Big talk and intriguing ideas continue over at Chronicles of Elyria, where the team is giving players a vision of what the MMO’s weather system might look like as the game progresses through the seasons.
“Now that some new systems are in place to handle the environmental effects in the world, Heat has been providing some visual targets for our Environment team to hit,” the team said. “Keep in mind, that Chronicles of Elyria will have a weather system and seasons that will produce what you see below as you play. Of note, muddy roads and snow banks will affect travel and increase strain on people and vehicles that dare to venture outdoors.”
If you’re looking for something a little more substantial in the delivery department, the devs also posted a video that takes viewers on a tour through the prologue’s Silver Run Mine. The walkthrough comes with developer commentary, which makes it worth watching to hear about the design philosophy and all of the elements that will be used in the greater game. Check it out after the break!
The newest Black Desert class is no slouch in bringing meaty beatdowns to foes, as some players are discovering this week. The kick-punching martial arts Striker has landed on Korean servers, and it is only a matter of time before the rest of the world gets to experience the glory of his kinetic attacks.
As we wait not-so-patiently for the Striker to arrive, Black Desert players in the west can at least tiptoe among the tulips — and take a few pictures for the game’s Spring Tulips Screenshot Contest. The contest is part of a small patch this week and will run from now through April 25th, with the winner’s submission earning a place on the game’s loading screens (among other prizes).
Check out the Striker’s launch trailer below!
It might not be Lord of the Rings Online’s
technical birthday quite yet, but the 10th anniversary celebrations are all ready underway as of today. Players can go on the first part of the brand-new scavenger hunt quest series
right now and pick up their birthday gifts later in the day.
In response to concerns that the gift boxes didn’t initially impress, Standing Stone said that there’s more to this anniversary than meets the eye: “When developing for our 10th anniversary, we made a decision to focus on both items and content. What this means is that the 10th anniversary has far more playable content associated with it than any other anniversary we’ve had. We also have more than thirty items available in the scavenger hunt. We appreciate the feedback on the gift boxes themselves, though. I would caution that I’d wait until you see the fireworks before passing judgement, though, as they are pretty sweet.”
Here’s a welcome shot of publicity for Star Wars: The Old Republic
this week. Knights of the Eternal Throne’s
“Betrayed” trailer was nominated for a Webby Award
for the Long Form (Branded) category alongside companies such as BMW and Chipotle. The public can view and vote for whichever short film they think is the best, so obviously SWTOR would appreciate your help
in propelling it to the top.
The trailer, created by Blur and directed by Dave Wilson, was released to promote last fall’s expansion. It shows the backstory of a powerful Force-using family and the separate paths that certain members took over the course of their lives. Also, it has a girl Force-crushing an armored soldier like he was a soda can, so that’s pretty awesome.
If you need a refresher on the trailer in question, we’ve got it for you after the break.
It’s been a while since Massively OP’s MJ first peeked into Cloud Pirates
, and what better time to hop back aboard than on launch day? She’s ready to steer her ship to victory in a few matches in celebration of launch, so tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV
‘s infamous Stream Team
brings you another round of…
What: Cloud Pirates
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
When I mentioned in our newsroom that I was working on an ASTA post, nobody believed me, but it’s true: ASTA: The War of Tears and Winds is getting another lease on life.
You’ll recall that Webzen originally ported the game westward in 2015, soft-launching in an open beta here after the game had sunsetted in Korea the same year — and after having been in development since 2010. However, Webzen gave up after a year, sunsetting the western version this past October.
MMO Culture noticed that the game has popped up on Steam, however, with a posted release date of April 26, 2017, and a brand-new publisher: Move Games Co., Ltd., which is reportedly well-versed in picking up and relaunching Korean games for different audiences. According to the Steam and Facebook updates, the game will grant all registered players a “beginner’s gift” bundle for showing up. What is dead can never die.
