Twin Saga released a new trailer over the weekend, as near as we can tell not promoting any specific new update, apart from the game’s formal launch back in April. The patch that coincided with the launch added a new class, new maps, a level cap bump, a “couples” system, and freeform character building. Aeria was talking up its “visual re-branding and a stronger focus on the captivating background story about the twin goddesses Marisa and Amaris” at the time, and that’s what the new trailer is doing as well. Check it out below — anybody playing?
Official Site: Twin Saga
With Lord of the Rings Online hitting its 10th anniversary this past week, plenty of bloggers are enjoying the festivities and recalling some of their favorite memories of this beloved MMO.
Lina looked back at her earliest beta impressions of LOTRO and laughed at how she saw the game as “rather stiff, lifeless, and drab” (she since changed her mind). Wilhelm went through the game’s history and noted that the MMO was “a leader in the conversion to a free-to-play model, citing a huge boost in players and revenue to accompany the change.” And Roger recalls the changes: “Looking back now at these early days of LOTRO, the most pronounced difference was the fact that much of the game was designed to be completed in a group or fellowship.”
Is it still a game worth playing? Syl recently returned to LOTRO after a long absence and found it welcoming: “I’ve only been back a few days and already had more friendly encounters and met more silly helpful people on Laurelin than I otherwise would in years.”
Bunnies and eggs! Flowers and grass! Lots and lots of chocolate as we hoard every Cadbury thing we can find! (Or maybe that’s just me?) Yep, Easter is this weekend, making it a convenient time for MMOs to shower us in stuff to keep us indoors and playing instead of outside marveling in the end of winter. We’ve collected a few of those events down below!
Twin Saga rolled out a truly massive patch this morning, introducing a brand-new Monk class to the cutesy Aeria MMORPG, along with a new story quest beginning at level 61, the Sanctopolis: Prismatica zone (think rainbows and floating islands), the Sanctopolis: Constellacia zone, three dungeons (Nabuland, La Catedral Infernal Hell Mode, and Sapphire Keep), a new Senshi Quest, a “Couple” System for getting hitched with a partner, new advanced specs, a new archive tool to collect your mounts and outfits, and a level cap bump to 70. See, massive!
In celebration of the launch, Aeria has granted Massively OP keys for readers to help them get a jump on the new content. Read on to grab the key and learn how to apply it to your account!
I don’t want any of us to be fooled by this picture. Shifty-eyed evil comes in many forms, the most deceptive of which is overwhelming cuteness. You may think that Becca here is nothing but sunshine and squishy hugs, but look at the horns! She is up to something, and that something will end all life as we know it.
“I came down with the Cold From Hell recently and needed some uplifting adorableness in my life to sustain me through the sleep deprivation and tissue piles,” Becca said. “After seeing screens from Twin Saga on MOP I decided to give it a spin. Cute is the best medicine! Look at my devilishly adorable character atop her capybara mount which has a BABY capybara on its head!”
DO NOT BE FOOLED. AVERT YOUR GAZE NOW.
MassivelyOP’s MJ had an interesting first experience in Twin Saga. Now she has the chance to tour the game alongside the folks who made it. Aeria devs are joining her for a playthrough and are willing to share tips, hints, and strategies as well as answer everyone’s questions. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. for this second foray into…
What: Twin Saga
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 30th, 2016
Isn’t it really disturbing when you’re playing one game and it completely reminds you of another title? Our brains make so many bizarre connections that after a while, I stopped questioning it and embraced the random insanity of it all.
Of course, if the other game that you’re reminded of happens to be part of the same series, then perhaps you’re justified in making a connection. Case in point, reader Derrick was tromping around in the frozen wastes of Elder Scrolls Online when he had this epiphany: “Wrothgar reminds me a bit of Skyrim with all the snow and ice wraiths.”
Snow and ice wraiths? Sounds like winter driving on Detroit highways to me!
