the crew

Official Site: The Crew
Studio: Ubisoft
Launch Date: December 2, 2014
Genre: Real-World Racing MMO
Business Model: B2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

E3 2018: The Crew 2’s open beta starts on June 21

Ready to drive cars around? How about boats? Dirtbikes? Formula 1 racers? Planes? If it’s got an engine, you’re going to be racing it in The Crew 2, and you can find out all about that when the game’s open beta starts up on June 21st. Players can start pre-loading the beta now if you want to give the game a shot before it’s available for purchase.

If you need some convincing to try the game in the first place (which will, in turn, convince you to buy it or not), there’s a new trailer just below for the open beta. It features… vehicles. Lots of vehicles. Dirtbikes ramping off of planes, all sorts of fun stuff. Check it out just below, and get ready for the open beta running until June 24th.

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The Crew 2 is getting an open beta while the original The Crew goes into maintenance

It’s probably not much of a surprise to hear that The Crew is slipping into maintenance mode, as patches had been quiet for a while and the sequel is slated to come out this month. But it has been confirmed at this point that there will be no more patches for the game from this point onward. Servers will remain online and playable, and maintenance isn’t ruled out for fixing imminent issues, but don’t expect any new content.

There’s hope for those who need some new online racing fun but aren’t ready to buy the sequel just yet, as the game’s beta site has teased that an open beta is coming soon and will be discussed more at this year’s E3. So you can get some new driving fun in before the game releases… it just won’t be in the original game. That’s not exactly a shock.

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The Crew 2 posts new trailers for its May 31st closed beta run

Just ahead of this year’s E3, Ubisoft is rolling out The Crew 2’s closed beta – that’s May 31st through June 4th, and yep, it’s on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, with preload beginning on the 29th. What sort of vroom-vroom content will you be testing?

“During the Closed Beta, players will experience the first level of the progression system as they compete in races across the first four disciplines – Street Race, Rally Raid, Powerboat and Aerobatics – against the backdrop of a fully redesigned U.S.A via land, water and air. To create more adrenaline-fueled experiences, players can use the Fast-Fav feature and instantly switch their vehicle type depending on the type of terrain they will encounter: an airplane flying underneath San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge can turn into a boat with the touch of a button.”

The game was originally announced a year ago with a launch date of March 2018, but it was delayed, first to a vague summer window and then to June 29th, a date that apparently will hold firm. We played at at E3 last year when it was still pretty far away, and we actually liked it even then, which is a great sign. Preorders and closed beta signups are on the official site, and the new trailers are below!

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Battle Bards Episode 120: Short stuff

Look down — and it’ll be the last thing you’ll ever see! That’s because fury and death arrive in the form of short character races in MMORPGs. Even if they hit below the belt, their music is sweet to the ears! In this episode of Battle Bards, the crew take on themes from Gnomes, Halflings, Dwarves, and other short races in MMOs.

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 iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 120: Short stuff (or download it) now:

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The Stream Team: A big boss beat down in ARK

Just because there are no pillars to enter the lairs of the spider, ape, or dragon bosses on ARK’s Aberration doesn’t mean that Massively OP’s MJ can’t fight them! That’s one of the benefits of being a server admin. Since the team didn’t transfer to this server, many of the tech recipes are unavailable without fighting these bosses, so those monsters will be called forth to face the MJ and the gang. Can they devise winning strategies using the aberrant animals? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to see.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 14th, 2018

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Worlds Adrift heads into early access next month

Ready to take to the skies? All aboard Worlds Adrift’s custom-made airships, then, because Bossa Studios is bringing its “community-crafted” MMORPG to Steam early access on May 17th.

On that date, Worlds Adrift will become available globally for the price of $25. CEO Henrique Olifiers said that this marks a big transition in the game’s testing cycle: “When we went into closed beta in May last year, we couldn’t have envisioned the sheer amount of quality feedback we would receive from our inspiring community. At times, this completely shifted our production’s scope, and as a result, helped us truly hone Worlds Adrift’s vision.”

The crew behind Worlds Adrift recently posted a public development roadmap for the title. Check out the early access announcement video after the jump!

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Battle Bards Episode 118: More starting zone themes

What are your favorite memories of those first few days in a brand-new MMORPG? Chances are that those memories are inextricably connected to the music of these beginning areas. On today’s episode of Battle Bards, the crew revisits starting zone themes to talk about the experience of those first critical steps in an online game — and the songs that connect us forever to that.

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 iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 118: More starting zone themes (or download it) now:

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Tree of Savior hands out second anniversary gifts, previews new classes

It’s been two years since Tree of Savior leaped onto the Steam scene, and the crew is celebrating with a nine-week event that is running through May 29th. This event includes a free DLC present that will trigger a special quest and new costumes. There are additional rewards that can be earned simply by logging into the game and checking a special list on a regular basis.

