The update also brings along changes to the way the game’s ranking system works. Players will now gain or lose ranking based on how their performances compare with what the system expects, with failure to meet expectations resulting in no change, drastically failing resulting in a rating loss, and meeting or exceeding expectations improving ratings. Players can also check their contributions to the team, so it’s easy to tell at a glance where they’ll need to improve. It’s another sort of freshness, albeit the sort that will take a little getting used to.
Launch Date: N/A
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Players who reach tier 4 with the galleon will be able to shut down ship technology and increase the vulnerability of other ships in the area, a valuable tool for any confrontation. Players can also kit out these ships in more defensive or offensive roles while retaining the overall versatility of the class, allowing you to shut down or dampen enemy damage and firing while healing your own ship. If you’d prefer to be behind a diverse arsenal, you could do worse than working the skies in a heavy reinforced galleon.
- They’re not sure about e-sports just yet.
- There are 30 people working on the game.
- Don’t expect the AI to improve over the existing bots — the AI would whup player butt.
- The team is satisfied with its monetization, which it calls “moderate.”
- PvE isn’t off the table in the long-term, but the team is skeptical about how its potential longevity.
- More guild features, long-term achievements, new ships, new races, new modes, crew systems, and holiday content are on the way.
The roadmap for the next half year includes ship balance, the brotherhood system, and Stronghold battles. “In the medium-term perspective, we will redesign crews, captain talents, and treasure maps,” says the studio.
What: Cloud Pirates
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
The update contains the titular strongholds, which allow players to create their own fortress. These fortresses can be attacked through the new stronghold siege mode with the promise of golden cannons as a potential reward. Stronghold also adds three-player party groups, leaderboards, a league system, consumables, and preset combat builds.
Massively OP’s MJ will be streaming this title live tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT, but in the meantime you can prepare yourself for that incredible experience by watching the launch trailer after the break.
The launch also coincides with the release of patch 1.3 for the game, the Stronghold update. Players will be able to besiege a stronghold in a new gameplay mode, form three-player groups to play together, and generally enjoy a vastly expanded set of features for the game. Check out a trailer just below and get ready to sail the bounding… well, skies. You might wind up stealing a cloud or two along the way, as long as you’re up there.
We’re going to assume that if you’re already sailing in some sort of magical airship and engaging in aerial combat with disgruntled associates, then you probably have no issue with exploring a region created by an ancient and insane alien race. It comes with the territory.
This past week, Cloud Pirates launched its Death or Glory update, at the center of which lay a special deathmatch map named Fractal Space (no, it’s not a Guild Wars 2 crossover, alas). There’s incentive for fighting on this map, as the bad guys have a chance of dropping a very valuable core for players to use or sell. In addition to the map, the update brought daily rewards and a brotherhood ladder system to the Allods Online spin-off.
Check out the Death or Glory trailer after the break!
Life is weird. You would think that once Robocraft was a thing I would never have played anything else, simply because it’s a game about building your own robots and then making them fight. Yet it hasn’t really made it onto my radar before, although perhaps that will change now that the game has launched into beta. That’s a good thing for all who care for robots, really.
Other beta news? There was a bit, here and there!
- Steam Early Access has added Cloud Pirates to its ranks; the game has been in general Early Access since February, but now it’s on Steam as well. Convenient!
- Revelation Online has soft launched… for players with early access to the soft launch. The full soft launch isn’t until March 6th. Yes, it’s early access to early access. Development is crazy. You can catch up on your knowledge of the classes while you wait for general admission, if you like.
- Ashes of Creation is still in its alpha stages, but it’s still letting you take a look at its gameplay, so that’s pretty cool. It’ll likely change quite a bit over time, but hey, first look!
- The Darkfall resurrection project Rise of Agon is hitting launch on May 5th. That’s a few months away yet, but it still fits on the calendar.
- Wondering about Crowfall’s current state of test crafting? We had a deep dive into it with a full hands-on piece, so if you missed it, you’ll want to check that out. The developers also showed off the upcoming Fae Assassin (who is a fae who assassinates, not an assassin of the fae).
Your quest now, should you choose to accept it, is to head into the comments and let us know about what betas you’re playing. There are more on the list below, you see. You can also let us know if something on that list has launched while claiming it’s still in testing, which is something that probably didn’t happen back in 2006, but who knows at this point? That was a while ago.
My.com asks $9.99 US for the base game, $49.99 for the Admiral Pack, and $59.98 for both together, so at the bottom it’s a pretty cheap buy-in.
