darkfall rise of agon

A legal spinoff of Darkfall.
Official Site: Darkfall: Rise of Agon
Studio: Big Picture Games
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Sandbox
Business Model: N/A
Platform: PC

What ever happened to Darkfall, Fallen Earth, and Runes of Magic?

It bears repeating that here on Massively OP, we cover an immensely wide field of live games -- so many that it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of what's happening in each one (which is why our readers are invaluable in winging us tips about their favorite MMOs!). And while there's never any shortage of news and happenings in the field of MMORPGs as a whole, once in a while we realize that it's been a good long time since we heard anything about certain games that we used to discuss a lot in the past.

When that happens to me, I'll often head off on a little fool's errand to scout the website, Twitter feed, forums, and Reddit to see what's going on. I hate to be out of the loop on games, especially ones that used to be more prominent in the news, but more often than not, the lack of news is because there's been a lack of news.

You ever caught yourself going, "What ever happened to the original Darkfall? Or Runes of Magic? Or Fallen Earth?" I totally have, which is why I went on expeditions to see what I could uncover. So let's catch up with these three games and see what is up!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 107: Dark Knight rises

This week on the show, Justin and Bree celebrate a couple of hearty MMO updates, argue about mandatory mount viewing, celebrate the soft launch of Revelation Online, and extol the virtues of the PC Master Race.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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Betawatch: Robocraft hits beta testing (March 3, 2017)

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!

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.

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Darkfall: Rise of Agon launches on May 5

Remember how Darkfall: Rise of Agon's team mentioned last month that the game was roughly four months away from launch? That seemed kind of crazy. But it turns out that wasn't hyperbole, as the team has announced an official launch date of May 5th, 2017. That's a bit under three months away from now... and yes, just about four months away from the initial launch date. You can't fault the team for lack of punctuality.

While you can play the game right now in early access, an official launch means that the game is ready for the game to be live consistently and with no possibility of further wipes. It's good news if you're anticipating the project and had nothing major on your schedule in May... or if you did but are now frantically trying to clear out your schedule just for this. We won't judge.

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Betawatch: Project Gorgon gears up with high-level content (January 13, 2017)

Is it fair to call Project Gorgon a spiritual successor to Asheron's Call? I'm going to go with yes, which means that this year is the year for the game to launch. And that's the goal, too; the game is adding in more levels and more high-level content for players to explore before the launch later this year. Let's go gaga for Gorgon, yes?

Of course, there's other beta news too. But that one deserved a header nod. Everyone else can sit here in list format, like so:

Did we get a list past the break? We did! It may contain a whole bunch of betas, or it might contain the ingredient list for almond-and-cranberry scones. If it's the betas, do let us know if something is missing or inaccurate down in the comments; if it's the scones thing, just cook some nice scones for your friends and family.

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Darkfall: Rise of Agon is now four months away from launch

"We are roughly four months away from the official launch of the game."

Darkfall: Rise of Agon laid out its 2017 roadmap this past weekend with the upcoming release at the center of it all. There's a lot to be done post-launch, so keep your expectations in check, but it is definitely a measured step forward for this classic Darkfall reboot.

The team listed several project areas, including expanding on its task system, improving alignments, adding in a teleportation network, making object persistence a thing, and beefing up crafting.

"Launch will not be the end of development for Darkfall: Rise of Agon. We will be shifting to monthly patches where we can focus on key areas at a time to be able to accomplish larger system implementations and overhauls," the devs said.

Source: Darkfall

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Darkfall: Rise of Agon team updates community on progress

Transparency is vital to smaller, indie MMO projects, especially ones driven by a volunteer team. The crew over at Darkfall: Rise of Agon have no problem being as open as possible with the community, as evidenced by the team's recent AMA on Reddit.

