Did it happen? Are the rumors true? Yes, my friends, Shroud of the Avatar is actually launched now. The game has launched. Which probably means very little for the people who are already playing and have been during the 66 million years of early access, or the people who are not playing for whatever reason. But it launched!
And as long as we’re talking about 66 million years, let’s kick off our list of other beta news!
- Why is that number relevant? Well, it’s the approximate date of the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. But they came back in pixel form with PixARK, which is now available in early access! So you can start playing that now and maybe explore 300 islands.
- If you want to definitely explore 300 islands, get yourself over to Worlds Adrift, which is adding that number of player-made islands to the game. That’s a lot! It’s less than two million, though.
- There are over two million people who have registered accounts for Star Citizen, although how many of those are people with multiple accounts is both unclear and probably not relevant. It’s not like you can’t make an account without being a backer.
- You’re going to need to back Project Gorgon to keep playing soon, though, as its free universal access is ending soon. Of course, you have had years to get in on that free testing. You had plenty of time to pick up gear with all sorts of silly stats on it.
- But you cannot pick up silly stat gear in Chronicles of Elyria, which will make sure that you have to very seriously slowly add and remove multiple layers of very serious protective gear when you wish to change clothes. It’s serious business.
Equally serious business is our list of games in testing just below, which contains the best information we have at the moment about the test state of various titles. Is something a little off? Please, let us know down in the comments so we can test it out. We appreciate it; the rumors to that effect are true.
Welcome to our first peek inside PixARK! OK, so that may not be a catchy title, but Massively OP’s MJ is too focused on catching herself some blocky dinos. The Minecrafty ARK mix just launched yesterday, and MJ is dying (possibly literally — there are dinos after all) to play it! She simply can’t resist pet dinos. As a veteran of ARK, how will she do in this new environment? Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. to find out as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a very first look at…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
The first round of open beta testing for TERA on consoles went well. (According to the developers, at least.) What can be done to extend that warm fuzzy feeling? Why, doing it all over again, obviously. Although you won’t be allowed into this particular second round if you weren’t in the first round, we’re sorry to say. It’s standing room only.
Meanwhile, the magnificently quirky Project Gorgon has entered early access, so you can go buy it now. Unless you have some deep-seated fear of being turned into a cow or something.
Elsewhere in the beta universe… war was beginning.
You know what? We’re dropping the war thing to just let you know that there’s a list of games in testing below and you can let us know if we missed one or two important phase changes. Sometimes that happens when we’re in the trenches. The war against the onrushing tide of titles is never-ending.
Voxel fans, dinosaur fiends, and survival sandbox freaks have surely had their eyes on PixARK since its original announcement last summer. It’s one of Snail’s many (many!) ARK Survival Evolved spinoffs, and the company has just hardened up its early access release date: March 27th. That’s for both Steam and Xbox One. “PixARK will be coming to retail and digital on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox One X later in 2018,” Snail says.
We previously noted that in spite of its cutesy graphics, it seemed like much more of a cutthroat survivalbox than its closest MMO cognates, but development on Steam suggests plenty of sandbox builder goodness too. Snail is touting both single-player and online multiplayer, collections, base-building, character progression, character customization, procedurally generated worlds, a sandbox mode, eight biomes, and 100 dinos and critters to “tame, train, and ride.”
There’s a new trailer to celebrate the occasion, naturally. It’s down below.
So you’re a Minecraft kind of soul. You like that sort-of-pixelish-but-not-really look. Your friend is an ARK: Survival Evolved junkie. She’s more about dinosaurs and that flavor of survival. You both want some character creation and character progression and fantasy touches. Where can you both be happy? Why, PixARK, of course. It’s like ARK and Minecraft had a baby, and that baby has lots of jagged edges and monsters roaming around.
It’s an unusual baby.
Yes, PixARK has just been announced for a planned March Early Access kickoff, with full release taking place later this year. We don’t know a whole lot about the game just yet, but you can get some sense of what it’s aiming for with the trailer and some screenshots below. If you’d like the survival sandbox elements with a bit more craft and a bit less stabbing others in the face, this might be something to keep an eye on.
What’s that squishy sound? Oh yeah, it’s the sound of an IP being milked. I’m talking about Snail Games’ new Minecraft clone PixArk, which is apparently based in the same IP as ARK: Survival Evolved and Snail Games’ own ARK Park. The title is planned as a bit more of a survivalbox than voxelbox MMO counterparts like Trove, however. Expect first-person view, machine guns, and dinosaurs.
2P reports that Snail Games announced at ChinaJoy that the game will indeed come west, so yay! If you like voxel games, this one actually looks pretty cute. The trailer’s down below.