albion online

Official Site: Albion Online
Studio: Sandbox Interactive
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Fantasy PvP Sandbox
Business Model: N/A
Platform: PC

Make My MMO: The Star Citizen lawsuit and Camelot’s weed (December 16, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, eyebrows across the ‘verse rose as Crytek filed a lawsuit alleging that the studios behind Star Citizen and Squadron 42 were in violation of Crytek’s copyrights in regard to CryEngine. In a statement to Massively OP, however, CIG denied that it was still using CryEngine and said it planned to fight back. “This is a meritless lawsuit that we will defend vigorously against, including recovering from Crytek any costs incurred in this matter.”

Over on the Camelot Unchained blog, CSE is busy working on plot and item permissions tech, scenarios, combat, skill buttons (no word on that I-win button, sorry), NPC AI, large group UI, deflect animations, the place of power, armor, and weeds. No, actual weeds. And dead trees. What did you think I meant?

Meanwhile, OrbusVR hit early access, Albion Online tweaked Kay and updated its rewards, Elite’s Thargoids finally started fighting back, and Crowfall raised a bunch of new money from investors. And the much-anticipated Ashes of Creation and Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen launched their respective pre-alphas for elite and specially selected early backers.

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Massively OP’s Best of 2017 Awards: Best MMORPG PvP of 2017

Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for Best MMORPG PvP, which was awarded to Black Desert and EVE Online in a tie last year, the first year we debuted this reader-proposed award. We’ve opted to include live, fully released MMORPGs launched in any year, as long as their 2017 PvP experience is what’s being judged. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMORPG PvP of 2017 is…

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Albion Online releases a new update, ‘Kay?

Albion Online’s dev team hasn’t run out of girlfriends’ and boyfriends’ Arthurian lore names to use for its patches, so everyone say hello to today’s Kay update.

The big focus of today’s update is improving the MMO’s PvP scene with features like guild vs. guild seasons, battle mounts, time for guilds to evacuate their goods when their territory is overrun, and territory raids deep into other guilds’ space.

The additions don’t stop there, either. Albion is now triggering magical invasions designed to evict guilds from resource watchtowers on occasion. There are now level 3 artifact weapons, enhanced client performance, political information on the world maps, hardcore expeditions, and an extended tutorial.

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Albion Online’s GvG seasons will shake up Outland warfare

Warfare between guilds is what Albion Online considers its true endgame, which is why the team is hard at work on a Guild vs. Guild (or GvG) system coming in the Kay update. Seeing potential issues such as territory control falling into a stalemate or fewer people participating, the team is embracing a seasonal approach to widen the accessibility of GvG conflict and to keep it fresh.

“This will hopefully make the competition between guilds more thriving,” said Game Director Robin Henkys. “We’re really excited to see how the GvG seasons will change the compentition between guilds and what effect the introduction of battle mounts, raids, and leaderboards will have on Outland warfare.”

The Kay update is coming on December 6th, followed by the first GvG season on December 9th. Check out the developer talk video on GvG seasons after the break!

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Make My MMO: Camelot Unchained inches closer to beta one (December 2, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained’s weekly progress report is on the shorter side (for CSE) given that the game’s monthly newsletter just went out, but there are some interesting tidbits within, including the fact that the studio is considering uprooting the game’s hosting services and migrating elsewhere. The team’s also been working on battlegrounds and warbands, status effects, animations, female clothing, tech stuff, and boats.

In great news for anybody still lamenting World of Darkness, victory seems assured for vampire MMORPG Shadow’s Kiss, whose Kickstarter should conclude on Tuesday with more than double its ask.

Meanwhile, Elite Dangerous patched its patch, Shroud of the Avatar is hosting a Movember team, Valiance Online teased female toons, Project Gorgon is planning its next update early tomorrow morning, we spoke to Mark Jacobs about developer wages, Ship of Heroes prepped its combat alpha, and Star Citizen drove eyebrows to the sky by announcing the pre-sale of land claims in space.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last couple of weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

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Albion Online’s next update, Kay, launches next week with tons of fresh PvP content

This summer’s sole indie sandbox MMO launch, Albion Online, is rolling out its second post-launch update. It’s called Kay. As in Sir Kay, one of the Knights of the Round Table, but don’t let that stop your jokes. The update is set for December 6th and focuses on game performance, maps, hardcore expeditions, the updated tutorial, battle mounts, and the new GvG season (which technically begins December 9th, probably). Territory raiding is going to be a big deal too for those of you who prefer a purpose to your pillaging and PKing.

