There comes those tipping-point moments in following MMOs where an upcoming game goes from being of passing interest to “OK, now you have my full and undivided attention.” If you’ve only been lightly keeping track of the anime MMO Soulworker Online, this new gameplay trailer might become one of those moments for you.
The fast-and-furious trailer is full of cel shaded poses and kinetic combat, giving players a feel for the post-apocalyptic contemporary world that sets this title apart from many of its peers. And if it does hook you, then good news: You could get to play the beta as early as the end of this year.
Give it a watch below and let us know what you think!
Blizzard is not going to stop trying to make World of Warcraft e-sports a thing, gang, so we may as well have some fun with it, yeah? In fact, this week Blizzard released the first episode of its new e-sports program for the game, Gladiator’s Summit. Hosts Elliott “Venruki” Venczel and Jackson “Bajheera” Bliton trade formal ties for bushy beards to profile some of the teams and individual players aiming for fortune and glory at Gamescom on the road to BlizzCon.
Bonus, the YouTube comments immediately devolve into complaining about the game’s classes, PvP, and… actually no it’s pretty much just classes and PvP. Enjoy!
Elsword fans, a huge update is dropping for you tomorrow: The fourth and final dungeon in the Elrianode series, El Tower Defense, is going live on August 23rd. “This is the big lead up to a huge boss fight,” KOG Games promises.
“The crazed Henir Fanatics descend upon the last bastion of Elrianode, the El Tower. As Elsword and the El Search Party throw everything they have at keeping the fanatics at bay, Hennon, the Order’s arrogant leader, has discovered that the El Search Party won’t back down, and they’re putting up the fight of their lives. In a desperate attempt to overpower them, he combines the light and dark El fragments together, turning him into the nightmarish Interdimensional Colossus. For the first time, Elsword has realized that there is nothing left to lose. Chaos and devastation have done nothing more than temper metal and rally their spirits. Now, they go on the offensive and take the fight to the enemy.”
We’ve got the exclusive dungeon trailer down below!
If you’re lucky enough to be in Cologne this week for Gamescom, make sure you make your way over to the Star Citizen booth as it appears at least part of the 3.0 build — which you’ll recall has been severely delayed and is not available for backers just yet — is playable at the con.
If you can’t be there, of course, you can just set up a dedicated rig to stream the next four days of developer shows from the con floor, “leading up to the main event on Friday night, where Chris Roberts will share the latest on Star Citizen’s development (and as always a surprise or two) with a backer-only crowd.” The whole schedule is posted up on the official site.
Welcome… to Jurassic Park!
What, that’s not this thing? Oh, sorry, our bad. Welcome… to ARK Park! At least it rhymes!
The virtual reality off-shoot of the immensely popular ARK: Survival Evolved is coming later this year. In a new teaser trailer, players can witness the tranquil delights of a dino-themed park, reject it, and then start shooting up the place. It’s all we know how to do, now that video games have raised us to be mindless killing machines.
“In teams of up to four, players enter the wild to collect resources and dinosaur genes, which they can later use to unlock blueprint to forge items,” Studio Wildcard said in a press release. “You would also have the options to raise newborn dinos to mountable full-grown adults. In a special story mode that caters only to hardcore fans, players need to protect the humankind from raging dinosaurs with weapons of their choice.”
Don’t assume that just because you’re on top of things in Revelation Online
, it’s going to last that way forever. There’s an upheaval planned for next month to shake things up and give high-end players more to do.
September’s UpRising content patch will jack up the level cap to 79 and add in a brand-new raid, the Altar of Swords. The team is promoting this as the first “top-tier raid” that offers both a five- and ten-player mode as well as three difficulty levels.
The raid sounds quite foreboding: “The Altar of Swords seethes with an almost palpable aura of hatred and ordinary mortals find it stifling. According to the legend, the soul of Monethir — founder of the Blademaster School — still roams the Altar of Swords, waiting to pass on his sword techniques to those who prove themselves worthy.”
So what can top that? How about the upcoming Assassin class, which is scheduled to arrive in the game this November. However, the team is bringing it to Gamescom for attendees to experience.
While it’s no BlizzCon, Gamescom has become an increasingly important platform for Blizzard to share exciting news about its roster of games. And we’re guessing that since you’re sitting at home instead of strutting about in Germany, you aren’t going to be getting this information first-hand.
