Kritika Online (West)
Studio: En Masse
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Fantasy MMO
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
The wait for the Camelot Unchained beta has been long and arduous in the way that only “just sit around and wait” can possibly be, but it’s almost here. It’s going to happen! We don’t know quite when, but we do know that we’ve got a new guiding principles document for beta. So it’s coming very soon.
More beta news? We’ve got to be honest, it’s been a quiet week… but this stuff might all tickle you along the way just the same.
- We realize that Kritika Online is in an open beta where anyone can play right now, but don’t worry too much, as the game does in fact have a roadmap and launch plans. So that’s cool. Full launch in September!
- You know what else has beta plans? Guild Wars 2. Specifically, another preview weekend of Path of Fire starting up this weekend. At this point you’ll be done with it before it actually launches, which… wait, that’s not a good thing. Maybe ease up on previews.
- It’s only fair to note that Osiris: New Dawn also has a closed beta plan. This might seem odd for a game in Early Access, but a plan is a plan.
- The open beta for Destiny 2 isn’t here, but a new trailer to tease it is here, so you can split the difference a bit? That should be fun to watch, at least.
- It’d be wrong not to mention that Just Survive has now dropped the H1Z1 branding and is supposed to be getting more updates again. We’ll see, but it’s a thing.
- Last but certainly not least, the servers for OrbusVR’s closed beta are online now, so you can jump right in if you’re all (head)set to go. Wordplay!
But is there a list? Yes, of course there’s a list. It’s right down below, and while it may be trimming down slightly it still has no shortage of entries. Perhaps you’d like to let us know about things we may have missed in the comments? Either phase changes or new titles, we’re flexible.
This week, the team posted a roadmap of its plans for the game over the next few months as it wraps up its open beta period. The major highlights include:
- August: A two-player instance, The Shattered Table, is coming at the end of the month, as is arena and PvP modes.
- September: Kritika will officially launch and become available on Steam. There will also be an update that should flesh out high-level content with new missions.
- October: The Psion class is poised to come into the game this month, bringing thematically interesting hybrid play for those looking to a different experience.
- Winter: En Masse has a lot more on deck for this game, including the Prodigy and Monk classes, a level cap increase to 70, PvP rankings, and more danger zones.
It’s worth noting that players who have already hit level 20 or 50 will have to start a new character to earn these benefits; an existing character doesn’t count. But other than that, it may be the ideal promo for anyone looking to ride a love wolf in TERA, since all you have to do is play another game for a bit to get the mount for free, including a version that restores your health as you ride. So if you haven’t tried the game, consider this your motivation for getting in on it.
Meanwhile, the game’s Green Leaf weapons also turned out to be tuned a bit too high, allowing players to clear Arena content faster and more reliably than planned. No punishment is going out to players who used the weapons, as it wasn’t the fault of players, but the weapons have been adjusted to the correct level. Check out the full list of patch notes for the fine details.
Adorable combat pets are now part of Kritika Online’s open beta, thanks to this week’s update. The studio is calling this “furever friends” and we must go purge our brains of this fluff right now lest we be driven mad in the near future. Bad pun is bad and must die.
What were we talking about? Some sort of patch. The v202 patch has a lot to offer players, including a revamped arena, overhauled Danger Zones (cue Kenny Loggins), and big adjustments to the auction house. Oh, and they also added a card matching minigame. Because you’re three years old. Speaking of easily entertained toddlers… KITTENS BELOW.
We’ve been keeping half an eye on Closers Online since at least 2015, but with no clear sign of westward movement, that half eye was all we spared. But today, there might just be hope. MOP reader Ephekt has pointed us to a blooper in a recent Kritika Online stream that appears to show Closers Online in the community manager’s En Masse launcher, suggesting that the company may indeed have unannounced plans to port Naddic’s action-combat “MORPG” across the pond.
We’ve reached out to En Masse for a statement and will report back when we have it. [Update – it’s down below!]
