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!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Astroneer, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Closers Online, Dragon’s Dogma Online, Mu Legend, Ragnarok Online, Soulworker Online, OrbusVR, Skyforge, Age of Wushu, SamuTale, and Crossout, all waiting for you after the break!
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!
When City of Heroes closed, fans moved on to many places, one of which was the “Plan Z” category of games that were meant to make spiritual sequels. Valiance Online is one such game, and it has announced both its launch business model and its upcoming alpha. Congratulations to the team on that one!
Of course, that was hardly the only bit of test-based news this week. Don’t believe me? Why not have a peek at some more stories, then?
- The open beta for AdventureQuest 3D is kicking off on October 18th. Mostly. Some platforms will get it before others. That’s still open beta, but it makes sense to hedge bets, sort of.
- Trion announced that RIFT’s Starfall Prophecy expansion will enter open beta on October 13th.
- Bless Online is starting its closed beta! In Russia. Not here. Put down the pitchforks.
- Wild Terra is wilding (yes, I know, that’s not a verb) its way on to Steam on December 1st, complete with PvP and skill revamps before then. There’s nothing to indicate that this will include adding giant robots to the game, but there’s nothing to indicate it won’t, either.
- SamuTale is in closed alpha and just added an update full of horses. How many horses? All the horses. And you should stay on those horses because otherwise roving bands of horse death will descend on them. I wish that was a joke.
- Eco‘s next alpha update is being bumped to October 24th to finish refining everything and accurately modeling the interplay of biomes. So you’ll have to wait a little while longer on that.
- It’s also the first anniversary of Armored Warfare‘s open beta, which… well, it seems like that’s the point when you’d just call it “launch,” but be that as it may. There are events to accompany that, because of course there are.
And as always, there’s a list of games below covering the stuff that’s in various test phases around the MMO universe. Is there something missing that should be there, or something that quietly shifted phases without us noticing? Let us know down in the comments.
If you bought a founder’s pack for SamuTale, you could have been already playing in the game’s closed alpha… but you couldn’t have done so on a horse. And really, who could bear to live such a sad, horseless existence? Nobody. Nobody in the world. So take heart that the game’s most recent update adds in horses, allowing founder’s pack owners to grab their own personal horses and new horses from a horse vendor. It’s horses all the way down now.
There are two major things to consider when owning a horse, however. First of all, horses remain around even when you’re offline, so you’ll want a settlement with an enclosure to keep the horse safe; otherwise, people can just walk up and steal or kill your horse. (And you can do the same to others who do not heed this fact, because hey, free horse.) The other element to consider is that horses like to eat food, so you’ll want to get horse feed. And yes, your horse can also go hungry and starve if you’re offline and forget to feed it. It’s almost like owning a real horse!
You would think that cross-platform play for games would generally be a thing by now, but the fact that I can only get a copy of Mighty No. 9 for one platform after backing it originally makes it clear that this is still a world of divided platforms. AdventureQuest 3D, on the other hand, is really trying to be a game that can be played on almost any device used by anyone anywhere, meaning that you can play at your home on your computer and then take it on the road with your phone. We took an in-depth look at the title this week, so that’s something you ought to check out.
It’s generally been a pretty quiet beta week, but “quiet” isn’t a synonym for “absolutely stagnant,” either:
- A new Paladins patch has been rolled out, with a new free rotation and a rework to how you can buy specific cards. No more randomly hoping for the right card at a given rarity! (Thanks to Sorenthaz for letting us know.)
- SamuTale‘s testing is going to start in the legendary land of Soon, but until it happens you can assure yourself access with a relatively cheap founder’s pack. I’d say that’s noteworthy.
- Speaking of buying and selling stuff, are you curious about how that’s going to work out with Gigantic? Because those questions were asked and answered in that game’s recent AMA following the Perfect World Entertainment partnership.
- Are you more of the storytelling sort? You should be happy that the most recent big Landmark patch has made storytelling much better. Story saving, resets, and easier nodes are all part of making a tale easier to craft. Not that it will make your characters any more compelling, alas.
Oh, and let’s also note that we do have that list just below. There are a lot of games on it! We go through and trim it out, trying to make sure that everything on there should be on there… but if something doesn’t deserve it, could you let us know down in the comments? We appreciate it.
The first alpha tests for SamuTale are scheduled to start soon, which is excellent news for anyone who has a deep and passionate love for full-loot PvP sandboxes with colorful samurai. Want to be sure you can get in on the testing? Buy a founder’s pack with guaranteed alpha access, and you’ll be there to start playing on the day that the game opens its test servers. You could be one of the first to get killed and looted!
Three packs are on offer for players, with all three being fairly cheap (the biggest one tops out at around $34) and a special discount applied to early purchasers to make them even cheaper. You can also sign up to test without paying a cent, but if you want to be certain you’ll get in, buying a founder’s pack is the way to go.
“Boundaries” and “limitations” are not words that the makers of SamuTale like to incorporate into their design philosophy. This upcoming sandbox MMO seems to pride itself on breaking down traditional walls, including featuring a classless character system and full-loot PvP.
SamuTale puts players in the role of a samurai who can explore a colorful and seemingly charming little world while putting his or her stamp on it. The game accommodates both the adventurer and the homesteader, offering combat, farming, crafting, and housing.
The game has been in development since 2013 and is currently accepting alpha sign-ups. You can watch SamuTale’s most recent development video after the jump!