The latest content in the game is the 1.1 Goldrush update, which includes a convey mode where players guide their flying ore convoy along a route while being attack by enemy players. Check out the trailer and MJ’s last playthrough below!
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 Dragon Nest 2, Vainglory, Wild Terra, Heroes and Generals, Overwatch, Armored Warfare, Blade and Soul, Cloud Pirates, Pokemon Go, Eternal Crusade, Final Fantasy XIV, and Elsword, all waiting for you after the break!
The extended beta for Albion Online gives the developers time to add more to the game. For example, when the Galahad patch goes live, players will be able to explore completely revamped cities! Not partially vamped, either, they had no vamps before and now they’ve been re-vamped. (We might not know exactly what that means.) There’s also the upcoming expedition system, which is… instanced PvE dungeons, but don’t call them that, probably.
Other beta news? Oh, sure, we’ll do that for you. Because we’re friends and all.
- The closed beta for Dragon Nest 2 is recruiting now, although there’s no word on when exactly it starts. Or much hope for onlookers from this side of the pond, as it really does require Korean players. But it’s moving forward, that’s something.
- CBT3 for Revelation Online has come to an end, with the open beta around the corner. How far around the corner? We don’t know. Of course, considering that name reservations go live on February 14th, we can certainly speculate.
- Crowfall was all ready to go with its Templar setup, demonstrating the animations and everything. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait a little longer, as the planned test on February 10th was cancelled. The sadness, she is overwhelming.
- Want to see a bit of Ashes of Creation in action? You can check out the first glance inside one of the game’s dungeons right now. Per legal agreements, there will be no puns about how the ice-themed dungeon “looks cool,” intentional or otherwise.
- Cloud Pirates is hitting that most special of all times, early access! It even includes a new gameplay mode, so you can’t be mad. (Is that how the rules work? You can’t be mad if you get extra stuff too? Someone should check on that.)
Rather calm week, yes? Don’t blame us, most of us were buried under snow. There’s still a nice full list just below, though, but you never know when some of these games might have hopped test phases without us realizing it. We do our best to track the offenders down, but if we miss someone, would you be kind enough to let us know down in the comments? Thanks.
Hear ye, hear ye! Pirates are terrorizing the skies with the aid and comfort of ruthless players! So-called “early access” has ushered in an era of fear and cutthroat commutes, and experts say that this is only the beginning!
It’s true: The PvP airship simulator Cloud Pirates went into early access yesterday with Update 1.1: Gold Rush. The patch adds a new convoy mode in which a team of players work together to guard a shipment of ore as a second team seeks to steal it for their own greedy souls.
The developers took this opportunity to answer many community questions about the game, including where it will go from here. “We have several large items prepared for this year and it’s too early to share most of them, but we can safely say that the two upcoming big things are competitive (rating) battles and improving the Cloud Pirates Brotherhood (clan) system. Statistics, ladders, ratings and competitive gameplay is one of the main directions for Cloud Pirates.”
Good news, fans of Revelation Online! The game is still up for testing right now! Yes, the game is getting a bit more time in tests so that players can reach the level cap and really explore what it has to offer. You can also learn about guilds hitting one another to control territory, if that’s your thing.
Meanwhile, the beta news has rolled onward across the betasphere. Is that a term? It is now. Take a gander:
- We bid farewell to Conan Exiles not being playable, as the game formally launched into early access. It’s still going to toughen up raiding, and it’s also laughing at everyone laughing about dongs. Draw your own conclusions there.
- Interested in Dauntless? You can check out some footage of the game in action now. This is also true if you’re not interested in the free-to-play monster-smashing co-op title until you saw those words in sequence just now.
- Life is Feudal is still in testing, but it’s eyeing launch in late 2017. Something to look forward to.
- Crowfall has gotta go fast; it’s apparently stepping up the pace for its development updates as the year goes on. In theory, anyhow. It’s definitely giving the familiar old Knight a bit of additional love.
- Can you not live without Cloud Pirates’ blend of MOBA gameplay and the presence of airships? You won’t have to, as the game is heading into early access on February 9th. You can wait a week, right? Please wait a week.
And naturally, there’s a list of games in testing down below. Exciting, yes? You can check out many of the games on that list, and you can also let us know if something on there has slipped to a new phase without us knowing. You can even test out the new comment system to tell us all about it. Fun for the family, assuming the family has a slightly odd definition of fun.