Itching for something to do this weekend? How about some freebie games?
Wargaming announced that its F2P battler Total War: ARENA will host an open weekend even for folks not already in the open beta, running today through the early hours of Monday. “The open weekend will allow full access to the latest version of Total War: ARENA, letting new commanders test their mettle in epic scale 10 vs 10 multiplayer battles,” says the studio. “Choose a commander from three historical factions: Romans, Greeks and Barbarians, and fight on ancient battlefields with your own customized army. This follows on from recent content patch 2.2 that added Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, a new Roman commander and master of defensive and supportive play.”
Guardians of Ember will also open its doors until November 5th; that promo is also already live. Inselgames notes that “through the whole weekend players can try out each of the six different classes, create unique builds with more than 300 skills and a dual class system at their disposal. Fans of traditional MMOs will enjoy features like housing, crafting, fishing and can use the Group Finder to make new friends. More action awaits the brave heroes of Olyndale as they slash their way through hordes of enemies, level up, and tackle randomized and instanced dungeons in the new nightmare mode together with their allies or alone.”
Source: Press releases. Thanks, Eboni!
On this week’s show, Tina joins the crew to talk about the momentous launch of Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire! There’s plenty more for the crew to discuss, too, with a pair of EverQuest expansion announcements, a launch of an underdog MMOARPG, and more!
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This week in MMO crowdfunding, Ship of Heroes continued proving itself worthy as a City of Heroes successor with a new video demo of its character creation — which ought to look pretty familiar to fans of the pre-eminent superhero MMORPG.
In the realm of Star Citizen drama, we speculated on the game’s post-launch monetization plans and posted the team’s new count of bugs yet to fix before alpha 3.0 reaches the Evocati. (It’s 7.)
Meanwhile, War of Conquest has already achieved its Kickstarter goal, Project Gorgon teased its next patch, we learned about Pantropy, Crowfall stirred dissent over its harvesting plans, and Guardians of Ember, which raised $77000 in funding from players on Indiegogo, formally launched out of early access.
Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.
Remember when Fortnite’s whole thing was that it was going to be about co-op survival gameplay without any PvP aspects? That clearly didn’t last, as it turns out the game’s new Battle Royale mode is going to be free-to-play and seems to be getting an unexpected share of the game’s development. Oh, and the game accidentally turned on cross-platform play before turning it right back off, so that was great too.
In unrelated news, we bid farewell to Guardians of Ember as it has actually, like, launched now. It’s not in early access any more! It’s just access. Guild Wars 2 has also dropped its second expansion, and The Elder Scrolls Online has its latest DLC up on the test server.
More beta news? Yes indeed! Including titles you might not have seen this week otherwise.
- All right, Pantropy, do you really think that the only thing you need to seduce someone into survival sandbox games is to include a bunch of stompy mechs? Because you are very possibly right.
- The stress testing for MU Legend is running on September 23rd, which is the server equivalent of packing tons of college freshmen into a phone booth and daring them to fall out. Taking part will earn you 500 Bound Redzen for use in the future, so if the simple joy of stress testing isn’t enough, do it for the bribery.
- You’ve missed the first alpha testing weekend for Closers, but there are several more weekends coming up, such as this weekend. Would you like a whole schedule for the next few weeks? You’ve got one.
- The closed alpha weekends for Survived By are starting very soon, with several closed alpha weekends planned over the next several weeks. Exact dates aren’t given, unfortunately, but considering that there are only so many people being invited, that seems at least moderately sensible.
- Around 350 players took place in the second OrbusVR closed beta, and you can catch up on the notes from that second beta right now. It’s a good chance to keep an eye on the game when you’re not keeping both eyes in the headset.
And as we always do, there’s a list of titles in testing and early access just below, because that’s how we operate. Did something hop to another phase of testing without letting us know? Fix that oversight in the comments. You can also use the comments for other comments, of course.
Good-bye Early Access! It’s a glorious day when a game can say that, and today Guardians of Ember
gets to join the ranks of launched titles. Of course, Massively OP’s MJ wants to jump in and check things out. Since the game touts “fighting to the death” she doesn’t think she’ll come out of this journey unscathed. The Death Counter is sure to feed tonight! Join us live at 7:00 p.m. for a launch look at…
What: Guardians of Ember
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
After wandering the lands of early access since last December, the Runewaker-developed hack-and-slash Guardians of Ember
has now gained enough confidence, experience, and (most importantly) development to officially launch
Even better, the release of the MMOARPG is being treated to a large patch but not a wipe from beta testing. “This patch will be unlike the others as it seeks to bring quality of life to the citizens of Olyndale. You can expect to see changes to the loot orb system, shared XP in group play, free reskill, Spanish localization and the much-requested nightmare mode,” the team said. New and updated since early access are arena battles, a wave-based Horde Mode, a guild skill system, crafting upgrades, an enhancement system, new mounts and pets, and alterations to the cash shop based on early access feedback, including those free respecs up to level 25.
The basic edition of the game is $20 on Steam, although you can pick up the deluxe edition and the deluxe DLC package for 33% off through September 27th. As we’ve previously covered, the game ran a small ($10,000) Indiegogo campaign for German localization but actually secured $77,000 and put the extra money back into the game with a hardcore mode and launch event.
We’ve got the launch trailer, pics, and a roundup of all our coverage to date for you down below!
