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H1Z1’s Fight for the Crown TV debut is tonight with $300K on the line

Just as this post goes live at 9 p.m. EDT, Daybreak’s H1Z1: King of the Kill will see its TV debut as its Fight for the Crown tournament is aired on The CW, the perfect channel for a zombie survival sandbox, given its preponderance of cringey YA genre material.

But before you go all “kids these days,” check out Daybreak’s new infographic and the behind-the-scenes vids — it’s definitely not just kids who’d like a slice of that $300,000 prize pool.

Anybody watching tonight, or will you be sobbing quietly in a corner with Just Survive?

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Albion Online infographic reveals a massacre of rabbits

Just in time for the Easter weekend is news of a horrific and widespread slaughter of innocent little bunny rabbits in Albion Online.

This comes to us courtesy of a new infographic showing various stats from the game’s semi-recent Galahad update. Since March 13th, over 850,000 rabbits have been killed in the MMO, effectively putting an end to the holiday and crushing children’s hopes of a full candy basket on Sunday.

There is a wee bit more to the infographic than just hare-raising mortality figures, of course. 212,815 players in the alpha have wracked up an impressive 2.8M hours played since the patch went live on March 13th. You can check out the rest of the stats after the break!

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SuperData predicts huge gains for virtual reality over the next four years

SuperData was rather famously quoted all throughout the industry at the end of 2016 following its research-backed proclamation that virtual reality was the “biggest loser” of the holiday gaming sales season. But this week, the company has issued an infographic suggesting that VR is now “on the rise” and its best days are ahead of it.

Last November, the research firm adjusted its original estimates for VR sales after both Sony and Google saw significantly fewer than anticipated VR headsets sold to consumers. However, SuperData explained at the time that headsets were suffering from “supply inconsistencies,” poor sales tactics during the holidays, and the absence of high-demand games and apps to drive sales — none of which was irreversible.

The new infographic anticipates a “steep rise” in VR adoption over the next few years, though it’ll be one still vastly overshadowed by the use of TV, phones, and PCs. While SuperData suggests most of the profits are in the devices themselves right now, it predicts that by 2020, revenue from VR will near $40B US and eventually be more evenly distributed over hardware and software.

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Warframe counts 30M registered players on its 4th birthday, basically adds bards

Happy fourth birthday, Warframe! It may not be a traditional MMORPG, but it’s still one of those rare online MMOs that’s actually doing better several years in than it was at launch: Digital Extremes is touting 30 million registered users. Actually almost 31 million! (That’s up about five million just since the end of last year.)

To celebrate the occasion, the studio is rolling out the Octavia’s Anthem update, complete with a new warframe, cosmetic outfit capture tools, new weapons, and the new music-themed questline:

“Octavia’s Anthem has Warframe players journeying through an original, lore-driven quest in search of the musically enchanted Octavia Warframe. Along with Octavia comes the introduction of a simple-to-use musical instrument that enables players to compose original songs and synchronize them to their weapons to rhythmically dominate the enemy. Music isn’t just a tool of destruction in this update — players can create musical arrangements in cooperation with other Tenno and trade songs. For story buffs and lore fans, a newly written web comic, entitled What Remains, explores material well in advance of Octavia’s Anthem.”

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Only two gamers have maxed out all of SMITE’s 86 toons

As SMITE continues its third birthday celebrations, it’s running multiple sales and bonus events in-game. Out of game, it’s produced an inexplicably weird dance-off video and an infographic to brag up the game’s stats.

Of note, players have counted over 247 million hours played in the last year alone — and mage roles are by far the most popular (it’s not even close!). And never let anyone tell you MOBAs are doomed to be short popcorn games; Hi-Rez says the longest conquest match ran 3 and a half hours.

A bonus slice of cake goes out to the two players — only two! — who’ve managed to achieve diamond mastery on every single god. I just counted: That’s 86 characters maxed out.

Check ’em both out below. Especially that video, because what?

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You drank more than 364M beers in Black Desert during its first year in the west

In fact, you probably drank four times that.

Happy birthday, Black Desert! Yep, the Korean-born MMORPG is celebrating one year in the west today. Earlier this week, Kakao rolled out its latest patch, featuring the Dark Knight and birthday goodies. Today, it’s got a positively massive infographic to share with some epic stats. Among them:

  • There are 3.4 million characters in the west — 180K of which are over level 55.
  • Sorceresses are far and away the most popular class, followed by the Ranger. Aside from the Dark Knight, which just launched two days ago, the Warrior and Kunoichi seem to be the least popular.
  • 64% of characters are female, but it’s a gender-locked game with more female classes to choose from, so that’s a given.
  • You’ve hoarded over 21 trillion silvers.
  • And yes, collectively, you’ve downed 364 million beers — in the last three months. Bottoms up!

