In the spirit of dino solidarity, ARK is celebrating the release of Jurassic Park’s latest installment with a special archaeology… er, ARKaeology, event. Massively OP’s MJ is ready to dig in and dig up some bones that can be turned into special skeletal skins. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to join the hunt.
What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 16th, 2018
The mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved is officially out and live for your mobile devices – both iOS and Android – as of today. Studio Wildcard and War Drum Studios promise it’s not some crappy mobile knockoff; it’s really truly the “same multiplayer game” from PC and console with all the same territory and dinos, except in that the mobile edition is “free-to-play with more accessible gameplay developed specifically for on-the-go dinosaur fun.”
“In this free on-the-go experience featuring real-time crossplay between iOS and Android gamers, survivors will tame one of 80 amazing dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts! Fly a Pteranodon squadron over the snow-capped mountains, race through the deep jungle with your pack of trained Raptors, tromp through a fortified enemy base along a convoy of gigantic Brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex. Players will quickly learn that dinosaurs aren’t the only dangerous creatures on the island. Other players are organizing rebel tribes to accumulate resources, experience, and tools, and to construct sprawling villages and cities, with technology spanning the primitive stone-age to the modern electric-powered era and beyond!”
Oh yeah, and there’s an optional premium subscription because it’s 2018. You can pick it up now for iOS and Android, just bear in mind that super old devices aren’t gonna be able to touch this one.
We’ve got an official launch date for the new Defiance, folks: Trion announced this morning that Defiance 2050 will hit all three major platforms on July 10th, pursuant to an open beta that’ll run from June 22nd through 25th and preorders that open up on the 19th. Yes, that preorder founder package comes with a three-day headstart.
“The original Defiance revolutionized the sci-fi open-world shooter, seamlessly blending third-person gunplay, fast-paced action, dynamic world events, and cooperative gameplay. In the Defiance universe players take on the role of Ark Hunters, mercenaries battling their way across the post-apocalyptic landscapes of a ruined earth, using alien tech and advanced weaponry to carve out their fortune. Defiance 2050 is the definitive Defiance experience, focused on bringing the game into the next generation. In addition to taking advantage of modern hardware to improve the original game’s visuals, Defiance 2050 also makes major updates to Defiance’s systems, streamlining and modernizing them for today’s shooter audience.”
There was a massive slaughter in ARK when a rock drake dropped into an unfinished base, so Massively OP’s MJ is out to replenish the glow pet stocks. That means a dive back into the glowtail cave. Perhaps there will be a trip into radiation for some featherlights and a few bulbdog births as well. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for just another day in…
What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 9th, 2018
Howsabout that mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved? It’s happening, and it’s happening soon, as Studio Wildcard and War Drum Studios announced today that it’ll hit both iOS and Android next week on June 14th – that’s a global launch, mind you. The companies say it’s the “same multiplayer game” from PC and console with all the same territory and dinos, except in that the mobile edition is “free-to-play with more accessible gameplay developed specifically for on-the-go dinosaur fun.”
“ARK: Survival Evolved mobile includes a unique user interface and a specialized control setup. A new subscription service, called Primal Pass, gives survivors access to an ad-free experience with reserved server slots, free gifts, and more. Additionally, survivors can acquire optional upgrades using Ancient Amber, a new material found throughout the island that allows players to obtain certain buffs for extended periods of time, build unique crafting structures and even resurrect your favorite pet dinosaur back from the dead!”
That oughta help scratch the itch if ARK Park, PixARK, and Jurassic World didn’t do much for ya.
The weird thing about games that linger in early access and other forms of pre-launch launch and soft launch is that they rack up multiple birthdays and anniversaries. It’s like people who get married again or renew their vows – do you send them gifts for each one? Which one really counts?
For ARK Survival Evolved, early access seems to be the preferred day to celebrate, and that’s just what the game is doing this week as it celebrates its original early access launch three years ago on June 2nd. (The actual launch, you’ll recall, was in August of last year. Not sure why they are saying it was September. ‘Twas August!)
In its birthday thread, the studio recaps the last year of development, including Aberration (which was well-received), the mobile version, and the ARK Park and PixARK spinoffs. Most recently, the team’s announced TLC 2 with its “new look and new abilities to the Argentavis, Parasaur, Raptor, Sarco, Spino, and Trike.”
