PvP stands for player-vs.-player. PvP can take the form of virtual combat, economic trade, political machinations, or other competition.
When it comes to notable years in the MMORPG genre’s history, 2008 stands out as one of the most significant. World of Warcraft’s debut onto the scene in 2004 caused an upheaval in ways far too numerous to go into detail here. Suffice to say that its overwhelming popularity drew the attention of game designers who looked at the staggering numbers of players and found themselves envious of the potential to grab a slice of that money pie.
Many projects went into high gear following WoW’s launch, with plenty of them trying to copy the formula and structure that Blizzard established in the hopes of making it at least partially as big as that game. So-called WoW clones began to pepper the market and there was a sense that gamers were ready to move on from World of Warcraft to the next generation of MMOs. In many players’ minds, this would be either 2008’s Age of Conan or Warhammer Online, two big-budget MMOs with strong IPs that carried a lot of the weight of expectation.
Little did anyone realize that 2008 represented a bubble that was about to burst on the industry and the WoW clones that followed — including Warhammer Online. Today, we’re going to take a look at “bears, bears, bears,” the high hopes of Mythic Entertainment, and how WAR became a casaulty on its own battlefield.
Succeed or die trying: That’s the attitude you’ve got to have when heading into EVE Online’s
new Abyssal Deadspace instances
CCP explained what these unique packets of space-time contain and what players can do in them when the Into the Abyss expansion lands: “Abyssal Deadspace is a new type of encounter in EVE focused around short session solo gameplay, with some very ‘EVE‘ type opportunities for interaction. As a player you are making a series of strategic decisions that are different each session. You build up mastery between sessions by learning the patterns in the abyss. If you do well you will be rewarded, if not; you die.”
Eager to watch — or even participate in — the next big Guild Wars 2 tournament? Then you’ll want to stay tuned to the Unity Gaming Organization 5v5 Conquest Tournament that’s kicking off this weekend.
UGO’s tournament is back from last year and prizes players who can adjust to the most recent meta for the MMO. Players can sign up for the tournament through this Saturday and tune in to watch others compete for a growing prize pool, gems, and in-game gold. In fact, the organization is asking fans to contribute gold and money to boost these rewards.
The North American tournie will take place on Sunday, May 20th, while the European version is coming a little later on June 3rd. Both can be viewed live on Twitch.
There’s gold in them thar Wild West Online hills! Massively OP’s MJ has a map that will show her where she can mine some gold and she’s not afraid to use it. It’s also a good time to talk about this western’s proposed changes to make PvE more possible with being caught up in PvP. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to see if MJ survives the gold rush. If she strikes it rich, she might even spend some time at the roulette wheel.
What: Wild West Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 18th, 2018
There will be two sorts of reactions to the idea of sharing patch notes from the future for Crowfall. One group of people will be adamant that you can’t share something from the future, that as soon as you share it that’s part of the present even if it pertains to the future. The other group will just be excited to hear about the stuff in patch 5.6 which only a small group of players get to test right now. These two forces will struggle eternally, if “eternally” means “not at all.” But the patch notes are here! In video form!
The video covers things like race and class powers, keybindings (you can now use ESDF instead of WASD if you haven’t developed years of reflexes for one and refuse to change), the command skill tree, and other options. It also covers even minor things like the changes to Sprint and Jump to make them immediate client-side powers so that the abilities feel less delayed; the team is looking into other powers to ensure that you feel like things happen when they ought to rather than “in a quarter-second.” Check out the full video just below.
When Daybreak’s Columbus Nova fiasco and layoffs were hitting last month, most of the company’s MMORPGs resurfaced without missing a beat, reassuring their playerbases that the patches would continue and the titles would see ongoing support. That wasn’t the case for the survival half of the original H1Z1 known as Just Survive. The lack of communication and information had prompted many players to assume the game would be “Landmarked” – that is, finally released from early access/beta to earn a little launch money and then quietly sunsetted.
But late last night, Daybreak finally tossed its fans on Reddit a bone. Technical Director Mitch Evans apologized for the silence, saying that he still has a “small yet passionate team” working on the game.
“Right now, we are focused on making sure you continue to enjoy the game, so the majority of our resources are spent mostly on maintaining game stability, fixing game-breaking bugs, and improving anti-cheat methods,” he writes.
One of the goals for the new owners of APB Reloaded and Fallen Earth is to avoid falling into the same traps as the past. Little Orbit CEO Matthew Scott has posted a new entry about the impending changes to community management, starting with Tiggs moving out of her current composite role of producer, community manager, and customer support manager. Instead, she’ll be working in more of an advisory capacity while more people are brought in to more effectively split up her overabundance of responsibilities.
