Closed beta? That’s old news for the Kritika Online crowd. Now it’s all about the open beta, which the devs just announced is starting on Thursday, June 29th. Founders who splurged on one of the packs get in a couple of days early on the 27th as a perk for their purchase.
The open beta is important for Kritika, since it will effectively serve as the soft launch for the game (and no, there will be no wipes once the OBT begins). The “official” release is slated for later this summer.
The team posted a wrap-up of the beta in infographic form on the site, revealing that (among other stats) players collectively clocked in over 34 million hours of testing during the closed beta, with 7% of the population making it to level 65. Check it out after the jump!
Back at PAX East, MMO players were startled but pleased at the revelation that Shards Online was getting a massive revamp as well as a new name: Legends of Aria. The key to the switcheroo is the shift from being “just” small-scale player-run shards to a full-scale MMORPG with a heavily expanded map hosted by the studio as well.
Today, after a few minor delays this spring and a combat overhaul, the game’s alpha is officially live.
“The land mass of the game has been increased by 10-fold, mounts have been added, combat reworked, the UI overhauled, archery has made it in the game, and so much more. 2 of the 8 new regions have been unveiled, with more to come as Alpha and Beta progress this summer. […] Basically, this gives fans of Shards Online what they’ve been asking for – a bigger, bolder, truly MMORPG version of the game.”
Citadel Studios has an interactive world map as well as a PvP killboard online if you just want to gawk, but you can actually play right now too with the purchase of a $40 founder pack.
Now that Overwatch has wrapped up its two-month Uprising campaign, how did it fare? Quite well, as probably anyone could have told you. The lore-heavy event racked up over 145.5 million matches before all was said and done, so it’s safe to assume that the studio is thinking about doing something similar in the future.
This number comes courtesy of a post-mortem infographic about Uprising. The infographic revealed that Null Sector trounced Overwatch in victories (78M to 67M), players looted over 815.5M loot boxes, and the highest score for any one game was an impressive 27,511 points.
Check it out for yourself after the break!
Did you think TERA
had forgotten its birthday? We did too for a minute there, but nope! It’s a few days belated, but En Masse
is indeed rolling out its fifth birthday gifties this month. Expect quizzes for prizes and a free pair of wings (just log in to claim them). Plus:
“A brand-new Anniversary Token Shop with a rotating weekly inventory of items not normally available for sale has also been added to the game for the month of May. Anniversary Tokens are earned in-game by participating in PvP battlegrounds and PvE dungeons with different content highlighted each week in the in-game calendar. Players will also have a rare chance to win cosmetic items normally only available in the game’s online store via drops in highlighted PvP battlegrounds and from the final boss in highlighted PvE dungeons.”
And that’s just the ice cream to the cake, since Velik’s Fate is launching next week with more serious content: “two brand-new dungeons, Velik’s Hold and Velik’s Sanctuary,” featuring new baddies and a new boss, plus the requisite armor and weapon sets to make it worth your while. Check out the birthday vid, new images, and infographic below!
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?
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!
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.
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.”
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.