age of wushu

Official Site: Age of Wushu (Age of Wulin in Europe)
Studio: Snail Games (Webzen in Europe)
Launch Date: July 18, 2013
Genre: Fantasy Wuxia Action Sandbox
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

A new engine remake is coming for Age of Wushu

If you had to make a list of the game that currently look the worst due to their engines preventing any better looks, you would probably wonder how in the world this situation came to pass. But you also probably would not have included Age of Wushu in that list, because the game isn't exactly hard on the eyes. But that doesn't mean it can't be improved, and it looks like a new engine is on the way for the game in the second half of 2017.

The new engine will expand both mechanics and graphics, so players can look forward to iterative improvements as well as allowing character data to transfer over. How all of this will play out remains to be seen, of course, since it's some time away. Still, it's a new round of spit and polish, and that's not a bad thing for any game.

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Is the online pay-to-win situation improving?

MMO players looking for a hot-button topic often have to go no further than dredging up discussion concerning pay-to-win and its alleged affect on online games. We have talked about it plenty here on Massively OP, although the difficulty of pinning down a universally agreed-upon definition keeps the argument in flux.

In a think piece on Gamasutra, an examination of pay-to-win's practices in online MMOs are given a closer look with the following hypothesis: While pay-to-win is still present, it is not nearly as onerous or disliked among players as it used to be, mostly due to changes in monetization design and gradual acceptance. Titles such as Age of Wushu and Clash Royale are pulled out as examples of how pay-to-win is impacting games and their communities.

"Similarly, as free-to-play has gained acceptance, so has the idea that you can either spend time or you can spend money," the author argues, "and that, as long as things aren’t too biased in favor of the spenders, it’s all part of the experience."

Give it a read and let us know if you agree or disagree with it in the comments below!

Source: Gamasutra

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Age of Wulin introduces two new factions in tomorrow's Ancient Secrets update

Age of Wulin -- Age of Wushu over here in the US -- is due for a big update tomorrow, one Snail and Webzen are calling an expansion outright. Dubbed Chapter 9: Ancient Secrets, it will "implement two new factions that will allow players to uncover the ancient secrets of the Jianghu" and include "a new unlocking quest for the whole server which will allow the players access to the content." Factions aren't just about picking a side in AoW; they actually grant new skills to the player who sticks with them.

"The first new faction, the Ancient Tomb Sect, complements the existing Wudang school. The faction allows players to discover the depth of the Wudang philosophy and learn new skill sets, such as the Heaven Sword Script. It will also grant them access to their very first Dual Lightness Skills, where jumping and dashing in the air will now be possible with a friend. The second faction is the Blood Sabre Clan. Linked to the Royal Guards, it will feature a new martial art where blood will be a source of power. The Coffin, a new item that collects the blood necessary for using the skills, will be given to players joining this faction. New gameplay surrounding the Coffin will make the already numerous possibilities of Age of Wulin even more impressive."

Check out the new screenshots below!

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Massively Overthinking: The classes MMORPGs never do

No one wants to play Uncle Owen, a certain MMORPG exec famously said -- except, you know, for all the people who really, really do. Including me!

Massively OP Patron Duane has a juicy question in keeping with that theme this week:

"What are some class/job/profession archetypes that you have never seen in an MMO that you would like to see? You can include include combat, crafting, gathering, or any other professions you like!"

I posed Duane's question to the Massively OP writers this week -- feel free to add to our list in the comments!

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The MOP Up: The Division opens its public test server (September 25, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we got confirmation that The Division is finally launching its public test server (tomorrow, in fact!). We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Guild Wars 2League of LegendsFinal Fantasy XI, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Get your first glimpse of Age of Wushu 2

There's great curiosity and very little actual information concerning the upcoming Age of Wushu 2. Other than a few scraps of information, fans of the sandbox series have been in the dark about what the sequel might contain.

Today we know a little more about this title, in particular how its forests look and function. Age of Wushu 2 will be using the Unreal 4 engine instead of Age of Wushu's Flexi Engine. From a handful of screenshots released, the foliage certainly looks lush and quite real.

