If you were taking part in the closed beta for Defiance 2050, you were probably killing Hellbugs. Just from a statistical standpoint. There are over 3 million dead hellbugs thanks to beta testing; that is a lot of hellbugs. Or was a lot of hellbugs, we should say. Now they’re piles of mush and chitin. An important distinction, to be sure, but one that we feel obliged to make in light of the statistics from the game’s closed beta.
Of course, players apparently liked shooting Mutants even more, racking up nearly 5 million kills there; along the way, testers gained more than 200,000 levels and 420 people hit the level cap. All of this provides useful feedback for the developers as the game moves close to its proper launch over the summer, which is good news for fans who had a fun time during the testing. And awful news for hellbugs.
A thinkpiece that we had back in April about the difficulty levels (or lack thereof) in MMORPGs sparked some interesting discussion among gaming bloggers as they grappled with the concept of challenge levels and how MMOs should improve in presenting them.
GamingSF thinks that there is much room for improvement in offering players varied challenges: “I also want to see more MMORPGs introducing non-combat challenges through puzzles and quests that require thinking to complete (e.g. following lore clues).”
And Inventory Full chimes in with this distinction: “I also strongly agree with whoever it was who said that gamers these days equate difficulty with time spent. Indeed, more often than not when someone complains that something is ‘too difficult’ what they really mean is it takes longer than they want to spend doing it.”
Continue on for this week’s Global Chat, as we look at Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor, feelings concerning Defiance 2050, the whole Daybreak mess, and more!
With a multi-platform launch coming sometime this summer, Defiance 2050 has a lot resting on its new free-to-play format and additional refinements. To help prepare the game for its second shot at glory, the team has been running beta weekends, the second of which sounds like it went quite well.
“Beta went great, lots of feedback, found a lot of bugs,” Trion Worlds said in a recent livestream. “We are still going through feedback, pages and pages of it.”
There was a lot of discussion concerning classes in the livestream which makes them sound a lot more interesting than what the original Defiance had. The team also dropped some concept art of a few of the classes. Defiance 2050 will give out four classes to all free players, with additional specialized classes such as the Crusader being offered in the game’s store.
Check out the full livesteram after the break.
As previously announced, Trion is running another Defiance 2050 beta event this weekend, this time including console players along with PC players. Worth noting is that Trion is also selling founder packs. “Get a head start at launch and check out the variety of Defiance 2050 Founder’s Packs filled items including an amazing ATV, special titles, unique classes, slick outfits, and much more!” the studio writes. “PC Players now have the opportunity to unlock the Founder’s Packs, but keep in mind these items will be available when head start begins and not during closed beta. Have a blast with the new Demolitionist class and get an explosive 3-day head start before launch.”
At least one of the packs is a “class pack” that includes the Assault, Assassin, Guardian, and Combat Medic classes, plus their gear; that led some players to believe the classes won’t be freely unlockable in the game. That’s not the case, however, as Trion explained on Twitter.
“At launch, you can select 1 of 4 base classes (Assault, Assassin, Guardian, Combat Medic) for your character and you can unlock them by playing or by purchasing a pack. We’re also adding a premium class, Demolitionist!”
With all the talk of Defiance 2050, let’s not forget that Defiance is still live. More than that, it’s encouraging players to come take part in the Event Horizon… er, event, which will pit players against Syphon enemies. More than that, it’ll give 100% increases in experience, reputation, and score, which means that you’ll get more progress in less time than you would otherwise.
But what’s that, it’s not going to matter with the relaunch? Sure it will; you’ll just want more Valor rewards, and those are also present in the event with lots of extra achievements to unlock. So jump in and start shooting to make some longer-term gains; the event runs until May 7th.
Did you miss last weekend’s Defiance 2050 closed beta? Good news for you; Trion is doing another one – this very weekend, in fact. Aaaaand it won’t just be for PC players this time.
“The Defiance 2050 PC closed beta weekend was a huge success, with thousands of players jumping to see what the upcoming reimagining of the landmark sci-fi shooter will hold for players when it releases this summer. Trion Worlds is thrilled to reveal that a second closed beta test will be underway this weekend, welcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players into the fold! From April 27 through 29, hop into the Defiance 2050 closed beta to experience the riveting shooter gameplay and great environments that will await you when the game launches.”
Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie checked out the funsies yesterday before the last beta wound down – check out the replay for a glimpse of how it plays:
Whether or not you were a fan of Defiance, you might be interested in seeing what Defiance 2050 is about. Massively OP’s MJ gets to sneak into the closed beta and take a peek around at this new reboot. How will she like it? Tune in at 3:00 p.m. to join her for this first look at…
What: Defiance 2050
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Defiance 2050’s closed beta – for PC, anyway, since the console version’s beta testing has been delayed – is set to launch here not long after this post hits the front page of the site.
