Can giant, money-obsessed game corporations have a heart? Well, no, they’re corporations, not people, but they can act in a way from time to time that mimics the warmer side of human emotions.
In the case of Nexon this month, the publisher and studio has decided to grant autonomy to seven of its subsidiary studios in order to cultivate creative freedom and overall product growth. After all, why acquire these outlets if you’re going to try to force them into the same mold as their new parent?
These seven studios now have independence from the main office and are being encouraged to come up with their own work philosophy and even compete with their fellow Nexon acquisitions. The studios granted this freedom are: devCAT (Mabinogi, Vindictus), What! Studio (Durango), Studio One, Thingsoft (Peria Chronicles), Nexon GT (Atlantica Online), Nexon Red, and Boolean Games.
You may have thought the multiplayer online dinosaur genre is already tapped out, what with the likes of ARK Survival Evolved and ARK Park and Durango, but that’s not going to stop a classic from giving it a Pokemon Go-inspired effort.
Yep, Jurassic World Alive, built by studio Ludia, is a mobile MMOARG that tasks Android and iOS players with catching ’em all collecting and murdering dinos, snagging DNA samples, and then tinkering in lab mode to create new species – because what could possibly go wrong? There’s also a PvP arena mode where you make your dinos fight.
Registration on both platforms is up and running on the official site; you can check out the trailer down below.
If you’ve forgotten about Peria Chronicles, you can get a refresher in the game’s trailer from last year down below. And that’s more news than you’ll get about the game from Nexon at this year’s G-Star conference, as Peria Chronicles is conspicuously absent. For those of you who have been following the game, that’s going to be worrisome. Is it still coming? Is the game on track?
Steparu reports that the reason for the game’s absence is entirely down to a question of how long it takes to prepare a demo. The developers want to start moving into beta testing and the like this winter, which necessitates focusing less on making a demo and more on getting the game into a better state. Plausible? Sure, why not. But then, Nexon isn’t bringing a bunch of its in-progress games to the con; Astellia Online, Mabinogi Fantasy Life Mobile, Tree of Savior Mobile Remake, Elsword M Shadow of Luna, Durango Wild Lands, and the Final Fantasy XI Rebooot will all apparently be no-shows.
If you happen to live in Southeast Asia, you might have an opportunity to play dino wrangler this weekend that the rest of the world will not. That’s because Nexon is running a closed beta test in the region for its newly retitled Durango: Wild Lands.
Gamers in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia can download and try out the game on Android devices. There are a lot of changes that have been patched into this build, including the addition of camps, island classifications, courier warp holes, 15 new creatures, 24 new weapons, a level cap increase to 60, clan competition, and the ability to claim a swath of land on which to plant an enclave.
Even if you can’t play the closed beta, nothing’s stopping you from checking out Durango’s prologue and gameplay below!
With Pokemon Go trying to avoid explicitly calling itself an MMO, Massively OP once again has room for a top contender in the realm of mobile MMOs. There’s just one problem: We’ve got mostly Western readers for a genre that seems to appeal much more to the East. I was given the opportunity to see top global mobile MMO Lineage 2 Revolution and up and coming dino-sandbox Durango at E3 2017. I can see the appeal of both games, but also some limitations. Let’s dig into both.
Earlier this week, Nexon posted a Durango teaser trailer, announcing a Q4 2017 worldwide mobile launch for the game. If your eyeballs rolled over the word mobile, maybe reconsider: Nexon is calling this game a “fully featured MMO experience,” an “open-world sandbox massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in a primitive alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs,” with exploration, city building, PvP, survival, crafting, villages, procedurally generated world building, a living environment and ecosystem, dino taming, guilds, and on and on.
“Durango utilizes a revolutionary procedurally generated world building system that populates the massive open world with an infinite number of locations to discover and explore. Players will be able to colonize a vast number of stable continents or uncover and travel to unstable islands filled with resources, dinosaurs and secrets to uncover across a range of ecosystems and biomes that will surface and disappear into the sea at a moment’s notice.”
Nexon wasn’t finished with its reveals Monday, however: Today it’s got another trailer, longer than the first, so feast your eyes below before those dinos feast on you.
I’ve been to Colorado’s Durango many times, and I can assure you that there are no dinosaurs there. Nexon’s Durango, however, is overrun with the beasts, which means you should go in armed when the game launches at the end of 2017.
Yep, this morning Nexon announced a Q4 2017 worldwide mobile launch for the game, which it’s calling an “open-world sandbox massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in a primitive alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs.”
