What if RuneScape was a survival game? It is now — or at least in a way. In honor of the holiday season the MMO has added a special new survival version for players to dive into, one filled with hordes of zombies. Halloween and survival game combined: How could Massively OP’s MJ say no? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. as MJ tries to survive in Dimension of the Damned.
What: RuneScape: Dimension of the Damned
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk Gielinor and there’s 200 million in-game gold pieces to be won by the player who can survive the longest.”
That might be hard to fit on a movie poster. Fortunately, it’s for an MMORPG instead.
Starting today, RuneScape is hosting a new 10-day challenge called Dimension of the Damned. In this “alternative game universe,” players will attempt to survive the onslaught of the walking dead by scavenging resources, creating shelters, and fighting back in one-hour sessions. All participants will get a survival outfit and the “RIP” axe.
The top 1,000 scoring players who haven’t had their brains consumed by October 28th can compete in a no-holds-barred battle royale to determine the ultimate champion of this event. There are a bevy of rewards for this finale, including all-expenses-paid trips to Jagex and a year of premium subscription for the top five winners.
Let’s talk perspective today. No, not your general outlook on life — which I’m sure is cheery and as non-cynical as can be — but the camera vantage point in MMORPGs. By and large, cameras trail our characters either behind them or over the shoulder, with the occasional first-person perspective thrown in to keep us on our toes.
But that wasn’t the default prior to EverQuest. No, graphical MMOs in the 1990s were all about 2-D isometric layouts, from Neverwinter Nights to Ultima Online. While the isometric perspective has been largely shoved aside in modern MMOs, we do see them persist in MMOARPGs like Path of Exile and the recently released Albion Online. Even RuneScape in its older incarnations drew the camera up and back during its gameplay.
So here is my question for you today: Do you have a hard time connecting with the world and your character in MMOs featuring isometric perspectives (or other similar camera setups)? Does the distance keep you from being as invested in what’s going on, or does it lend a unique charm to your gaming experience?
Don’t mind trading some of your time for entertainment and free in-game goodies in RuneScape? If you’re cool with this, you might want to bookmark this promotional page on Twitch that outlines how players can watch devs and get freebies at the same time.
To qualify, you’ll have to link your RuneScape account with your Twitch one. By tuning in this Friday, you can get a floating orb pet to call your very own. There will be more promotions going into November, with ways to earn a free random in-game item. Neat-o.
If Old School RuneScape is more your pace, you’ll be happy to read that the team is adding some juicy content and quality-of-life improvements: “You’ve asked for more quests and we’re willing to give you them! Alongside the upcoming Dragon Slayer II quest which passed with flying colours, we’re hoping to introduce some shorter more novice quests which expand upon the Zeah storyline.”
Staggering and shuffling their way into players’ worst nightmares, zombies have infested the normally cheery arena of RuneScape and need a little pruning. That’s where the MMO’s new survival mode, Dimension of the Damned, comes into play.
For the two weeks that this event runs, Dimension of the Damned gives players a maxed-out version of their account and challenges them to survive amid the living dead by using crafting, combat, and cooperation. It is scheduled to begin on October 16th, so you have a little time to prepare your ideal zombie shelter. If players do well enough, they can earn loot boxes and even be invited to the “grand finale” battle royale-style showdown on October 28th.
Gee. That sounds familiar.
Other activities coming next month for RuneScape include a bundle of previously member-only content being released for all free players, the Halloween story quests (some of which come from player submissions), and the beer-soaked Novtumberfest. Get a sneak peek of all of the fun below!
Last weekend, Jagex held its annual RuneFest event in London, where the studio demoed its mobile edition and teased plenty of upcoming content for both regular flavor RuneScape and its crankier Old School RuneScape cousin. Yes, even the bank rework that’s been promised for at least a hundred years.
But the headline event of that convention, the 2000-person Deadman Invitational, went badly awry when one group of players formed a temporary alliance and were disqualified for refusing to fight, causing community uproar. It gets way worse:
“The last survivor of the final has been disqualified. A standard subsequent investigation into the winner of the tournament took place and the winner was responsible for the creation of a bot farm. Naturally all accounts linked to this botting activity have now been banned. This then raises the question of what to do with the prize money. At the moment we’re discussing what to do with it. A few ideas we have at the moment are another charitable donation, dispersing the money among the finalists, or carrying it over to the next season (or a combination of all of these).”
The studio says it hasn’t been able to prove other allegations against participants relating to the DDOS attacks during the show. But yeah, bot farming. In RuneScape. Who saw that coming?
Hey, remember the MMO Book Club? That’s the Reddit-and-Discord group that allows members to vote on a game to play, then organizes a guild and events inside that game over the allotted time period, ensuring that folks who want to try out an MMORPG have a ready-made community of likeminded casual people who aren’t going to immediately scamper off to greener pastures. You scamperers, you.
To date, the Club has dipped into Lord of the Rings Online (which we streamed!), WildStar, The Elder Scrolls Online, and TERA, the reigning champ. As the group enters its second half-year, it’s opened the voting once again; that takes place in Discord to avoid brigading.
