Who wants to play a guessing game? If you’re an Ashes of Creation backer, you get to play one whether you answered yes or no! See, the game’s first test is scheduled to start today, so everyone gets to find out if they’re in one of the expected invitation waves or not. A new storefront was launched on the official site regardless, with the actual kickoff of testing expected later today (there’s supposedly a stream at 6 p.m. EST). There’s a lot of guessing going on.
More pre-holiday beta news? Yes, before the real lull begins.
- OrbusVR has definitely started its early access today, although some people got in even earlier than that. But it’s today no matter what, so unless you possess a multi-directional time machine, that’s what you have to work with.
- Conan Exiles is super for-real launching next year on May 8th, 2018, so get your testing fun in now before it’s… no longer in testing. That seemed more final at first.
- The bad news for Worlds Adrift players is that its 0.16 patch and associated wipe will not happen before the holidays. The good news is that the 0.15 patch will happen before the holidays. Although depending on how you feel about that wipe, maybe it’s good news all around.
- Console testing for TERA is here! But you probably aren’t invited. It’s a very small group of testers right now, you see. Don’t worry, you’ll have other chances.
- Did you drop a whole lot of money on Pantheon? Then you could be testing it right now! Although you’re probably busy working at whatever high-paying job allowed you to drop all that money on it. We don’t know your work schedule.
- Last but not least, the Ranger and Assassin have arrived for this round of testing in Crowfall. It’s like a holiday miracle, except most holiday miracles involve slightly less murder. Maybe for Festivus.
So happy not-quite-holidays, folks! And check out our list just below, let us know things that have jumped testing phases without us noticing, you know the deal. Just remember that testing games isn’t a gift, it’s a responsibility. Like puppies, or baby llamas, or insect-raising kits, or LEGO kits that request you building several dozen models before you’re allowed to stop.
The December patch for TERA
has arrived, and it’s brought back the Broken Prison
. Yes, it’s returning it for store credit, because it’s broken and thus not terribly useful. Or it’s a dungeon that has had its balance tweaked and is back to challenge players once again; could really go either way. (We’re betting on the latter.) But more important than the returning dungeon are the many quality-of-life changes brought with this update.
Players can now find most of the items previously bought with Federation Bills under the Fantastic Fashions shops, and several new items have been added to the Federation Bill store. There are also changes to the way that Crystalbinds are delivered to elite status players, so there will no longer be problems unlocking certain achievements. Check out the full patch notes for all of the details while you enjoy the winter holidays and such.
So, why haven’t we gotten a lot of news about the TERA
console version? Product manager Matt Denomme has put forth a new video about exactly that, and it turns out that porting the game to console involves a lot of work making the game’s interface comprehensible from the couch instead of the computer chair. But all of the hard development work is getting finished, and that means that the developers are ready to start bringing in a limited technical testing population from December 14th to December 18th
The bad news is that this is a technical test that’s going to be small in numbers by design; the good news is that it’s the prelude to a larger and more open test early in 2018. This is mostly to make sure that the changes for the console version will actually work, that you can read the interface prompts, and so forth. So it’s not a launch date for the console version, but it’s getting closer.
Think of all the wacky things devs have said in public in front of gamers and journalists this year.
Now imagine what gets said behind closed doors!
For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’ve asked our staff to select the best (and worst) developer quotes from the year and reflect on what we’ve learned from them. Let’s dig in – we’ve got some whoppers.
So what do you think about TERA’s
prospects as a console MMORPG after hearing that it is coming to the PlayStation 4? It seems like an ideal online game for console adaptation, especially with its focus on action combat.
Some fortunate members of the gaming public will get to see how TERA operates on the PS4 when they attend PlayStation Experience 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. En Masse is going to be hosting the first-ever public demo of the MMO on console, allowing anyone who walks up to booth #45 and 46 to check out the game for themselves on Saturday and Sunday.
En Masse has been building up to the release of TERA’s console ports this year, announcing the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions back in March. We got our hands on the title at PAX East a few months later, saying that we “preferred TERA’s combat on the controller than on the keyboard.”
Source: Press release
Eager to have all of the gameplay of TERA in the palm of your hand with TERA M? You might want to be a little more cautious with that excitement. Steparu has been checking the game out and has concluded that however much fun the game may be, it relies very aggressively on pursuing microtransactions, to the point that level 40 on up is largely a paywall. You’ll be in a bad place if you haven’t bought anything, and that’ll make the game difficult if not impossible to keep playing.