Assuming that you’re both a freeloader and will be poking your head into Defiance 2050 this summer, you’ll have exactly four options for classes when creating a character. Trion Worlds has been testing and talking about these base professions lately, with a promise of a future in-depth examination of the Demolitionist advanced class.
In the meanwhile, the studio wrote up a quick summary of the four base classes. These are:
- Assassin: “Critical strikes, surprise attacks, and all-out damage”
- Guardian: “Hold the line and keep allies safe”
- Combat Medic: “Heal up wounds, save lives, and buff your squad”
- Assault: “All-around offensive and defensive Ark Hunter”
If you need it explained even more simply, there’s a developer video just for you. After that, you’re on your own, pal.
If you thought the Bless Online community was in meltdown after two days of early access headaches, wait until you see the reaction to the actual MMO once people started playing.
Reddit is currently aflame over several topics. For starters, the first players are already hitting level 45 and finding that the endgame content they expected based on what’s in the other regional versions of the game simply isn’t there. One poster rattles off an immense list of missing content, including arenas, battlegrounds, the PvP ranking system, hard mode dungeons, daily dungeons, and honor point system.
(Worth pointing out here is that we became suspicious about the state of PvP ourselves when no PvP was shown at the day-long press event a few weeks ago, despite studio claims that PvP was one of the game’s three pillars.)
It’s no secret that plenty of people have felt disappointed by Studio Wildcard, disillusioned by decisions and direction. I was among that crowd. It reached a point where I had to give thought as to whether or not I felt I could continue to support the company. Added to that was the feeling of been there, done that in ARK: Survival Evolved that made logging in a drudgery. Not even the unexplored spaces of procedurally generated maps, Scorched Earth, or Ragnarok could rekindle that fire and entice me to delve back in with the regularity of my previous adventures; there just wasn’t enough to keep my interest or heart in it. I was reduced to mostly just making sure my dinosaurs were fed (because no way could I stand the thought of letting them die!). I had to decide, was it now time to move on?
And then came Aberration.
It is no exaggeration to say that Aberration saved ARK for me. Right when I was ready to relegate my ARK adventures to only memories, I found myself sucked back in. And I dived in with gusto! More than just logging in more often, I am back to thinking about the game even when I am not online. I am making long-term plans for my ARK: Aberration life. And I have clocked numerous lengthy play sessions that probably should have ended sooner but I got caught in the “just let me do this one last thing…” trap multiple times.
Last week, Massively OP’s MJ won the first sheepball match in ARK, and her prize was keeping the scoring sheep and her companion! Only now, she has to get them home safely. That can be quite the adventure in itself. If all make it home safely, there might be baby sheep in the future as the stream switches to a breed-athon. Join us at 12:00 p.m. for the winner’s run home.
What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 26th, 2018
ARK Survival Evolved multiplayer VR spinoff ARK Park announced upcoming DLC this week. It’s a content-loaded update called Pterosaur Hill that’ll introduce air combat, new maps, and new critters to all platforms this summer – specifically, by the end of June.
“Air battles are a key component of ‘Pterosaur Hill.’ Players will be able to hop on a Pterosaur to show off their excellent air combat skills – then traverse the treacherous Death Canyon to find the nest of a fire-breathing dragon. ‘Pterosaur Hill’ also features new weapons and items to spice up combat. For instance, players will be able to equip a Tachi sword to slash away at overly aggressive dinos (the precursor to the katana) and a powerful shotgun perfect for dispatching large numbers of enemies.”
Three new maps that make use of the new flight mechanics, plus new modes of transportation (including hot air balloons) and new flying species will finish off the update.
ARK Park launched back in March; MOP’s Andrew Ross dived in and found it a lonely but exploration-centered romp with funky controls and an entertaining VR experience.
Source: Press release
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 Hellion, Reign of Guilds, Skyforge, Old School RuneScape, War of Rights, Lineage M, Heroes and Generals, Aurcus Online, ARK Park, Dark and Light, Wild Terra, Citadel: Forged With Fire, and Hearthstone, all waiting for you after the break!
Massively OP’s MJ has been looking forward to today for a very long time. It’s the inaugural game of sheepball! That’s right: This amazing new sport has been fully developed for play on ARK: Aberration. Who will score the most? Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to watch this new amazing sport that’s sure to take the survival genre by storm. If they all had sheep.
What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 19th, 2018