No matter; the studio put up a helpful 20-minute preview of its Gamescom news and offerings. This includes a look a Kel’Thuzad coming to Heroes of the Storm, excitement over Patch 7.3 in World of Warcraft, hype over the Junkertown map in Overwatch, and a new head-to-head mode for Hearthstone called Fireside Brawl.
It doesn’t look like there will be any show-stopping surprises, but it’s still good to see Blizzard out in full force for this show. Check it out after the break!
Why will you be playing Breakaway? The latest trailer for the game is all about how you’ll be playing the game to win and to smash the heck out of your opposition. And you’ll be doing it quickly. And streaming it for the adulation of adoring fans. And then, possibly, doing a double backflip on a BMX bike before jumping on to a skateboard that is inexplicably perched on an entire stack of fidget spinners.
Are bikes still a thing? We’re not sure. The point is that it’s a trailer about the competitive side and about making big explosions and getting noticed. You can check out the trailer just below if that sounds like your jam, or if you’re just hoping that it does actually feature that aforementioned backflip on a bike.
It should come as no real surprise that Absolver is not a private journey (otherwise we wouldn’t really cover it here), and thus there are different ways to team up with other players and take on the dangers to be found in the game world. A new video just below details the ways in which players can work together, starting by just teaming up in a group of up to three players to punch, kick, and otherwise brawl across the landscape. It’s an old style of group gameplay, but why mess with something that already works?
Experienced players can also mentor less-experienced players and give these lower-level characters access to combos that might otherwise be locked off, so you can play the part of the wizened master if you so desire. Last but not least, you can always take on other players in structured competitive PvP, even if the game is only starting with one-on-one best-of-five sparring matches. Check out everything in the video just below.
We understand that you, personally, are committed to playing Dark and Light the way it was originally meant to be played. And we respect that you have a deep commitment to squatting naked in a ditch foraging for berries and throwing rocks at other players. But you can see other adventurers wandering around with things like tools and weapons and clothes and shelter, and maybe you’d like to get in on that? So perhaps you should take the time to check out the crafting methods you’ll need to use.
The latest video is just past the break and covers the basics of crafting in the game, from the simple things you can always craft (like cooking fires) to recipes requiring specialized workbenches (like most tools and weaponry). You can also have one craft facilitate another, such as using a cooking fire to make straw more easily. Check out the video just below for a quick overview; it’s worth considering before you go back to your ditch, after all.
Nothing wrong with getting patch notes a day early, right? We mean, if you’re getting them the day of, you’re often too busy jumping in and playing the game to give more than a cursory glance at the list of changes. And by then, you’re over your head and it’s too late.
So let us rejoice that Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting the notes for tomorrow’s Update 5.4: Crisis on Umbara to us today. That way we may leisurely peruse them, discuss them in civilized company over a sifter of brandy, and rage the night away at whatever class nerfs are personally impacting our characters.
The update centers around the titular flashpoint and its related mobile stronghold, a speeding train that’s zipping around the planet’s surface. It also marks the beginning of ranked season 9, continues a wide-ranging series of class balance adjustments, displays characters’ item rankings, and allows for Senya to be customized. If you dare.
“Do you see all that I have done?”
The stakes are high for this fall’s Destiny 2, with a near-unstoppable villain smashing through the status quo to set himself on the top of a rubble of worlds and Destiny 1 character accomplishments.
On top of this morning’s news about some of the bells and whistles coming for the PC version, Destiny 2 released its launch trailer today to set the stage for the events to come. It’s a wild ride through a broken landscape with desperate sorties, Tron-style frisbees, massive guns, and even a chicken. Our money is on the chicken.
Treat yourself to some cinematic adrenaline after the break!
One of our “MMOs you’ve never heard of” (before we mentioned it, of course), Mad World is attempting to reach for your attention by being everywhere and on everything you might use to play video games.
In a new video released this past week, the team demonstrated how this 2-D MMORPG can run on browsers, smartphones, and tablets just fine. You can spot seven devices operating the game in the video, all synchronized for cross-platform play.
With colorful, expressive art and robust cross-platform capabilities, Mad World is inching up in our esteem as a contender. Check out the demo after the break and let us know on which device you’d want to play this game.