Oh, the many antics of H1Z1 have brought us so much joy over the years. Remember when the game launched into paid early access that it never seemed to leave? And remember when it got split into two games to chase the success of its unexpectedly popular battle royale version? And remember when it lost 90% of its players since July once there were competitors for that gameplay style? Ah, memories. Well, that’s all of them. Given all of that, maybe it makes sense that the game is at least approaching launch now… probably.
Do we have other beta news this week? You bet your sweet bippy we do, and much of it has significantly less schadenfreude.
And, of course, there’s a whole list of games down below, games that are forever in testing and those that are just in testing for the moment. Is something on there that ought not be any longer? Do let us know so we can correct it. Or just share beta stories in the comments, that’d be cool too.
Come on in, the battle’s fine! Total War: Arena opens its doors to all today as open beta launches. That means battles galore can be in your future. Massively OP’s MJ heads back in and tries out a couple of new commanders in honor of the launch. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to storm the battlefield with her. (Really, come and join in! It’s free!)
What: Total War: Arena
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
If you have wanted to get in and take a look at Total War: Arena, now is your chance. The 10v10 war game is open to everyone until 4:00 a.m EST on December 4th. It also appears that everyone who joins in during this open event will be automatically granted permanent access to the closed beta to continue the fight. They will also receive three special Premium units as a gift: Tier 4 Auxiliary Cavalry, a Roman spear cavalry unit; Tier 4 Bloodsworn, a Barbarian sword unit; and Tier 4 Telesillas Argives, a Greek spear unit. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. EST to take part in the war! To download the game, visit the site for your region: North America, Europe, or Asia.
What: Total War: Arena
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 27th, 2017
Itching for something to do this weekend? How about some freebie games?
Wargaming announced that its F2P battler Total War: ARENA will host an open weekend even for folks not already in the open beta, running today through the early hours of Monday. “The open weekend will allow full access to the latest version of Total War: ARENA, letting new commanders test their mettle in epic scale 10 vs 10 multiplayer battles,” says the studio. “Choose a commander from three historical factions: Romans, Greeks and Barbarians, and fight on ancient battlefields with your own customized army. This follows on from recent content patch 2.2 that added Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, a new Roman commander and master of defensive and supportive play.”
Guardians of Ember will also open its doors until November 5th; that promo is also already live. Inselgames notes that “through the whole weekend players can try out each of the six different classes, create unique builds with more than 300 skills and a dual class system at their disposal. Fans of traditional MMOs will enjoy features like housing, crafting, fishing and can use the Group Finder to make new friends. More action awaits the brave heroes of Olyndale as they slash their way through hordes of enemies, level up, and tackle randomized and instanced dungeons in the new nightmare mode together with their allies or alone.”
Source: Press releases. Thanks, Eboni!
At PAX West Massively OP’s MJ got to see a demo of Total War: Arena gameplay. Since then, she’s been looking forward to playing with her very own war hounds. Now, she gets to dive in for herself, but more than that, she gets to bring you with her! She’s really excited to try her hand at this new game, but how well can she adjust to commanding troops? Join us live at 3:00 p.m.for a look at game play and a chance to win your own key.
What: Total War: Arena
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
At the tail end of last year, Wargaming’s then-new publishing label, Wargaming Alliance, announced it was picking up SEGA’s Total War: ARENA, a “free-to-play, real time tactical strategy game featuring epic scale 10v10 multiplayer battles led by historical commanders from the past.” In fact, you’ll recall that we spoke to the studio about at E3, where we discussed its historical roots and what MMO players might appreciate in it.
While you could grab a founder pack to play right now, you might prefer to check it out while it’s in testing first, and that’s where the current closed beta test — and the beta keys Wargaming has kindly granted us for our readers — come in! This leg of the closed beta runs until October 20th and is open for accounts in North America only. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!
When you think about Wargaming
, you don’t really think about characters or troops — you think about war machines. But Total War: Arena’s
inclusion into the studio’s publishing portfolio is not nearly as out of place as it may first seem. Created by Creative Assembly, Total War: Arena
is a lobby-based war game, just like the World of
trilogy. The big differences are the time period and the use of troops instead of vehicles.
And the newest troops to enter the game are the war hounds.
At PAX West, I got to sit down with Senior Producer John King to discuss the new commander Boudica while watching her unleash her war hounds on the battlefield, plus I got to check out World of Tanks’ war stories in person!
Following up on its original Steam release by Creative Assembly, Wargaming semi-recently decided to help publish Total War: Arena and present it at E3 2017. It makes a lot of sense, as both companies primarily focus on historical war games and pride themselves on trying to keep things accurate. It’s personally not my favorite genre of games, but I did enjoy history class and always liked when students told me they played these kinds of games because it at least got them interested in their past (though Asian dramas were also a popular “edutainment” option among my students). That being said, I was actually surprised by the process Creative Assembly used in its research — and with Wargaming’s help, tried to gamify it.
Russian gaming giant Wargaming, best known to MMO audiences for World of Tanks, World of Warships, and World of Warplanes, announced today that it’s partnering with SEGA and Creative Assembly to create a brand-new publishing label called Wargaming Alliance. The group will be “dedicated to providing third-party publishers and developers the tools, resources and platform to enter the highly competitive free-to-play gaming market along with access to Wargaming’s substantial subscriber base of over 100 million gamers.”
“Wargaming Alliance gives third-party companies access to the unique expertise and knowledge of the online free-to-play market that Wargaming has amassed over the years, the company’s multimillion loyal player community, and the best practices in free-to-play game promotion and operation. Partners will benefit from a global team of seasoned specialists covering all areas of game publishing from customer support through to marketing and community management. The platform also has a physical presence in all key markets and delivers a unique approach to regional publishing activities, tailored to local audiences.”
The first game due to be published through the mostly global group will be Total War: ARENA, SEGA’s free-to-play strategy game. The Steam page for the game has gone missing as of the writing of this post.
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