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: Elyria’s funding and Osiris’ console plans (October 1, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria caused an unintentional stir this week when Soulbound Studios posted that it still needed up to $3 million to completely finish the game. While it wasn’t exactly a secret, the revelation was still a surprise to many players as it wasn’t expressly stated in the Kickstarter earlier this year. Compounding the consternation was Soulbound’s simultaneous notice that it would not be granting refunds for Kickstarter donations. Studio boss Jeromy Walsh told Massively OP in a lengthy interview that the money raised through Kickstarter and pre-Kickstarter investment from friends and family is being used to create a minimal viable product and that while the company does plan to crowdfund using its website store, most of the remaining money will be raised through investors or publishers, not players.

Meanwhile, we offered up a checklist for how to approach MMO Kickstarting from the player end, Shroud of the Avatar launched release 34, Albion Online released its Elaine patch, HEX published three new signature decks, and on the planetary survival sandbox front, ROKH delayed its early access to next year, while Osiris: New Dawn swooped into early access and announced console launches for 2017.

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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Massively OP’s guide to the best upcoming indie MMORPGs, part two

Last week, we introduced the first part of our guide to the best upcoming, in-development indie MMORPGs — yes, the list was so long that we had to split it lest our CMS explode! So this week we’re back with the other half of our list, a quick and dirty guide to many of the indie MMORPGs in development and some of the key points about each. Hint: We’re not asking whether they are a sandbox with open world PvP because of course they are. As a side note, we won’t be covering most of the survival sandbox and mere multiplayer titles, as that would be too great for the scope of this guide. And if you’re interested in these games, then you’ll definitely want to track our Make My MMO and Betawatch columns.

On with part two!

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Albion Online’s ‘Elaine’ patch brings new biome and faction to beta

Albion Online might still be working its way through its final beta phase, but that hasn’t stopped it from working on a content release. In fact, that content release, dubbed Elaine, is live as of today and introduces the highlands biome and its Keeper faction.

“The content update gives players access to the highlands, a whole new biome with sprawling plateaus, streams and waterfalls to explore. But this beautiful new landscape doesn’t just offer a new look – it is also the home of the Keepers, the ancient race of giant humans returning to Albion thanks to Elaine. And of course with the Keepers come never-before-seen Keeper Artifact Items. Add the 21 brand new Hell Artifact Items, which are also part of the Elaine Update, and you get a total of 28 new powerful, unique Artifact Items ready to be crafted by players. In addition to The Highlands, the return of the Keepers and the new items, Elaine also introduces a number of other fixes and changes to the game, like more appropriate creatures for the swamp biome, to further improve on the rich feeling and rewarding gameplay of Albion Online.”

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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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Massively OP’s guide to the best upcoming indie MMORPGs, part one

When you write for an MMORPG website that covers literally hundreds of games and could probably add in hundreds more that are extinct, are in operation only overseas, or are so incredibly niche that their creators’ moms don’t even know about them, you start devoting a large portion of your brain to trying to keep details about all of these games straight. This not only results in forgetting two of your kids’ names (after all, space is limited), but it’s nearly an impossible task. There’s just too much out there.

And lately I’ve noticed that the staff and readers alike have started to become incredibly confused regarding all of the indie MMOs that are oozing through the development process in their 72 planned testing stages (the other week I could swear that I saw a game declare itself to be going into “state semi-regionals”). There are too many games, some of which look far too similar, and it’s stressing us out.

Enhance your calm, citizen. Here’s the first part of our quick and dirty guide to many of the indie MMORPGs in development and some of the key points about each. Hint: It’s not asking whether they are a sandbox with open world PvP because of course they are. As a side note, I won’t be covering most of the survival sandbox and mere multiplayer titles, as that would be too great for the scope of this guide. And if you’re interested in these games, then you’ll definitely want to track our Make My MMO and Betawatch columns. Then stay tuned next week for the second half of this list!

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Make My MMO: Indiegogo campaigns for Mark Kern and John Smedley (September 17, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news was one of the biggest we’ve had all year for crowdfunded games. Former Firefall boss Mark Kern made good on his plans for “serial Kickstarting” with a small Indiegogo campaign for his new MMO, Ember; we sat down with Hero’s Song’s John Smedley for a streamed interview; and indie sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe is hurtling along toward its Kickstarter funding goal of just over half a million bucks.

Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar’s Richard Garriott and Starr Long announced they’ll both be attending SOTACon, City of Titans posted the lore behind its Bureau of Paranormal Investigations and Tracking, and Ascent got a new trailer, Ever, Jane patched its beta, Elite Dangerous is rolling out the Guardians beta next week, AdventureQuest 3D announced an October open beta, and Crowfall confirmed beta 1 players will begin testing this year.

And for those wondering about the state of The Repopulation, a month ago the devs told forumgoers that their “goal is to have a playable client for it late in the year, but it will probably be a limited initial version.” Said A&B, “[W]e need to build the world and content still, which has a good ways to go.”

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 reveals powerful druid artifacts

One reason that you might want to bend all of your strength and will to demolishing certain factions in Albion Online is that certain enemy groups are the owners of unique artifacts that can’t be found elsewhere. This week, the dev team revealed the arsenal that’s currently in the clutches of the druidic Keepers.

