If nothing else, MMORPGs are doing their darndest to teach us to be multilingual. Case in point, Twilight Spirits has launched on Steam — but only in simplified Chinese. Brush up on your translation program if you want to take this action MMO for a test drive, then!
Twilight Spirits is supposed to be a crossover, east-meets-west style of MMORPG with some impressive slow-mo combat developed by Netease. An English translation may be forthcoming, although nothing is official yet. In the meantime, you can check out the Steam version or wait until June 29th, when the official site will release its own client.
We’ve got the open beta CGI trailer for you below!
Is Worlds Adrift shaping up to be a sleeper hit of an MMO? Its team certainly thinks so, as it claims that in the first two weeks of testing alone, the median play time among closed beta gamers was an impressive 15 hours.
A beta report last week emphasized the team’s desire to have one server per world region, although this rule will be bent during the testing process. Right now, additional servers are opening up in the US and EU to allow the studio to test different map layouts and more player islands.
Another big change coming to the game is the addition of gameplay features to the Island Creator tool: “This means that on top of creating wonderfully-looking places of lore, exploration and awe, the creators will also be able to weave gameplay within the islands. Initially this will be rather simple: a type of surface players cannot grapple on; dangerous spikes that hurt on contact; and automated turrets that seek and fire until cleverly disarmed.”
See the developers messing around with Worlds Adrift’s turrets after the jump!
3Are your primary complaints about Overwatch the fact that it doesn’t exclusively star giant robots while being a Chinese-only title? Because that’s exactly what Transformers Online is; Overwatch, but starring Transformers, and it’s China-exclusive. And with the release of the latest installment in the atrociously bad film series, the game has moved into its open beta phase in its native (and only) country.
The update also includes new skins for Optimus Prime and Megatron based on their appearances in the latest installment mentioned above, which you can purchase for about $15. You can also check out videos for the skins below, although it’s worth noting that once again, this title doesn’t seem to have any plans of an import. Still, considering the usual fate of online games starring the Transformers, perhaps this is still a pretty solid success.
Lag spikes and stuttering framerates may be a thing of the past
in Path of Exile
. The devs announced that with its next beta build for The Fall of Oriath
, they are implementing changes that will keep FPS at a playable pace even when players are spamming the heck out of flashy skills.
“In Wave 3 of the Beta, we have significantly improved the speed of creating and destroying objects. This was the primary cause of spikes when using a lot of skills. We can now create thousands of skill effects per second without significantly slowing down the frame rate,” the studio reported. “We have also added a new feature called Dynamic Resolution. This is a feature that allows us to maintain high frame rates even as the amount of particles increase by decreasing the resolution of the 3-D scene temporarily.”
The team also devoted some screen space to sharing behind-the-scenes insights into the expansion’s soundtrack. You can listen to a little of that after the break!
We’re willing to bet that some of you visit Massively OP because you are keeping an eye out for new conquests: games you have never heard of, hidden titles that beg to be brought to your attention. Well, today is that day because we have a list of five MMOs for you to check out and see if they warrant your attention and devotion.
The list begins with Metin2, an Asian martial arts MMO chock-full of wicked fighting moves, demon lords, and Chinese aesthetics. Another free Steam game to check out might be Orake, a 2-D MMO that looks like it would be at home in 1997.
The creators of Second Life have made a sequel of sorts with Sansar. This virtual world is a build-anything, do-anything sandbox, and Kotaku has a hands-on with the closed beta. It should be available in open beta testing later this summer.
By now, you probably know and have accepted the weird juxtaposition of Tale of Toast’s incredibly cute art style and its hardcore design. But how do those flavors mix together in practice? HiveLeader, a prominent MMO YouTuber, made it a mission to find out.
Jumping into the MMO’s alpha weekend test, HiveLeader found a small but ambitious game that really impressed him. He notes that it’s an unforgiving game that leans heavily on mandatory grouping (without a LFG tool, even), but that there’s a lot of fun, polish, and character flexibility that makes it worth the hassle.
You can watch his early impressions below!
Responding to fan feedback on the forums, Soulbound Studios is making a design change in regards to Chronicles of Elyria’s “tribes” — its playable races of characters. Instead of a different selection of tribes on each server, the team has decided to standardize the starting lineup, so to speak.
“We are going to have a fixed eight tribes on every server at launch, and they will be the same eight tribes,” the team said. “That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other tribes in the game — there are — but you will have to discover them in order to play them as playable tribes.”
This change allows the team to create balanced pairs of starter tribes and keep players from switching servers depending on the starting races available. Some of these tribes include the human-like Neran, the stocky Hrothi, and the absolutely built Brudvir.
