Look, readers, we’re a little pressed for time, so perhaps you can do us a favor and just add “like daily quests” mentally at the end of every subsequent sentence of this particular post? You see, Citadel: Forged With Fire is adding new daily quests to give players something to do on a regular basis. You can locate them via a special exclamation mark over their heads that will then prompt you to do something for relatively vague purposes, like killing a group of elk.
Accepting the quest pops up a little UI notification telling you your objectives and how close you are to completion. Once you’ve done the deed, head back to the questgiver and pick up your reward, then come back around tomorrow to do the same or a similar thing tomorrow for more rewards. It’s a time-honored system, but it should give fans of the game something to do on a regular basis other than just building and wandering around.
This week in MMO crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained continues inching along toward its planned summer beta. According to the game’s latest update, CSE is running internal tests on a new server while tweaking tooltips, the banes and noom system, capture-the-flag mode, item placement, armor, environment assets, and animations, including new idles for each class.
Meanwhile, Crowfall released its 5.5 alpha, Ashes of Creation announced alpha one will land by the end of the year, Albion Online balance-patched armor and GvG while counting a million dead bunnies, Dual Universe released its April newsletter, and Dogma Eternal Night hit the skids.
Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the weekly roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.
Today’s patch for Citadel: Forged With Fire brings the game up to the latest iteration of the Unreal Engine! That’s great news, isn’t it? Very special and wonderful. You are probably nodding along right now with no real understanding of what it actually means, because you are not a programmer and thus have no real context for it beyond “new version means good.” Luckily, the team has discussed what the engine upgrade actually means as part of the patch announcement.
This version of the engine brings lots of server optimization tricks from Fortnite into the game, so you can expect better performance there; the game has also swapped to an event-driven loading setup that will further improve overall performance when loading assets into the game. The patch also fixes a number of nagging bugs in the game unrelated to the engine, which means that it should be a more pleasant experience to play across the board.
All right, now we can see why Blue Isle delayed announcing Citadel Forged With Fire’s “next big thing” until this week: It actually is a pretty big thing. And no, it’s not a battle royale mode – it’s actually more like five-minute-match Huttball. With brooms.
“The all new game mode Broomstick League will teleport players to an arena where they will be organized into teams of up to five, as they, take part in a soccer-like match in a battle for bragging rights,” says the studio. “Players will have access to new passing and shooting mechanics to make nimble plays and score dramatic goals. Goals scored in the large main net will be worth one point and goals scored in a smaller horizontal net will be worth two points. Score the most points to win the match!”
Given the nature of the game, players will indeed be able to build their own custom arenas and alternative sports. You can even ride your brooms outside the arena. Expect it all to roll out on the early access MMO on March 7th.
Source: Press release, Steam
If you’re a Citadel Forged With Fire early access player, you may have noticed NPCs randomly going on rampages killing their own allies. This was, er, not intended. “We’ve identified the source of this bug and have fixed it for today’s patch,” Blue Isle says on Steam. “NPCs will now only kill other NPCs where it makes sense (i.e., Orcs will hunt Direwolves, etc.)” So that’s a relief.
What else is in the latest update? Fixes for the custom game creation crash bug, resource node spawning, and construction issues. Notably, this’ll be the last patch until March.
“The team has been very hard at work preparing the next major content drop, which should be coming very soon! In order to make sure everything is working perfectly for its launch, we will be taking a week off from weekly patches. Stay tuned, though, as we’ll be sharing a ton of details next week on Citadel’s next big thing!”
Just because a creature is huge, hulking, and incredibly powerful doesn’t necessarily mean that it wants to crush you under its feet and grind your bones to powder in its maw. That said, this is totally the M.O. of Citadel’s newest foe, the great golem.
You can choose to stand up to the great golem, an animated creature made of wood and stone, or run away. Just because no one has ever faced one and lived to tell the tale doesn’t mean that you won’t be the first. You probably won’t, if we consider statistics, but there is always the possibility of you being an outlier.
The golem came with the game’s January 31st patch: “This beast has been dormant in hibernation for hundreds of years and has awoken to become a major threat to careless Wizards and Warriors. Great golems are high level creatures who pack a serious punch whether at distance or close range. Those who wish to take out these giants should stock up on healing items and bring their friends.”