These artifacts represent the world’s “deepest and oldest magic” and come in a wonderfully lethal variety. The weapons include the AoE-dealing Heron Spear, the magma-spewing Wildfire Staff, the icy Hoarfrost Staff, the delayed healing Druid Staff, and the smackdown power of the Bedrock Mace.

There’s also an armor set that can be procured through simple murder: “Used by the Druids of the Keepers, this cloth set has powerful magic storied inside. Absorb damage and root your enemies with Spirit of Vengeance, replenish Energy for you and your allies with Circle of Inspiration, and kite your enemies using Defenseless Rush.”

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Make My MMO: Dual Universe’s Kickstarter, ECO’s PAX trailer, and Hero’s Song’s ladies (September 3, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe is making the final preparations for its Kickstarter, which launches this coming Wednesday. “For those who are still wondering why we are going the crowdfunding road, here is the short answer: while we are an indie studio which has been helped by business angels, to make a game with the scope of Dual Universe, we need to raise more funds,” says studio Novaquark. “The more backing we will have, the stronger we will be, and the more independent we can remain: either by having the game entirely funded by the community, or simply by making us stronger in negotiations with third parties.

Meanwhile, Shards Online told players it’s tripling the size of its map before launch; Project Gorgon unleashed a spider form for Labor Day (“If you’ve ever wanted to spit acid, inject your eggs into your enemy’s still-living body, or coat everyone in poison, Spider is for you”); Smedley gave a teaser about Hero’s Song; and edu-sandbox ECO released a new trailer for PAX.

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 the Hell artifacts

A new batch of artifacts is arriving in Albion Online, and it’s hellish. These are literally called the Hell Artifacts, you see, and are forged with the aids of Hell Fragments obtained from Hellgates or melding Artifact fragments (which may be rather hellish itself). As we all know, wielding the horrifying powers of demons will have no long-term negative consequences and is in fact a superb idea, especially when said Hell Artifacts have the array of powers being shown off.

Each Hell Artifact weapon has its own unique ability, from the sword’s charge-and-snare technique to the shrinking power of the mace. Meanwhile, the offhands also boost various abilities, and the armor sets boast new powers to shut down your enemies whilst buffing yourself. You can wield all sorts of demonic powers with the new artifacts, and all it takes is… well, you know, lots of Hell. That’s probably fine.

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Make My MMO: Project Gorgon plans early access, Dual Universe plans Kickstarter (August 13, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Project Gorgon announced that it’s revving up for its Steam early access launch. Wipes (and nerfs) will continue as testing does throughout the early access. The blog post is a long piece about the future of the game — worth the read!

Meanwhile, Worlds Adrift got a massive investment (well over a million bucks) from a venture capital firm; sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe told us it’s busy preparing its Kickstarter; 3001SQ ticks down to the last days of its crowdfunding campaign; Shroud of the Avatar continues its rollout of housing claims; and one of Star Citizen’s leads was allegedly driven off social media thanks to harassment.

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 displays PvP killboard for all to see

One should never forget that the struggle between players is at the core of Albion Online. To keep that foremost in thoughts, the studio has released its new website Killboard feature to publicly declare the best of the best in PvP.

The Killboard displays top kills ranging back two months, the results of the fiercest open world battles, guild vs. guild rankings, leaderboards showing off the elite combatants across the entire community, and a search function that allows you to seek out specific players and guilds.

Another function that Albion Online’s Killboard sports is the ability to compare between player groups: “Here you can compare up to five guilds with each other, comparing basic info, overall PvP stats and the top five players per guild based on their PvP Fame.”

So is anyone from the Massively OP community already on the Killboard? Screenshot or it didn’t happen!

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Betawatch: Elder Scrolls Legends opens up (August 5, 2016)

If you’ve been waiting for something a bit more scroll-happy before jumping on the virtual card game train, you’ll be happy to know that Elder Scrolls Legends has passed from the forbidding desert of closed beta into the verdant fields of open beta. Seriously, you can jump in and start playing the game right now if you’d like. It’s the newest card game for people who would rather play a card game without quite so many actual cards.

Other beta news? No, there’s none. By which we of course mean “yes, there’s quite a bit.”

And, naturally, there’s that full list down below. See something that switched modes unexpectedly and has a full cash shop running? Argue that something counts as launch? Just like posting about betas with no NDA in place? All of that is welcome down in the comments.

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Albion Online previews its passive weapon abilities

The final beta test for Albion Online has added in plenty of stuff for players to explore, and that includes more passive weapon abilities. Each weapon now has four different passives to choose between, with each option unlocked at a different tier, thus giving players a wider choice of passive abilities to customize individual playstyles. That’s accompanied by a preview of every single weapon passive and its effects.

Using a sword? You can choose between inflicting bleeding, buffing your defenses, draining health, or improving your threat generation as passive abilities. Hammers, meanwhile, can also increase threat passively or drain health, but they can also stun enemies or improve crowd control effects. Check out the full rundown of the various weapon passives to get an idea of what’s available; the spread should ensure that you have more control than ever in building your character just the way you’d like.

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