hellion

Official Site: Hellion
Studio: Zero Gravity Games
Genre: Multiplayer space survival sandbox
Platform: PC

The Survivalist: Massively OP's guide to multiplayer survival sandboxes

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.
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The MOP Up: MMOs make math fun (March 5, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from FortniteWar ThunderArmored WarfareNeverwinterMabinogi DuelPokemon GoProdigyGuild Wars 2HellionIngressOld School RuneScapeWildStarDota 2, and Final Fantasy XIV, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: Hellion launches into Early Access today

How's Hellion? Massively OP's MJ is glad you asked! Because the space survival game just launched into Early Access today and she's flying in to check it out. The big question is will a lack of oxygen kill her more or less often than other players do? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to see how well MJ survives in...

What: Hellion
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 24th, 2017

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Hellion's cinematic trailer cautions of the danger of space hijackers

In just two days' time, the airlock will open to Hellion's Steam early access launch. Before that happens, however, you might want to check out the official cinematic trailer to get an inkling of what you're getting yourself into if you pick up this title.

The trailer presents a cautionary tale about space hijacking, as a group of miners respond to a distress call that (spoiler!) is more of a trap than an actual cry for help. If nothing else, the trailer indicates what kind of antisocial behavior players might be able to do in Hellion when they decide that working with each other isn't as much fun as working each other over.

Check it out after the jump.

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Watch devs play through the first 45 minutes of Hellion

The Steam early access launch for space survival sandbox Hellion is right around the corner on February 24th, but you won't have to wait until then to get a good idea about how the game plays.

Yesterday, the creators of the game uploaded a video in which they show themselves playing 45 minutes of the sci-fi title. Instead of jumping into the middle of the game, the devs show everything you will expect to see from the very start of the game, including all of the hazards and challenges you'll need to overcome right off the bat.

Check it out after the jump!

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Make My MMO: Elite Dangerous betas Commanders 2.3 next month (January 28, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Frontier announced that the beta for Elite Dangerous' 2.3 update, dubbed Commanders, will release to Horizons beta players on February 26th. "Elite Dangerous: The Commanders (2.3) will come with features such as Multicrew and Commander Creator, as well as a number of other improvements and changes," the studio declared. "Bring your friends or invite new crew mates to pack that extra punch you might need in key situations, and add more personality to your Commander with an all-new visual upgrade."

Meanwhile, Albion Online is running a tourney this weekend, Shroud of the Avatar released its 38th update, and Worlds Adrift revealed... biomes!

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

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Betawatch: A city of City of Heroes successors (January 27, 2017)

The loss of City of Heroes brought motivated fans together to rebuild it, or at least to create a spiritual successor to the game. Three of those games showed off some nifty stuff this week. City of Titans gave us a look at some gorgeous hair, Heroes & Villains explained how it's handling seamless zoning, and Ship of Heroes brought out a full-on character creation video. Now if only they could team up to provide us characters with great hair and a seamless city. (We'll add in some combat later.)

Oh, is that not enough for you? Fine! Have some other beta news, then.

Meanwhile, there's an even lengthier list of games currently in testing just below. Did something skip to a new test phase without us noticing? Is there a game on there that has opened its cash shop and is letting everyone play without future data wipes? Should pigeons be allowed to eat chili? Let us know about any of the above or something else altogether down in the comments.

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Multiplayer survival sandbox Hellion will launch Steam early access on February 24

On Monday, we reported that survival sandbox Hellion had delayed its planned early access from January to February. Today, Zero Gravity has further clarified the delay: Hellion is now expected to his Steam early access on February 24th. Hellion's the multiplayer-only, PvP-centric one with gorgeous graphics and great trailers, in case you've forgotten since last year, when it was first announced.

