Will you be among the first members of the public to pick up your oversized weapon and go monster hunting in Phoenix Labs' co-op RPG Dauntless? You might have a chance if you sign up for the alpha, which you can go ahead and do right now.
As the game eyes a 2017 release, there's a lot of testing that needs to be done between now and then. First up are a series of invite-only alpha tests (covered by an NDA) that will take place over the next few months. These tests should begin in late April. After that will come the open beta "later this year" that will allow players to stream and discuss the title.
"Much like the floating islands of the Shattered Isles, Dauntless will shift, grow, and evolve over time," the studio said in a press statement. "We will be rolling out our closed, invite-only alpha tests over the coming months to help us deliver the best experience possible to players later this year. As a prospective slayer, this is your chance to play Dauntless early and contribute to its development. We can’t wait to jump into the thick of battle and take down behemoths with you!"
Dauntless received Massively OP's PAX East 2017 award for "Best Multiplayer RPG."
Even hulking, skilled, or savvy beast hunters have a weak spot, and that weak spot is the inner need to preen and show off for the rest of the crowd. To show that they are the special peacocks with the brightest and shiniest of tail feathers. To fly into the imaginations of... OK, this metaphor got away from me.
Anyway, this is just to say that the fantasy co-op game Dauntless will feature a robust cosmetic system complete with transmog options: "Slayers with an eye for fashionable accessories will also discover rare cosmetic equipment. While these items don’t have the combat prowess of behemoth-forged armour, they do make a great impression."
Customization in Dauntless doesn't just end at armor, however. Players will also have the opportunity to select different kinds of banners and flares to make their mark on the world as they journey through it. Some of these will be available through in-game activities, with others sold through the cash shop.
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Keeping an ear to the ground for Dauntless news? You should be: It's a co-op ARPG from Phoenix Labs, an indie studio made up of former BioWare, Riot Games, and Blizzard devs. It's expected to launch on PC later this year as a free-to-play (and apparently online) title that focuses on basic cosmetics and boosts to fund development costs.
It's not massive, mind you, but it's worth a look for multiplayer fans. The new PAX trailer is below.
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:
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.
This past weekend at PAX South, the co-op RPG Dauntless made its public debut, offering attendees a chance to try out a demo of the monster-slaying title. As you may recall from December's reveal of the game, Dauntless is a free-to-play multiplayer game being developed by former Blizzard and BioWare employees.
PC Gamer caught some time with the demo and reported that it seemed (initially) impressive: "I was initially skeptical of its free-to-play model, but developer Phoenix Labs assured me it wants to stay far away from paying for power -- focusing more on the standard cosmetics and boosts we see in other free-to-play games -- and after playing it, I really liked the idea of being able to drop in to hunt giant monsters with friends without them having to make a purchase to do so."
You can check out that site's hands-on video below.
At the 2016 Game Awards last night, gamers laid eyes on Dauntless, a new online multiplayer (but not massively so, alas) RPG from indie studio Phoenix Labs, which is touting its devs' BioWare, Riot, and Blizzard pedigrees.
"Dauntless is an online co-op action RPG set in a savage science-fantasy world where up to 4 players (Slayers in the Dauntless universe) work together to hunt down ferocious beasts called Behemoths. Slayers will explore an ever-changing, uncharted frontier, brimming with verdant flora and unique wildlife to find and destroy Behemoths. Each Behemoth has its own unique abilities and rewards, making each fight engaging and full of unique challenges."
The game will be free-to-play and is expected to launch -- it's not clear what type of launch, and launch doesn't mean what it used to -- for PC next year. You can sign up for beta on the official site, then check out the video below.