“Let the fight begin Ark Hunters! Closed Beta is finally here and we’re excited for players to experience the brand new class system and weapon enhancement systems in Defiance 2050. The PC Closed Beta event starts Friday (4/20) at 10:00 AM Pacific Time and extends all through Sunday to end on Monday (4/23) at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.”
Reboot participants this weekend will be testing the Mt. Tam and Madera story mission areas, the Liberate the Lost co-op instance, the Assault class, the new class system and tree, and the new itemization system. What won’t you see? The rest of the planned classes, PvP, achievements, and the cash shop. Oh yeah, and for your trouble, you’re getting a sweet “Beta Blazer” title. Sound off if you’re giving it a go!
A couple of weeks ago, Trion announced that it was prepping a big closed beta test for Defiance 2050 across all platforms – this very weekend, in fact. But it appears the test will be suffering a delay, at least for console players.
“The Defiance 2050 closed beta test will run on PC this weekend (April 20 – 22),” Trion’s email blast this morning reads. “In order to best optimize the experience for all players, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the closed beta test are being moved to a later date. We will communicate the updated console beta dates as soon as we can.”
Trion announced the console-oriented reboot back in February; the MMORPG studio has since promised it won’t abandon the original game and can’t support full crossplay but will credit classic Defiance players in the new title. Signups are live on the official site.
Want to know what to expect? We got hands-on with the reboot at this year’s GDC.
Source: Press release
Welcome back to another look at all the MMO beta happenings of the week! I’ve stashed Eliot in the brig so that I can take over Betawatch and do some extra work on Friday! Wait, I’m not really sure I’m doing griefing right. Anyway, here’s what’s up.
- Defiance 2050 is hunting for beta testers! Make sure you’re all signed up.
- TERA formally launched on consoles, bringing an end to its beta.
- Soulworker likewise moved from soft launch to full launch.
- Made of money? A big chunk of cash will get you into Pantheon’s pre-alpha next month.
- We got our hands on Conan Exiles’ launch build (and loved it).
- Ashes of Creation is targeting fourth quarter 2018 for its alpha one launch.
- Camelot Unchained is testing, testing, testing.
- Crowfall is now in 5.5 pre-alpha, having introduced a new map and lady centaurs.
- Arcfall may still be in pre-alpha, but now it’s also free-to-play.
- Star Citizen rolled out 3.1 and then 3.1.1, but then rolled back to just 3.1 because bugs.
- And Occupy White Walls was the bright star of the week, offering alpha testers the chance to play around in an MMO art gallery.
With Defiance’s reboot scheduled for this summer, Trion Worlds needs as many testers as possible to help run the game through its paces.
This is why the studio has put out a call for Defiance 2050 closed beta testers. The beta is scheduled to run from April 20th through the 22nd across all of its platforms (PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4). The beta will be limited not just in its duration but also scope: Players will only be able to level up to 25 and will be contained to Mount Tam and Madera for adventure zones.
Producer Matt Pettit urged interested parties to sign up today:”Getting players into the game as soon as possible is hugely important for us. We are creating Defiance 2050 with player feedback in mind, so this beta test is going to be essential for getting information from Defiance fans on where they would like to see us improve and where they’d like to us take the game.”
Before my GDC interview with Producer Matt “Destromathe” Pettit last week, I was really frustrated with the news about Defiance 2050. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Defiance, but mostly out of lack of experience; I liked the transmedia idea, and when that died, so did my interest. When Trion announced 2050, I couldn’t join in the excitement. The details were scant and PR-y. I wasn’t even happy with the questions we got back. When I was told I’d get an interview with Pettit at a “party,” I was worried it might mean I’d need a stiff drink to accept what I was being invited to see. In short, I expected 2050 to be a cash grab.
But now I wish Trion had put in its announcement everything Pettit told me. I feel much better about what Trion’s doing now that I’ve seen the product, and I didn’t even drink anything beforehand!
Defiance players itching to give the game’s reinvention as Defiance 2050 a spin are going to get that chance in April.
“We’re thrilled to announce that the Defiance 2050 closed beta test runs April 20 to 22 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC,” the studio posted. “Team up with players in co-op events to explore this partially terraformed world and accomplish compelling story missions or battle it out against fellow Ark Hunters in fast-paced PvP combat.”
It sounds as if testers will be playing the Assault class specifically during this leg of the beta. Signups are on the official site.
Trion announced the console-friendly reboot back in February; the MMORPG studio has since promised it won’t abandon the original game and can’t support full crossplay but will credit classic Defiance players in the new title.