The bizarre behemoth that is Roblox is growing to even more gargantuan proportions as the team continues to connect its community. The social gaming platform just introduced cross-play for Xbox One, linking up the console to the rest of Roblox’s global playerbase. The Xbox One version of the game was launched in January 2016.
World leaders say that there is no cause for alarm but that we should prepare for a new world order that is dictated by the whims of millions of Roblox players. And yes, that’s millions — as in “60 million active monthly users.” Indeed, the game recently cycled into SuperData’s top 10 PC revenue chart.
“By uniting console players with the larger Roblox community, we now have a complete cross-platform ecosystem that encompasses every type of device available on the market, from smartphones, to tablets, computers, consoles, and VR headsets,” the team said.
Two years ago, NCsoft dealt a harsh blow to a certain subset of gaming fans when it canned the development of Project HON. This MMO was to be a glorious exercise in mecha combat, but scandals and a decision to reallocate development resources meant that it was never to be.
So where can that kid who grew up playing with giant robots go to get a Voltron, Transformers, or Macross fix these days? While many MMOs offer the occasional mech experience, there aren’t as many games that go all-in on that Pacific Rim experience.
But in the interests of a thought experiment and because I have fond memories of slapping five metal lions together to form the ultimate defender of the universe, here are 10 online games that offered or still do offer the thrill of high-tech mech and robot warfare.
The conclusion of AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha meant the beginning of Mogloween, and that means Massively OP’s MJ gets to dive back in and shove that giant gourd back into its own dimension! Who wouldn’t enjoy a little virtual pumpkin smashing on Halloween? Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. and join in the fun.
What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Not content with the current state of the world, AdventureQuest 3D pushed out a patch this week that overhauled its classes and combat — a change that bodes well for the future.
“In this update we wanted to make combat feel more fun and exciting,” the team said. “We also wanted to give each of the starter classes a distinctive play style which would prepare players for upcoming classes. These updates will also set the foundation for us to start creating new classes.”
Players who jump into combat with this new patch will discover that potions now have a 10-second cooldown, movement speed is standardized in all directions, the global cooldown is reduced to a single second, damage-over-time abilities are affected by armor, crowd control has diminishing returns, buff and debuff icons, and they can be stunned. All classes now have an ultimate ability, have their own resource, have passive abilities and effets, and share a new class panel. The team also added new animation and particle effects for many attacks. Whew.
Massively OP’s MJ gets to go to summer camp! OK, well it is technically fall camp now. And it isn’t the kind with cute little crafts and singing around a campfire, either. It may, however, include screaming around a campfire! She’s going to AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha, just exactly the type of camp a MMO-playing horror movie aficionado would love. MJ can’t wait to get in and explore this spooky space. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. revel in the holiday atmosphere with her. Soon it will be Mogloween!
What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
It’s almost a full-time job to stay on top of all of the MMO and MOBA Halloween events popping up all over the place! Here’s another batch of deliciously frightful festivities that are going on right now in games all around you:
Arrrrgg! It be Talk Like a Pirate Day again mateys, and that be meanin’ Massively OP’s MJ be gettin’ in the spirit. She’ll be hoppin’ aboard AQ3D for some adventure (and to collect the awesome pirate gear!). No pirate can sail alone, so she be joined by none other than the mighty Artix, scalawag extraordinaire. He be guidin’ the crew to a surprise new map as well as showing off the new Greenguard. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to set sail for more fun than ya can shake a parrot at!
What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
You’re probably well aware that today is that holiest of geek holidays, Talk Like a Pirate Day. AdventureQuest 3D is certainly not ignoring it; the cross-platform MMO is getting into the spirit (and rum) of the season with the return of Captain Rhubarb.
Ol’ Cappy doesn’t have any quests to bestow, but his booty is overflowing with treasure with which he will part — for a price. If you’re rich enough, you can buy your way to a piratey outfit (or a naval commander, if you’re also more prim and proper).
The team also opened up about its harrowing experiences of operating in Tampa during the recent hurricane strike. AQ3D fell upon emergency plans to keep running and came through it just fine.
Update: Aww, nuts. Epic has already disabled it, calling it a “configuration issue” and bug.
Bet you’ve never actually ridden a physical lockbox from an online game before — unless you went to PAX West this year, of course!
Persnickety piñatas aside, zombie survival title Fortnite has steathed in a rather applause-worthy feature that it really should be trumpeting from the highest of hills. Over this past weekend, Epic Games enabled cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Sound unique? That’s because this is allegedly the first time an online game has managed to wrangle cross-platform play between these two particular consoles. The subject has been of great interest as of late, with Microsoft being more open to sharing its playspace with the competition and Sony jealously guarding its territory.
Fortnite is currently testing its new Battle Royale mode which is coming to the game on September 26th.
Earlier this week, we wrote about Black Desert developer Pearl Abyss’ IPO and its grand plans for the future – among them, four additional MMOs. Sounds great, right? Except that the suspicion, at least in our comments, is that Pearl Abyss will just follow in the footsteps of Nexon, NCsoft, and Netmarble in that the games will mobile MMOs and not “real” MMORPGs at all. That may or may not be true; the games have fairly fast turnaround for a full-scale MMORPG, but then the company talked up the BDO engine for future games and expressed great ambition in the MMORPG market in the west and on console.
But the suspicion seems to turn off so many of us — the stigma is real. So for today’s Overthinking, I wanted to dig into that. Do you play mobile MMOs, especially any of the modern crop that are popular in East Asia and then ported here? What keeps you from playing mobile MMOs, and what would you want out of an MMO for a mobile device that would actually make you consider it a home MMORPG?
Even as AdventureQuest 3D continues to press forward with its development, it hasn’t resisted looking back to see what older content could use a dose of revise-and-revamp. Next on the slate? Greenguard Forest.
The Greenguard is receiving better visuals and a heftier dose of storytelling. “We took care to get rid of the grind in this new adventure, and then we added an abundance of nostalgic and iconic AdventureQuest stuff. Because this is certainly the right place for it,” the developers said.
The team is frantically testing the new Greenguard before Hurricane Irma hits Florida (and the game’s studios) this weekend. As Irma arrives, the AQ3D team will be hosting a weekend sale and posting a skeleton crew at the studio to hopefully keep things running. Stay safe, you crazy game devs!
Little did most Sea of Thieves Xbox One testers know, but there were turncoats in their midst. With the revelation this week that Rare is going to facilitate crossplay between console and PC players came the additional news that the studio had been sneakily slipping in computer players from the office into the Xbox test to see how it worked.
Answer? Quite well, thank you.
“The opportunity we have for Sea of Thieves on both platforms to bring all those players together is huge,” the team said in this week’s Inn-Side Story video diary. The members went on to expound that the game was meant for a “broad range of players” and is equally suited to both platforms, and so it made sense to bring the community together to enjoy it.
One of our “MMOs you’ve never heard of” (before we mentioned it, of course), Mad World is attempting to reach for your attention by being everywhere and on everything you might use to play video games.
In a new video released this past week, the team demonstrated how this 2-D MMORPG can run on browsers, smartphones, and tablets just fine. You can spot seven devices operating the game in the video, all synchronized for cross-platform play.
With colorful, expressive art and robust cross-platform capabilities, Mad World is inching up in our esteem as a contender. Check out the demo after the break and let us know on which device you’d want to play this game.