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: Chronicles of Elyria’s Kickstarter bid ends in triumph (June 4, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria’s Kickstarter successfully funded at just over $1.36 million following its SpatialOS integration announcement and tech preview video. Massively OP’s own Andrew Ross explored the game’s anticipated features and mused on its many challenges in a long-form piece earlier this week. Those missed out on the Kickstarter will be able to participate in further crowdfunding efforts on the game’s official site.

Meanwhile, Fragmented reintroduced the Jabberbull and polished up the vehicle system, Project Gorgon patched its last patch, Vigor Roads was Greenlit on Steam, and Elite: Dangerous’ Horizons season launched for Xbone players. Post-apoc survival sandbox Edengrad is new-come to our list, but frustratingly, Mars-themed survival sandbox ROKH was forced to cancel its flagging Kickstarter, citing a lack of visibility. The developers say they are still planning the early access launch in September; founder packs with bonuses akin to those from the Kickstarter will be available.

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Albion Online details the creation of frogs

If you see a frog hopping around in your MMO of choice, you probably don’t think about it too much. Either it’s just a bit of background decoration or it’s exactly what you need to kill if you want to farm up crafting supplies. Albion Online will not introduce you to a whole new world of frog simulation and elaborate new frontiers in amphibian interaction, but it is adding frogs into its swamp biome, and the most recent development diary explains how frogs went from an idea to a reality.

All right, it was more a progression where the idea of a toad became an idea of a frog and then an animated reality of a frog, but the important point is that it’s the process of creating a frog. There are even a few bits of sample hopping frog animation included. In the unlikely event that you think about frogs a lot, this may be the most important development diary you read all day.


The MOP Up: The future of skins in Paragon (May 29, 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, Epic announced new character Riktor for its MOBA Paragon and explained the thinking behind its tiered skins system. We also caught wind of a massive ban wave in ARG Ingress and peeked into the Warcraft movie’s prequel novel, which is indeed a thing. Read on for the whole run-down!

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Make My MMO: Chronicles of Elyria has been Greenlit on Steam (May 28, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria’s bid for Steam Greenlight status was successful (though the team won’t commit to launching on Steam), Fragmented got a new patch, and Richard Garriott hinted at future projects for Portalarium past Shroud of the Avatar.

Over on Kickstarter itself, it looks as if Midair is going to fund next week, but ROKH seems to have a long way to go in a week to duplicate that feat. Victus Game is new to our watch list too; it’s more of an MMORTS, and it’s asking for only about $15,000.

But if you’re sick of Kickstarters, there’s always Goat Simulator: Waste of Space, which takes a few swipes at a certain notorious crowdfunded space MMO:

“Visit space today or get old waiting for that other space game that you already paid for! Crowdfund a space colony and get other people to pay for it and do all the work! Endless space full of planets to visit. But seriously it would take forever to go there so why bother? There is one planet nearby though. Go to that one. Fly and shoot stuff in space, because nobody makes games about flying and shooting in space anymore!”

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!

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Albion Online introduces players to the cold and grueling steppes

Sandbox Interactive has given gamers a look into Albion Online’s freshest biome this week: the steppes.

“The steppes are a rough environment,” writes the studio. “Whereas the swamps are green and full of life, the steppes are a dry wasteland. But there is a glimmer of hope within the badlands; oases pop up every now and then, refreshing everything and everyone surrounding them. If you need hide or fiber, the steppes are the place to be.”

Check out images of a few of the sub-areas, including camps, a dried-up river, and a wagon accident at the foot of the cliff. Still can’t figure that one out.


Make My MMO: Chronicles of Elyria raises a million bucks (May 21, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, there’s a new player in the crowdfunding business: Fig, a “community-powered publisher” whose “goal is to strike a balance between titles from well-known independent studios as well as ones from up-and-coming indie teams.”

Chronicles of Elyria broke the million-dollar mark on its Kickstarter this week; it currently stands at just over $1,060,000 with just under two weeks to go. There’s even an interview with some of the folks pouring massive sums of money into the game in return for titles.

Meanwhile, Crowfall dished on the method behind the madness of its branding, Shroud of the Avatar released an excerpt from its first novel, both Vigor Roads and Midair launched fresh Kickstarters, and Valiance Online issued a statement on the role of former City of Heroes animator Ron FriedmanElite: Dangerous had a big week too; Frontier announced that it’s dropping the price of the game on PC and bringing Horizons to Xbox One on June 3rd. Engineers itself lands on PC this week on May 26th.

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!

