Welcome to The Survivalist! Ya'll might have noticed that I have gravitated a bit from my happy home of deep, immersive virtual worlds (possible due to the lack of them!) and have been tinkering about and enjoying time in various survival games. This isn't as odd as you might think! One thing I love about sandbox worlds is the ability for your actions to matter in terms of shaping the world and carving out your place in it. Survival games have been allowing me just that with opportunities to build the world, from the society on it to structures in it to the even the physical world itself. And decisions definitely matter, bringing satisfaction and reward or disappointment and destruction.
I'm not alone in this appreciation of the survival genre, either. Many MMO gamers have joined mainstreamers by flocking to it lately as seen by the explosion of the available games. Those of you not on board yet might be wonder just what is so alluring about a genre that has many elements of MMOs but on smaller -- and oft times privately managed -- scale. As the weeks and months wear on, The Survivalist is going to explore all the nooks and crannies of the survival sandbox genre (and likely die many, many times in the process!), but today, we're going to look at what players can jump into to test their survival skills. So here's a guide to many options in the newest genre to take over our gaming sphere.
Now that Life is Feudal has turned on the power to its closed beta program, more players than ever before are getting to see what this medieval sandbox MMO looks like first-hand. For the rest of us there are always screenshots, those tantalizing glimpses into this developing game world.
The studio released a baker's dozen of new pictures from the game this week to show that this world isn't just bland designs and colors. In fact, from the looks of these shots, Life is Feudal is shaping up to be a nice-looking title, with interesting vistas, natural-looking scenery, and even a giant sword in the stone. See for yourself below!
Source: Press release
I am finding it hard to believe that we are two months into 2017 already, especially since I've had so many pressing Guild Chat submissions recently that I haven't had a chance to turn my hand back to MMO Mechanics in all that time! As an introduction to a new year, I usually like to include a predictions column that summarises my perspective on how I believe mechanics will change over the following twelve months, but I don't feel as though the 2016 trends I mentioned have died out yet and wish to instead focus on the sustained emphasis on sandbox MMO development with strong holistic, character developing mechanics.
In this edition of MMO Mechanics, I'm going to talk about some upcoming MMOs and the non-combat, realistic, and technical mechanics added into the 2017 sandbox mix. Although I can't guarantee that the titles I mention below will actually release this year, each of them has enough solid development behind them to make a 2017 release at least probable; besides, even if these titles don't release in the next ten months, they will still bear the hallmarks of the state of the modern sandbox MMO and are worth noting. Add your thoughts on the common threads you're finding in 2017's planned MMO mechanics in the comments: I'm sure to miss several key mechanics development trends in this non-exhaustive list.
After extending its beta well into 2017, Albion Online has announced its date for officially leaving that hallowed state: July 17th, 2017. Just a few months away! So if you were worried that "well into 2017" meant the fall, you can rest easy. The game has also looked at adjusting some of its open PvP zones, so that's also a good thing.
Other news? Aw, of course, anything for you:
You can also find our full list just below, replete with all sorts of games which are in testing. Did something jump test phases without us noticing? That's awful; let us know about it so we can fix it. Or just scroll down the list and look for what you'd be interested in playing, we'll accept either.
Yesterday, Life is Feudal kicked off its second closed beta test for the MMO version of the game. The test is somewhat short and will last about two weeks. All backers who bought into the game (at a minimum of $45) will be part of this beta wave, although the team was also accepting applications for free beta spots on the site.
To drum up excitement over the CBT, the team has released a new trailer that shows off the various guilds towns that can be constructed in this expansive sandbox world. From the fertile prairies to the snow-covered crags, it looks as though where there's a flat enough space, players can plant down settlements of their own.
Is Life is Feudal's closed beta calling you? Check out the "This World Awaits You" trailer after the break and see if you can hear it (or not)!
The MMO version of Life is Feudal
is expected to kick off another round of beta
today, says a new post on Bitbox's official site: "[The] second test run of LiF:ММО
CBT (wave #1) will start on February 20th and we’re planning on it being held for two weeks." It is expected to launch late this year
Confused by all the Life is Feudal versions floating around? Don't be. The game was originally planned as an MMO back in 2014, but funding issues caused the studio to scale back to a "pocket" version of the game called Life is Feudal: Your Own, more like a survival sandbox than an MMO. A year ago, however, the company turned its attention back to the MMO, along the way launching a city builder called Life is Feudal: Forest Village. The team has also been working on a mobile app that includes minigames and guild chat.
LiF:MMO began internal beta last summer, followed by player testing last December.
It was a busy week for new MMO Kickstarters!
- Mekria Online joins the Make My MMO watch list; it's a PvP-heavy MMO seeking $110,000.
- RUiN joins up too, though as a PvP arena brawler, it's a bit on our fringes. It's already at half its goal with a month left to go. (Thanks, Zanetski!)
- and Age of Sail MMO Caribbean Conquest is back online with its second Kickstarter (the first was canceled last year).
Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!
Good news, fans of Revelation Online! The game is still up for testing right now! Yes, the game is getting a bit more time in tests so that players can reach the level cap and really explore what it has to offer. You can also learn about guilds hitting one another to control territory, if that's your thing.
Meanwhile, the beta news has rolled onward across the betasphere. Is that a term? It is now. Take a gander:
And naturally, there's a list of games in testing down below. Exciting, yes? You can check out many of the games on that list, and you can also let us know if something on there has slipped to a new phase without us knowing. You can even test out the new comment system to tell us all about it. Fun for the family, assuming the family has a slightly odd definition of fun.
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?
Source: Press release
If an MMO throws a Christmas party and no one shows up, who gets the presents? Will that eggnog ever get drunk? Are the decorations quiet and beautiful or deathly quiet and sad?
Adri's screenshot from the classic Guild Wars made me think about how MMO holidays keep on trucking whether or not guests arrive to the party. For MMOs past their time, it's almost like the game itself is keeping vigil for its cherished memories.
"Merry Christmas," Adri said. "I visit this Guild Wars 1 Christmas tree every year. Just sitting next to it, listening to the in-game music, and thinking of times... just times."
When Massively OP's MJ first ventured into the beta of Life is Feudal: MMO, it was a pretty dark experience. Really dark! No, she wasn't captured and tortured or anything -- it was just a long, dark night! This time, she is hoping to be able to explore during some daylight hours. The dangers are sure to be less scary when she can actually see them. Join us live at 1:00 p.m. for another look at the first big beta.
What: Life is Feudal
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
Do you have any money left after all of that holiday shopping, travel, and dining out? Steam would very much like to have what remains, if you please, and is willing to trade you some discounted games in return.
Yes, the annual Steam Winter Sale is up and running, which means all sorts of deals for the frugal MMORPG player. We've compiled a huge list of all of the deals -- including discounts of up to 90% off! -- to help you navigate the holiday promotion. The sale ends on January 2nd. Hope it helps!
Do you remember Life is Feudal? Massively OP's MJ has played and streamed the Your Own version of the game, but now the MMO is finally in beta, and she's eager to dive in and explore! But she doesn't plan to go in alone, so she's inviting you along. That's right: MJ has beta keys to give away! If you want to see what this sandbox is all about, then tune in live at 5:00 p.m. for a look around as well as a chance to win access for yourself.
What: Life is Feudal
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 23rd, 2016