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Save Evangelion pilots in Maplestory’s crossover event

Maplestory players are getting a fun treat in the form of a crossover with classic ’90s anime Evangelion later this month.

“The heroes of Evangelion have entered Maple World through an inter-dimensional rift, allowing players to interact with characters from the movies while taking part in various events and quests,” Nexon said in its press blast this week. “The Evangelion pilots are lost in their new surroundings in Maple World, so players are tasked with completing daily quests to help them navigate and become more familiar. Maplers can interact with Shinji, Rei and Asuka to earn EVA Coins to spend on limited-time items and must fend off waves of invasions from Angel enemies to save Maple World.”

The event features themed quests as well as paid and questable lockboxes galore, with accessories, hairstyles, androids, and chairs (yes) as rewards. The festivities begin on February 28th and run for a whole month; the trailer is below!

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Amazon’s New World seeks a software development manager

Despite coming onto the scene with a flurry of prospective titles, Amazon Game Studios has yet to really make a great impression on the game genre. The studio is down to only two known prospective titles on the horizon: Crucible and New World.

It’s this second game that’s of particular interest to MMORPG players, as a lot of hopes hang on Amazon to wield a robust, big-budget title in this day and age. Recent alleged trailer leaks have kept the buzz going, and while we wait for more solid official information, we can at least take solace that the studio continues to hire for the project.

Amazon’s career page has a listing for a software development manager for New World, a position that will “work within the game team and collaborate with external technical teams to affect the future of online gaming.” It’s not an overtly thrilling listing, to be sure, but it is kind of neat to see the studio state the elevator pitch for the game and to see hints that development continues.

Source: Amazon Jobs. Thanks Zan!

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Dead Maze unleashes the zombie apocalypse today

Where will you go and what will you do when the zombie apocalypse hits? You better figure it out real fast, pal, because it’s already here.

Dead Maze, the multiplayer zombie survival simulator, officially launched today. Its 2-D free-to-play offerings shambled its way onto Steam, where players can see if they really can make it in the end of the world. Apart from its presentation, Dead Maze sets itself apart from most other zombie titles by putting the focus on social cooperative survival instead of PvP conflict.

“We want to build fun multiplayer games that players around the world can enjoy together,” said Atelier 801 Co-Founder Mélanie Christin. “With Dead Maze, that meant looking at how we can approach a zombie themed MMO game that feels fresh and new for the genre, where cooperation is key. I believe we achieved that with Dead Maze thanks to its unique art style, deep crafting system, and our growing community of players.”

More story campaigns and a player map editor are in the works for future updates. Check out the launch trailer below and see how MJ fared when she was thrown headfirst into this savage world (she’s trying her hand at it again today at 3:00 p.m.!).

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Grimdark multiplatform 2-D MMORPG Mad World hits Steam this fall

Mad World first popped up on our radar last summer, when we learned it was a HTML5-based Korean action MMORPG vying for your attention on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. This week, studio Jandisoft announced plans to launch the game on Steam this coming fall. It’s touting story-driven quests as part of a cute but grimdark storyline, along with crafting, guilds, and other MMO necessities. Interestingly, there are no classes here – just weapon skills.

“Clad in unique hand-drawn 2D art style, Mad World stays true to the classic MMORPGs but with a few tweaks. Leaving the MMORPG’s standard combat style, the game’s Target and Move style makes the combat more dynamic, and its classless weapon-based skill system gives more options when using skills.”

We’ve got the latest “mood” trailer down below!

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City of Titans introduces its costume designer while teasing character creation

We haven’t seen the character creation for City of Titans just yet, but you know that’s going to be an important part of the game. You can’t have a proper superhero title without proper superhero costumes, after all. The latest piece on the official site is interviewing one of the development team’s costume designers and talking about the development behind the scenes, but both it and the video accompanying it promise that the actual creation preview is coming very soon.

Kayla “Z06” Bianchi talks mostly about her own gaming history and preferences in the little interview, but you can also see some of her work for both the concept art and interior level design. If all you’re interested in is the prospect of seeing how you can make your character, check out the video just below. (It’s a teaser, not a full trailer, so be fairly warned.)

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Armored Warfare trundles into early access on PlayStation 4

Tragically, the PlayStation 4 suffers from what we in the industry call a “tank gap,” which is a made-up metric that entirely relies upon how many different games you can play in short order that involve you hopping in a tank and blowing things up. But Armored Warfare is here now to shore up that tank gap by giving you… well, itself. It’s playable in early access on the console. You can blow things up with a tank.

Purchasing a founder’s pack gets you a two-week headstart on early access, along with all of the other items included with the founder’s pack. (Special tanks, special currency, you know how founder’s packs work by now.) If you need some screenshots and a trailer to get you properly excited, though, we’ve got those for you as well just past the break. Finally, the tank gap will not go unaddressed.

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The second chunk of Elsword’s 3rd job update launches tomorrow; here’s the new trailer

KOG Games is launching the second part of its massive 3rd job update for anime MMORPG Elsword tomorrow, and we’ve got a brand-new exclusive video showing them all off (that’s Rena as Daybreaker up above). Gamers will be able to continue their quest to evolve their chosen characters with their new personalities, skills, portraits, mod items, and even voices and battle cries.

