star citizen

Official Site: Star Citizen
Studio: Cloud Imperium Games Corporation/Roberts Space Industries
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Sci-fi Sandbox
Business Model: B2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Perfect Ten: MMORPGs that help you get your spaceship on

Sometimes even the most die-hard MMORPG player finds him or herself a little tired of constantly looking at the back of a head and a running butt. We yearn to slip the surly bonds of the world to explore the cosmos in our very own rocket ship to see what is out there. E.T., are you taking house calls? Can we hang for a little while? I brought Reese’s Pieces!

Getting this experience isn’t quite as easy as, say, finding an MMO that caters to the dragon-slaying crowd. It’s well-known that sci-fi MMORPGs are in the minority, and only a fraction of those center around or contain some element of space flight and combat. However, over the years we’ve seen online games here and there allow us to live out our fantasies of being a space jockey, whether in the form of a trader, a fighter pilot, or an explorer.

Today, let’s look at 10 MMOs, past and present, that helped us get our spaceship on!

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Make My MMO: Smed’s new studio, Camelot’s beta, and Elite’s Holo-Me (February 18, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, we did a retrospective on why crowdfunded MMOARPG Hero’s Song failed. It’s almost as if Justin knew (cue spooky music) because two days later, Hero’s Song’s John Smedley and most of the Pixelmage team showed up at Amazon, announcing a new studio and a new game for the shopping giant’s games division. In other words, don’t expect Smed back on Kickstarter any time soon.

Meanwhile, Star Citizen’s alpha 2.6.1 went live, we poked around TUG’s status, Elite Dangerous demoed its upcoming “Holo-Me” character creator, The Exiled prepped for next week’s launch, Ruin of the Reckless entered its backer test phase, and Camelot Unchained hinted at beta.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on.

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Star Citizen free-fly, 3.0 release interview, and Around the Verse

Valentine’s Day may be over, but the chalky candy hearts and five-foot teddy bears remain. You know what’s one other thing that’s still around? Star Citizen’s Valentine’s Day promotion, which will let you fly a multi-crew ship with your friends for free through the weekend.

There’s also a new interview out with RSI’s Erin Roberts, who addresses the big 3.0 release among other topics: “We’re working hard on 3.0 right now and you’ve hopefully seen some great stuff we’re putting into it on the tour. We’re still at the start of the year and there is a lot of scheduling work going on so I’m obviously not giving dates today and of course we want to give the juicy information to the community first, but we’re looking at putting out perhaps two or three big releases this year which significantly push the amount of locations, gameplay mechanics, and content that the players will be able to experience and give feedback on.”

Finally, Star Citizen fans have a new Around the Verse episode to digest and discuss. See the Prospector and Super Hornet in action, and listen to the devs talk about the difficulties of creating multi-regional servers after the break.

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Massively OP’s guide to Valentine’s Day around the MMORPG verse

Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots — and I do mean lots — of pink? Valentine’s day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that’s who. Read on for our guide to Valentine’s Day around the MMORPG verse!

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The MOP Up: Free tanks for all! (February 12, 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!

This week we have stories and videos from H1Z1, Gloria Victis, Diablo 3Path of ExileRiftStar RaidersGiganticLineage MLeague of LegendsFish Island 2Wild Buster OnlineHeroes of Incredible TalesWorld of TanksGod Eater OnlineClosers Online, and Star Citizen, all waiting for you after the break!

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Make My MMO: Camelot Unchained, Mekria, TUG, and more (February 11, 2017)

This week in MMO crowfunding was… well, it was a big week for gaming in general, and Kickstarted games rose to the challenge! In fact, we could barely pump out the news fast enough. Here’s what went on this week:

  • Camelot Unchained continued work on “big ticket” development issues, like animation and effects and abilities for bots.
  • Mekria Online, which we introduced only last week, has already canceled its Kickstarter; the studio vows to return with more to show players next round.
  • Ashes of Creation released its first gameplay video, a “movie-like” version that’ll see a UI-laden edition next week.
  • Gloria Victis introduced its new Glory system as well as the ability to burn down ALL THE THINGS. Seriously.
  • TUG’s latest Kickstarter update tells backers that the team is working on gameplay prototyping and touted its recent investor presentation.
  • Ship of Heroes previewed one of its signature heroes, Dr. Ellen Strikewell.
  • Shards Online is prepping for its Steam launch with an impending wipe and NDA drop.
  • Valiance Online posted four new videos of the alpha client! We’ve tucked one down below.
  • Crowfall canceled its weekend playtest over studio concerns that the current version of the build isn’t up to snuff.
  • Grim Dawn rolled out a massive new patch.
  • and Shroud of the Avatar rounds out my super-long list with a post-mortem Q&A — video and text versions — on its latest release.

I told you it was busy, and there’s more down below! Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on.

