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: Shards Online's January alpha, Star Citizen's Star Marine (December 24, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Shards Online announced it'll kick off its alpha early in the new year, on January 13th. "Based on the feedback we've received from our current playerbase, there are a few things that need to happen before we can consider ourselves ready for Steam," says Citadel's Derek Brinkmann -- and those include a bigger world map, tamed mounts, the archery skill, modding, and dev tools.

And last night, Star Citizen dropped 2.6 Star Marine for backers, along with the surprise announcement that it's been using Amazon Lumberyard for over a year now.

Meanwhile,

  • Former City of Heroes community member Je Saist has set up a GoFundMe to help him pay off medical bills accruing as a result of his early onset glaucoma diagnosis.
  • John Smedley told Redditors that "money is tight" for Hero's Song.
  • Project Gorgon pulled in over $17,000 from its Indiegogo campaign.
  • Grim Dawn rolled out its 1.0.0.7 patch, which includes a massive outdoor "Aetherial roguelike" dungeon.
  • Elite: Dangerous raised £46,813 during its recent charity livestream.
  • Descent: Underground announced its Avalanche update and GOG launch.
  • Wild Terra updated with its Christmas event this very weekend.

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've got our eye on!

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Albion Online discusses reworking the shape of the world

It's a known fact now that Albion Online will remain in beta into 2017, but perhaps you're not entirely clear on why that's the case. The latest development video with game director Robin Henkys discusses one of the major areas that the development team is working on: Reworking the game's world. While expanding the world after launch isn't all that difficult (and is, in fact, something that is easy to speculate about), changing the shape of the world won't be possible after launch, meaning that the team has to get this right pretty much right off the bat.

Henkys explains that the team is following three core principles for the world's design. The world has to be a believable fantasy world, it has to be an eventful world where players can take part in a variety of activities, and it has to be strategic and support tactical thinking. Check out the video just past the break for more specific details and to understand how the game's world is meant to fulfill each principle.

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Massively OP's guide to the 2016 MMORPG winter holidays

It's time to get all snuggly in front of a crackling fire, roast up some chestnuts, down a gallon of hot chocolate, and log into your favorite online RPGs for seasonal festivities! Or you could "bah humbug!" your way through the season and ignore all of the silly, free, and rewarding events if you so desire. We're not here to tell you what to do, after all!

With extra time off of work and school, many gamers have the opportunity to take advantage of all of the winter holiday events that are running across MMORPGs, MOBAs, and other online games. Feeling at a loss about where to start? Board the Massively OP sleigh and join us as we take you on a tour of all of the Christmas events going on right now!

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Perfect Ten: All the MMORPGs coming in 2017

Right now we are in a strange place in MMORPG history. Following the backlash of WoW clones and several high-profile titles that underperformed, major studios are becoming extremely risk-averse to creating big-budget titles the way that we saw not five years ago. Many former MMO teams are diversifying with shooters, MOBAs, and other safer and trendier titles.

Yet all is not lost! MMO features continue to ripple out into all types of game genres and new titles continue to be produced -- just not from the usual suspects. Instead, most of what is on our immediate horizon comes from either crowdfunded indie teams or eastern giants. The good news is that 2017 should see the culmination of many of these long-brewing projects and adaptations, hopefully resulting in a bumper crop of interesting online RPGs for us to play.

So let's run down the list of games that either are or possibly could be coming to you in 2017. We will provide an overview of each title, why you should care about it, and our best guess at the odds of its officially launching during the calendar year. If an upcoming MMO is not on the list, then it is our opinion that while we'll see it eventually, a 2017 release isn't happening.

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Make My MMO: Ashes of Creation aims for Kickstarter, Elite Dangeous aims for PS4 (December 10, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news -- or future crowdfunding news, as the case may be -- we learned all about Ashes of Creation, a new sandbox MMORPG being built by a group partly made up of ex-SOE/Daybreak designers. A future Kickstarter is just one of their plans!

Meanwhile, winter is coming to AdventureQuest 3D, 1000 guilds have already formed for Dual Universe, Elite Dangerous announced plans to launch on the PS4, Ever Jane introduced house ownership, and Camelot Unchained explained how it plans to integrate with Discord.

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've got our eye on!

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Albion Online's holiday event is elfin' hardcore

It's not launched yet, but Albion Online apparently didn't want to let the holiday season go by without adding a little festive fun of its own. Starting on December 10th, testers can attempt to find three of Uncle Frost's merry helpers in order to win chests, artifacts, and even a direbear mount.

Unfortunately, it's not going to be a walk in the candy cane forest: "As you know, easy and Albion don't exactly go hand in hand. The helpers will be hidden throughout PvP-enabled zones, and you will have to stand next to them for a few minutes to rescue them, so watch your back or better yet -- bring a group of friends!"

To make matters even more tricky, the reward is only given out once per helper to one person at that location before the helper relocates. So that will be fun to watch groups fall to in-fighting as part of the holiday season.