Much of the AMA tackled what the team was doing to different features and how Rise of Agon would differ from classic Darkfall: "We are also in the process of making enhancements to the in-game textures to make them look more modern as well as enhancing the capabilities of the engine itself. With all that said though, as a team we believe it is more important to make a great game than a pretty-looking game, although we understand the importance of the latter to many modern gamers."

You can check out an overview of all of the closed beta progress and get ready for the upcoming early access launch with the developer video below!

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Perfect Ten: All the MMORPGs coming in 2017

Right now we are in a strange place in MMORPG history. Following the backlash of WoW clones and several high-profile titles that underperformed, major studios are becoming extremely risk-averse to creating big-budget titles the way that we saw not five years ago. Many former MMO teams are diversifying with shooters, MOBAs, and other safer and trendier titles.

Yet all is not lost! MMO features continue to ripple out into all types of game genres and new titles continue to be produced -- just not from the usual suspects. Instead, most of what is on our immediate horizon comes from either crowdfunded indie teams or eastern giants. The good news is that 2017 should see the culmination of many of these long-brewing projects and adaptations, hopefully resulting in a bumper crop of interesting online RPGs for us to play.

So let's run down the list of games that either are or possibly could be coming to you in 2017. We will provide an overview of each title, why you should care about it, and our best guess at the odds of its officially launching during the calendar year. If an upcoming MMO is not on the list, then it is our opinion that while we'll see it eventually, a 2017 release isn't happening.

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Darkfall: New Dawn kicks off free-play stress test through the holiday

Darkfall: New Dawn is currently in the middle of a free stress test, so if you're looking for a brutal sandbox to call home over the holiday, Agon beckons -- at least until November 29th.

"We have recently implemented Spawn Scaling, one of our top 3 features initially planned for launch," Ub3rgames wrote earlier this month. "In our opinion, and from the feedback we've already gathered, it changes the game to become a much more social and enjoyable experience. It is a considerable milestone but it still needs to be tweaked, and more importantly, be stress tested, which is why we're opening up the server."

The team also has a new dev blog out this week that highlights some of the brand-new music the indie devs are implementing.

New Dawn is one of two spinoffs of Darkfall that began with Aventurine's blessing following the original game's abrupt and mysterious maintenance mode last spring. The other, Darkfall: Rise of Agon, has likewise been steadily patching and stress testing since July.

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The MOP Up: Neverwinter brings the thunder to consoles (October 23, 2016)

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 past week, Storm King's Thunder arrived on Neverwinter's console versions after its PC debut. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Destiny, Riders of IcarusTERA, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Aima gets a death sentence (October 16, 2016)

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 heard the sad news that Korean action MMO Aima will be shutting its doors next month. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Elder Scrolls OnlineConan Exiles, Aion, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Betawatch: Elder Scrolls Legends opens up (August 5, 2016)

If you've been waiting for something a bit more scroll-happy before jumping on the virtual card game train, you'll be happy to know that Elder Scrolls Legends has passed from the forbidding desert of closed beta into the verdant fields of open beta. Seriously, you can jump in and start playing the game right now if you'd like. It's the newest card game for people who would rather play a card game without quite so many actual cards.

Other beta news? No, there's none. By which we of course mean "yes, there's quite a bit."

And, naturally, there's that full list down below. See something that switched modes unexpectedly and has a full cash shop running? Argue that something counts as launch? Just like posting about betas with no NDA in place? All of that is welcome down in the comments.

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Darkfall: Rise of Agon is handling item issues and meditation for is next update

The team behind Darkfall: Rise of Agon has been hard at work with more features for the game once the servers come back online. There's even a video down below showing off those features, if you just don't believe anything without animated pictures. Have you been frustrated with your inability to right-click to loot? That's been changed. Want to move items in a batch even though they're non-stacking? That's in there, too.

The next update will also feature meditation, with online and offline meditation currently offering players the same rate of gain. That is, however, something that may change based on tester feedback. If you can't wait for the servers to come back up to see all of this in action, you can jump below and see the video.

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