In honor of upgraded US servers
for Guardians of Ember
] as well as the launch of Act V
, InselGames has granted us 50 Steam keys for copies of the whole game to raffle to our readers. It’s open to anyone who is capable of purchasing and playing the game on Steam. Read on to enter to win!
hack-and-slash MMOARPG is a bit bigger, a bit older, and a bit wiser, thanks to a hefty update to Guardians of Ember’s
early access client.
Today, Guardians of Embers opened the doors to Act 4, ushering players into the most challenging areas of the game to date: “Fierce enemies are waiting in ten new zones while bigger bosses protect valuable loot in sixteen new dungeons. To make looting easy, two new pets, the Blue Magpie and the Greenwood Chameleon, are added to the game. Players should expect challenging fights for which they need new gear and the best skill combinations on their way up to level 50 — the new level cap for Guardians of Ember.”
To celebrate the debut of Act 4, Runewaker is holding a 25% off sale for the game through February 27th. This means that you can pick up Guardians of Ember for as low as $14.99 for the regular edition or $37.49 for the deluxe.
While Guardians of Ember admits that it isn’t pulling out a holiday event this year for its players, the team said that there is a good reason for this as it has been going full-barrel on getting Act 3 out of the door.
The next major update for the early access title will contain over 10 new zones, 20 additional dungeons, and a level cap increase to 40. North American servers are still on the way with no ETA, and all testers can grab a free 30-day reindeer pet in their mail to help gather up loot.
“Any old bunch of devs can knock up some Christmas skins and all that jazz, but we wanted to give you guys something special. And that extra special little something… is… Act 3! Instead of working on an Xmas event with decorations and snow and trees and all that stuff, we have been focusing on finishing Act 3 these last couple of days to show how much we appreciate all your support and patience in the last couple of months,” the team reported.
The Demigod edition of the game is currently 15% off on Steam.
Back in high school, I thought it was the epitome of cool to wear reflective aviator shades and a jean jacket. Alas, I could not pull it off. So it is with growing envy that I look upon Ralph the Wonder Llama’s excellent character ensemble here in TERA.
“My archer was standing outside the Temple of Sikander while I waited for my guildies to arrive,” Ralph writes. “The temple has this exploding energy ring overhead and I was trying to get a better look at it when I realized it would make a really nice screenshot. I’m still not sure what the exploding energy ring is for, but it sure is pretty!”
This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria brought up that most critical of MMORPG features: hairstyles. I’m not even kidding; not 10 days ago I was complaining about bad hair in MMORPGs! Soulbound says its current sketches (check ’em out below) are just “the tip of the iceberg” in terms of the scope of hair for different regional groups in the game. The dev blog also covers the delays to the exposition store, pets (lemurs!), work on the female character model, and the layaway system.
Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar invited everyone to a party, ECO released its fifth alpha, AdventureQuest 3D introduced Frostval, Wild Terra hit early access, and Project Gorgon updated players on server performance as its Indiegogo nears completion.
Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!
First, Guardians of Ember had a headstart period for early access. Then, it actually hit early access. So it was even earlier access there. Hyper-early access. Maximum access. Of course, given that the game ran into some server troubles rather promptly, it may be up for debate how much early access was actually possible.
This week’s list of beta news, by contrast, is not in early access. It’s actually in delayed access, because we’re rounding up some notable stuff you might have missed. Case in point?
- The fifth alpha version for ECO has gone live, complete with expanded support for climate and ecosystem, global temperature changes, and so forth. It also added foxes to the ecosystem, so that’s solid gold right there. (I like foxes.)
- Speaking of fifth alphas (and how often is that a segue that gets to be used?), Worlds Adrift has brought in some new people for its fifth alpha test. It’s an expansion! Of the team. Not the game. It’s too early to expand the game; it hasn’t launched yet.
- Global closed beta for Life is Feudal kicked off this past week with a small core of people who had bought into the testing and a pool of selected testers. It’s also working on horse-drawn carriages. That’s not connected to anything else; it’s just worth noticing.
- Although it’s been a short month for Shroud of the Avatar, the game did manage to get another release out of the door this month! One last iteration of polish before the new year rolls around, you know how it is.
- Last but not least, it turns out Camelot Unchained is going to integrate Discord right into the game, thus meaning that you have one fewer chat program you’ll need to load up when you play the game. Or you’ll have to flag yourself as invisible to avoid talking with people. Don’t judge me.
And that’s all that… wait, you want more? Ugh, fine, have a whole list of stuff that’s in testing just below. You know, like we do every week. It’s always possible we may have missed something important, though, so please let us know down in the comments if we did. That’s helpful!
Following the early access launch of Runewaker’s Guardians of Ember this week, Massively OP was made aware of player-floated allegation that the studio had misappropriated artwork for advertisements it’s running for the game.
The original artist is Joon Ahn, a former Disney and LucasArts artist who now works for Riot Games. Indeed, his original piece famously features Katarina from League of Legends. The insinuation from our tipster was that Runewaker had used Ahn’s image to create its own image for advertising GoE.
We reached out to Runewaker and InselGames PR for their side of the story and were told that it’s merely a coincidence as it’s a common pose.
“Our artwork is all drawn from scratch. Having similarities with other artworks are purely coincidence,” the studio says. “Besides, the character pose obviously appears in several scenes including Black Widow in Captain America.”