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The Life is Feudal MMO finally has a soft launch date: November 17

After what seems like a million years of testing (not really though), the MMO version of Life is Feudal is finally leaving closed beta behind and launching open beta on November 17th. It looks like a soft launch early access type of open beta, with buy-to-play packages starting at $29.99.

The game is the MMO version of an ambitious survival-oriented sandbox by Bitbox that was itself a scaled-down version of the originally planned MMO, so now we’ve come full circle. The survival game (Life is Feudal: Your Own) also has a strategy sim spinoff called Forest Village too.

Life is Feudal: MMO is a large-scale group-focused RPG, that places players in a highly realistic, non-fantasy, medieval world where danger lurks around every corner. Players need to work as a team to gather resources, build shelter, craft tools and form a fully functioning feudal society in an unforgiving archaic world. Players may find a place in society as a vassal, a knight, a farmer or even royalty, as their guild builds and expands their medieval societies. While players may start their adventures alone, as they gather and craft supplies needed to make it to the next day, they will quickly meet up with others to form groups, then guilds, and finally work their way up to complete medieval societies and nation-states. Life is Feudal: MMO is a realistic social experience, where the best way to thrive in the world is to work together and build a fully functioning society, where everyone has a place, from the most basic hunters and gatherers, to farmers, soldiers and civic leaders.”

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Life is Feudal introduces horse-drawn carts in new video

You know the old saying, don’t put your cart before the horse? Fortunately, Life is Feudal has taken that to heart with its current effort: horse carts, which are currently being teased on the official forums. (Proper horses went in in August, so there you go.)

“You can expect horsedrawn carts to be patched into the game ‘Soon™’,” says the studio, noting that the carts have been heavily requested by players. “It is actually quite a complex feature, where four types of entities (horse, cart, player, movable objects) within the game have to interact with each other in a straight and logical way. This is the main reason why this feature has taken so long to implement.”

So far this September, the studio has also been working on castle wall modules and weapon skins, plus heavy optimization for the MMO following a “significant breakthrough in the client and server side physics calculations.”

Life is Feudal is an ambitious sandbox that was scaled-down midway through development to be a “pocket” version of its planned MMO with shared assets across the board; it has in recent years gotten underway in a closed beta.

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Hellion adds more servers, Life is Feudal shares beta stories, and Astroneers plunders planets for profit

It’s time for a good dose of survivalbox news! Let’s start with Hellion, which deployed new official servers in several regions across the world and rolled out Patch 0.2.3. Better optimization, improved loot tables, and (of course) plenty of bug fixes are the order of the week.

Meanwhile, both Life is Feudal and Astroneers published video diaries. Experiences from the closed beta dominated Life is Feudal’s run-time, while Astroneers talked a lot about harvesting and drilling. It’s science, physics, and plundering in action! Check those out below.

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Next Day Survival debuts, plus H1Z1, Hellion, Black Death, and Life is Feudal survivalbox news

ARK and Conan aren’t the only survivalboxes in town — in fact, several of the modern contenders in the subgenre have updates and videos this week demonstrating their progress.

Today, we’ll start with Next Day: Survival, a new game to our coverage here on Massively OP and one that’s just hit early access today. It’s touting its storyline, questing, “sophisticated crafting system,” car restoration system, repitation, and multiple game modes, including pure PvE and a single-player mode.

Next Day: Survival is a multi-player survival game with elements of RPG. Its action takes place in an imaginary country within the Eastern Europe, a large part of whose territory is contaminated with toxic fog. The player’s main task is to survive, to develop his game character’s skills, and to interact with the surrounding world, other players, and non-player characters (NPCs). In the course of the game, the character earns a reputation, which gives him the chance to join various factions of survivors, each with their own features and limitations.”

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This week in survivalboxes: ROKH, Hellion, The Black Death, and Life is Feudal

ARK and Conan aren’t the only survivalboxes in town — in fact, several of the modern contenders in the subgenre have updates and videos this week demonstrating their progress.

Let’s start with ROKH. The Mars-themed exploration sandbox has this week launched a “huge” update on Steam, focusing heavily on crafter streamlining, both in terms of how accessible it is for newbs and vets to how the crafting window actually looks and functions in-game.

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Life is Feudal tests economy, battle system during fourth closed beta

Life is Feudal’s MMO version is kicking off a fourth round of closed beta today for those of you lucky enough to snag an invite. Expect to be testing both the economy and the battle system during the two-week event:

“We’re glad to announce that we have just started our 4th testing run of our Closed Beta tests! Along with some bug fixes and improvements, we’re glad to also present to you one of the major features of our MMO – the Trading Post Economy! Everyone can now build a Trade Post that acts as a private, secure storage for all characters on your account and as a point of trade with other players and The Crown.

You must keep in mind that, even though you can browse offers of all Trade Posts in the world, you will have to physically fetch coins and goods between Trade Posts. In order to remove the secure way to fetch goods/coins between Trade Posts, we’ve enabled the setting on the MMO servers, which will force you to drop all your inventory items on the ground before you get moved by a Homecoming Prayer.”

The survival-centric MMO also just put out a new video on its construction system and specifically housing – check it out below!