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Star Citizen’s Around the Verse on the ship pipeline and ‘dead body tech’

This week’s Star Citizen Around the Verse episode heralds the game’s 2.6.1 update, which has gone live for the hand-picked special test crew of the Evocati. Following a brief check-in with the Austin studio, the video’s highlight is an in-depth feature on the ship pipeline, so start at 06m20s if you’re dying to learn about how the game’s zillions of ships are rolled out.

Speaking of dying! This ATV includes a tease for “dead body tech,” which is too amusing not to note. CG Supervisor Forrest Stephan explains: “A big part of the build up for 3.0, corpses are part of the set dressing. You know in the wrecks, the abandoned ships and we wanted a way to use our loadouts, our current characters instead of placing these temporary props so we developed a system to use a physics based approach to having designers place these dead bodies everywhere.”

Festive. The whole episode, including bodies fallin’ from the sky set to very solemn music, is below!

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The Daily Grind: What MMORPGs are you no longer anticipating?

Many months ago, an /r/mmorpg Redditor posted up a reverse sort of award list: a list of MMOs he had stopped anticipating.

I hung onto that link all this time because I thought it’d be perfect to bring back up now that award season is over. Star Citizen won our most anticipated award, and I know that it hasn’t really taken longer than a good MMO should, but I think I’ve stopped seriously pining for it since doing so seemed kind of pointless. It’s just such a long way away. And while it’s still going to be a no-brainer to play it, I’m not “anticipating” it in anything like an active way anymore. It’s coming, but I’ve lost my conscious hype. Maybe that’s always the danger when we know too much too soon.

How about you? Are there incoming MMORPGs or other online games you were once all hot and bothered about but now are no longer anticipating?

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Make My MMO: Mekria, Caribbean Conquest, and RUiN hit Kickstarter (February 4, 2017)

It was a busy week for new MMO Kickstarters!

  • Mekria Online joins the Make My MMO watch list; it’s a PvP-heavy MMO seeking $110,000.
  • RUiN joins up too, though as a PvP arena brawler, it’s a bit on our fringes. It’s already at half its goal with a month left to go. (Thanks, Zanetski!)
  • and Age of Sail MMO Caribbean Conquest is back online with its second Kickstarter (the first was canceled last year).

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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Star Citizen’s Around the Verse explores the music of Squadron 42

Music and sound for Squadron 42 is the focus of this week’s Star Citizen Across the Verse show. The team brought on Emmy Award-winning Composer Geoff Zanelli to handle the score, who is also the focus of the episode’s featured interview. Zanelli has worked on a variety of projects, including several Pirates of the Caribbean films, HBO’s The Pacific miniseries, and the Call of Duty Nintendo DS games.

You can watch the episode after the break (and the music interview begins at the five-minute mark).

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Star Citizen introduces new community video and fan-produced short film ‘The Shuttle’

Star Citizen is upping its community game. If you hadn’t noticed or were used to the old Around the Verse schedule, know CIG has been pumping out a ton of videos and new features in the last couple of weeks. One of those is the brand-new Citizens of the Stars, this week hosted by Community Manager Jared “Disco Lando” Huckaby and focusing on community members themselves.

The episode includes multiple “citizen spotlights” of fan content being produced around the game’s, including a player who designed a language chart for the game, a player who used Google SketchUp to model the bridge of ship, and a player who created a short fan film called The Shuttle. But the highlight is the middle section, in which CIG’s Ben Lesnick sits for a rapid-fire, two-minute Q&A, answering basic questions on game insurance, buy-back tokens, Duck Tales, and the infamous “Ben dance.” He’s a good sport.

Check out the episode — and The Shuttle — below.

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Make My MMO: Elite Dangerous betas Commanders 2.3 next month (January 28, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Frontier announced that the beta for Elite Dangerous’ 2.3 update, dubbed Commanders, will release to Horizons beta players on February 26th. “Elite Dangerous: The Commanders (2.3) will come with features such as Multicrew and Commander Creator, as well as a number of other improvements and changes,” the studio declared. “Bring your friends or invite new crew mates to pack that extra punch you might need in key situations, and add more personality to your Commander with an all-new visual upgrade.”

Meanwhile, Albion Online is running a tourney this weekend, Shroud of the Avatar released its 38th update, and Worlds Adrift revealed… biomes!

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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Star Citizen cracks the code of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence isn’t merely being thrown into Star Citizen because of its futuristic theme but because the tech is essential to how the game will play, from its mission system to ship handling.

In the latest episode of Around the Verse, the AI team engages in a lengthy Q&A session about how this tech will help the game as a whole. Thanks to the AI, missions will be able to vary a bit as you replay them, stations on large ships can function without a human at the controls, and players will be able to develop relationships with NPCs over time.

You can read the full transcript of the show on Relay or watch it for yourself after the jump!

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