Remember Maguss, the Harry Potter-esque ARG everyone was buzzing around right up until Pokemon Go company Niantic said it was making Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? It’s just about to launch its open beta; you west coasters will want to wake up early on Saturday indeed to make the 8 a.m. EST starting time on Android and iOS. The game originally raised almost half a million dollars on Indiegogo, so its popularity seems assured!
What else happened in the world of MMO testing this week?
- Camelot Unchained finally has a beta date: the fourth of July. Fortunately, nothing else important happens on that day. Our interview all about how beta will work is pretty great if we do say so ourselves.
- Dead Maze officially launched! No more beta! Free at last!
- Villagers & Heroes seeks iOS beta testers ahead of its launch at the end of this month.
- Project Gorgon laid out the details of its upcoming Steam beta.
- Stardew Valley promised multiplayer beta this spring.
- Soulworker Online is inching ever closer to testing here; forums for NA and EU arrived this week.
- Ashes of Creation dazzled again with more footage of “alpha zero” gameplay.
- Staxel landed on our sandbox radar; it’s currently in early access.
- Bless Online is anticipating that when it starts, its early access open beta will run half a year.
We’ve tucked whole list of games temporarily and very much permanently in test stasis right on down below.
Remember way back when (last week) when you were watching a Dead Maze stream and you wanted to jump in and play? Well now you can! The survival game has launched free-to-play on Steam, so you can grab a rake, paddle, book, or even a doll and start beating zombies to death, er re-death. With such a variety of weapons, it’s hard to pick one certain style of zombie smashing. MJ will just grab whatever is closest and swing away! Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to get in on the slayer action with her.
What: Dead Maze
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
Can you imaging a zombie survival game that instead of ganking has cooperative play? No? Well, you don’t need imagination — you can play some Dead Maze! That is exactly what Masively OP’s MJ is going to do. Perhaps she will survive just that much longer with only zombies to worry about! Join us live at 4:00 p.m. to check out the apocalypse in this beta.
What: Dead Maze
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 5th, 2018
Last August, we heard about a cute little coop survival MMO called Dead Maze. Yeah, yeah, it’s zombies. But it’s also not your average cutthroat you-red-you-dead kind of survivalbox. When they say co-op, they mean it: If you don’t work together with your fellow humans, you’re gonna die.
Studio Atelier 801, which yes we do realize is redundant, pushed the colorful isometric game to closed beta on Steam last November, and this week, it announced a February 13th official launch. Over the past few months, it says, it’s been working on both bug fixes and new features, “including a new game mode called The Raid where players have to survive infinite waves of enemies.”
We’ll be checking the game out ourselves on OPTV next week, but for now, we leave you with the brand-new trailer.
A new year, a new batch of survival games! Yes, the genre has become so popular that one guide, no not even two guides could contain all of the survival goodness. More keep cropping up. I certainly can’t say as I mind, since this is the style of game that has been giving me the feeling of having an impact on my environment. And it’s not all the same collection of zombies, although there is still plenty of that. It is interesting to see what new takes developers are bringing to the table. Want to do a survival reality show? There’s a game for that! How about living like a viking? Yup. What if you want to be the psychotic killer that survivors are trying to, well, survive? Got you covered. Fell like upping the ante and surviving via VR? There are a few of those available.
If you are looking for a new survival to sink your teeth into, here’s the addendum for some newer games in development as well as some newly discovered ones since the last mega double guide. Note: This collection will be a mix of multiplayer and single-player titles with some uniques thrown in.
Welcome back to our intermittent series on MMOs and other multiplayer games you you’ve never heard of! Let’s run down five more floating to the top of the pile this month.
First up is a Russian indie MMO called Rogalia that I first heard of thanks to former Massively columnist Jeremy Stratton (heya Jeremy!). It’s cute and cartoony and will definitely appeal to old-school isometric sandbox players with its crisp cartoon graphics and detailed UI. Combine all that with the gameplay and it’ll remind you more of Ultima Online than most games that namedrop it! It’s currently $12 on Steam, though it’s set to launch out of early access at some point this month, when the price will likely increase.
I think we’ve officially passed the zombie craze in online games, or at least it feels that way to me as new zombie games are starting to feel like retro throwbacks. So it is with new isometric “zombie MMO” Dead Maze, which just landed in CBT on Steam.
“Set in the Western United States, where humanity has been devastated by a plague of the undead, player cooperation takes center stage in Dead Maze, with thousands of players having to explore, scavenge, and work together to survive and rebuild society. With the start of the closed beta, players can discover the destroyed world of Dead Maze, build their new home and craft their own supplies, team up with their friends and battle the dozens of different types of zombies, using over 200 different items and weapons. More content will be added to the closed beta and all progress made will be carried over into the full game, when it is released in 2018.”
Intriguingly, this isn’t Just Another PvP Gankbox Where The Player Is The Content. “Player versus player combat is not featured,” says French studio Atelier 801. “Instead, the danger comes from the wide array of aggressive zombies that roam the world.”
It’s been years since slapping zombies into your game was a novel attraction, yet it still remains a popular feature for players and developers alike. With The Walking Dead still generating water cooler discussions and geeks dreaming of that glorious post-apocalyptic fantasy, it is to be expected that more games take a stab (and a slice and a shot) at this setting.
Enter Dead Maze, a massively multiplayer cooperative survival game that places a greater emphasis on players working together than against one another. The title, which is coming to Steam in early 2018, has a colorful isometric look and is chock-full of hundreds of items that can be used for crafting and fighting. Camps can be built, classes can be swapped, and zombie hordes can be feared when they come calling.
“With Dead Maze we wanted to try and do something different,” said Atelier 801 Co-Founder Jean-Baptiste Le Marchand, “an MMO where you have to work together in order to survive and restore civilization. Exploring, crafting, fighting; all of this is key, but you won’t last long on your own. We can’t wait for our community and players to get started.”