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Albion Online on hardcore-vs.-casual player sandbox synergy

Just a day after launching its massive Darian patch, Albion Online has posted up a Q&A video and roadmap summary for its summer goals. Darian itself will be the last update before the big beta wipe, and then beta 2 will kick off in July for a few months. Launch, presumably, will land in the fall.

On the Q&A video, Game Director Robin Henkys reiterates that Albion is intending to appeal to hardcore PvP sandbox players as well as a wider audience of “players who are not immediately aligned with the idea of risking everything they’ve played for a long time to someone just killing them.” Henkys says that the two groups synergize, create goods for each other, and become targets and allies. He also doesn’t dismiss the idea of future “seasonality,” suggesting that it could be fun to pop an Atlantis-style island out of the sea for a month and let players exploit the heck out of it. Check out the whole video below.

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Make My MMO: Elyria funds, Crowfall delays (May 14, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria reached the minimum goal of its Kickstarter — $900,000 — with over 7,000 donors and just about three weeks left to go on stretch goals, which may eventually include a European beta server, exclusive pets, streaming, and true black dye tubs like it’s 1997.

Meanwhile, Crowfall’s devs announced that they will be delaying some of its incomplete features into 2017 and soft launching the core game as soon as it is reasonably playable. “Our ultimate goal is to make the best game possible,” ArtCraft posted. Another post this week discusses the language design of the game.

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!

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Albion Online’s ‘Darian’ content update arrives next week

Albion Online has set a date for its next big content update: May 18th, just next week.

As hinted in earlier developer vids, the “Darian” update will include a huge revamp of the high-tier PvE Morgana faction content, new furniture, new weapon spells, the item study crafting skill, tweaks to the learning point system, and localization improvements.

“This update will pave the way for Albion Online’s second beta phase, which will bring the long-awaited New World map and a wipe later this summer,” says Sandbox Interactive.

Source: Press release, official site


Albion Online’s new video shows off its overhauled world map

Do you love video game maps just a little too much? Good news: Albion Online Creative Director Jörg Friedrich, Art Director Marcus Koch and Level Designer Max Mellhage star in a brand-new video today featuring the revamped map and its associated map pr0n.

“Recognizing the need to further enhance the game world both in terms of size and uniqueness, the team has now grown enough to start implementing a bigger vision of the game. This entails the creation of a whole new world with five unique biomes: Forest, Highland, Mountains, Steppe and Swamp. Each environment will have individual flora and fauna, and specific resources linked to it. The world will consist of different continents. Whereas the Royal continents will be a fairly safe zone for adventurers to roam the land, the Lawless continent will cater more towards hardcore PvP-players. Here, guilds will fight for their own piece of land and no rules apply.”

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Betawatch: Chronicles of Elyria racks up the funding (May 6, 2016)

On May 3rd, Chronicles of Elyria started its Kickstarter campaign. On May 4th, the developers were already hitting significant funding milestones. On May 6th, the game passed the 50% mark. If this pattern continues, by the end of the Kickstarter campaign the game will have all of the money and will go into beta five minutes later. Don’t you tell me that’s not how patterns work.

And yes, there’s plenty of other beta news this week, to boot! Everyone gets to have some fun.

And, of course, there’s a handy list of games down below with running betas that we know about. Did something jump phases without us catching it? Let us know down in the comments. Were you disappointed or impressed by a beta that’s not under NDA? Let us know down in the comments. Have you had a taco recently? You don’t need to let us know down in the comments, but it’s still good to hear.

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Das Tal patch brings love to the newbies

As Das Tal’s team says, getting the first steps of a game just right is essential in keeping potential players curious in your title. Because of this, the indie PvP sandbox is revamping its beginner experience in today’s patch.

Some of the improvements that first-time players will see include signs warning newbies of large groups of hostile players (freely borrowed from Albion Online, the devs admit), a 30-second “grace period” to orient yourself when a hostile player attempts to attack, and a change to mobs so that they hit veteran players much harder than newer ones.

The team says its hard at work on a June patch that will introduce tools to generate custom game worlds a lot more quickly than today. There are plenty of other smaller quality-of-life changes with today’s patch, so read up on the notes and come to the game prepared!

Source: Patch notes


Albion Online plans beta II for later this summer

In Albion Online’s latest developer video, Sandbox Interactive Game Director Robin Henkys and Creative Director Jörg Friedrich outline the studio’s activities since the March Cador update, plans for the Darion update, and the push toward the game’s second beta phase, which Henkys says is on target to begin later this summer.

Of note, the duo says the team has almost completed the swamp biome, one of five planned for the game, and spells will likely be reworked between the Darian patch and beta 2. They also show off some combat scenes and the ambiance and placeables of the Morgana faction.

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