If in-game events aren’t enough to get your excited, Tree of Savior recently previewed a pair of new classes that are on their way to the game. The Onmyoji Master is joining the Wizard tree, while the Retiarii is coming to the Swordsman branch.

You can check out an early look at these classes in action after the break!

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Shroud of the Avatar launches tomorrow, firms up release candidate

With weeks days hours to go before Shroud of the Avatar officially launches with Release 52, the crew at Portalarium are working on firming up the build before pushing it live.

So what’s on tap for the final stretch? More of the same, really. The team is working on the creation of a new zone called South Boundless Forest, which hosts ancient redwoods, kobold miners, and stag clan barbarians. Blood River Forest is another area in the making that will feature suspicious elves, a stepped pyramid, and (brace yourself) a fish hatchery.

Other projects include the new observatory home (with a usable telescope!), female shopkeeper models, custom gear for companions, and a rebuild of the town of Northwood.

Catch up on Shroud of the Avatar’s launch with creators Richard Garriott and Starr Long in Massively OP’s preview of this spiritual successor to Garriott’s Ultima franchise.

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Vivendi has sold its stock in Ubisoft, giving up on its hostile takeover

Winners never quit, we’re told. So what does that mean in light of Vivendi divesting itself of Ubisoft shares? The investment in Ubisoft (well-known for The Crew, The Division, and other titles we don’t really cover here) was long seen as the start of a hostile takeover attempt, which means that selling the 27 percent that Vivdeni (well-known for formerly owning Blizzard) owned represents the company, well, giving up on that plan.

It’s not entirely clear why Vivendi abandoned the hostile takeover attempt, but as part of the sales agreement Vivendi cannot buy any stock in Ubisoft for the next five years, which means that it appears to be well and truly ended. So, good news if you don’t want Vivendi to be in charge of Ubisoft, bad news if… you did want that? Corporate antics are always a thrill a minute.

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The Crew 2 is rescheduled for a June 29 launch

The Crew 2 isn’t as delayed as you might’ve thought: Ubisoft just announced that it’s launching on June 29th, and it’s looking like a simultaneous PC, PS4, and Xbox release.

The Crew 2 will let players experience the thrill of American motorsports inside a fully redesigned USA. The game’s playground pushes physical boundaries to let driving and open world fans test their skills, solo or with friends, in nonstop competition and exploration. From coast to coast, drivers will explore America and compete to become the greatest motorsports champion, by collecting a wide variety of exotic cars, bikes, boats and planes, and dominating the motorsports scene on the land, on the water and in the air. Players will find challenges and inspiration among four different motorsports families: street racing, off-road, pro racing and freestyle, and will be given a broad set of options among a wide selection of vehicle types.”

MMO players will recall that the sequel to The Crew was originally announced just before E3 of last year, and by summer, it had a release date. That release date would’ve been tomorrow, incidentally. But in December, Ubisoft admitted it needed more time for TC2 and several other games, pushing the date somewhere between spring and fall of this year.

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Elder Scrolls Online kicks off Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood celebration events and sales

First Guild Wars 2, now Elder Scrolls Online: It’s heist week in MMORPGs. ZeniMax announced this morning that it’s repromoting the shadowy corners of its game introduced in the veteran Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood DLC. Both DLC and their associated bundles are super cheap right now, with double rewards for all kinds of activities in-DLC and out, including heists, sacraments, crafting nodes, and boss-whupping across the spectrum – all in Hew’s Bane and the Gold Coast.

“Get the crew together. It’s time for one last job… or maybe three or four! Return to Hew’s Bane and the Gold Coast during our Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood Celebration Event to earn bonus rewards for Sacraments, Heists, World Bosses, and more. There’s never been a better time to be bad!”

The events (and sales) are live now and run through March 12th. Still on the fence? (Pun intended.) Check out Larry and me sneaking around as noobkin thieves (and completely sucking at lockpicks) back in 2016 when the DLC first launched.

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Neocron’s latest build is more stable and better looking

The community team behind Neocron’s current development should be lauded for how much it works to both keep the game operating and improve upon the sci-fi MMO. Case in point, this week the crew pushed out the Milky Ren update (or as the tech nerds like to call it, Update NE 2.3.242-343).

The patch has a lot of little additions and changes, although there are a few items that stand out from the rest. Several systems and areas have been revamped, including the job center and Tech Haven sectors. Players running through the latter will need to be on their toes, as there are now more security turrets and enemy ‘bots.

Other additions to the patch include a new Fallen Angel apartment, changes in music, a new Hacknet dungeon, improved client stability, and some better textures and decals.

Never heard of this game? Learn about Neocron’s lengthy and fascinating history in our Game Archaeologist retrospective.

Source: Patch notes

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