“The shortlist of games you can vote on to play with the Bookclub now are: Guild Wars 2, Secret World Legends, DC Universe Online, EverQuest, RuneScape, ArcheAge, World of Warcraft and TERA.” (Voting for TERA extends the current cycle another month instead of moving the crew to a new game.)
At this weekend’s RuneFest event in London, Jagex homed in on RuneScape’s promised mobile client and its upcoming content.
First, let’s tackle mobile. Fans in attendance were able to play the game on mobile — both the latest version of RuneScape and the Old School version, which might surprise you. The latter will be available first, in fact, coming later in 2017, while the core game will launch on the new platforms “shortly after” in 2018. Jagex has promised more details of device compatibility “over the coming months.”
Old School RuneScape is looking ahead to 2018 as well, as in January, devs will patch in the Dragon Slayer II GM quest, and in June, the game will see a new raid called Theatre of Blood.
In “real” RuneScape, players will be treated to a special competitive PvE event next month that combines two of gaming’s favorite tropes: “Transported to an alternate dimension where the dead walk across Gielinor, players must battle against the zombie horde and see who can survive the longest!”
Just about 20 years ago, my boyfriend and I were wandering through Media Play (heh) when he picked up this box for some new online subscription video game with a cheesy Hildebrandt cover. I was skeptical. He bought it anyway. The next morning, after I’d played all night and totally bogarted his new game, we figured we should probably get a second account. And so we did, in spite of being clueless teenagers who could barely afford one sub, let alone two.
That game was Ultima Online, and it’s the game that birthed the term MMORPG and quite literally dragged me into the realm of virtual worlds. Without it, I wouldn’t be right here where I am talking to you today, having married that dude in the interim. And as of yesterday, that game is 20 years old.
Last autumn, when the game was turning 19, I did a fairly in-depth video on the coolest parts of UO, the parts you can still play today, as I do frequently dive back in and am playing this month too! It’s Massively OP’s best-performing video to date, proving that the game is very much not dead and done. Pretty much everything in the video is still accurate, except for the part on the business model (spoiler: UO is kinda going free-to-play), so I’m going to include it below, but then I’ll recap some of the important bits from the last year and answer a few questions anybody reading is sure to have.
RuneScape announced yesterday a new promo that works in conjunction with its existing Treasure Hunter system. It’s a bit of a lockbox system, with the caveat that you can claim one to two keys to open said lockboxes for free every day just for logging in, depending on your sub status in the hybrid MMO. If you want more, then you have to buy them with cash.
The promotion, however, changes things up. “With every Key you use, you have a chance to earn a bonus prize on the Prize Pool interface at the top of the screen,” says Jagex. “Claim that extra prize immediately, or use more Keys to get a chance at more, rarer, prizes. Every Key you use will apply one of two actions: add an extra prize to your pool, or remove all prizes gathered so far from it. The longer you hold out without claiming, the more extra prizes you can claim and the rarer your prize pool collection will get. But be careful – you could lose it all!”
That’s prompted players who normally don’t find the treasure hunter lockboxes particularly problematic to flock to Reddit with a multitude of complaints ranging from accusations that the promo is rigged to concerns that the game is shamelessly promoting gambling to a game chiefly aimed at kids.
Earlier this week, we wrote about Black Desert developer Pearl Abyss’ IPO and its grand plans for the future – among them, four additional MMOs. Sounds great, right? Except that the suspicion, at least in our comments, is that Pearl Abyss will just follow in the footsteps of Nexon, NCsoft, and Netmarble in that the games will mobile MMOs and not “real” MMORPGs at all. That may or may not be true; the games have fairly fast turnaround for a full-scale MMORPG, but then the company talked up the BDO engine for future games and expressed great ambition in the MMORPG market in the west and on console.
But the suspicion seems to turn off so many of us — the stigma is real. So for today’s Overthinking, I wanted to dig into that. Do you play mobile MMOs, especially any of the modern crop that are popular in East Asia and then ported here? What keeps you from playing mobile MMOs, and what would you want out of an MMO for a mobile device that would actually make you consider it a home MMORPG?
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!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Master X Master, Blade and Soul, EVE Online, RoboManiac, Hearthstone, Hyper Universe, The Black Death, Pokemon Go, RuneScape, TERA M, Champions Online, Wurm Online, Final Fantasy XI, Gigantic, Allods Online, Hellion, League of Legends, Diablo III, and Path of Exile, all waiting for you after the break!
It seems just the slightest bit off to call an area in Old School RuneScape Fossil Island, doesn’t it? Like an insult that isn’t meant as one. But it’s also an exclusive area for the old variant on the game, with players getting a chance to build a barge, sail to the island, and explore a prehistoric land full of the bones of creatures from the game’s distant past.
It’s also full of the bones of creatures from the very recent past, as players will encounter the skeletal Wyverns and have new skill opportunities dealing with them. Combine that with an expanded museum in Varrock, and players should have plenty to do on the island. It’s a new addition, but it’s also a very old one in the sense that it’s been rumored for a long while. Check out screenshots and key art just below!