Here at Massively OP, we are not above indulging in our geek tooth with a fan-made trailer every now and then. Sometimes you just need to get pumped up about a game and can’t wait for the devs to take time out of their schedule to sell you on an MMO you’re already playing.
RIFT player Matt put together a rather well-done trailer for the fantasy game, pairing epic music to some of his in-game footage. It’s the kind of thing that you watch and then, without even realizing it, find yourself installing the game once more.
Check it out below!
Massively OP’s Larry and MJ have reached a major culminating part of the story in the SWTOR
Choose My Alignment adventure — the end of Knights of the Fallen Empire’s
first act. The duo are on the way to talk to the Scion of Zakuul, Heska. How will things unfold? That all depends on you, the viewer! Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to direct the choices during this act one conclusion.
What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
The reinvented Guns of Icarus Alliance is sailing into a bold new world with its debut on Steam. Players can pick up a copy of this expanded multiplayer airship adventure for $20, or pay a little more for a costume pack and soundtrack to go with it.
So what makes Guns of Icarus Alliance different than its forefather? Basically, the game has gotten away from a strict PvP setting to include a lot of challenging and fun co-op PvE content as well. The team has created new story mechanics, large PvE mission maps, new weapons, additional ships, and a lot of costume and ship cosmetics to unlock.
“If you’ve heard of the previous Guns of Icarus, the PvP game, this is way different,” the studio said in a press release. “Think of it as you and your ragtag crew teaming up with other ships against hordes of enemies controlled by an intelligent AI director.”
Happy launch day to Cloud Pirates
, which has graduated from Beta University with a degree in Aeronautic Conflict Resolution and taken its first steps out into the real world. The free-to-play release comes with a huge update, Stronghold
, that beefs up the game considerably with some interesting new features for the opening day crowd.
The update contains the titular strongholds, which allow players to create their own fortress. These fortresses can be attacked through the new stronghold siege mode with the promise of golden cannons as a potential reward. Stronghold also adds three-player party groups, leaderboards, a league system, consumables, and preset combat builds.
Massively OP’s MJ will be streaming this title live tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT, but in the meantime you can prepare yourself for that incredible experience by watching the launch trailer after the break.
Believe it or not, the long-waited dance studio is finally coming to World of Warcraft… sort of.
In Patch 7.2.5, Blizzard is adding a new micro-holiday called Auction House Dance Party. When players enter the auction house, they’ll find it transformed into a discotheque for the day. Participation only requires you to dance, thanks to the dance studio skill. The upshot of doing this, other than for fun, is that every so often a dancer will get yanked on stage and given a sweet 24-hour buff.
Another micro-holiday on the way is the Trial of Style (MOP’s Bree absolutely loves this name, by the way). Participants will be given a theme and have a few minutes to dress up their character with the options available before strutting their stuff before a crowd. Following a vote, the winners will be showered with tokens that can be spent on real transmog gear. Can’t wait for this one!
See them in action for yourself below!
Facing new foes is always a learning experience, and Massively OP’s MJ and the group learned quite a bit the first time they took on the final boss in Conan Exile’s dungeon. Having figured out the fight and after preparing again, they are ready to dive back into the dungeon and squash that acid-spitting menace. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to watch them slay the overgrown slug (or die trying).
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Ever fancy yourself the wanderer type, fated to roam the lands while righting wrongs and becoming a legend in your own right? A new multiplayer fighter, Absolver, purports to offer the opportunity to play out this fantasy.
Absolver puts players in the role of Prospects, masked fighters who learn how to become better fighters as they journey across the land. There’s both PvE and PvP encounters to be had that attempt to create spontaneous narratives. Interested parties are invited to sign up for the upcoming open beta test.
The game sounds like it puts great emphasis on an involved combat system: “Battles between warriors are an intense real-time flow of attacks, dodges, feints, and counters, with all aspects of gameplay customizable, including combat styles, weapons, and even individual attack sequences in the player’s combat deck.”
Discover more about the game on its website or through the trailer and developer walkthrough below!