can be played only by him. Because why not exercise your power and position if you’re making a new MMO?
The full developer livestream awaits you after the break.