It turns out that some of the players of Citadel: Forged with Fire are using underground structures for rather nefarious purposes. Not the fun sort of supervillainous nefariousness, either; these structures are squatting underground in places where no one is supposed to be able to access reliably, making the structures impossible to siege, preventing people from accessing loot chests, and otherwise blocking access and damaging the game as a whole. So the developers are planning to get rid of them.
Of course, some of you may just have a cave lair that you thought was really cool, so you’re getting a two-week notice and a warning that you should move your stuff out of glitchy regions. After that two weeks, players will be unable to build in a number of different areas, hopefully stopping these hiccups from happening and keeping things fair and fun for everyone.
A couple of weeks ago I covered 20(ish) MMORPGs that we are looking forward to seeing develop, test, and launch in 2018. But as you well may know, Massively OP covers a small university’s worth of “not-so-massively” multiplayer games that have some crossover into the MMO space. We do this because it gives some people much-needed gripe fuel and also because a lot of our readership is also interested in these games.
There is a lot of movement in the multiplayer game space, especially as the larger video game market continues to adapt and hew to MMO design. It’s a blended mess as we continually try to sort these games out into their proper categories, but while we do that, you can enjoy this list of 20 multiplayer games that you should be tracking in 2018. From survival sandboxes to pirate simulators to sequels, here we go!
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.
Early access MMO Citadel Forged With Fire has a fun teaser for 2018 up on Steam this week for all you secret hobbits: The game is getting farming next year. To begin, players will need to hunt down the seeds by harvesting plants out in the world and deconstructing them. Then you’d best get to work on the garden itself.
“You’ll first need to unlock the Farming Plot structure piece from the Knowledge Tree (KP cost and level requirement still to be decided). Once you’ve built your plots you can place your seeds in them to begin the process of growing your crops. Crops must be watered, which will require the consumption of mana.”
Don’t feel like pouring water on your plants? Just build a sprinkler system. “To take the labor out of farming, simply build these structures and they will continuously shower your crops with water so long as they’re hooked up to Mana Generators,” Blue Isle says. “You can even produce Fertilizer (called Hobart’s Growth Solution) to expedite the growth process. Like water, this can be dispersed either by hand or through Sprinklers. Just set it and forget it!”
It’s that time of year again where the airwaves of certain radio stations are clogged with the same songs from the 1950s, television broadcasts are filled with specials about the nature of giving, and dozens of people exclaim that Die Hard is a holiday film due to its timeframe. Yes, it’s the holiday season, and whatever you celebrate, you cannot retreat into your favorite MMO without seeing plenty of red suits, white trim, and all sorts of associated antics.
So, where will you hang your gaming hat this year? Probably in much the same place as usual, but if you’re curious about which games are running which events, we have you covered with our roundup just below.
Should games that are still in early access release expansions? What if those expansions are free for those who own the base game? That’s precisely what Citadel: Forged With Fire has done today with Forsaken Crypts, a free update Blue Isle Studios devs are calling its “first major expansion pack.”
“Available for download now and free to anyone who owns the game, the new expansion pack adds a huge amount of endgame content, and players can now face off against three massive bosses in three different citadels. Each area will feature specially themed armor and tons of brutal creatures to do battle with! Prepare to explore the lava-laden Dragon’s Heart Citadel or search for the Pyrant Armor as you battle your way through the frozen Dragon’s Heart Citadel.”
The update includes the three endgame dungeony “boss caves” previously demoed, along with appropriate armor sets. Check out the trailer for a preview!
The next big expansion for Citadel: Forged with Fire is adding… dungeons. With bosses in them. Boss dungeons, if you will. Perhaps it’s not all of that new to those of us who have seen dozens of MMOs with… well, dungeons, but it’s still new to the game, and the latest preview of the patch shows off three of the dungeons coming with the expansion. If you were hoping that each one would feature an elemental theme, you’re in luck!
The Phoenix Spirit Citadel is filled with extra-large sprites (as in the enemy type, not pixelated character art) on the way to the two phoenixes at the heart of the lair. Dragon’s Heart Citadel features… you know, you can probably guess what boss lies at the heart of that one. And the Blood Soul Citadel houses an icy, demonic presence, covering the whole thing in a thick layer of rime. Check out the full preview for more lore, or just peruse the screenshots below.