If you feel like you need an extra dose of cute in your life, you might want to check out Twin Saga. MassivelyOP’s MJ heard a rumor about turtle houses, so you know she’s gotta go in and check it out! The new F2P game is in open beta, so she’s jumping in, starting with character creation. (Don’t worry, it won’t take that long!) Join us live at 7:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team takes a first look at…
What: Twin Saga
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 12th, 2016
Between the adorable visuals and the lunatic writing, Twin Saga might just win a visit from yours truly. Of course, the fact that it sports giant mobile turtle housing is an attractive factor as well.
“It’s safe to say Twin Saga nails the cute style,” Vexia sent in, “but I was impressed with how pretty it could be. This is the type of stylized look I’d expect from the likes of WildStar or World of Warcraft. I don’t have my own terracottage… yet! Maybe I will when this screenshot is posted in the future (greetings from the past!). Either way, seeing this NPC-owned one out in the wild made me want a terracottage of my own that much more.”
Forget the Massively yacht; we need turtle power!
It doesn’t sound as though Aura Kingdom Mobile is an MMO, although it will complement Aura Kingdom with a deeper storyline that should lend deeper understanding to both games’ lore. X-Legend says that the mobile game is coming soon.
Aura Kingdom players should be aware that inactive characters could be lost if they don’t log in to flag them as active before a move to the cloud on September 7th.
We’re not making up Aura Kingdom Mobile by the way; there’s proof, albeit extremely brief proof, waiting after the break!
Boy, it feels like we’ve been waiting for this for a whole year, doesn’t it? World of Warcraft: Legion launched this past week, putting an end to a lengthy major patch drought and also sending everyone out on an island vacation. Or something. There definitely are islands, that much is a certainty. Our impressions are available in three parts covering the opening moments, the order halls and artifacts, and the leveling experience.
Is that not enough news for you? Well, let’s cover some other beta news, then. Come along!
- The launch for half of H1Z1 is finally in sight. Yes, just half of it, as the shooter-based King of the Kill is launching on September 20th with a price hike. No word on the other half, and the console version is apparently “paused,” so who even knows what’s going on with the game any longer.
- Otherland is heading for launch as well; it’s currently in open beta and is hitting the real launch state on September 8th. No word on whether or not it will actually suck you into a strange world full of rich people’s half-remembered childhood fantasies, but we can only assume.
- Twin Saga opened its servers back up for open beta, raising its cap to 65 and adding the Dragonknight class
- Guardians of Ember is hitting early access at the end of September, pushing itself as a hybrid between traditional MMOs and a hack-and-slash game. If that’s exactly what you’ve been waiting to hear, well… good news?
- Even Project Gorgon is eyeing a launch date at this point. Admittedly, it’s a vague plan for some time in 2017, but it’s still a time.
There’s also our usual list just below, complete with games that didn’t make it into actual launch or whatever this week. If something has arguably already launched, i.e. a free-to-play game with no more wipes and a functional cash shop, do let us know if we missed it in the comments. If you have thoughts about a beta you’re playing, let us know that in the comments, too. Actually, let us know if you saw a cool dog on the way to work today. We’re not picky..
“Starting with the Open Beta, players will be able to play the new Dragonknight class: warriors forged from the draconic powers of flame, light, and wind who bear the fearsome strength and combat prowess of their namesakes. In addition to the new class, players can take advantage of a higher level cap — now set at 65 — and a number of new dungeons to explore. […] Adventurers can choose from ten powerful classes — with the freedom to switch classes without changing characters—and can deal devastating damage with amazing combos and spectacular Ultimate Moves.”
One of the game’s claims to fame is the Terracottage system, which grants players a mobile house on the back of a turtle. Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti got the scoop on the housing system back in June.
There are founders packs for folks who want a jumpstart, but the game is F2P otherwise.
There’s a new trailer too!
We hope you got everything you wanted done during the Twin Saga stress test, because it’s done with now. The servers are coming down, characters are going to be wiped, and everything that was on the servers will be lost, like tears in rain. And, hey, it accomplished its primary goals, as the team behind the game has a clear picture of where the servers are weakest and will need to be reinforced.
So when does the open beta start? There’s no firm word yet beyond “soon,” although fans are encouraged to keep their eyes open for an announcement about just that. For now, just fill your mind with happy memories and get ready for when the open testing arrives.