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Aw, damnit. My.com is giving up on its Allods-themed Cloud Pirates MOBA already. The company doesn’t say why, but given the successes of its other titles, we’re guessing it’s more about playerbase size in a bloated MOBA market than the company’s overall revenues, an assumption backed up by its low numbers on Steam.
“We are sad to announce that Cloud Pirates will be closing the servers on September 29,” says the studio. “It’s been wonderful sailing the turbulent skies with you, Captains, and we’d like to thank you for all your support.”
Beginning today and lasting until serverdown on September 29th, players will see doubled experience gain, virtually free in-game and cash-shop items, and free Steam DLC. You can also claim refunds on everything you bought since July 12th, convert your cash-shop currency to some of My.com’s other games (Skyforge, Armored Warfare, and Revelation Online), and enjoy the game’s latest patch, which rolls out today in farewell and contains custom matches, a new progressive PvE mode, and cash-shop currency as rewards for daily matches.
One of the fun things about this hobby is that certain tropes repeat themselves constantly. And they’re usually weirdly specific tropes, too. Poop quests, for example. So many MMOs have one quest or another that make you dealing with poop. Someone has a fixation that is probably not entirely healthy, and that someone keeps getting hired to design quests.
But sometimes you try to come up with a trope that’s so specific that it has to be unique. Or at least rare. “MMOs that feature a zone full of floating islands requiring flight to travel around.” At least one zone, and it is traveled around via flight. That cannot be common, that has to be…
Wait. How did I not only get a full list but actually have to decline some entries? How the heck did this happen? There are this many MMOs using this astonishingly specific trope? How did this happen and why?
Ah, there’s nothing like the smell of a fresh new patch. It’s full of new things to do, new stuff to explore, and new mechanics to enjoy. Cloud Pirates
is still a rather young game, but you can still enjoy the freshness of update 1.5
with its new map, new treasure maps, a new moving control point capture gameplay mode, and the new First Mate feature to help newer players get into the game. That’s all good stuff.
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.
If your goal in Cloud Pirates
is to pilot the most specialized ship possible, you probably aren’t going to enjoy the Heavy Reinforced Galleon. The ship is quite explicitly not meant as the most focused ship of the line, being solidly middle-of-the-road and versatile. Of course, while that makes it not specialized, it also means that it can be kitted out for almost any situation and
it means that a skilled player can have an answer for almost any situation. A new guide on the official site
explains how the Heavy Reinforced Galleon can be used to deliver impressive results while retaining its high flexibility.
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.
We haven’t heard much out of My.com’s
MOBA Cloud Pirates
other than contests since it soft launched in April, but today the studio is back with a developer Q&A
. The highlights?
- 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.
It’s been a while since Massively OP’s MJ first peeked into Cloud Pirates
, and what better time to hop back aboard than on launch day? She’s ready to steer her ship to victory in a few matches in celebration of launch, so tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV
‘s infamous Stream Team
brings you another round of…
What: Cloud Pirates
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Happy launch day to Cloud Pirates
, which has graduated from Beta University with a degree in Aeronautic Conflict Resolution and taken its first steps out into the real world. The free-to-play release comes with a huge update, Stronghold
, that beefs up the game considerably with some interesting new features for the opening day crowd.
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.
Why would you try to steal a cloud? What possible advantage could that confer? Even when you ignore the obvious logistical difficulties of getting one into a cargo hold, it’s mostly water vapor. It’s not easy and it doesn’t produce anything. Or perhaps the title Cloud Pirates
refers to where the pirates operate
rather than what they specifically steal, which would make more sense. You can find out when the game launches for everyone on April 19th.
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.
officially flew into early access on Steam
yesterday, bringing its quirky blend of Allods Online
dirigibles and MOBA combat to the platform. The game has been in general early access since early February
, but now we’re in Steam early access. Clear? Great.
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!