“Durango is the next evolution of fully-featured MMO experiences on mobile giving players full freedom to pursue various game pillars, all while meshing unique exploration and city building experiences with real-time collaborative and head-to-head battles against enemy clans and colossal dinosaurs. […] In these uncharted lands, players will band together to survive against carnivorous dinosaurs and flourish in this new world ripe for exploration. Adventurers will learn to use the land to their advantage and craft weapons, armor and tools in order to develop villages that can grow from crude gatherings to massive fortresses. Durango utilizes a revolutionary procedurally generated world building system that populates the massive open world with an infinite number of locations to discover and explore. Players will be able to colonize a vast number of stable continents or uncover and travel to unstable islands filled with resources, dinosaurs and secrets to uncover across a range of ecosystems and biomes that will surface and disappear into the sea at a moment’s notice.”
Welcome to The Survivalist! Ya’ll might have noticed that I have gravitated a bit from my happy home of deep, immersive virtual worlds (possible due to the lack of them!) and have been tinkering about and enjoying time in various survival games. This isn’t as odd as you might think! One thing I love about sandbox worlds is the ability for your actions to matter in terms of shaping the world and carving out your place in it. Survival games have been allowing me just that with opportunities to build the world, from the society on it to structures in it to the even the physical world itself. And decisions definitely matter, bringing satisfaction and reward or disappointment and destruction.
I’m not alone in this appreciation of the survival genre, either. Many MMO gamers have joined mainstreamers by flocking to it lately as seen by the explosion of the available games. Those of you not on board yet might be wonder just what is so alluring about a genre that has many elements of MMOs but on smaller — and oft times privately managed — scale. As the weeks and months wear on, The Survivalist is going to explore all the nooks and crannies of the survival sandbox genre (and likely die many, many times in the process!), but today, we’re going to look at what players can jump into to test their survival skills. So here’s a guide to many options in the newest genre to take over our gaming sphere.
Mobile dino MMO Durango wrapped up its first closed beta test back on January 16th, and the game has many stories to tell from it. As is now tradition in the video game industry, it is doing this via infographics.
Over 340,800 players participated in the limited beta (a third of those from Korea), averaging 8 hours and 40 minutes of playtime apiece. During the month-long beta test, 13,000 clans were formed, 98,000 islands were created, 6.3 million buildings and structures were erected, and 20.9 million dishes of food were cooked.
Check out some of the stats in infographic form below.
This past year, we couldn’t seem to go a week without bumping into news of some new mobile MMO or a tablet spin-off of some existing franchise. It seems as though the mobile market is still blowing up, and MMORPG developers are looking for a way to take advantage of the popularity and market penetration that these devices offer.
What does this mean? It means that in 2017, we have a whole lot of games heading our way. With any luck, some of them might unseat the low-quality half-breeds that seem to make up a bulk of the existing mobile MMO library and set a higher standard for fun and engagement.
Let’s take a look at about two dozen mobile MMOs we could be getting in 2017 — and which ones might be the new contenders for our undivided attention. Unless we mention otherwise, these titles will be coming out for both iOS and Android platforms.
In celebration of the launch of mobile dino MMO Durango’s Android beta, Nexon has granted Massively OP a bundle of keys to get you into the testing. Yeah, Android-only stuff! Wheee!
The testing period is live already and runs through January 4th, and the codes should work in all regions where the English version of the game is available on Google Play, excepting mainland China and Japan.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!
I never wanted to be writing about betas for a living, you know. I wanted to be a novelist (once I realized that “combination scientist/race-car driver” was not an actual job). But sometimes these weeks provide you with some interesting contrasts. On the one hand, the biggest news this week was that ARK: Survival Evolved is landing on PlayStation 4 on December 6th as its testing continues before its full “launch.” Everything else was just a series of dates… but what dates they were.
And it only seems fair to note some non-date news, while we’re here:
Whew! Those were some dates. But we’ve got more stuff in testing in the list down below, so by all means, check that stuff out. And let us know if something jumped categories without us noticing, if you would be so kind.
Yesterday brought the first hints of upcoming testing for mobile dinosaur survival game Durango, but today brings even more. Nexon has opened up signups for players to take part in the game’s limited global testing, starting on December 14th and running until January 3rd. Players can sign up right now on the official site, with keys going out to registrants… well, starting today, although the beta itself is coming a bit later.
Keys will be distributed everywhere other than mainland China and Japan, so if you live anywhere else, you’re eligible to get in on the action. You can check out some screenshots of the game just below if you’re debating whether or not it’s worth registering for the test, as if there was ever a situation where not having access to dinosaurs on your mobile device was the right call. And if you do want to register, head over to the site and toss your email in the hat.
It’s a metaphorical hat, not an actual hat.