snail games

Chinese studio known best in the west for Age of Wushu.

Steam Workshop modding is live in Dark and Light today

Modders, start your engines: The Dark and Light dev kit is officially available as of today, meaning that modding and uploading those goodies to the Steam Workshop for the early access title is now happening. It’s apparently a little bit behind schedule, but it’s already attracting some player love; I spy nine mods already as I type this, including tweaks for workbenches, magic, weapons, gardening, lamps, and creature textures. The improved building mod might be the most useful so far!

“Aspiring programmers and modders will have the full power of the Unreal Engine’s modding tools to introduce new content and unlock extensive game functionality for an open environment. Blueprints for gameplay mechanics such as spells and AI behavior trees will be accessible, alongside source art. Snail Games hopes players will put their own stamp on the world of Archos, by importing custom artwork to transform the game world visually, experiment with the entire ecosystem and devise their own game modes.”

As far as official content goes, the game’s most recent update tinkered with optimization upgrades and smashed bugs.

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best mount selection?

Lately my attention has been arrested by all of the news coming out about Battle for Azeroth’s mounts. I know it’s totally dorky, but I’m really intrigued by the notion of riding a giant bee. Seriously, I want that bee mount yesterday. Yes, it’s completely impractical and bordering on farce, but it’s right down my alley.

There have been many opinions over the years about mount selections and varieties in MMORPGs. Some people enjoy the diversity and creativity that these exude while others find them annoying and immersion-breaking. I can appreciate how LOTRO keeps its mounts somewhat more practical while still having a blast with RIFT’s eclectic array (racing snail, awayyyy!).

Which MMO has the best mount selection — and why?

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VR-based ARK Park has patched in free locomotion and better tutorials

How’s virtual reality dino land ARK Park doing since its early access launch one month ago? Magic 8 Ball says reply hazy. Steam’s aggregated review score is currently “mixed,” with even even positive reviews admitting the game lacks content and scope, which lines up neatly with our own impressions of the game.

Snail (apparently rightly) believes one of the game’s major problems is the movement system, and it’s just addressed that with what it’s calling a “major update,” which is already being received well by the community.

“One of the biggest issues is locomotion. You wanted free movement so here it is! Our dev team has been working hard on the movement system and now you have the option to choose between teleportation and free locomotion.”

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The MOP Up: EverQuest II’s Fallen Gate moves forward (April 22, 2017)

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 Uncharted Waters OnlineThe DivisionPaladinsTERAReign of GuildsWar ThunderEscape from TarkovMagic the Gathering ArenaHearthstoneHeroes of the StormWakfuARK ParkEverQuest IIPokemon GoElder Scrolls OnlineCrossoutEverQuestNeverwinter, Citadel, and Kritika Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Seal Online embraces a cartoony spirit (April 15, 2018)

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 Seal OnlineTrovePokemon GoSea of ThievesTales of GaiaBattleriteWar of RightsPUBGWorld of WarcraftCity of HeroesWill to Live Online, and Prosperous Universe, all waiting for you after the break!

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Dark and Light is devoting April to bug fixes

In the game development sphere, developers take part in two separate but equally important tasks: The development of features to add content to the game, and the correction of bugs resulting from those features. (Insert a Law & Order sound effect here.) Dark and Light has decided that it’s time to devote more resources to the latter for this month, and thus April will be a month of bug fixes. No real content, just bug fixes.

Of course, this also comes right after the game’s last update included a fair bit of new content, so it’s not as if players are necessarily starving for things to be done. But that patch had to be delayed multiple times due to critical bugs, so now the developers are spending a month just tracking down and fixing problems. Which might not be as immediately exciting as new content, but it does make existing content more fun because it’s not buggy. Swings and roundabouts.

