What's a good way for Massively OP's MJ to test out her death counter? By playing a survival game! And there just happens to be another new survival game in the making she's eager to check out -- Osiris: New Dawn. Can MJ stay alive long enough after crash landing on a toxic planet to make a a new ship and head back into space? Or will she have to be content with making a new life for herself on the inhospitable world? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to learn these answers to these questions.
What: Osiris: New Dawn
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Osiris: New Dawn is starting off the year with a "polishing" update for the multiplayer survival sandbox.
The headlining feature of Update 1.093 is an improved HUD that extends into many aspects of the UI. There's now an auto-sort feature for inventory and options for FOV, draw distance, and debug text toggles. If you got annoyed at the game beeping at you when your character was refilling his or her oxygen tank, you'll be happy to know that sound is a thing of the past.
The team said that these changes were "long-requested" and hopes that the playerbase enjoys them.
On one hand, the new ice world of Aziel seems kind of appropriate for the season when it gets added to Osiris: New Dawn. On the other hand, maybe that's just our climate talking, isn't it? For all we know it's the middle of a relatively balmy summer on that planet. It's just cold by our standards. You can check out the trailer down below and decide for yourself if your association of weather is appropriate or just planetary relativism.
The upcoming major update also adds in mecha-crab mounts, new weaponry, and skill tree systems, so you can have plenty of fun even if you're not walking in a winter wonderland. (From a human perspective.) Again, you can see all of it in action just below, so why not check that out?
You know how there are dealbreakers with playing a game? Well, if you can't save your progress, you are probably encountering a pretty big one.
The sci-fi survival sandbox Osiris: New Dawn has been struggling with just this problem, but the good news is that with this week's patch, saving issues should be a thing of the past. "We made it a huge focus to narrow down notorious saving issues, tested a bunch of variable causes, and we believe it should no longer be a major concern," the team wrote.
The patch also added VOIP capabilities, although the devs said that getting the volume just right is still a work in progress.
What's in store for the fledgling sandbox? New weapons, outdoor chem labs, landmines, new resources, biodomes, the skill system, and a functional shower! Not kidding!
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!
This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria caused an unintentional stir this week when Soulbound Studios posted that it still needed up to $3 million to completely finish the game. While it wasn't exactly a secret, the revelation was still a surprise to many players as it wasn't expressly stated in the Kickstarter earlier this year. Compounding the consternation was Soulbound's simultaneous notice that it would not be granting refunds for Kickstarter donations. Studio boss Jeromy Walsh told Massively OP in a lengthy interview that the money raised through Kickstarter and pre-Kickstarter investment from friends and family is being used to create a minimal viable product and that while the company does plan to crowdfund using its website store, most of the remaining money will be raised through investors or publishers, not players.
Meanwhile, we offered up a checklist for how to approach MMO Kickstarting from the player end, Shroud of the Avatar launched release 34, Albion Online released its Elaine patch, HEX published three new signature decks, and on the planetary survival sandbox front, ROKH delayed its early access to next year, while Osiris: New Dawn swooped into early access and announced console launches for 2017.
Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!
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.
Enough slacking and lollygagging about in your humdrum life -- there's an alien planet that needs some serious colonizing, and you look just like the red shirt, er, brave adventurer to do it! The sci-fi survival sandbox Osiris: New Dawn officially kicks off its early access program on Steam today, inviting players to test their mettle as they try to make it on a hostile world in deep space.
The team has stressed that the early access is but the core version of the full game to come: "We've built Osiris to have a great technical framework which will allow us to continually add new creatures, game modes and visual elements -- we want to stuff every possible inch of coolness into this space adventure. Our plan is to provide consistent major updates throughout early access as well as create an entire Solar System to visit before the full version is released."
Curious what the game looks like? We've got a gameplay video for you to check out after the jump!
With Osiris: New Dawn's Steam release just days away, Fenix Fire has posted a FAQ to let players know what they can expect when the space-based survival game opens its doors. Osiris: New Dawn will start its Steam Early Access life with the core campaign mode (which includes single player, online multiplayer, co-op, and faction PvP), and expects major feature updates each month. The studio will host official PvP and PvE servers, or players can host their own with personal settings.
Devs note that while the functionality to travel to other planets is built into the game feature set, the starter planet (which is described as a fully realised experience) will be the Early Access focus. Each planet can support between 30 and 40 players who can explore, harvest, craft, and otherwise carve a place out on a hostile world. Come release in 2017, the game will expand feature "a fully realized Gleise 581 Solar System" where each planet will offer a different survival experience with its own unique environment hazards materials, creatures, plants and crafting schematics.
If you want to get in on colonizing a planet in Osiris: New Dawn, the Steam prices will be $24.99/£18.99/€22.99. For more details, check out the FAQ.
Half of H1Z1 was supposed to be launching on September 20th, but much like the game's console plans that has been rolled backwards. The developers are keeping King of the Kill in early access for a bit longer, although the game will still receive a very large update on September 20th. When will the game actually launch now? Who knows?
Moving on to other beta news from the week:
- Eternal Crusade is smashing its way into launch on September 23rd, complete with a big pre-launch patch to accompany the change in status. PvE is coming back, lots of balance is being addressed, there's all sorts of fun stuff to entertain players in the works.
- The latest addition to the swelling survival sandbox category, Osiris: New Dawn, is hitting early access on Steam on September 28th. If you had been eagerly awaiting another game of this style on Steam... well, you'll have one more, although you seem to have already had a variety of options.
- Atlas Reactor is hitting launch itself on October 4th, with headstart planned to start on September 30th. It's a busy month for early access and launches, in other words.
- AdventureQuest 3D joins the ranks of games launching or functionally launching in the near future with its plans of open beta in October. It's a pretty quick turnaround for the game.
- Boy, is everything launching? Not quite; Aeria has delayed the localization testing of Bless for the future. More changes are coming to the title, but the developers want to make sure that the game is in an ideal state to be a long-term success.
And you know there's a whole list down below full of games in testing or remarkably test-like states. Do let us know if something in there slipped between phases without letting us know, will you? Usually it's some rascally localized free-to-play game that quietly launched without saying anything, those lovable scamps.
We've updated this story with the new statement from the team about the Steam launch below!
The folks behind Osiris: New Dawn have been teasing a big announcement for today... and it's not happening. Last night developer Fenix Fire admitted that the planned announcement has been delayed for unspecified reasons. "In the meantime, writes the studio, "do know that the game is coming along great with working multiplayer!"
Osiris: New Dawn is a multiplayer survival sandbox (yes, another one) set on a dusty distant planet (yes, another one). Not to be confused with ROKH, which is set on Mars and looks quite similar, Osiris was revealed just a few weeks back and is expected to launch on Steam before the end of this very month, which might just be what the delay is all about.
"After crash-landing on an unknown planet you must survive hostile alien conditions through ingenuity and technology... Introducing Osiris: New Dawn, a 3D space survival adventure that highlights the beauty and horror of exploring a foreign, yet gorgeous alien system - an experience that's neither safe nor for the timid."