The launch also coincides with the release of patch 1.3 for the game, the Stronghold update. Players will be able to besiege a stronghold in a new gameplay mode, form three-player groups to play together, and generally enjoy a vastly expanded set of features for the game. Check out a trailer just below and get ready to sail the bounding… well, skies. You might wind up stealing a cloud or two along the way, as long as you’re up there.
Remember how Darkfall: Rise of Agon’s team mentioned last month that the game was roughly four months away from launch? That seemed kind of crazy. But it turns out that wasn’t hyperbole, as the team has announced an official launch date of May 5th, 2017. That’s a bit under three months away from now… and yes, just about four months away from the initial launch date. You can’t fault the team for lack of punctuality.
While you can play the game right now in early access, an official launch means that the game is ready for the game to be live consistently and with no possibility of further wipes. It’s good news if you’re anticipating the project and had nothing major on your schedule in May… or if you did but are now frantically trying to clear out your schedule just for this. We won’t judge.
As Life is Feudal bears down toward its launch window of “late 2017,” it has a new ally to help with getting the word out about this medieval sandbox.
Bitbox Studio announced yesterday that it signed a deal with gaming public relations firm Reverb Communications to assist with the promotion of the MMO. This move should help the already-popular title to expand its audience and prime the MMORPG for a strong launch.
According to the press release, Reverb “will be managing media, streamer, and influencer outreach for the game.” Some of Reverb’s other clients include ARK and Escape from Tarkov. You don’t need a PR firm to get you excited, of course. Perhaps checking out these new screenshots might do the trick all on their own?
You’ve read the development diaries, you’ve thought about the changes, you’ve done everything you can to prepare for the next big Allods Online update. And you’ve still got a week before it actually hits the game’s live servers. Update 8.0, “Immortality,” will be live on December 22nd; as is common, the game is offering fans the option to purchase a starter kit or collector’s edition to coincide with the patch, both of which contain a plethora of useful but non-mandatory items.
This patch includes a number of class changes, the game’s eighth playable race, new level syncing options, and three new cross-factional Orders. There are also new quests and such, as you’d expect from an update of this scale. You’ve got about a week left to look forward to it, so see if you’ve still got a little bit of cash left over after you finish up your holiday shopping to pick up one of the item packs if you’re interested.
On that date, those who have purchased the 13th expansion will get access to not only the new zones, dungeons, and quests but also epic 2.0 weapons, new crafting recipes and signature quest line, and four new ascension classes. The ascension classes are EQII’s new progression, as the level cap is not increasing. Each level 100 character will be able to learn and level up all four of the available ascension classes, but only one can be active at any given time.
Two other incoming features are all about getting dressed: one for mercenary gear and one for players. Mercenaries will now be able to grow in power by equipping either merc-specific or actual player gear. As a nice bonus, everyone who gets Kunark Ascending will have access to mercenaries without having to purchase that feature separately. As for players, the long-requested wardrobe feature will finally be a thing! It will allow players to get all the gear and costumes they use cosmetically out of their bags and into their own collection window.
Pretty much every MMO that I start playing seriously is a game I pick up close or on its launch. I only start getting invested in an MMO if I want a long-term investment. I think the biggest gap between launch and when I started seriously playing a game is a month or two; most of the games that I’ve played for a long time I grabbed at launch (World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV, and Star Wars: The Old Republic all spring to mind).
But that is not universal. I have friends who avoided Final Fantasy XIV until hearing people rave about it, grabbing it a year after the relaunch and loving it. My wife first played Final Fantasy XI five years after its domestic release. I know that there’s someone (hopefully reading this site right now) who just bought Guild Wars and will begin playing it with a gusto for the next few years. So what about you, dear readers? What’s the oldest MMO that you started playing well after launch? What finally got you to pick it up, and what kept you playing?
Players will be able to make a new Captain appropriate for the timeline of the original Star Trek, investigating problems and exploring frontiers that were certainly quite new at the time. The expansion also features classic Star Trek voice talent to make the game feel just a bit more authentic. Unfortunately, we’re all still traveling through time at a linear pace, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer before you can also go back in time to a slightly less far-flung future.
The expansion’s card reveals already raised a few eyebrows with the addition of its new card Ragnaros, Lightlord, depicting the fire elemental boss of Molten Core and Firelands fame as a benevolent entity. Lead designer Ben Brode took to Twitter to offer lore fans a slight clarification:
Whispers of the Old Gods (if not all of Hearthstone) is definitely a "What If?" take on Warcraft lore.
— Ben Brode (@bdbrode) March 28, 2016
In other words, repeat to yourself that it’s just a cool card idea, and you may want to just relax.
There’s no getting away from it, VR gaming is going to be an expensive hobby to get into. Between the high system specs required to run VR games at 60 frames per second and the cost of the headsets themselves, gamers could be shelling out a lot of money on hardware on the near future. The Oculus Rift’s hefty price tag of $599 caused something of a raucous online, but now it looks like it’s actually going to be the cheaper option for a high-grade VR headset as the HTC Vive has been given a release price of $799.
The Vive is being produced in partnership with Valve and is powered by Steam VR, and pre-order customers will get copies of two launch games: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption. Though the package is $200 more expensive than the Oculus Rift, it comes with two wireless controllers and positional sensors that can track your movement inside an entire room, making games where you can move around inside a virtual environment possible. The two wireless controllers can also be used as accurate motion controls, becoming your hands inside that virtual environment. For the moment, it seems this is the closest we’ll get to creating something like the Star Trek Holodeck. Pre-orders open in one week on Monday, February 29th, at 10 a.m. EST.
The free-to-play fantasy title has two core attributes in its design: “hardcore” and “PvP.” Players won’t be coddled with a targeting system but are instead challenged to use skill and reflexes to dominate the battlefield. Sphere 3 promises hundreds of quests, castle sieges, and a happy-go-lucky storyline involving “political deceit, war atrocities and vile treachery.”
The developers paid special attention to making sure that Sphere 3 will run smoothly on a wide range of machines so that performance won’t be a factor in the action gameplay.
If you’ve been waiting for the localized launch of Blade & Soul for what feels like an eternity, your wait is nearly over. The game is officially launching on January 19th in North America and Europe alike, with more beta tests taking place between now and then. Founder’s Pack purchasers will be able to access the game on January 15th, while name reservations will be available starting on January 11th.
Want a little more time to try the game out before buying in? The next beta weekend runs from November 24th through November 30th, giving you a new and exciting excuse for avoiding your family during the holidays. At launch, the game will have a level cap of 45 for all seven playable classes, and 30 dungeons along with the 1v1 arena once you’re done with questing and exploring.
BlizzCon is starting up later today, but a couple of leaks are already making the rounds. World of Warcraft players poking around the structure of the Battle.net site allegedly uncovered a background image revealing a launch date for Legion on or before September 21st, 2016, which would give fans eagerly anticipating the next release a date to look toward at least.
The image itself is no longer acccessible on the game’s site, which could mean that it’s a hoax or it could mean that someone caught the goof. Players who pre-order are also promised access to Demon Hunters ahead of launch. With the opening ceremonies of the convention a few hours away, we’ll likely learn more once Blizzard says a few official words on the subject.
No Man’s Sky will be a massive interstellar exploration title in which players can travel to over 18 quintillion procedurally generated planets while building up their starships and interacting with others. You can check out its Paris Games Week trailer, narrated by Rutger Hauer, after the jump.