With so many Christmas events popping up this month, there’s no time nor space to spread them out. Perfect World Entertainment seems to think so, too, because it sent out a press blast with a list of what’s going on in all of its MMORPGs. Let’s run down all six live games:
Neverwinter: The Winter Festival of Simril is running from December 14th through January 4th, with free Starlight vouchers, sled racing, ice fishing, bonuses, and the possibility of earning sled mounts.
Star Trek Online: Q’s Winter Wonderland is back through January 18th, giving players plenty of time to compete in crazy activities to earn a free T6 starship and Wesley Crusher’s ski outfit (seriously).
No one will be surprised by Riot Games’ latest e-sports video. Riot Games really likes e-sports. Indeed, Riot Games believes e-sports are real sports.
“Not just a sport. Our sport,” reads the tagline.
All the skeptical mainstream media quoted in the video can’t change the fact that Riot’s position is fast becoming the norm. You’ll recall that the International Olympic Committee has formally stated that it may consider e-sports a sporting activity, and the co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee told the AP that the organization was considering bringing video gaming on board for the 2024 program in France. The 2022 Asian Games also announced e-sports as a medal event, citing the inclusion of e-sports at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
Is there room for another character class at the Black Desert
table? Scooch over and make room no matter what you think on this, because Ran is on her way.
Pearl Abyss revealed Ran this past week, an Asian martial arts fighter who uses a sword and a strange weapon with a chain and silk scarf on it. Ran isn’t out yet in Korea, so it might be a little while before she makes the voyage to the west, but odds are good that she will be arriving sooner or later.
Check out her trailer and a weird little Korean TV spot after the break!
At times, I feel like I must be the responsible adult in the MMORPG genre and sit down some of these artists and tell them that while I appreciate their ambition and imagination, not everything can be turned into a mount. Not everything should be turned into a mount. We need to have some sort of standard, some line that must not be crossed.
I feel like RIFT crossed that line with this mouse mount. It’s a little too on the nose with the whole notion of leveling in games being a rat race, eh?
“Here is my new Sinister Cappie mount telling a fishing story (it was this big!),” said Ironweakness. Frankly, I want to hear the story where someone captured a giant mouse and then trained it to provide transportation to battle-happy adventurers.
Wait, which one is Moonlight Blade? Oh, it’s the one where gravity doesn’t appear to exist for special individuals who flit through the air like martial arts Mary Poppins. Shouldn’t be hard to remember.
As Moonlight Blade continues to wind its way through the beta testing process in Korea, all we in the west can do is wait and watch some of the gameplay videos in envy. It’s a good-looking game, although that comes standard with Korean development, right?
Steparu snagged a few videos from Moonlight Blade’s recent appearance at G-Star, including more flying moves, character creation, and some fashion. Check it out below!
Players seeking a different twist on the familiar MOBA format might want to take a look at Hyper Universe. This slightly crazy game pulls together characters from all over the pop culture map and throws them into side-scrolling 2-D maps. The best part? Anyone can try out Hyper Universe for free this weekend, from November 16th through the 21st.
Another big thing happening in this MOBA is the addition of Lui, a thinly veiled Bruce Lee lookalike. Hey, if you need a heavy dose of martial arts, loud shouts, and nunchuck action, this character might hit the spot!
The possibly drunk developers offer some tips and tricks for you to succeed in your weekend excursion. We share the full video in all of its glory after the jump.
The International Olympic Committee has formally stated that it may consider e-sports a sporting activity.
“Competitive e-sports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports,” IOC summit attendees declared in a statement. “E-sports are showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic across different countries, and can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement” – provided those sports uphold Olympic values, like anti-doping, betting practices, and match manipulation.
Last summer, the co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee told the AP that the organization was considering bringing video gaming on board for the 2024 program in France. The 2022 Asian Games also announced e-sports as a medal event, citing the inclusion of e-sports at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, though multiple countries bailed out of this year’s AIMAG e-sports events, citing health concerns, poor regulation, and “governance concerns.”