Existing players have already been churning their way through the pre-event for the last few weeks; the event boosts experience and and rewards through this evening to help catch up players ahead of tomorrow’s launch.

Enjoy the new reveal trailer down below and have fun!

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Co-op survival MMO Dead Maze pits you against zombies when it launches February 13

Last August, we heard about a cute little coop survival MMO called Dead Maze. Yeah, yeah, it’s zombies. But it’s also not your average cutthroat you-red-you-dead kind of survivalbox. When they say co-op, they mean it: If you don’t work together with your fellow humans, you’re gonna die.

Studio Atelier 801, which yes we do realize is redundant, pushed the colorful isometric game to closed beta on Steam last November, and this week, it announced a February 13th official launch. Over the past few months, it says, it’s been working on both bug fixes and new features, “including a new game mode called The Raid where players have to survive infinite waves of enemies.”

We’ll be checking the game out ourselves on OPTV next week, but for now, we leave you with the brand-new trailer.

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Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.2 Rise of a New Sun is live today with housing and glamour updates

It’s time for Final Fantasy XIV players to rejoice and get used to not knowing quite how anything works again! Yes, it’s the day of patch 4.2, and that means new dungeons, new MSQ installments, new trials, the next stage of Omega, system changes, more housing, new glamour systems… enough stuff that you can’t fit all of it into one breath, in short. You will have a full docket of stuff to unlock and explore when you log on.

Of course, some of it is remaining locked, at least for the moment; the new housing areas aren’t open for purchase until sometime next week, for example, and there are more features rolling out with the next major intermediary patch. But for now you can check out the trailer below, start the patch download, and get ready for the latest installment of the game’s large and impressive patch cycle.

Is that not enough for you? Well, you can look forward to the game’s next holiday event for the annual Valentione’s Day celebration (you can get a pair of half-heart-shaped chair mounts), or you can dive into the new optional items like the big flying panda mount. Yes, a panda. Don’t say no to it.

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Snail Games introduces PixARK, heading to early access in March

So you’re a Minecraft kind of soul. You like that sort-of-pixelish-but-not-really look. Your friend is an ARK: Survival Evolved junkie. She’s more about dinosaurs and that flavor of survival. You both want some character creation and character progression and fantasy touches. Where can you both be happy? Why, PixARK, of course. It’s like ARK and Minecraft had a baby, and that baby has lots of jagged edges and monsters roaming around.

It’s an unusual baby.

Yes, PixARK has just been announced for a planned March Early Access kickoff, with full release taking place later this year. We don’t know a whole lot about the game just yet, but you can get some sense of what it’s aiming for with the trailer and some screenshots below. If you’d like the survival sandbox elements with a bit more craft and a bit less stabbing others in the face, this might be something to keep an eye on.

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Star Citizen: The alpha 3.0 feature trailer and Squadron 42’s

On this week’s Around the Verse, the Star Citizen devs are dipping into Squadron 42 specifically to explain the design behind the Coil, a massive electrical space storm left in the chunky, spooky, gaseous ruins of a system that went supernova.

Meanwhile, CIG sent around a press blast touting what is apparently the first phase of its brand-new website, intended to help newbies find their space legs and to “introduce cohesiveness” between Star Citizen and Squadron 42.

And finally, this week CIG released a stunning alpha 3.0 feature trailer showing an orbital ship battle… and what happens afterward. We’ve tucked that below too.

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Hardcore sandbox Darkfall New Dawn launches today – here’s the trailer!

Darkfall New Dawn formally launches today as one of two officially licensed spinoffs of Aventurine’s classic hardcore sandbox, which went belly-up a few years ago. As we’ve previously noted, the game has multiple packages ranging from €19.99 with a €9.99 per month sub up to €74.99 with a €6.25 per month sub, so that ought to make old-school gamers happy.

If you’re confused over what this version of the game has in store for you, and you probably are because this is really very much not a one-to-won remake, you should definitely zip through the new launch trailer, which Ub3rgames put together as an explainer.

We’ve got that trailer below, along with our hands-on with the game, a bunch of screenies in a gallery, and a quick flip through all our coverage of New Dawn along the way. Happy launch day!

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Another rumored New World trailer surfaces with hints about the game’s premise

Amazon’s New World is a game that’s captured quite a bit of rumor and speculation lately, and here’s a fresh video to throw more wood on the rumor pile! It’s difficult to impossible to tell how legit it is, but it certainly does seem to match up with the first promo we saw for the game, so if it’s a hoax, it’s at least a consistent one. And if it’s legit, it’s still not clear whether it’s a leak or a deliberate tease.

The video on Reddit hints at what amounts to an alternate version of colonial America, as filled with superstitions and magic as it is with actual settlers trying to not starve to death and all of that. Hopefully this particular rumor doesn’t end with the game’s page getting yanked and prompting another string of furious concern and anxiety, but there’s no way to be certain of it right now. If you’d like to see what may or may not be a reveal, check out the leak.

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