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Survival sandbox Steam Hammer has already seen a major world balancing pass

We’d never heard of Big Way Games’ Steam Hammer before last week’s debut on Steam’s early access platform: It’s a multiplayer sandbox survival game (64 players to a shard) built around making steampunks fight dieselpunks. Reviewers thus far have likened it to Wurm Online and Life is Feudal, and several have complained about the lack of female characters, but surely that’s just a matter of time and patches. The most recent patches, in fact, have made some big balance and QOL changes already, including doubling gathering speed and increasing both spawns and gathering materials.

The game raised over $50,000 from crowdfunders last year, though it was in development a year or two before that. Possibly the most shocking thing about it is that it’s actually delivering on schedule — its Kickstarter promised a May 2017 alpha, and here we are.

The game is not to be confused with SteamHammerVR, a virtual reality game also in access on Steam. The full launch is expected at the end of 2017; early access will set you back $26.99 as of press time. Want to see it in action? We got an early look over the weekend!

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The MOP Up: Life is Feudal’s building sim (May 14, 2017)

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 MapleStoryHeroes of the StormIngressWurm OnlineDCUOHellionLife is FeudalSkyforgeOverwatchH1Z1Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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Life is Feudal MMO begins another round of its closed beta

Bitbox is unleashing another round of closed beta testing for the MMO fork of Life is Feudal, expected to run two weeks. Accompanying the beta announcement is a new trailer from the team going through the game’s laundry list of features, from crafting and weather to survival skills and a persistent world to territory and terraforming.

“While players may start their adventure in Life is Feudal: MMO alone, as they gather and craft supplies needed to make it to the next day, they will quickly meet up with others to form groups, then guilds, and finally work their way up to complete medieval societies and nation-states,” says the studio. “Life is Feudal: MMO is a realistic social experience, where the best way to thrive in the world is to work together and build a fully functioning society, where everyone has a place, from the most basic hunters and gatherers, to farmers, soldiers and civic leaders.”

Closed beta is available to peeps who pick up one of the early access packs, the cheapest of which is $39.99. We’ve got the trailer below — anyone jumping in?

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This is your life now in Life is Feudal

The MMO side of “harshly realistic, socially focused, medieval life simulation” Life is Feudal has a fresh trailer this week that’s intended to outline what your first five hours in the game are going to look like. It looks like a lot of running, scary animals, terrible weather, and desperately cobbling together food and shelter!

“Starting as a simple and poorly equipped peasant, players will need to gather resources to set up a camp while foraging for food and starting their first campfires. Soon, they will socialize with other players, working together to gather resources and build a home. Finally, players working together will divide up duties and play out various roles in the game, be they hunters, gatherers, defenders of their village or brigands attacking other encampments.”

In short, you’re gonna die. The vid’s below.

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Life is Feudal patches its survival sandbox variant with (some of) its MMO features

We don’t often see co-developed MMOs and survival sandboxes where the game that’s smaller in scope gets the content second, but that’s exactly how Bitbox is working on Life is Feudal’s MMO and its “Your Own” version. Last week, the studio patched up LIF: Your Own with the big changes already in the MMORPG.

The patch includes a total redesign of the combat skill tree, a balance pass for armor, “optimized and partially rewritten AI system,” parallaxed terrain textures, chopping damage, damage to moveable objects, siege torch weapons, terrain effects on horse travel, tweaks to the diurnal cycle, pavement flattening for structures, and a whole bunch of adjustements to weapons systems. Players say that not everything is in yet (diplomacy and trading posts are still high on the wish list), but it’s something.

Or, you know, you could just go play the MMO, which is currently in beta.

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The Survivalist: Massively OP’s guide to multiplayer survival sandboxes

Welcome to The Survivalist! Ya’ll might have noticed that I have gravitated a bit from my happy home of deep, immersive virtual worlds (possible due to the lack of them!) and have been tinkering about and enjoying time in various survival games. This isn’t as odd as you might think! One thing I love about sandbox worlds is the ability for your actions to matter in terms of shaping the world and carving out your place in it. Survival games have been allowing me just that with opportunities to build the world, from the society on it to structures in it to the even the physical world itself. And decisions definitely matter, bringing satisfaction and reward or disappointment and destruction.

I’m not alone in this appreciation of the survival genre, either. Many MMO gamers have joined mainstreamers by flocking to it lately as seen by the explosion of the available games. Those of you not on board yet might be wonder just what is so alluring about a genre that has many elements of MMOs but on smaller — and oft times privately managed — scale. As the weeks and months wear on, The Survivalist is going to explore all the nooks and crannies of the survival sandbox genre (and likely die many, many times in the process!), but today, we’re going to look at what players can jump into to test their survival skills. So here’s a guide to many options in the newest genre to take over our gaming sphere.
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Life is Feudal is shaping up to be a fine-looking MMO

Now that Life is Feudal has turned on the power to its closed beta program, more players than ever before are getting to see what this medieval sandbox MMO looks like first-hand. For the rest of us there are always screenshots, those tantalizing glimpses into this developing game world.

The studio released a baker’s dozen of new pictures from the game this week to show that this world isn’t just bland designs and colors. In fact, from the looks of these shots, Life is Feudal is shaping up to be a nice-looking title, with interesting vistas, natural-looking scenery, and even a giant sword in the stone. See for yourself below!

Source: Press release

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