We all like making the occasional observation about the weirdness inherent in video games, but most of us also recognize that what we’re really doing is poking fun at the anthropic principle. The real reason NPCs tend to fight rather than just fleeing at the sight of us is, well, the alternative isn’t particularly fun to play. It’s part of an acceptable break from reality, and for most of us, we are willing to accept that fact with a bit of tongue-in-cheek prodding.
What I don’t see very often, though, is an appreciation of the really insane part: What all of this looks like from the perspective of the NPCs – because however many breaks from reality we accept from the game, we are the real breakers of immersion.
Consider, for a moment, that you’re an NPC. Imagine that you have full knowledge of the fact that this is a video game (there’s an old humor blog entry that sums things up nicely). Now imagine that you’re watching PCs. You would quickly come to the understanding that player characters are nuts. Why? Well…
There are two ways to look at the new battle royale mode added to the Age of Wushu Chinese servers. The first is with a roll of you eyes and frustration that so many games are now engaged in a follow-the-leader pattern for one game. The second, on the other hand, is to appreciate the idea that it’s a non-stop martial arts battle between 50 players in a limited field, which is pretty cool right on a conceptual level.
Whichever way you choose to think of it, you can checkout a trailer for it just below. Players all drop in on kites and find themselves having to pick up equipment, skills, and treasures while running around the arena, making it a combination of scavenging gameplay and brutal fighting. Of course, it’s just on the Chinese servers at the moment, but it seems like something that could work with the game anywhere the service is running.
“Looks like it’s that time of year again!” says Ryuen.
And so it is. The Halloween season has come upon us and it is inescapable. You can try to hide in a cave or bury yourself in a mountain of theorycrafting, but before you know it, you’ll be trick or treating in MMORPGs with the rest of us.
And I say, why fight it when you can ride it? Sure, wearing a pumpkin on your head and driving a bike powered by 85% gasoline and 15% souls of the damned might not be street legal, but trust me, no cop is going to stop you. Just ask Ryuen… if you can catch up to him in Secret World Legends.
While we continue the long, long wait for Age of Wushu 2 to make its way over to the western world, at least we can take solace in the knowledge that Snail Games is not forgetting to share the beautiful world it is crafting.
MMO Culture snagged a half-dozen promotional screenshots that show some of the landscape and vistas being prepared for this MMO sequel. The images show everything from a bustling marketplace to a snowy temple to the wide-open country. Check them out below and let us know what you think!
Age of Wushu 2 began Chinese pre-registrations earlier this year and revealed some of the classes and schools that players can access.
Last month, we mentioned in passing an ancient anime MMO by Korean studio Entwell called NosTale, which Germany’s Gameforge apparently resurrected a while back. As of today, NosTale is even more easily accessible on this side of the Atlantic, as the studio’s now launched it on Steam proper. Gameforge is touting the game’s three classes, 28 specs, “extensive” pet system, and six-act storyline.
“The world of exciting anime online role-playing game NosTale is threatened by a dark menace. As Swordsman, Archer or Mage, the player must protect the vibrant village of NosVille and face the approaching dangers. The impressive pet system allows players to capture wild monsters and animals and then tame them. Battling aside, you can retreat to your Miniland. Here you can build a warehouse and decorate the garden with trees, plants and shrubs.”
It’s free-to-play on Steam right now, with 20% off sales on companions, mounts, and costumes, plus double-drop and double-gold events running into next week for those who jump in now.
En Masse recently introduced
the newest class coming to Kritika Online
, and while visiting the studio’s offices during PAX West 2017
, I was able to dive in and play it. This Psion class — a combination of swordsman and mage — generates psychic swords to slice, dice, and generally Ginsu her enemies to pieces. One skill even allows her to throw her blades, which combined with her guns (bound to right click) gives her good ranged options during battle. As I am not the biggest fan of in-your-face combat, I appreciated having options to move me outside of melee range and keep attacking.