“This update focuses heavily on the economy,” the team wrote, “including changes to the auction house, how items are bound, and how end-game gear is acquired. Additionally, we have a completely revamped arena mode with 12 times the number of levels that offer some sweet rewards for those of you who are up to the challenge.”
You can read the full patch notes if you’re into this game. The dev team teased “new tricks” that it has up its sleeves and said that a “bigger and better” August update is currently in testing.
Of course, it’s also worth noting that the costumes in question that serve as headliners are only available in the most expensive founder’s pack, which clocks in at $99.99. The cheaper versions offer no costumes but a variety of other benefits. You can decide for yourself if it’s worth the price up front or not; you’ll just have to make that decision soon before the last pack is sold and they’re gone forever. So no pressure. (You can take a look at our stream of the game to catch a glimpse of what it looks like in play, too.)
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Yes, it happened; Secret World Legends has launched for everyone, although it did have a bit of a problem with a whole lot of currency exploitation. If you’re on the fence about checking it out, you can take a look at MJ’s experience after a week, or you can take a look at Larry’s take on the title. Let’s see what happens next, yes?
Well, I know what happens next in this column: We go into a list. Let’s go down the list. It’s other beta news.
- Things got quiet for The Exiled for a while, but the developers are back on track and hard at work. That’s good, even if it does mean anyone hoping the game was a runaway success will be a touch disappointed.
- If you’ve got some interest in Transformers Online, it’s in open beta in China. It’s also very much like another title which rhymes with “Clover botch,” if that helps.
- The heart and soul of Crowfall is the campaign system, and the game is ramping up to test it. That’s really the core of the game right there, if it needs to be said, so it will be very interesting to see how that testing goes.
- Beta testing for Escape from Tarkov will start next month, although we don’t yet know when in July that’s taking place. Before the end, presumably.
- Last but not least, action MMO title Kritika Online has moved into open beta, so you can try that out for yourself if you have a need for some smash-happy action.
We’ve also got some more list for you down below, listing a whole bunch of other titles currently in various test phases. Of course, sometimes titles manage to slip from our notice, or they wind up soft-launching without us being aware of it. So please, let us know if that happened in the comments, all right? Thanks.
Just wait, there’s more! Kritika is filling its open beta with plenty of special events, including one for leveling, one for attendance, and one for PvP. Anyone interested in giving Kritika Online a try can sign up for an open beta spot on the website. Check out the open beta launch trailer below, but only if you’re strapped in to your seat!
One game enters the list and another leaves. Dark and Light has started its closed testing, although there’s a very small number of people currently invited to test the game, so you’re probably not on the list. Meanwhile, Master x Master has entered the shark-infested waters of launch, so it’s now as real as it gets. Hooray for changes on the list!
Boy, I’m so excited I’m just going to launch into several more list items. Come with me, will you?
- Luna Online is apparently in closed testing in Southeast Asia, so that’s good news for fans of the game, people who live in Southeast Asia, and people who want games with names similar to those of moths. I assume the crossover on that list is rather small, but you never know.
- Hyper Universe has entered closed beta; if you’ve forgotten about that one, it’s a MOBA but of the side-scrolling variety. Check out the Facebook page for keys and such.
- A big test update is coming to Project Genom next month. It’s… big, almost like a whole rewriting of the game’s focus. You’ll want to see it to believe it, apparently.
- The bad news is that the early access launch for Rend is being delayed; the good news is that it’s apparently being delayed for really cool and good reasons. You’ll have to take the developer’s word on that one.
- Gigantic is launching on July 20th, so you may want to mark your calendar for that. And you can test freely on the PC right now, too.
- Kritika Online is throwing into the open beta ring pretty soon; June 29th, to be specific. Founder’s pack holders get in a little bit earlier, though.
- Last but not least, Shot Online Golf has hit the closed beta scene. So, you know. Golf.
And there’s still a whole list down below! What fun. Let us know if something in there slipped phases without us noticing, all right? We really like lists, if you haven’t noticed.