"The Hellion Early Access build will offer hand-crafted content with procedurally generated elements that will create a meaningful narrative as well as make the gameplay varied and replayable beyond player interaction. In order to survive, colonists will have to loot and fight for limited life support resources, such as oxygen and food, as well as repair and fuel their deteriorating base station and spaceship. Cooperation with other players, at least temporarily, will be unavoidable in order to run bigger ships and survive in the hostile environment. However, in the Hellion galaxy it’s every man for himself, so betrayal sometimes is the best strategy in surviving the adversities of space and conquering the galaxy."

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Hellion delays Early Access launch until February

PvP-based survival sandbox Hellion has been taking aim at a January Early Access launch for quite some time now, but it looks as if that target was a little optimistic after all. The development team announced today that in order to make sure the game is at the highest possible standard, it will be launching into Early Access in February rather than the remainders of January.

The exact launch date will be announced on January 25th, which will also provide a decent idea of whether the game has a little more work needed or if it may well get delayed again. Still, February's not that far away now; you can probably make it another month without tearing out your hair in frustration, right?

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The MOP Up: No Man's Sky gets shielded (January 22, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week, No Man's Sky made the jump to the Nvidia Shield, giving players a new way to experience this space sim. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from NeverwinterTrove, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Make My MMO: Shards Online's January alpha, Star Citizen's Star Marine (December 24, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Shards Online announced it'll kick off its alpha early in the new year, on January 13th. "Based on the feedback we've received from our current playerbase, there are a few things that need to happen before we can consider ourselves ready for Steam," says Citadel's Derek Brinkmann -- and those include a bigger world map, tamed mounts, the archery skill, modding, and dev tools.

And last night, Star Citizen dropped 2.6 Star Marine for backers, along with the surprise announcement that it's been using Amazon Lumberyard for over a year now.

Meanwhile,

  • Former City of Heroes community member Je Saist has set up a GoFundMe to help him pay off medical bills accruing as a result of his early onset glaucoma diagnosis.
  • John Smedley told Redditors that "money is tight" for Hero's Song.
  • Project Gorgon pulled in over $17,000 from its Indiegogo campaign.
  • Grim Dawn rolled out its 1.0.0.7 patch, which includes a massive outdoor "Aetherial roguelike" dungeon.
  • Elite: Dangerous raised £46,813 during its recent charity livestream.
  • Descent: Underground announced its Avalanche update and GOG launch.
  • Wild Terra updated with its Christmas event this very weekend.

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!

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Multiplayer sci-fi sandbox Hellion demos survival gameplay ahead of January early access

Back in November, we reported on the rollout of Hellion, a PvP-centric multiplayer sci-fi survival sandbox aiming for a Jaunary early access launch. Today, indie studio Zero Gravity has put out a new trailer for the game, which is apparently still on track, this one showcasing the survival elements in play in the gameworld.

As we've written before, in addition to its survival-themed PvP system, Hellion boasts a "complex resource gathering system," crafting, ship maintenance, space stations, modular and customizable equipment, ship-vs.-ship combat, item decay, and "a deep backstory within an immersive multiplayer experience." Oh yeah, and it's really pretty, which is evident in the video we've tucked down below.

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Make My MMO: Hero's Song's early access, Ascent's presidency (November 12, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Hero's Song launched into early access on Steam, allowing anyone with 20 bucks into the alpha test phase. There's a launch party in San Diego next week for anyone local who wants to celebrate with Smed!

Meanwhile, Camelot Unchained spoke about its hiring efforts and graphical improvements, AdventureQuest 3D unveiled its November Reign patch, Dogma: Eternal Night teased a big announcement, Shroud of the Avatar tackled player concerns and previewed Midras and town sieges, Project Gorgon raised a third of its Indiegogo goal to date, and Albion Online teased its next big update, dubbed Faye.

Finally, if you want to live in a universe where Donald Trump isn't going to be president, try Ascent: The Space Game, where this week candidate Hubes defeated "Donald Trumpet" and several other aspirants to the colonial presidency governing the game's playerbase.

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

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