“The Territory Raids provide a constant opportunity for guilds to compete in PvP battles,” Sandbox Interactive explains. “So far, players were able to raid the territories of enemy guilds to capture resources or even the entire territory. Now, the guilds can directly fight the energy-gathering mages of their opponents. That way, they can weaken the enemy, deprive them of valuable energy which they can purchase new weapons or items with, and in addition gain big points for the season rating.”

Catch the video down below for a deeper look at the fightin’ mounts!

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Perfect Ten: The biggest MMO stories of 2017

One thing you can say for the MMO industry: It never ceases to surprise all of us. No matter what predictions we may make at the beginning of a year, by December we will all be proven fools who lack vision and foresight.

Although 2017 isn’t quite over yet, we here at Massively Overpowered wanted to count down the biggest news stories that crossed over into our neck of the woods so far this year. We witnessed controversies and delights, shockers and sadness. We saw launches and shutdowns, expansions and bugs.

So before we move into 2018, let’s take a look at the year that was and remember the biggest stories that dominated headlines.

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Albion Online brings in the battle mounts

Albion Online PvP Game Designer Michael Schwahn jumped into the dev talk this week to discuss the new battle mounts that have come to the game, such as the command mammoth and the flame basilisk. While you can fight and cast spells from these mounts, the team doesn’t want to see only mounted warriors on the battlefield. To enforce this, the bonuses from mounts do not stack, which means you only really need one of each type in your group to stay effective.

“We envisioned this is we have two armies clashing, and you have 10 to 20 normal players without mounts and one or two mounts accompanying them and amplifying their strength,” he said. “We don’t want to push the game into only mounted players.”

Schwahn also talked about artifacts, which are powerful weapons that excel in group battles. Get the full scoop after the break, and if you’re on iOS, make sure to check out the just-launched testing for that client.

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Albion Online begins testing iOS client

Even with its launch on PCs earlier this year, Albion Online’s true potential as a cross-platform MMORPG has yet to be fulfilled. The next crucial step in this effort? Getting the title on mobile.

It looks like it’s going to happen, too, as the team has begun to test the fantasy sandbox on iOS. Players can sign up to test Albion Online’s mobile beta through Testflight, playing on live servers. Only players with a founders or starter pack can sign up, and out of those, it’s a first-come, first-test situation.

You’ll need to have the right gear, too. The test is aimed at iPhones from the 7 on up, the iPad Mini 4, the iPad Air 2, and the recent three iPad Pros.

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Make My MMO: Boots, boats, and battles in Camelot Unchained (November 18, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained continued its ramp up to Saturday Night Sieges. “It’s been all hands on deck as we prepare our siege deathmatch scenarios for IT testing,” City State says, noting the team has been working on spawn points, scenario rulesets, gear loadouts, animations, the UI, healer NPCs, battlegroups, boats, female clothing, and emotes. I am all about those boots and dresses!

The Shadow’s Kiss Kickstarter has also now doubled its funding goal, unlocking game narration and music. Just over two weeks remain to back it; a demolitions stretch goal looms at $60,000.

Meanwhile, Crowfall delayed its soft launch again, Shroud of the Avatar launched R48, Albion Online began a new season of referral rewards, Valiance Online updated to the latest version of Unity, Ashes of Creation talked politics, and Path of Exile announced its latest expansion. Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

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Make My MMO: Vampire MMO Shadow’s Kiss has almost doubled its Kickstarter ask (November 11, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, the Shadow’s Kiss devs must be stoked beyond belief, as not only has their Kickstarter reached its goal but it’s almost to double now with three weeks remaining. Thus far, backers of the indie vampire fantasy MMORPG have unlocked stretch goals including a crafting systems, ritual magic system, and some sort of tenebrous tentacles thing, with narration and music on the way when they break the $50,000 mark.

Meanwhile, Crowfall demoed its Cleric class, Star Citizen explained how space travel won’t be boring, Ship of Heroes worked on character customization, and Elite Dangerous launched on Xbox One X.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last couple of weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

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Albion Online kicks off Masters Tournament, sweetens recruit-a-friend program, and promises performance improvements

With such a heavy PvP focus, Albion Online was a natural fit for tournaments. And so the Arena Masters Tournament is upon us, a seasonal 5v5 competition with millions of in-game silver on the line.

The studio said that it was “positively floored” by the number of people who signed up to participate in the event. The qualifiers for the Masters Tournament are happening right now among 28 teams, with the finals to take place next week. Players can watch the tournament on Albion’s Twitch channel and vote for their favorite team in the process.

Meanwhile, Albion Online’s recruit-a-friend program has received an upgrade. The cost of buying a trial key for a pal has been reduced to 500 gold, and the recruiter rewards for any friends who purchase a starter pack have been beefed up considerably. Finally, the studio is vowing performance improvements in the latest dev vlog.

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Halloween events across the MMORPG verse, 2017 edition

Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!

Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.

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