Check out the whole infographic below!

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Vanguards were the least popular class during Revelation Online’s beta

Wanna know how many people got whooped in PvP during Revelation Online’s three rounds of closed beta? A lot: more than 615,000 characters died in the game’s PvP.

That’s according to a new infographic My.com put out today. Other tidbits to note: Sulan is the most-visited city, almost half of Emerald Falls completers chose the panda reward, and as for classes, Swordmages and Occultists are the most popular, with Vanguards trailing in last place.

The game will soft launch into open beta on March 6 — check out the infographic below!

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Durango testers build 6.3 million buildings in beta

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.

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More people died from PvE than PvP in Skyforge during 2016

Did you play any Skyforge in 2016? If so, your antics and activities likely contributed to the stats on a new infographic My.com has posted to cap off the year. My favorites:

  • Over 2M characters died from stuff like falls and drowning. Ahem.
  • Over 4M fireworks were launched.
  • Almost 8M hours of Skyforge were played.
  • More than twice as many people died in PvE as PvP. (What?)
  • People like crusader armor better than togas and ghosts.

Check out the whole list below, including the lists of players with the most kills and prestige.

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Funcom announces $29.99 price for Conan Exiles, posts ‘domination’ trailer

Update down at the bottom — Funcom just announced the game will run $29.99 in early access.

If giant squid, oversized snakes, or massive automatoi are among your phobias, seriously, don’t watch this Conan Exiles video. It kicks off with a bit about the critters that are planning to kill you, the awful things they’re going to do to your corpse, the weapons you’ll be using to fight back, and how you’ll get revenge by pulling down castles and taking slaves.

“In Conan Exiles, everything is out there to get you,” Lead Designer Oscar Lopez Lacalle says, “but the most dangerous enemy is other Exiles.”

If you say so, Lacalle. Our money’s on that Avatar of Yog and his tentacles.

The new vid and infographic are below. Conan Exiles hits early access later this month.

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Gigantic’s Exile in the North patch and Pakko are live today

Live in Gigantic today is a patch PWE is calling the MOBA’s “first major update”: Exile in the North. Open beta players will get their hands on an adorable, slip-slidey new hero, Pakko, plus an array of winter gear and weapon skins.

“Exile in the North also features several gameplay and quality of life improvements, including more generous end-of-match Crown Boosts and the addition of Honor Bonuses for players who battle shorthanded to the bitter end despite teammate disconnections and drops. Hero Mastery Skins are also now available to unlock as you play and master each Hero.”

Check out the patch notes, trailer, pics, infographic below!

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The Black Death recaps its journey, assembles a player council

In a surprisingly long 2016 recap post, The Black Death team talks about the survival sandbox’s development journey to date and everything that it had accomplished over the past year.

One of the new things that the team is working on is assembling a “Champion’s Council” of players who are particularly interested in the game and want to provide feedback to the devs.

The game is growing by leaps and bounds as evidenced by some of the statistics presented in the post. As of late December 2016, The Black Death had 10,101 resources, 105 human NPCs, 274 animals, 62 named areas, and 18 regions. The team also posted an infographic showing the interest and growth of its community, which you can see after the break.

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MMOs Chronicles of Elyria, Dual Universe, and AQ3D were among top crowdfunded games of 2016

Fig, the gaming crowdfunding platform that surged in popularity in 2016 thanks to successful Wasteland 3 and Psychonauts 2 campaigns, has released a list of the top 10 biggest gaming crowdfunds of last year — and it includes three MMOs.

Fig is touting the games that raised cash on its own platform, of course, but the data also include three MMORPGs in the top 10, backed off Fig: Soulbound’s PvP sandbox, Chronicles of ElyriaNovaquark’s builder-centric sci-fi sandbox, Dual Universe; and Artix’s cutesy cross-platform MMO, AdventureQuest 3D. All three were funded through Kickstarter.

Fig, like the Indiegogo/Microventures platform Crowfall has used for its latest investment round, takes advantage of relatively new U.S. laws that allow non-accredited investors to invest in startups online, making some of these crowdfunds true investment, not just donations, though they come with plenty of restrictions and caveats. Check out the full infographic below.

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