If you ever thought that Black Desert’s server structure was unwieldy and esoteric, good news for you! Kakao has announced that the western version of the game will be merging all of its servers into two regional servers on November 30th, one for Europe and one for North America. They’re not calling it a merge, though. Dubbed “New World,” the merging update is said to “enable the authentic ‘one world’ experience Black Desert Online has been pursuing” and improve the economy too. “The economy system of Black Desert Online greatly benefits from an active interaction between combat and life contents,” Kakao says. “With the New World, a single Marketplace will cater a greater number of players, therefore housing an enormous collection of items registered by all the players in the region.”
If you’re thinking “but what if,” the answer is almost certainly that whatever it is you’re asking about will be merged, according to a massive new FAQ. But there are a few points you’ll want to pay attention to, especially if you happen to run characters on multiple servers:
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!
This past week, Amazon Game Studios unloaded the latest build of Lumberyard for community approval. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Hyper Universe, Final Fantasy XI, RIFT, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
Every year, BlizzCon arrives. And every year, Bree and I sit down and liveblog about the most pertinent event for our readers to follow along at home because we love you. We just don’t love you enough to put on pants and head to California. That’s expensive.
The part where we go to California, that is. Pants are not expensive. We both own at least one pair of pants. I own several, but I don’t want to presume to speak for Bree. [Do PJ pants count? -Bree]
Of course, all of this raises a rather important question: What can we expect from this year’s BlizzCon? Unlike last year, this year we don’t have a new World of Warcraft expansion coming down the pipe, and the game just received its first big post-launch patch. What new and exciting things will be revealed at BlizzCon? What should we keep our eyes on? What will have exciting new developments added into the comments as it happens? Why did we have to suffer through Metallica and Linkin Park in previous years when we could have had Weird Al all along? Read on for the answers to some of that as we look at what to expect from this year’s BlizzCon!
The announcement of Final Fantasy XIV’s second expansion, Stormblood, is sure to inject more life and excitement into this beloved MMORPG. A couple of community bloggers took time recently to analyse the event and expansion reveal.
“Overall, it was a fun time, though. I was happy to have the chance to be there for the expansion announcement. I’m looking forward to the new deep dungeon levels and more info on the Red Mage (DPS, please!),” Aywren wrote.
“One of the most cheered announcements was the drop of support for the PS3 version of the game,” Sagacyte noted. “For the longest time people have speculated that some limitations of the game come from having to support the fading console, and letting it go could open the doors to new visual and technical things. One such thing was mentioned in a new lightning model.”
This week in Global Chat, MMO bloggers talk about One Tamriel, hopes for Amazon’s New World, and an “antisocial epidemic” sweeping through our genre.
Following the announcement that Amazon Game Studios is working on multiple online games, one of them a massively multiplayer sandbox called New World, players began speculating… well, about everything, but one round of speculation caught my eye. As MOP reader Siphaed pointed out, Amazon is encouraging would-be players to “pre-order” New World as a way of signing up for release information, with a pre-order price of $0. I did it without thinking.
But the pre-order “price,” coupled with Amazon’s digital content price guarantee, has led players to speculate that the game won’t have a buy-to-play box fee attached to it, that it might have a subscription — or none at all.
Do you think we can read anything into the game’s business model based on the Amazon pre-order? What business model do you want to see for Amazon’s New World?
Over the last couple of weeks, we shared with you part one and part two of our guide to the best upcoming and current indie MMORPGs on the market. Naturally, there were always those titles that we overlooked or couldn’t fit into the space, so we are back with the third and final part of this guide to make sure that all of your favorite games got mentioned.
As a side note, we won’t be covering most of the survival sandbox and mere multiplayer titles, as that would be too much for the scope of this guide. And if you’re interested in these games, then you’ll definitely want to track our Make My MMO and Betawatch columns.
On with part three!
The announcement of a new sandbox MMORPG last week — New World, by none other than Amazon Game Studios itself — has had both the Massively OP community and the broader MMORPG community chattering with excitement followed by calls to temper that excitement before it runs away with us. Where one person sees the salvation of the entire genre and the investment of a major tech company as a sign that MMOs are still feasible, another whispers the word gankbox and points to Amazon’s heavy Twitch integration as a certain sign of doom.
