dark and light

Official Site: Dark and Light
Studio: Snail Games
Launch Date: June 6 2006; relaunching in 2016
Genre: Fantasy Sandpark
Business Model: B2P
Platform: PC

Dark & Light address holiday bugs and teases 2018 content

If there’s one thing you can complain about when it comes to Dark & Light, it’s not failure to patch. The game patches a lot. And yes, there were still some unpatched bugs lingering over the game’s holiday season, but the latest dispatch from the community team specifically apologizes for those issues (problems like knowledge nodes failing to fully level up and Frost Wyrms lacking their breath attack). The developers are trying to find the issues and fix them.

The developers also have lots of plans about what will be added fresh to the game in 2018, although the update is rather mum on what those additions will be. It is clear that the feedback from the community about new spells has been taken into account and passed along to development, so you can expect to see some of those offerings available. Beyond that? You’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully it’ll be cool.

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Dark and Light cleans up its slums for its next update

Dark and Light has a slum problem that needs fixing. No, it’s not the existence of slums, which apparently lend some atmosphere and authenticity to the fantasy sandbox, but it’s the poor optimization that players encounter while hanging out in Talos, Estel, and Ironfast.

Fortunately, an upcoming patch will address performance issues by reducing some of the resources that devs originally planted in these areas. Besides, they’re slums, how much resources should they realistically have?

The planned update, which should be coming soon, will also make changes to magic storage bins, rental sign storage, and shut down libraries and hotels in cities until the developers can devote some time and effort to fully finishing them.

Source: Patch notes

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The MOP Up: Multiverse makes a comeback (December 31, 2017)

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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Record of Lodoss War OnlineAge of WushuFortniteEVE OnlineARMSPath of ExileDark and Light, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, all waiting for you after the break!

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MMO Year in Review: July was the high mark of the year for MMORPGs (July 2017)

We’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2018!

July was a month of MMORPG launches, as Riders of IcarusAlbion Online, and Gigantic formally launched; Dark and Light hit early access; and other MMOs, including SWTOR, Guild Wars 2, and Neverwinter, rolled out major updates.

But it was also a period of delays, as Star Citizen collected thousands of comments over its repeated delays of its 3.0 alpha and both ARK: Survival Evolved and Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor rescheduled launches for August. We also said farewell to Firefall after its long limbo, and don’t forget the Pokemon Go live event trainwreck!

Read on for the whole list!

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Perfect Ten: 20 multiplayer games to watch in 2018

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!

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Dark and Light outlines painting your house and pets

We pray that none of your childhood pets had to endure the terror of a child with a paintbrush because all it takes is a child haphazardly deciding that the kitty could be green to start a fun adventure that leaves everyone in the house traumatized. On the other hand, in Dark and Light‘s new painting system, that would be perfectly fine because you can paint animals. It seems mostly meant for warpaint and things of that nature, but we suppose there’s nothing explicitly preventing you from turning your kitty bright green.

Of course, the limits of the available dyes might prevent you from doing that. For that matter, you might not have the requisite skill to assemble a paint wand, or you might have used up all of your dye painting your house. Check out the video tutorial just below to see how the whole system works. And if you have children, please make sure they don’t get near the cat with paint.

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The MMOs of the Steam winter 2017 sale

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.

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Massively OP’s Winter Holiday 2017 guide!

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.

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Dark and Light rezones city slums just in time for Christmas

Winter has come to Dark and Light, quite literally. Players logging into the early access sandbox since yesterday are being treated to a blanket of snow, the Krampus world boss, and major cities decorated for the holiday. Oh, and if you want to ride a reindeer, now is the time:

“Reindeer have been spotted around Archos! These red-nosed creatures only show up when the weather is at its coldest, and they have the mysterious ability to fly, despite not having any wings! They seem to really enjoy eating carrots, and not much else, so be sure to stock up if you plan on taming one!”

This week patch also added new holiday home decor schematics, dye recipes, and carrots (what else would you make a snowman with?). And this is festive: The devs have moved the slums of every city to the outskirts of said cities. This is for real – take that, optics.

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Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR, it’s time to destroy the Eternal Empire

Those players who were looking for consequence in their Star Wars: The Old Republic storyline can, I’m glad to say, look to Knights of the Eternal Throne to get it. Although the Vaylin side of the story will remain virtually unchanged regardless of the player’s choices, it’s possible to lose multiple companions, and there is even one choice where you have to choose one companion over the other. However, the quality of the story really hinges on how much you like or dislike Valkorion’s family. They are a bunch of rich brats doing bratty things, so on a personal level, I couldn’t care less about them.

You know what I do care about, though? The Empire and the Republic. You know what most fans of Star Wars care about? The Empire and the Republic, or possibly the Jedi and the Sith. Whether it’s a story buried in the conflict of those two armies colliding or it’s a gangster taking advantage of being in the middle of those two opposing parties, the Empire and the Republic have been central to all the engaging Star Wars stories.

For this specific reason, it’s time for BioWare to tear down the Eternal Empire.

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Dark and Light opens master builder servers

One neat thing about survival sandboxes is that they seem to embrace a wider variety of rulesets than we typically see in most MMORPGs. Such is the case for Dark and Light, which opened up a new type of server this week that’s aimed at budding architects.

Master Builder servers encourage players to construct to their hearts’ content, featuring no decay, no scheduled wipes, expanded building protection, and faster gathering, taming, and leveling. These servers will also be where players can test out the latest and greatest construction items and enjoy Steam Workshop integration.

“We’re going to be keeping a close eye on these servers to prevent the use of structure-related exploits and harassment, and regularly removing structures that negatively affect the health of these servers,” the team posted. “Master Builder servers are designed to promote the beauty of architecture!

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