If, like me, your spring break plans have been thwarted by frigid weather in the forecast, maybe you're looking for something new to do this weekend. If so, take a peek at SkySaga, which last week hit alpha 10. The voxel sandbox updated the floating City of Last Light, buffed character customization, improved the UI and atlas, added new components, and made it so much easier to search and visit other players' homes. Crafting and the economy have seen a major simplification overhaul as well:
"Intermediate components have been removed from the crafting process, which means you can get straight to building what you need. For example - to craft a chair you no longer craft wooden planks on a sawbench and iron bolts in a forge, then combine these parts on a workbench, keeping track of the recipe with a mental shopping list - now you use the raw wood and metal directly in a single crafting device, and immediately hit craft. Simplifying this way means that inventory management gets much simpler, as there are fewer leftover parts. You can batch craft a stack, too - as many as you have materials for. The crafting UI has been drastically simplified and now focuses on the important parts of the process. The item recipe will auto populate if you have the right materials to complete the build."
More recently, the team posted a video walkthrough of cave gameplay. Check them out below.
It's time to get all snuggly in front of a crackling fire, roast up some chestnuts, down a gallon of hot chocolate, and log into your favorite online RPGs for seasonal festivities! Or you could "bah humbug!" your way through the season and ignore all of the silly, free, and rewarding events if you so desire. We're not here to tell you what to do, after all!
With extra time off of work and school, many gamers have the opportunity to take advantage of all of the winter holiday events that are running across MMORPGs, MOBAs, and other online games. Feeling at a loss about where to start? Board the Massively OP sleigh and join us as we take you on a tour of all of the Christmas events going on right now!
Oh that dastardly Drynch! SkySaga isn't even officially released, yet its Midwinter holiday has come under siege by the ever-grumpy Drynch.
"The Drynch has stolen the Midwinter tree and all the decorations from the City of First Light! There’s so much we don’t know: How did this happen, where did everything go, what does the Drynch want, what is under Peregrine’s mask, will there be more questions?" the site asks.
Players will need to work through several seasonal events, including construction projects and ice skating, to lure the Drynch out for an epic showdown. By completing all four Midwinter events, players will win a limited-time banner to display in their homes.
Right now we are in a strange place in MMORPG history. Following the backlash of WoW clones and several high-profile titles that underperformed, major studios are becoming extremely risk-averse to creating big-budget titles the way that we saw not five years ago. Many former MMO teams are diversifying with shooters, MOBAs, and other safer and trendier titles.
Yet all is not lost! MMO features continue to ripple out into all types of game genres and new titles continue to be produced -- just not from the usual suspects. Instead, most of what is on our immediate horizon comes from either crowdfunded indie teams or eastern giants. The good news is that 2017 should see the culmination of many of these long-brewing projects and adaptations, hopefully resulting in a bumper crop of interesting online RPGs for us to play.
So let's run down the list of games that either are or possibly could be coming to you in 2017. We will provide an overview of each title, why you should care about it, and our best guess at the odds of its officially launching during the calendar year. If an upcoming MMO is not on the list, then it is our opinion that while we'll see it eventually, a 2017 release isn't happening.
"Two things I did on Hallows Night: / Made my house April-clear / Left open wide my door / to the ghosts of the year." ~ "All Hollows Night" by Lizette Woodworth Reese
Is your door open to the ghosts and ghouls of MMORPGs this season? They are definitely shambling up your walkway, looking to tell you of the grim delights of the holiday in your favorite online games. Indeed, Halloween season is upon us, which means that MMOs have an excuse to break out their favorite yearly festivities.
With so much to look at and do, you might be in a terrible fright trying to figure out what to do first. We consulted our Massively OP gravedigger Bram (he's on retainer), who offers surprisingly good advice for sorting out the Halloween season in MMOs and getting the most out of the holiday. We recorded his words in this guide, although beware to the soul that reads them all -- Bram might be seeing you before the week is up. MUAHAHAHA.
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 week we take a look at how SkySaga is handling a particularly tricky issue regarding player trading and recipes. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Pokemon Go, Landmark, Heroes of the Storm, and more, 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!