The current customer support manager and community managers from Little Orbit will be stepping in to take over the GamersFirst library. The owners are also rolling out a new support site for the games as well as new forum software, although the existing forum posts will still be available to see. Players are encouraged to keep asking Scott questions about the future, although he acknowledges it can’t be his top priority to answer them immediately. So you might have to wait a little while.
If you suspected, as I did, that Wild West Online might not get much in the way of updates after its bizarrely hasty launch, prepare to be relieved as a new update is on the way to allay those fears. In fact, it’s being called a “relatively big redesign of the game.” What’s going into it? It’s not set in stone yet, but 612 Games has some ideas, and a lot of those ideas are going to appeal to PvE-centric players who don’t really want to get shot.
That begins with the faction system, which is apparently once again the subject of proposed changes. “You will still be fighting for McFarlane or Steele when capturing Towns, but you won’t need to choose your faction on character creation. It’ll be a more fluid system. Town Captures will be balanced – we’re basically borrowing base balancing/gameplay from Battlefield 1 on this,” the studio says. “Players who want to do activities beside PvP will be able to do that relatively safe. […] So basically there’ll be no killing on sight or grieving of players leaving the safety of the towns. All towns will be safe zones unless of course, the town is actively under siege by Factions.”
If it seems as if we’ve been covering Albion Online for a long time, that’s because it’s true. In fact, the game officially launched almost a year ago – you’ll recall it as the PvP sandbox that survived exortiony DDOS attacks, slammed servers, and a round of layoffs. One thing it didn’t do? Port to Steam. But we can’t say that anymore, as the title has officially landed on Steam as of today, complete with achievements and a big fame boost for the next week.
Do note that this is a buy-to-play title, though its $30 basegame pricetag has been cut down to under $20 as part of the launch festivities. Naturally, there are bigger bundles for fatter wallets too as well as a sale of all the game’s packs and upgrades. Referring a buddy? The new season of rewards for that has also just kicked off.
Stretch your mind back to February 20th, when Hi-Rez’s SMITE-infused free-to-play online card game Hand of the Gods formally launched. The studio appeared to be actively supporting the game back then, with patches and tournaments and packs and Twitch promotions.
And then, just about three weeks ago, the information and update flow completely and dramatically stopped.
Reddit is freaking out. Discord is freaking out. The general consensus and concern is that the game is dead. One rumor floated in the game’s chat is that there’s now just one Hi-Rez dev on the game and he’s also working on another game, but we stress that’s just a rumor. Either way, the devs aren’t communicating with the public, players, and press about this launched live title; Hi-Rez’s Stewart Chisam, who recently told SMITE’s subreddit that he aimed to improve patch quality and communication between that game’s staff and players, has not responded to a public inquiry made by a prominent YouTuber. The playerbase is begging for information and simply getting nothing.
As some of you may remember, I wasn’t terribly impressed with Conan Exiles when it first went into Early Access last year. It wasn’t exactly that the game was rough, but just more of the same: free-for-all PvP with people constantly zerg killing each other, now with slavery and some dragons!
But Funcom has done a lot to flesh out the game since then. My GDC look at the game gave me hope, and although the PvE conflict switcharoo is really upsetting, I actually have to say that, mechanically, Funcom has won me over. While I normally track my playtime, I have to admit that I spent far too much time playing Exiles. Sadly, I didn’t get to experience clans, god summoning, purges, teleportation, massive battles, or slavery, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying. In fact, Conan Exiles should give all of us, PvE players included, a reason to pay more attention to the survival genre.
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin do their darndest to shape the MMO industry by holding up Wild West Online as a cautionary tale and talking about how studios need to think before applying real-world labels to games.
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If you’ve ever felt like SMITE
has mined out a few pantheons for all the material that’s available, you’ll be happy to know that patch 5.8
doesn’t just mark the launch of the Slavic deity Chernobog. No, this is part of the new Divine Uprising event
, bringing out a wholly new balance to the game as well as three new pantheons getting added into the mix. And that’s just the start; after all, there is
the aforementioned Chernobog.
The patch also adjust balance for several existing gods and offers new skins, along with some tweaked item balance across the board. Of course, the patch isn’t perfect, and a thread of known issues has already been started; we can only hope that those are addressed sooner rather than later. Still, though, the promise of entirely new groups of myths to fight against? That has to be worth something.