So for this week’s Overthinking, I polled the Massively OP staff on their thoughts, hopes, and fears about the game. Is a sandbox the right move for Amazon? Does Amazon really understand what MMO players want to play, pay for, and watch? Is Twitch going to be a problem? What about the “murderous player bandits” line that has everyone in a tizzy? Is New World the sandbox we’ve always wanted or the sandbox we deserve? Let’s talk about the New World order.
The Elder Scrolls Online’s One Tamriel is live today on PC, introducing a revamped world where all the level-locking content gates have crumbled to dust and you can now take your newbie to most places on the map. (Craglorn, as we detailed last month, no longer requires a group for its main questline.)
“Game content in ESO is no longer gated by your character’s level! Right out of the tutorial you’ll have the freedom to go anywhere in Tamriel and play any content, in any order, just like other Elder Scrolls games. Your character will automatically scale and balance to the content. The alliance restrictions have been lifted in all open-world zones, with the exception of PvP areas. High-level players will be able to group with friends who are new to ESO; anyone below Champion 160 will scale so everyone can adventure together. Every zone has been modified to ensure a mixture of content for solo and group play is available.”
Console players, you’ll be waiting until October 18th for the update.
In conjunction with the launch, ZeniMax is running a wacky “Trip of a Lifetime” sweepstakes that’ll give entrants a chance to win a trip for two to one of five “exotic” locations in keeping with the Tamriel theme:
Judging by the number and passion of comments posted on the announcement of Amazon Game Studios’ new MMORPG, a lot of you have no shortage of opinions and thoughts on New World.
The announcement wasn’t completely unforeseen, although there was a huge shadow of doubt that it would actually turn into an MMO. A multiplayer survival sandbox or MOBA more likely. Instead, AGS revealed that it is indeed working on a “massively multiplayer open-ended sandbox” set in an alternate version of 17th century Americas where supernatural terrors abound.
Just as opinions are flying fast and furious about New World here on Massively OP — some excited, some fearful, some hesitant — so too is the conversation about this new title spreading across the MMO blogosphere. In this special edition of Global Chat, we’ll be rounding up impressions and analysis from passionate MMO players and writers on this major announcement.
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin digest the news of an unexpected (well, mostly unexpected) new major MMO in development. Is it too early to get excited about New World? Will it just be another gankbox? Is this the direction that the industry needs to take? Why is Amazon Game Studios going this route?
It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.
Good news, fans of Chronicles of Elyria! You can now give the developers more of your money via the game’s web store, which is good for them, as they need another cool three million to finish the game. No refunds. The negative reaction to this was apparently quite surprising to studio founder Jeromy Walsh.
But hey, that’s just a game that will hope to one day be in beta, right? Let’s move on to other beta news.
- Looking for some action involving hacking and slashing? It’s always hacking and slashing, never cutting and stabbing or smashing and crushing. That’s a bit odd, isn’t it? Sign up for the MU Legends beta and you can discuss that whilst violent-verbing and synonymous-violent-verbing your way through things.
- Survival sandbox ROKH has delayed its testing plans slightly to January 2017 instead of this year, citing the unusual depth of the game’s systems making development slower than expected. Maybe that’s exactly it! We’re not testing it, so we don’t know.
- Osiris: New Dawn is in early access right now, so if you can content yourself with a survival sandbox that’s set on an alien world instead of Mars, you can probably deal with the loss.
- What’s the deal with the world behind The Exiled? Who was even exiled? Was it you? You’ll find out, as the game now has a lore team hired on to help guide its development.
- Oh, and that Amazon game announcement happened, and it was pretty awesome. That’s something to note.
Hark! There are more games down in the test list below. Have some of them gone into open beta with a functional cash shop without telling us? Why, let us know about those scamps, we don’t let them stay on the list. Games with non-functional cash shops are another story.
Those ex-ArenaNet folks won’t be going to waste at Amazon Game Studios after all: One of the three games the company is working on is indeed an MMORPG sandbox game called New World, and it sounds goddamn epic.