This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Descent: Underground released a major AI update this week — the Moon Collider’s advanced Kythera AI system — plus “cooperative play against ‘bot’ opponents, new ship types, and additional gameplay enhancements.”
- Kickstarted science-laden sandbox ECO took home a climate science prize for its ecosystem simulation, which allows players to actually “create laws and policy [to] prevent the world’s destruction.
- CIG dismissed a Star Citizen backer’s insinuation that a state district attorney influenced its decision to refund $3000 in Kickstarter donations.
- And don’t forget to grab your summer alpha key for Das Tal!
Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!
Don’t be fooled by the voxels: This isn’t SkySaga, Trove, or CubeWorld, but a new title entirely called Pixel Wars: Cube Matrix.
According to the official description, Pixel Wars is “an adventure MMORPG for mobile devices that takes place in a fantasy cubical world. Using a vast system of portals, you can explore all the edges of the Sacred Cube, fight for your life against monsters and warriors of other nations, collect resources from dungeons, and protect the world against an evil race of World Eaters. After a hard day of fighting and action, return home in peace to develop your own estate.”
Pixel Wars touts features such as PvE, PvP, housing, crafting, world events, and a level-free advancement system. It is confirmed to be coming to Android devices this year, although no word has been given about an iOS edition. Check out the gameplay trailer below!
Move over Fallen Empire
, Knights of the Eternal Throne
is about to become the newest expansion on the Star Wars: The Old Republic
BioWare confirmed this weekend that the next digital expansion for SWTOR is, as many thought, Eternal Throne. “The all new expansion adds more of BioWare’s trademark cinematic storytelling, as well as exciting new game features in one of the largest updates the team has made since the game launched 5 years ago in 2011!” the studio crowed.
According to BioWare, SWTOR currently has accumulated 87 million characters. Knights of the Eternal Throne has its own website up, although there isn’t much there yet. The studio did unlock the first episode of Fallen Empire to anyone who wants to try it out.
What’s the Crowfall team up to these days? In a new Q&A video for July, the lead devs talk about the three “tracks” that the team has been working on: the new Myrmidon archetype and the ballista; the kingdom and campaign world building tools; and a seamless large world that players can log into and explore.
The team also delivered a bonus look at the creation of the minotaur concept art. Thinking about playing one of these bad boys? You really should; it’s better to have one of them on your side than charging at you on the battlefield.
You can watch both of these videos after the jump!
The time has come. All the eggs are belong to us all! MassivelyOP’s MJ and the MoPark community are coming together in ARK in order to build the first communal egg farm! When completed, this will help folks have access to dino eggs without having to personally tame (and house, and feed) multiples of every single type of dino. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to help the idea grow into reality.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 16th, 2016
World of Warcraft’s Legion pre-patch is on the way as promised: on July 19th, to be exact. The patch will include the new transmogrification system as well as numerous changes to classes and talents. Coming later this summer will be the release of the Demon Hunter class and the start of the pre-Legion events.
Speaking of tmog, Blizzard took some time to explain in a blog post how the new wardrobe will function (short version: You’re going to love it). “With the Legion pre-expansion patch, every piece of gear that is bound to your character permanently unlocks that item’s appearance for you. Even if you sell or destroy the item, you’ll always be able to look through the new appearances tab in the collections window to find its look,” the studio wrote.
Need to see Transmog 2.0 in action? Patience, friend, for there is a video waiting for you after the break.
While Path of Exile’s
Prophecy league has stolen most of her attention lately, MassivelyOP’s MJ hasn’t forgotten her goal of conquering the Lord’s Labyrinth. She’ll be taking her fire-loving Witch back, and she is determined to make it deeper in. Join us live at 7:00 p.m. for a return into the maze of death.
What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 15th, 2016
While much is made of Roberts Space Industries’ work on Star Citizen, perhaps much less known is the job that Turbulent has performed. This small team has been tackling web site content, including setting up the pledging tools, forums, and social games.
A recent interview with Turbulent shines some light on what goes on behind the scenes, including the apparent size of Star Citizen’s patron base: “Of the one million user accounts that includes the Roberts Space Industries platform, 500,000 fans have already pre-purchased content in the game, which is actively involved in its funding.”
And can you believe it, Star Citizen’s Around the Verse vidcast has already hit 100 episodes! Catch up on the latest news and gossip surrounding the game after the break — and stay tuned to for a rather silly music video involving a vending machine afterward.
You may not care what color your armor is in MMOs as long as you’re not creating a garish scene, but rest assured that there are a lot of players out there who want some say in the hues and tones of their outfits. For those people in Elder Scrolls Online, they now have a new costume dye system with which to experiment.
“Players with active ESO Plus memberships can customize equipped costumes and hats at any Dye Station in the game, using the clothing dyes you’ve unlocked by completing in-game Achievements. Dyed costumes and hats are saved individually for each of your characters, so the same piece can have a different appearance for each of your characters. […] Players without an ESO Plus membership can also dye costumes and hats by purchasing Dye Stamps in the crown store. These one-time-use consumable items were designed by Tamriel’s finest fashion designers, and feature the convenience of aesthetically-pleasing pre-selected color combinations. You’ll find them in the Crown Store’s ‘Dye’ category, starting at 50 Crowns.”
You can get a quick video overview of costume dye possibilities after the jump!
This week’s Massively Overthinking should be a fun one — and hopefully it’ll contrast nicely with the Game Archaeologist column we ran last week, which covered some bizarre launch commercials, trailers, and videos from more classic days of our genre.
MOP Patron and Das Tal boss Alexander Zacherl asks,
“What’s the best trailer ever released for an MMO and why?”
Let’s have it! What’s the best trailer for an MMO — or at least your favorite? Vid links or it didn’t happen!
Snail Games has a new MMO in the works, and this time the studio is aiming at your mobile device instead of your PC. Chaos Legends is an Asian-themed MMO that incorporates Chinese mythology and a rather elaborate backstory involving demons and war between two nations.
While Chaos Legends will have the core MMO features you’d expect, the mobile title also automates a large portion of the gameplay. Players can have their characters automatically run missions and even instruct their avatars to grind mobs while the player is offline.
Chaos Legends’ closed beta is now running, and interested parties can sign up to be part of the test on the official site. Snail is also tossing out incentives for those who participate in this CBT: “As a special treat, those who participate in the beta test will be eligible for rewards at launch! Help report bugs, glitches, and errors that you encounter in the beta, and actionable bug reports will result in bonus prizes!”
There’s a short closed beta trailer for Chaos Legends lurking for you after the break.
The summer heat is getting to MassivelyOP’s MJ, so she’s going to escape into HEX
where canyons, deserts, and dusty plains await her. On second though, going back to the refreshing shores and facing the sea hag again is mighty tempting… but the campaign is taking her elsewhere. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. as MJ battles robots in a pit and anything else that crawls out of the heat as she searches for more shards.
What: HEX: Shards of Fate
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 14th, 2016
While the public can’t play Worlds Adrift right now, anyone who is interested in the game can download and tinker with its island creator. This tool, which is being developed in parallel to the MMO, allows users to fashion their own floating sky archipelagos. According to the studio, the island creator has been a huge hit so far, with the added incentive that some of the best islands will be incorporated into the live game.
“A relatively short 12 weeks ago, we released, and within days, all expectations were exceeded,” the team said. “Within a month we had 1,200 unique user created islands. An incredibly high standard of quality, and it seemed, people were taking their creations really seriously.”