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GDC 2018: ARK Park’s Snail Games on VR, science, and the future of the franchise

As you may recall, I was given just a little time to hit up Snail Games’ ARK Park a few days before I left for GDC 2018. I was able to make it to the games’ launch party, but as I’d already played the game, it was mostly useful for talking to people involved in its creation between speeches/demos. However, afterwards, I was allowed to pass some questions on to Snail Games Vice President Tianqi “Sky” Wu about bugs, science, and the future of ARK. We have some exclusive information about that last tip, but don’t worry, no chief engineers, computer programmers, or lawyers were harmed in the making of this game. Well, not physically, at least.

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The Stream Team: A first peek at PixARK

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…

What: PixARK
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

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ARK-inspired PixARK enters early access

It’s a big day for a small game.

If you’ve been seeking a title that has the visual aesthetics of Trove and the dino-taming madness of ARK, then PixARK is here to fill that incredibly specific void in your life. The Snail Games title, which freely admits being inspired by ARK, went into early access today on both Steam and Xbox.

In PixARK, a group of players struggle to survive on an island with all sorts of dangers (including testy dinos). To save the day, lots and lots of crafting and building must ensue. The game boasts over 100 dinosaurs and other creatures that can be tamed and ridden.

Players can pick up the title on sale for $20 through Steam through April 3rd, after which it will revert to $25. It will be releasing on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch later in 2018.

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The Daily Grind: What’s the most creative way MMOs thwart toxicity?

Forget group-kicks: If you’re a tool in Sea of Thieves, your own shipmates might just opt to stuff you in the brig – “a holding cell located on the bottom of the ship that disruptive players can be sent to after a democratic vote is held by their shipmates,” explains Polygon in a piece last week. The idea is to give toxic or obnoxious players a chance to apologize or shape up, even roleplay their way out of the situation they created.

This kind of penalty isn’t entirely new to MMOs, whether we’re talking jail in Ultima Online or Age of Wushu, but it’s certainly creative, right? At least as long as the majority of your ship isn’t toxic and you’re the one being shoved into a cell.

What’s the most creative in-game way you’ve seen an online game studio thwart toxicity?

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The MOP Up: Final Fantasy XIV gets primal (March 25, 2017)

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 Destiny 2ScumPokemon Go, OrbusVRDauntlessHeroes of the Storm, SkyforgeElswordOld School RuneScapeMapleStory BlitzDestiny 2The Elder Scrolls LegendsProsperous UniverseFinal Fantasy XIVMU LegendWakfu, and Dark and Light, all waiting for you after the break!

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First impressions of the newly launched ARK Park

By the time you read this dear reader, I’ll already be dead… dead tired, that is, from running around the Game Developer’s Conference talking to developers from such companies as Snail Games about upcoming games like ARK Park. Ahead of my meeting about the game, I was granted a review copy so I could get some time in with the real thing before my interview and end of the media embargo. As my Oculus Rift set-up isn’t exactly travel-friendly, and I can be prone to motion sickness, I only had enough time to jump into the game for a few scant hours. It was an interesting experience, since the game wasn’t simultaneously available to the public, and that meant I was probably missing out on the critical social factor for my impressions. Nevertheless, I think they’re worth hashing out. Let’s dig in.

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Snail’s mobile MMO Blade Reborn plans global launch on March 27

Here’s another one we’ve never heard of: Blade Reborn. It’s a Snail Games mobile game, and the studio is calling it a full-fledged action MMORPG, though maybe OARPG would be more accurate.

Blade Reborn gives players a whole new game experience of dungeon explorations with Action features, in-combat weapon switching mechanics and tons of unique PVP modes. Players have found out the deepest secret in the dungeon with the choice of 3 distinct warring classes: The Fast-immortal wizard, the incomparable warrior, the Silent fatal assassin, each of those class wields 2 weapons with 4 unique skills, which empowers them to attack with destructive combos. Furthermore, there are up to 64 skill talents can be used to create a unique build for the character.”

Apparently, today’s launch is being touted as a soft-launch for Australia and Northern Europe following a Russian and Brazilian beta that’s just concluded. The company’s Facebook says the global release is set for March 27th.

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