The forests won't be mere window dressing as players dash to and fro on adventures; they will have important resources that can be utilized, such as plants. A developer blog talked about how plants will be categorized as resource, medicinal, or food, which gives an idea how they will be used to create items and benefit players.

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Jukebox Heroes: MMO music for epic fights

This week I'll be hijacking a question sent into the podcast that I thought was particularly apt for Jukebox Heroes to tackle. It comes from reader Chris, who has a rather interesting thought exercise to share.

Chris writes, "If you had to choreograph a fight scene in a movie (an EPIC one, of course), what MMO song would you pick? It's a practical question, actually. My kids are martial artists, and they regularly perform for audiences or compete in tournaments where music is expected. We've used lots of music over the years, and we are ALWAYS looking for new stuff. So, Justin, when you see yourself in an epic fight scene, what's the MMO song you hear? And, yes, you can pick your own weapon."

Obviously my weapon would be "giant death robots with kill-ray hand cannons," but as for the music? That's going to take some winnowing down! To help out Chris and perhaps entertain you, here are six MMORPG music tracks that I could see being used for the soundtrack of an epic fight scene.

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The MOP Up: EverQuest II says hello to Kunark (August 21, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week EverQuest II unlocked the next chapter of its time-locked expansion server. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Final Fantasy XIV, City of Titans, Path of Exile, Age of Wushu 2, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: The Dota 2 forum hack (August 14, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we learned that Dota 2's forums got majorly hacked back in July to the tune of two million accounts. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Neverwinter, Age of Conan, World of TanksHearthstone, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 76: The fall of Firefall

It's never easy to watch the slow-motion downfall of an online game, especially when you consider all of the players and studio employees that it affects. This week on the show, Bree and Justin sort through the Red 5 mess and speculate about a Firefall that could have been.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Snail Games resurrects massive sandbox Dark and Light

Boys and girls, today we are going to talk about Dark and Light. You might recall it as a mid-2000s MMO that had a short and rocky lifespan before falling off the grid entirely. Snail Games was the original distributor of the title and purportedly bought it up following the lawsuits that brought down the game in 2008. Since then the company has been working on the game for a relaunch, which now looks to be coming soon.

Dark and Light, also known as Savage Horizon, is an absolutely massive sandbox MMO that features 40,000 square kilometers of world, scads of classes, races, and ways to make your mark on the world. The reworked version of the game has been upgraded to the Unreal 4 engine and might have new features such as additional factions.

Snail recently showed off the game at ChinaJoy 2016 as one of its upcoming titles along with Age of Wushu 2. Check out the beautiful trailer after the jump and let us know what you think in the comments!

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What we know about Age of Wushu 2

In March of last year, rumors that Snail Games was working on Age of Wushu 2 -- not just its Dynasties mobile spinoff -- began to emerge, and this week, they're firming up. Here's why we think it's a good bet now -- and what we know about it so far:

  • Earlier this month, MMO Culture reported that Snail Games had formally confirmed it plans to unveil Age of Wushu 2 at Chinajoy this week. (It starts tomorrow.)
  • MMOsite reported that the game is built on Unreal 4 for a "a heavy upgrade in visuals and gameplay features," apparently including a destructible sandbox environment and "more realistic combat animations."
  • Age of Wushu forumgoers posted a Chinese-language article from GamerSky published July 19th; it reiterates the announcement and Unreal 4 engine rumor and claims the sequel will focus on martial arts sandbox gameplay with much more freedom of play and movement. Google translate gives us the gist: "macro-game scenes, highly infectious picture atmosphere, rich details such as vegetation, construction, real people, etc. and delicate texture performance, combined with high-quality visual effects, bringing users innovative level sensory experience."
  • Forumgoers also dug up a piece from an apparent Snail employee suggesting the game will indeed be a sandbox -- but he contrasted sandboxes with MMORPGs, which led to much confusion.

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The MOP Up: Ingress players show love for Orlando (June 26, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Following the June 12th attacks in Orlando, MMO players have shown support and love for those affected by the tragedy. Reader Nordavind pointed out that Ingress players have worked together to create a virtual heart over the city by capturing select portals. How cool is that?

We’ve got plenty of other news tidbits for you after the jump, including patches, MMOs in testing, videos, and more!

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