Players will want to carefully inspect the soil and the climate before setting up fields, making sure that the soil is fertile and that the right sorts of seeds are being planted. Snowy regions are great for trees, for example, but they’re not the sort of place to plant cabbage. From there you’ll forage for seeds in the wilderness, fertilize your fields, and… well, the video will cover all of it. It’s pretty involved, but when it’s all said and done, you can enjoy the technological fruits of your imagined labor.
See: Life is Feudal
While Life is Feudal MMO has existed for only 10 days on Steam early access, players have been testing the online title for considerably longer. To emphasize all of the community activity in the title to date, the studio put together an infographic video that shows some impressively big numbers covering all of this activity.
These stats include 53.5K characters with houses, 42.7K players in guilds, 200K player-created buildings populating the world, 7 million crafted items, and 12% of the world’s territory claimed. Of weird interest is the fact that while players have planted four million trees, they’ve cut down five million in their endless pursuit of lumber. Probably going to be an issue there before too long.
The video’s below, along with our own hands-on tours of the game since launch.
It was a slow start last time as Massively OP’s MJ spent her first day back in Life is Feudal: MMO just seeing how far she could run and admiring the awesome shipwrecks. This time, she’s following instructions to head to the village and talk to people. Interacting with others always ends up leading to some sort of excitement (and possibly death). And hey, she can make traps! Surely that will be exciting… depending on what she traps. Come to think of it, that could also lead to death. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to see how long MJ can actually avoid death.
What: Life is Feudal: MMO
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Early access for the Life is Feudal: Your Own version has been out a couple of years, but now the MMO has finally hit early access on Steam. That gives Massively OP’s MJ a great reason to launch in and see how things are going. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to check things out with her.
What: Life is Feudal: MMO
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
Builder-centric sandbox Life is Feudal has officially launched into early access with a buy-in of $29.99, and that’s the MMO version, mind you, not the Your Own survival sandbox. Consider it a bit like part two of the open beta, which has been running since autumn after initially being plagued by exploits and bugs.
“The Steam version contains all the features and content of the currently active Open Beta version, which means Steam users can join the tens of thousands of Open Beta players already building homes, keeps, and castles in the game. They will also be able to work with those same players to forge alliances that will over time form mighty guilds who control vast kingdoms. There’s a place for every type of player in Life is Feudal: MMO, from the butcher or baker, to the royal guard, regal knights, vassals and kings or queens.”
Last month, Bitbox implied it had “tens of thousands of players” romping through the game, though reviews are mixed; in the most recent reviews, players seem to be complaining chiefly about expensive P2W microtransactions, bugs, confusion, and grind.
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin dig into the allied races that are coming soon to World of Warcraft, the non-race of the City of Heroes spiritual successors, meaty early 2018 patches, and more!
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Not to be confused with the Your Own sandbox, Life is Feudal MMO is, well, the full-fledged MMORPG that uses the same basic setup but in a much larger and more socially expansive environment. The MMO takes place in a 21-square kilometer world with changing weather, time of day, and seasons.
The big hook of this game is that every structure aside from the starting town will be shaped and built by players. The studio released a video to show how players could conceivably go from a humble hut to a grand castle over the course of their adventures.
It’s the season for giving, the season for loving, and the season to put feuds behind us. But don’t neglect Life is Feudal, oh no, because Festive Feudal Fetes has taken over the poor villages of the land.
The fantasy sandbox claims that it has prepared “an authentic celebration ceremony” that involves making “meaningful gestures” for friends and guildies.
OK, to be honest, we have no idea what this fledgling MMO’s holiday event is about, because the team isn’t laying out specifics. So enjoy the following sentimental video and see if you can suss out the spirit of the event.
Another December, another Steam sale to entice you to spend money on games you don’t have time to play just to have them for a rainy day! Here’s a quick look at what’s on the list for MMO and survival sandbox players.
- Black Desert is half off; the cheapest version is 5 bucks.
- Elder Scrolls Online is down to $10 (Morrowind is $19.99).
- Elite Dangerous can be got for under $8.
- ARK: Survival Evolved is 60% off.
- Shroud of the Avatar is half off at $19.99.
- Wild Terra is brand-new and under 10 bucks.
- Gloria Victis is $9.99.
- The Repopulation is $12.99.
- The Division is 60% off.
- EVE Online is 50% off.
- Dark and Light is down to 20 bucks.
So how’s the Life is Feudal MMO doing since it hit open beta a few weeks ago? The login issues and emergency game wipe aside, it’s apparently attracted a decent number of players. In a press release just before the weekend, developer Bitbox implies the game has “tens of thousands of players” romping through its “massive open playground in a huge medieval world.” Indeed, it’s also released a new trailer demoing what “thousands” of gamers have built since the start of the open beta. Stone keeps and thatched-roof huts for days. I even spied a snowman in there.
The MMO version of Life is Feudal got off to a shaky open beta start last week, not that our seasoned MMO veteran commenters seemed surprised in the least. There were crashes, disconnects, login server issues, missing rewards, and surely worst of all, a full game wipe to counter exploits.
Those exploits have since been fixed, and now Bitbox is thanking the community for sticking by it and discussing its plans for the immediate future. And they include, surprisingly, a roleplay server, though you can’t transfer your current characrers there; you’ll have to start from scratch.
“The game world settings will be tweaked to slow down progression a little, and have a bigger penalty for unprovoked PvP (alignment loss) and some other tweaks to make it a more RP friendly environment,” Bitbox says, noting the server will be in Europe. “We want to warn everyone that we’re not going to enforce 100% accurate roleplay and ban users for the lack of lore knowledge, but those aspects are strongly encouraged!”
You might want to consider holding off on jumping in with both feet to Life is Feudal for a little while, at least. The MMO version of the game soft launched last week with its open beta, but it has been nothing but trouble since then.
For starters, an exploitable bug prompted a full game wipe and a short delay of the open beta with some limited compensation: “We had to bring running servers down and wipe them. The reason for that is that a random bug that occurred during the transfer of some characters from newbie island on the Abella has caused them to have a GM powers during the game session. Some players have used it to their advantage and damage was beyond the repair once we’ve detected it.”
If the wipe and delay wasn’t enough, numerous issues have cropped up since the launch, including crashes, disconnects, login problems, slow launcher speeds, and missing rewards. The team said that it is working on all of these issues.
Survivalbox roundup: The Black Death communicates, Hellion revamps, and Life is Feudal soft launches
The Black Death is making a concerted effort to connect more with fans by bringing back the weekly Q&A series and expanding its presence on social media. The team also is asking for gaming feedback from its community via a survey.
Space sandbox Hellion is working hard on its next update, which will mainly focus on reworking and rebalancing several key systems, such as power supply, life support, and the user interface. The team is excited to announce that Discord integration is coming to the game soon as well.