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Make My MMO: Crowfall's big world playtest, Star Citizen's alpha 2.6 (December 3, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, ArtCraft says over 9000 gamers have been invited to try to break the three alpha servers active during Crowfall's "Big World" playtest. "We’ve shifted our development approach to be more like a live MMO," says Creative Director and Co-Founder J. Todd Coleman. Still on the way "soon" are the new crafting skill trees, unique world maps, the necromancy system that serves as the foundation for avatar swapping, and the protype for the Eternal Kingdoms. The company also crossed the minimum threshold for its Indiegogo-based equity crowdfunding effort, though it has been thus far unwilling to answer questions about its now-public finances.

Meanwhile, Pantheon is plotting a stream on December 9th, Ship of Heroes became the fourth City of Heroes spiritual successor (and has crowdfunding on the way), Star Citizen began testing alpha 26, Richard Garriott donated an in-game skull to a tavern in Shroud of the Avatar, and The Exiled kicked off its closed alpha (for which we still have keys!).

Finally, we sat down with Project Gorgon's Eric Heimburg to chat about the state of the game and its graphics plans for 2017.

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've got our eye on!

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Albion Online recaps the ups and downs of the Faye update

The most recent large patch for Albion Online is live and in the wild right now, and if you're playing the game's beta, you probably have had plenty of time to familiarize yourself with its changes. A new development update video with game director Robin Henkys takes a look back at the changes made with Faye and responds to player feedback, both good and bad.

For example, some players are curious about why the game now has guard towards scattered around in crucial locations. The reason comes down to simple risk analysis; while the developers want to encourage PvP, they also want to discourage PvP that consists of camping at choke points with absolutely zero risk. Guard towers make that more dangerous, although the development staff will adjust them downward if they find that the towers are serving to stymie PvP outright. You can check out the full video just below.

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Albion Online shows off the Keepers of Albion

Since ancient times, the Keepers of Albion have prowled the wilds of Albion Online, rejecting civilization and venerating the wild. The latest lore video for the game shows off exactly that, as well as showing off some... interesting concepts about how female anatomy works in motion. It's really hard to get away from that element. Avoid watching the video while your boss is looking over your shoulder.

Lore-wise, of course, the Keepers are a group that every adventurer should be very familiar with; as far as they're concerned, you're the invading force and they're the rightful residents of the land. They may not have all of the benefits of modern crafting, but they've got druids and numbers on their side. So if you've been enjoying the game, you owe it to yourself to check out the rundown below, but you should be fairly warned of some rather wonky physics.

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Albion Online to improve its PvE experiencce

Game Director Robin Henkys kicked off the first of a series of Albion Online development recap videos this past week to give players an update on what's happening behind the scenes of the upcoming cross-platform MMO.

"Right now the team is extremely busy preparing the release version of Albion," Henkys announced. "While many of you think we should already release the game, and we're very flattered about that, you've also confirmed that we're looking into the right direction."

Henkys said that one problem spot is the game's "unrewarding" PvE experience. He talks about his team is looking at improving the dungeon and open world experience in the final stretch.

Check out the recap video below!

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Albion Online salutes its Faye update

The frontiers of Albion Online have expanded to include the wilds of its new forest biome. The ancient woods have plenty of resources, but those attempting to harvest them might have to fight off the trees themselves.

This is but part of today's Faye update, which is on the live servers. In addition to the forest biome, Faye contributes the royal guild warfare system, 19 new music tracks, essences, persistent mounts, guard towers, and perhaps most importantly, emotes.

"We have added a total of ten player animations in the form of emotes," the devs reported. "You can now make your character cry, laugh, dance, and more! Type /applaud, /beg, /bow, /cheer, /cry, /dance, /flex, /laugh, /salute or /wave to activate the respective emote."

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 91: Accounting 101

Is there nothing more joyous, more jovial than spending an afternoon crunching hard numbers to deduce the financial state of studios? No, unless it's listening to Bree and Justin put on their best nerdy glasses to do it for you!

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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Make My MMO: Hero's Song's early access, Ascent's presidency (November 12, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Hero's Song launched into early access on Steam, allowing anyone with 20 bucks into the alpha test phase. There's a launch party in San Diego next week for anyone local who wants to celebrate with Smed!

Meanwhile, Camelot Unchained spoke about its hiring efforts and graphical improvements, AdventureQuest 3D unveiled its November Reign patch, Dogma: Eternal Night teased a big announcement, Shroud of the Avatar tackled player concerns and previewed Midras and town sieges, Project Gorgon raised a third of its Indiegogo goal to date, and Albion Online teased its next big update, dubbed Faye.

Finally, if you want to live in a universe where Donald Trump isn't going to be president, try Ascent: The Space Game, where this week candidate Hubes defeated "Donald Trumpet" and several other aspirants to the colonial presidency governing the game's playerbase.

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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