Alpha 9 has descended upon British-born voxelbox SkySaga.
"We've made a lot of changes to SkySaga this Alpha and added some really awesome new features we think you'll love!" writes Community QA Manager PirateScott. "Along with a completely redesigned City of First Light comes the mysterious Lumostone - a magical wireless method of connecting devices (having to open a door with your hands is sooooo Alpha 8 after all!). Now you can hook doors up to pressure plates using logic networks, and therefore have them open as you approach! We've also revamped the tutorial and Forest Mastery quest chain, changed how chests work on Adventures, made changes to combat, added some new voxels, amazing new weapons and armour, and updated the UI in a big way!"
Smilegate has posted a new trailer to accompany the rollout (it's tucked below!). North American, European, and Aussie players are still able to sign up for the closed testing on the official site. A formal release date has not been set.
Last month's SkySaga Alpha 8 patch is getting a helping hand this week with a small but important update that adds new options for adventuring and socializing.
With yesterday's Alpha 8.3.2, SkySaga now offers realm dungeons, jungle mastery quests, and the ability to queue up for activities no matter where you are in the world. Guilds got a helping hand with the update as well, as there are new guild islands for sale, group chat, and the option to kick those pesky members who step out of line when they start spouting bawdy limericks.
Have you tried this game out yet? If so, then you'll want to read up on the patch notes for all of the changes and additions.
Smilegate's voxelbox SkySaga enters its eighth phase of alpha today with a number of new additions, including... endgame. Yes, there's a new tier of endgame armor recipes and a new mastery quest chain that unlock master dungeons for 2-6 players (grouping with said players is also new in this build). Testers can also expect tweaks to adventures "to make them more interesting," blueprint trading, and a diurnal cycle with new night time vs. daytime gameplay.
Good news, Tree of Savior fans - the game is slated to hit the international stage soon. How soon? That's still up in the air. But it does mean that the game is going to be coming over here after what seems like endless waffling and a long period of back-and-forth. Good news if you are super interested in the trees which saved people from... rivers, or something. (I am not actually clear on the game's premise.)
It's been a quieter week than the past few for betas, but still, there have been developments:
- Black Desert is done with its beta, with headstart pre-loading becoming available tomorrow for eligible players. If you haven't already purchased a headstart package, though, you've missed your chance. Please turn to the comment section if it becomes necessary to wail or gnash your teeth.
- The latest test build for SkySaga is available, and it allows you to take selfies. Which is really what 80% of all game screenshots were already, so it's just making it official.
- An alpha playtest for Das Tal is slated for the spring, and it's going to be massive. How massive? Very massive. So at least three people, maybe four.
- Want to support The Repopulation? The game is looking for some testers for its survival spinoff Fragmented, and testing it will help the studio refine any and all issues with said spinoff, which in turn will make the game better and allow the developers to make more money. Everybody wins!
- Last but not least, if you're eagerly anticipating Camelot Unchained and everything it promises, you should know that City State Entertainment is currently in a hard crunch mode to get the first beta out to backers.
If none of that tickles your fancy, that's all right, as we still have our full list of beta titles just below. Let us know if something has carefully snuck beneath our radar in the comments!
Voxelbox SkySaga has just entered its seventh round of alpha, dubbed the "Settler" update. Of note, the game has been patched with a new game mode called "Build Off," in which players compete in a race "against the clock and each other to build something awesome." There's also new Settler gear, an updated medal system, world adjustments, new NPCs in the City of First Light, new emotes, and a selfie mode.
Signups for the game's testing phase - a real and actual testing phase! - are ongoing.
We've included the trailers below!
I was just remarking the other day how odd it is to me that so many early access and alpha games are taking the time and effort to include actual holiday events. Back when I was just a wee... 20-something, holidays were reserved for released titles, not those still in construction. But why complain when it's something fun for testers to do?
Anyway, this is all to say that SkySaga's latest alpha patch includes a new Midwinter event. During this time, players can enjoy the decorations and loot special chests from mobs that contain all sorts of seasonal goodies. There are new crafting recipes for cheery furniture to be found and hints of a special secret location as well.
The patch also increased the visibility of PvP on the UI and tackled a whole host of bugs.