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!
This week we have stories and videos from Twilight Spirits, The Black Death, Conqueror’s Blade, Worlds Adrift, Ragnarok Journey, TERA, Wakfu, ARK, Guild Wars 2, and Destiny 2, all waiting for you after the break!
No to worry, ladies and gentlemen, your long Master x Master-less nightmare is almost over. The game has officially announced a full launch on June 21st, meaning that you log in, play the game, and… well, play the game. Sorry, there wasn’t really much more past that segue.
We also bid farewell to Crossout, which is now in an open beta/soft launch state that even the developers are calling soft launch. Fare thee well, Crossout, and may all enjoy your post-apocalyptic vehicular antics.
Other beta news ensuing in… now. Wow, the segue machine on this is just broken as heck.
- Curious about the OrbusVR Ranger? Well, you don’t have to be, there’s a whole preview of it right here. Also, you have remarkably specific curiosities, which isn’t a bad thing.
- Development is moving forward on The Repopulation under new ownership, which means there’s a big patch and the promise of more coming in the near future. Good news for fans of the title!
- The actual launch for real, we mean it, is fast approaching for Shroud of the Avatar, as it’s planning a 2017 launch timeframe. After that point, that’s it! It’s really launched, forever.
- Last but not least, Twilight Spirits is on the way to open beta on June 29th. It’s a game developed in China but meant specifically for Western sensibilities and sports a bullet time mechanic in fights, so that’s new.
So, that’s the story! Now you can just catch up with the rest of the stuff in the list down below and let us know if something slipped into a new test phase without us noticing down in the comments. You can also let us know about betas you’re enjoying. Please don’t share scone recipes with us down there, though.
Craving your next fast-paced action MMO fix? Netease is currently prepping Twilight Spirits for open beta, which is scheduled to arrive on June 29th.
Twilight Spirits is being developed over in China, but the interesting twist is that it is being made specifically for western sensibilities. In other words, it should feel more at home for western players trying it than eastern gamers. The MMO prides itself on its cinematic style and bullet-time mechanic during fights.
Check out the trailer and some gameplay footage after the break!
Right now we are in a strange place in MMORPG history. Following the backlash of WoW clones and several high-profile titles that underperformed, major studios are becoming extremely risk-averse to creating big-budget titles the way that we saw not five years ago. Many former MMO teams are diversifying with shooters, MOBAs, and other safer and trendier titles.
Yet all is not lost! MMO features continue to ripple out into all types of game genres and new titles continue to be produced — just not from the usual suspects. Instead, most of what is on our immediate horizon comes from either crowdfunded indie teams or eastern giants. The good news is that 2017 should see the culmination of many of these long-brewing projects and adaptations, hopefully resulting in a bumper crop of interesting online RPGs for us to play.
So let’s run down the list of games that either are or possibly could be coming to you in 2017. We will provide an overview of each title, why you should care about it, and our best guess at the odds of its officially launching during the calendar year. If an upcoming MMO is not on the list, then it is our opinion that while we’ll see it eventually, a 2017 release isn’t happening.
Remember Twilight Spirits? Possibly not, but there was a lot of hype around the game before its testing kicked off in full swing, or at least as much as there could be for a Chinese game with no localization announcements. The good news is that Steparu got in and took plenty of video footage while taking some time in the game. The neutral news, on the other hand, is that it turns out the game is so decent it’s average.
It’s absolutely pretty, beyond a shadow of a doubt, but it’s also not particularly better at anything than any other similar game on the market, and it has little character customization along with gender-locked classes. Of course, maybe the prettiness is enough to hype you up anyway; there are videos down below! Draw your own conclusions.
Here’s a new title that came across our desk this morning and might warrant some of your attention. Twilight Spirits is an action-packed Chinese MMO that’s being developed by Revelation Online developer NetEase, sporting “cinematic-like” visuals and over-the-top combat.
The game boasts classes like the Gunslinger and the Assassin, and seeks to fuse both eastern and western MMO design philosophies. Expect lots of PvP (guild battles were just added in with the most recent build) and anime-styled cutscenes. Twilight Spirits uses a non-targeted combat system and bullet-time slowdowns, so action combat fans should be pleased.
Twilight Spirits went into its second closed beta test in China on November 4th. You can check out a few trailers after the break to get a better feel for this flashy and possibly fun MMO.