Comparisons are made to the gameplay of Lineage 2 Revolution, and it is of course altogether possible that the business model will be tweaked or revised before the game launches in the west. Still, while we’ve embedded some videos past the break, this may serve to temper your enthusiasm slightly. Or it might instill with you the joy of knowing you shall be an ultra-whale. We’re not going to judge.
It’s kind of a sad commentary on 2017 that Kritika Online is one of the most significant MMORPGs to launch during the calendar year. No real disrespect to Kritika meant, just saying that in past years we might not have even noticed such a release. It’s been a meagre year for new launches, is what I meant.
Still, this odd but plucky import got the backing of En Masse (TERA) and managed to carve out a small niche to operate in the west. Instead of presenting itself as a generic or cutesy MMO, Kritika Online decided to embrace a hair metal aesthetic to match its over-the-top combat style. It’s loud, brash, and frantic — and its music complements that direction.
While there are a couple of Kritika tracks that I did enjoy a lot during my review of the soundtrack, there weren’t as many standout pieces as I had hoped. I would imagine that listening to what amounts to nonstop boss battle music would get a little old after a while, but perhaps this game is meant for small but intense play sessions. Let’s give it a listen today!
Is it too early to open your presents? TERA
says it’s OK, so if Santa gets upset, we’re totally pointing fingers.
The action MMO pushed out its Miniguns update today, which turns out to be more promotions than content. Still, free stuff is always good, right? All players can log in from now through January 2nd to get a free Elin Gunner bundle that includes pink gear to speed level a character up to the cap.
All players will also enjoy a free additional character slot per account as long as they log in through December 8th. And all during next month, every weekend the game will pay out free boom boxes for every player that puts in at least three hours each weekend.
The update does contain one scrap of new in-game content, which is the hard mode for the RK-9 Kennel. New fight mechanics and a tougher doggy await a legion of pink-clad characters.
Ready for some harsh truths, MMO players? Bluehole CEO Hyo-Seob Kim recently told GIbiz that he wasn’t expecting PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to do so well globally, that the studio was “pitching up the quality of the game for the Western market.” Bluehole wasn’t a major player before that, even though it had been making MMOs for a decade. In fact, Bluehole hadn’t even gone to G-Star in six years – back during the rise of its MMORPG TERA in 2011, which was “targeting the Western market from the beginning.” You’ll recall that TERA actually did well – GIbiz fairly calls it a “hit” for the genre – but Kim argues the genre has since stagnated.
“MMORPGs were very new [ten years ago], with World of Warcraft and all the others. But the play style [stayed] very similar as time passed on, so the players got bored with the system. They started looking to other genres of games. […] But there are still people who are used to the MMORPG, and if a new game can give them a new experience they will come back and play again.”
The Battle Bards are quite familiar with the power of the strummed guitar and lute, knowing that such simple instruments can bring down walls, devastate armies, and dethrone monarchs. But on their off days, acoustic guitars are simply pleasurable to hear and are sprinkled throughout many a-MMO’s soundtrack. It’s six-stringed serenity in the 110th episode of this podcast!
Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, and Player.FM.
Listen to Episode 110: Acoustic Guitar (or download it) now:
Welcome back to another mobile MMO roundup!
First up: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has yet to actually formally launch on PC, is already getting a mobile game. Tencent and Bluehole will combine forces to deliver the mini version and promise more details soon, though as GIbiz points out, expect some tweaking to fit the Chinese political space. And this is all in addition to Tencent’s other debuting battle royal game, Europa, which is not a mobile game.
Niantic is teasing the addition of Ho-Oh in Pokemon Go’s raid battles for the next two weeks. Rural players continue to be annoyed by the way these new toys are being doled out and the way raids are being adjusted.
Step aside, turkey and fambly rage: It’s time to buy stuff. Because we don’t already unload our wallets the rest of the year on MMOs! Oh wait, yes we do. In any case, here’s a quick roundup of all the best MMO Black Friday 2017 sales on Steam and elsewhere.
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 Dragon Nest, TERA M, Mabinogi Mobile, Icarus M, Summoner’s War, Star Trek Online, Osiris New Dawn, Lord of Vermilion Arena, PUBG, Stardew Valley, Warframe, Overwatch, Path of Exile, Astroneer, KurtzPel, RuneScape, Dota 2, Second Life, and Renaissance Kingdoms, all waiting for you after the break!