Check out a 16-minute tribal Q&A on Chronicles of Elyria’s tribes after the break!
If you’re a The Secret World fan who hadn’t already given Secret Worlds Legends a shot — and given this weekend’s exploits and downtime, we wouldn’t blame you — today is your day to get in there, as the first of the game’s two planned formal launches begins today. (The second, on Steam, is later this summer on July 31st.) Do note that this version of the game is indeed free-to-play.
Funcom has released a new trailer to go with the launch; we’ve tucked that down below. If you’re still on the fence, consider both Larry’s and MJ’s very different first impressions of the game to push you over.
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 have stories and videos from MechWarrior Online, Mu Origin, Dark Age of Camelot, Astellia Online, Marvel End Time Arena, Ragnarok Online, and Guild Wars 2, all waiting for you after the break!
One game enters the list and another leaves. Dark and Light has started its closed testing, although there’s a very small number of people currently invited to test the game, so you’re probably not on the list. Meanwhile, Master x Master has entered the shark-infested waters of launch, so it’s now as real as it gets. Hooray for changes on the list!
Boy, I’m so excited I’m just going to launch into several more list items. Come with me, will you?
- Luna Online is apparently in closed testing in Southeast Asia, so that’s good news for fans of the game, people who live in Southeast Asia, and people who want games with names similar to those of moths. I assume the crossover on that list is rather small, but you never know.
- Hyper Universe has entered closed beta; if you’ve forgotten about that one, it’s a MOBA but of the side-scrolling variety. Check out the Facebook page for keys and such.
- A big test update is coming to Project Genom next month. It’s… big, almost like a whole rewriting of the game’s focus. You’ll want to see it to believe it, apparently.
- The bad news is that the early access launch for Rend is being delayed; the good news is that it’s apparently being delayed for really cool and good reasons. You’ll have to take the developer’s word on that one.
- Gigantic is launching on July 20th, so you may want to mark your calendar for that. And you can test freely on the PC right now, too.
- Kritika Online is throwing into the open beta ring pretty soon; June 29th, to be specific. Founder’s pack holders get in a little bit earlier, though.
- Last but not least, Shot Online Golf has hit the closed beta scene. So, you know. Golf.
And there’s still a whole list down below! What fun. Let us know if something in there slipped phases without us noticing, all right? We really like lists, if you haven’t noticed.
ArcheAge Begins’ title is never going to be as appropriate as it is right now. Gamevil’s spin-off of XLGAMES’ well-known MMO sandbox has just kicked off its first global closed beta test and is looking for a few players to give the game a test drive.
The closed beta test is a fairly short one, running from now through July 3rd. ArcheAge Begins is looking at a Q3 2017 release on mobile, so it looks as thought the testing process is ramping up to make way for the launch. The game uses the Unreal 4 engine and contains many features from the MMO, including raiding, fishing, and trading, although it is obviously not the same product.
Right now the beta is for Android players only, so if this is you and you have interest in the game, you can sign up for the program through Google Play.
Pack up your stuff, The Secret World fans: It’s movin’ day, at least if you don’t care about playing on Steam, as Secret Worlds Legends’ headstart period for veteran The Secret World players and beta testers begins today.
Funcom’s said the headstart hasn’t technically begun just yet —
we still don’t know when the flag will drop — but that preloading is underway. [Update: Expect it live at 2 p.m. EDT per Funcom’s latest tweet nope, live at 4 p.m. EDT per Funcom’s latest-latest tweet.]
The studio outlined its legacy transfer system last night; your accounts should already be linked (don’t go making a fresh account) and allow you to reclaim and transfer your patron time, lifetime sub status, cosmetics, mounts, and other bits and bobs. You’ve got until August to take advantage of all that.
Stay tuned for Larry’s impressions and MJ’s stream later today, and in the meantime, check out our roundup of guides, interviews, and news leading up to today.
BREE: I can’t believe neither of you pranksters has taken the golf thing to make fun of yet.
JUSTIN: Just par for the course for us, Bree.
ELIOT: That’s a hole lot of assumptions. It’s not like we’re in a club, here.
JUSTIN: Little birdie told me it wasn’t a good story anyway.
ELIOT: With your eagle eyes, you can spot those. You’re good at driving to the point.
BREE: I’m just gonna screenshot this whole thing and run it as the post.
JUSTIN: Yeah it’s getting pretty rough. Putter there, Eliot, you’re a good punster.
ELIOT: Thanks, Justin; that really feels like a hole in one, coming from you.
JUSTIN: A slice of fresh conversation, this is.
ELIOT: Ironing out differences.