Welcome back to our intermittent series on MMOs and other multiplayer games you you’ve never heard of! Today we have four fresh titles to take a look at.
Gamigo announced Savage Hunt – Dragon’s Prophet this week, the successor to Dragon’s Prophet, which Gamigo is calling “one of the most successful MMORPGs ever launched.” MMORPG players will recall that Daybreak sunsetted the US version of the original game in 2015, though it continued on overseas. The company says the free-to-play title will launch on September 28th in English, German, and French, and yes, you can still “hunt, train, and fight with […] dragons.” Over 600 of them, in fact, though you’ll probably be distracted by “4000 exciting quests and events” and PvP battles. The official site doesn’t appear to be live just yet.
“Savage Hunt – Dragon’s Prophet is the newest release after the long-standing success of Dragon’s Prophet. Discover new and epic adventures and find your own path in Savage Hunt – Dragon’s Prophet. Explore a fantastic world that combines classical MMORPG elements with unique features. Search through forests and mountains for rare dragons, items and always be prepared for the fight. In the new Book of Dragons, you can collect your dragons and plan your journey. Find, hunt and tame over 600 dragons with individual strengths and skills. Only the best hunters and collectors can improve their dragons and items.”
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Earlier this year, Bloodline Champions’ original developer, Stunlock Studios, announced a spiritual successor: Battlerite. That MOBA has now gone live on Steam’s early access program, with a Q1 2017 official launch planned. Like Bloodline Champions, which was at one point published by Funcom, Battlerite is a top-down MOBA — sorry, “PvP team arena brawler.” Unlike Bloodline Champions, however, Battlerite isn’t free-to-play: It’s currently on sale for $17.99 US.
Stunlock says October’s patch will introduce new champions, balance tweaks to existing chams, new wearables, and an arena variant, with “extended champion progression” and a revamped ranking system on the way following that. Log in before tomorrow and the devs say you’ll get a freebie gold chest. The trailers are below!
Stunlock Studios has big plans for the charred remains of Funcom-backed Bloodline Champions, which shut down in January of last year and transferred back to Stunlock. Earlier this year, the studio announced it was resurrecting the game’s assets in the form of Battlerite, “a Team Arena Brawler focused on adrenaline-fueled player vs player combat” with “short and intense matches, stripped of random elements to optimize the action.” Stunlock is now officially calling it a “spiritual successor.” The new website lists nine playable champs so far, and there’s a new trailer and cinematic too. Beta signups are underway from the official site as well.
League of Legends finally applied a nerf to controversial champion Nidalee, but players warn that it won’t harm her jungling potential. Riot Games has also decided to run this year’s World Championship tournament series in Europe and revealed the event venues it will use. Hearthstone‘s community manager confirmed that modding the game in any way is not allowed and those caught using any mods will be banned. Armored Warfare released a new sneak peek video on its upcoming M551 Sheridan tank, Infinite Crisis released new champion Lex Luthor, and Bloodline Champions ran its first cash tournament in a long time.
Star Citizen Alpha 1.1.1 was released this week, and developers discussed two new innovations to the game’s FPS module with its stance and breathing mechanics. MassivelyOP got an advance look at Path of Exile‘s colossal upcoming Act IV update, and signups have now opened for the Act IV closed beta to be released on April 20th. Five Elite: Dangerous players have won brand new Geforce Titan graphics cards in the game’s recent scavenger hunt contest, and the latest newsletter revealed the the highly requested cargo drone is coming to the game.
Read on for more details of the above stories and more news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively.