Back in January, Massively OP reader Crow tipped us off to the development of The Underground, a cutesy 2-D MMORPG with a decidedly old-school graphical motif and feature set. A few weeks ago, the game changed its name to The World of Akria: The Underground, and now it’s on Steam Greenlight too.
“Nothing too exciting has happened as of late, aside from us working steadily on bug fixes, server-client stability, and other miscellaneous back-end patches,” Triad Entertainment wrote on its Steam page this week. “We’ve also fixed a couple of issues with the client front-end, mostly just a few typos and filler-text. As for in-game, we’re working hard on preparing the subterranean regions, and polishing them up for the full release.”
You can vote for the game on Steam Greenlight.
Are you ready to jump into battle against the next raid boss in Guild Wars 2? The team previewed the next boss on the regular Friday Guild Chat livestream, and it…
Wait a minute. That’s a sloth. Some sort of horror sloth. Some… giant evil sloth monster? No. Wait. This is not all right. This is somehow worse than if you just made an enormous spider or something. This is not permitted, ArenaNet. This is not acceptable.
Oh, no, it comes with sloth-grub companions alongside it? How did you make sloths horrifying? That’s it, we’re out. The old stream can be viewed on Twitch, this is not all right, why would you cross a sloth with a grub. What would possess you to do that. Good night.
MassivelyOP’s MJ likes big birds and she cannot lie! That’s why the crew is going on a quetzal hunt in ARK. This massive monster can be saddled with a platform and turned into a flying fortress for her and her friends, and past attempts to add one to the herd have been unsuccessful. Today, however, is the day! MJ is determined to find and capture one of these big birds. Quetzals never land, so if they do find one, the fight has to happen high up in the clouds — no easy feat! Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to get in on the hunt (and possibly watch MJ fall out of the sky).
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Some of our readers are always keeping an eye open for new, out-of-the-way titles to check out. In the spirit of shining the light into all corners of the MMO space, today we want to mention one interesting little browser title: Flamefrost Legacy.
Flamefrost Legacy is an isometric free-to-play MMO that divides gameplay between icons moving across an abstract map and tile-based exploration of areas. It says that it was inspired by d20 gaming and features “no-grind leveling” and randomized quests.
The title tried to get funding via Kickstarter but failed to meet its goal. Even so, the devs were able to complete Flamefrost Legacy and launch it at the end of January. You can check out an overview video after the jump.
Bless Online is currently attempting to address its somewhat lopsided server situation in Korea, with some shards populated to the point of producing queues and others slightly stagnant. A “server integration” move is planned for the near future to smooth out these imbalances.
With the merge comes the hopes that content such as the 100v100 battleground will be able to field more players without much of a wait. Bless Online also has a new type of realm vs. realm content in the works.
Of course, if you’re not able to play the Korean version right now, most of this might not be of such great interest. Might we interest you in a pair of videos instead? Steparu whipped up one of taming a mammoth and another flying around the world. Both are after the jump.
What are MassivelyOP’s Larry and MJ’s reactions to Atlas Reactor
? You can find out: The duo are jumping into the game’s special alpha access weekend to poke around (and probably be poked right back!). Even better, you can have the chance to check it out for yourself; they’ve got a few alpha keys to give away to viewers. Tune in live at 4:30 p.m. for your chance to join in…
What: Atlas Reactor
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, February 19th, 2016
Green Man Loaded’s upcoming medieval-themed survival sandbox (plus zombies) The Black Death is on a video roll this week; on offer today is a trailer highlighting the path of the peasant.
“Peasants are cultivators of the land and know how to gather and grow more food and resources,” says the video. “Long days working have made them stronger, allowing them to carry large amounts of weight and perform more physically demanding tasks.” You might even call them the Uncle Owen of Medieval Europe!
The video follows a peasant as he forages in the wilderness, plants crops, and trades with NPCs inside of protected forts. It’s bleak, people.
Green Man announced earlier this week that it was seeking game testers; you can sign up via the official site.
Making the rounds today is this pair of epic Elite: Dangerous videos depicting the exploits of Elite clan Distant Worlds as 52 members of its fleet made a simultaneous leap into hyperspace framed by the Sagittarius A* star.
Redditor 4arkless, a member of the group, posted that the jump was “easily the coolest shit [he’d] ever done in a video game, ever,” and if you’ve ever pulled off a similarly huge (or bigger!) event in an MMORPG, we’re pretty sure you understand the feeling. He also says he believes it “was the biggest organized jump in Elite history,” which may very well be true since the game launched with a 32-person per instance cap.
Check ’em out below.
The open beta weekend for The Division is now underway for all three platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Players only have a short couple of days to dive into this title and milk all of the information (and fun) possible. Are you playing it today? What do you think so far?
Ubisoft is trying to encourage the community to participate in various aspects of the game by dangling rewards for doing so. The studio is giving all players a pack of consumables today for helping civilians yesterday, and now the challenge is on to kill as many Cleaners as possible before Friday is through.
The devs also dropped a short video with tips on how to use the mega map matchmaking to enhance your gameplay. Check it out after the jump.
Playing Landmark is all about building. It’s also all about exploring and experiencing the things other people have built. It’s multi-faceted. That’s why the game is making it a bit easier to set your sights on a specific task at any given moment, starting with the game’s upcoming Build Mode. If you’re in the midst of really crafting something wondrous, Build Mode is there to help you filter out any distractions other than building.
All of the tools required for voxel building will no longer be located in your character’s inventory, but will instead be part of the Build Mode UI while being access with the same numerical keypress. Categories of materials, props, brushes, and other useful tools will now be more clearly organized and set up so that you can access any of the building tools you want in an instant. There’s also a new tint system coming for props, as displayed in the video down below. The mechanics of creating new things aren’t being changed, but having everything in a specific mode should make life that much easier.
Epic Games‘ upcoming third person MOBA Paragon has been getting some attention lately with its fluid gameplay and undeniably high-quality graphics. The studio has been releasing informational videos and sneak peeks on the game for the past few months, and this week’s trailer looks at some of the abilities the game’s heroes can use. We can see new hero Gideon using portals to summon damage-dealing rocks and teleport around a 3D battlefield, and Dekker’s Containment Fence force field locking enemies in place. The video was reportedly created using the game’s match replay feature and was recorded during actual gameplay.
Ever since Paragon‘s card system was revealed, some fans have been concerned that these gameplay-affecting items may end up in some kind of microtransaction store and that this would disrupt competitive gameplay. There was also some worry that the game’s planned cross-platform play between PS4 and PC would create a competitive disparity as PC users will be using more precise controls. Epic reassured players in a statement to Eurogamer today that it “will never sell card packs for Paragon” and that the studio is “very aware that pay-to-win is a bad thing for competitive play,” but so far there has been no comment on the potential cross-platform gameplay issues.
Is there a doctor in the house? It’s probably good for MassivelyOP’s MJ and Justin if there isn’t, since they are investigating some shady shenanigans in The Secret World’s Kaidan hospital. So far they have uncovered deadly dreams, a steamy secret tryst, and a doctor’s fetish for all things otter. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as Justin and MJ head down to the basement and try to uncover the full truth about what was really going on behind those privacy curtains.
What: The Secret World
Who: Justin Olivetti & MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 18th, 2016
If you live in wintry climes, then this week’s Paladins trailer swoop-through may just make you colder. Hi-Rez’s cameras follow character Evie as she zips across the aptly named Glacier Keep map, showing off every icy nook.
The map is part of the today’s closed beta Winter Wonderland patch, which includes new weapon cosmetics, UI tweaks, bug fixes, and a champion balance patch.