Farewell Legionnaire, hello Cleric! As part of the Crowfall development team’s decision to decouple races and classes, the former Legionnaire archetype dissolved in the aftermath and was reshaped into the new Cleric.
As this week’s class reveal explains, the Cleric is downright perfect for players looking for a sturdy frontline healer who can also deal out melee damage without getting pounded into the ground too quickly. This new class is, as the team explains, “easy to play, ranged, healing, buffing, along with the sturdiness to take a severe beating as they would no doubt be the focus target in any fight.”
Remember how Crowfall announced back in May that it was decoupling its race and class archetypes to allow players to mix-and-match more freely? This wasn’t a one-and-done reveal; the team has been hard at work to refine this new character creation design and hosted a “show and tell” on YouTube to share its progress in this area.
The team said that player suggestions and feedback led to the development of skill trees, all of which are currently being worked on by the team. These skill trees include ones for crafting, combat, exploration, race, and class, so it looks like there will be plenty of room for customization and growth as players advance in the game.
If you’re interested in the game, set aside an hour to look more in-depth at the classes and races below!
Do you have visions of what your mighty castle fortress will look like in Crowfall’s eternal kingdom? To help with your fertile imagination — keep your eyes on the road while you’re daydreaming, sonny — the team posted several screenshots to show some of the pieces that players can use to create their fantasy dream home.
“We realized that we weren’t giving players quite enough Lego bricks to play with,” the devs admitted. “So we set about making a new batch of eternal kingdom assets for all your fort-building needs. Some of these are revised versions of the current pieces, while others are entirely new.”
The team is currently running Crowfall through its paces over the weekend with Pre-Alpha 5. Whether or not you’re in the test, you can listen to the devs jaw about what they hope to accomplish with it after the break.
“We’re pretty sure you’d rather play the game before the heat death of the universe than have us hand-craft an entire worldwide ecology from the smallest ant to the biggest tree. […] We’re not making Vanimus Prime model and texture sex organs.”
You can make a game of taking Chronicles of Elyria newsletter quotes completely out of context, as there is a higher quotient of strange than you’d normally find in such MMO updates. That said, this week’s letter is mostly concerned with wrapping up the devs’ extended discussion on the game’s tribes, talking about the locomotion system for this non-fast-travel world, and fleshing out the world’s fauna with familiar creatures from our world.
The team also gave an early glimpse of the voxel visuals that it will be using for its upcoming ElyriaMUD game. Apparently the team will use a converter to take the graphics already made in Elyria and transform them into blocky representations. Check out some of the MUD voxel models after the break and try not to drool too much over those shapely figures.
When Daybreak announced last year that it was cancelling the highly anticipated EverQuest Next project, the series’ forward momentum lurched to a halt. This wasn’t helped by other EverQuest entities that have been retired over the past few years, leaving only the two aging flagship MMOs to carry on the legacy of the franchise.
For franchise it is. It might be fuzzy in people’s memories (or simply absent from them), but there was an era where EverQuest was the MMORPG at the top of everything, and Sony Online Entertainment wasted no time in capitalizing on its popularity. Spin-offs, sequels, and alternative versions spawned into being, creating a library of EverQuest games.
In fact, there are more than enough to fill up a full list of 10 titles — and then some! So today let’s look at some of the lesser-known entries in EverQuest’s ever-expanding franchise and muse about what might come to this series in the future.
Happy second birthday, Trove
! Here, have a slice of cake. It’s somewhat pixelated and the frosting is made out of dirt, but we hear that’s how you like it best. Indeed, back on July 9th, 2015, this odd voxel MMORPG erupted from the mind-womb of Trion Worlds
and has actually become somewhat of a sleeper hit in the industry.
And perhaps for the anniversary or perhaps because Trove loves to throw events on days that end with “Y,” the game is giving out a free golden ticket chest as a login reward from now through July 24th, with dragons and a “ludicrous” number of mounts as potential prizes.
Trove has also activated two weeks of pretty much every bonus event in the game, including double XP and more harvesting. “Two weeks of daily bonuses sounds too good to be true — but this is the truest truth to ever true,” the team said.
Hey PvE sandbox fans! If Fortnite isn’t on your radar yet, it should be. MOP’s own Andrew Ross dubbed it “Crowfall for PvE zombie fans” following his demo at this year’s E3. It’s got lobby matchmaking, with a procedurally generated world, short matches, some persistence, gear crafting, item decay, outposts, character unlocks, and co-op — as Epic Games put it, “We know that players want co-op games where they can go play with their friends. There’s a lot of people out there that aren’t about killing other people.”
So if you’re one of them, today’s video is for you.
“This weekend at Rooster Teeth Expo in Austin, Texas, Epic Games premiered A Hard Day’s Night, a cinematic short based in the universe of the studio’s upcoming action-building title, Fortnite. Created in-house at Epic Games using Unreal Engine 4, the short gives fans a taste of the action players can expect when the game becomes available for players later this month.”
Crowfall’s ramping up the dev blogs this week with a fresh one on the skills system. “Skills are one of the main methods of character progression,” ArtCraft Design Lead Thomas “Blixtev” Blair explains. “Skills train passively over time, whether you are offline or online, and they are based on the account, not the individual character. This means that when you train a skill, you get the benefit of that skill across any character on your account for which that skill is beneficial.”
The devs’ original plan was to have players train up from 1 to 100 in each skill, but as designed, that system didn’t cause players to feel as if they were making much progress. “It’s hard to get excited about a .001 gain per point,” Blair quips.
To fix it, ArtCraft’s changed up the model such that “the time it took to gain 20/100 points now equates to one pip” and “stat gains now ‘build up’ until each pip is earned.” Requirements that players complete training in a skill to jump ahead to the next skills have also been reduced or eliminated. Just know that the skill trees are due for a huge wipe and restructure thanks to the archetype skill overhaul.
Last month, we included Crowfall among the games discussed in a Massively Overthinking roundtable that focused on MMO monetization running amok. Why? Because Crowfall has one of the spendiest cash shops in the genre, and it’s not even out yet; indeed, one of its palaces is $7000.
That subject is one ArtCraft has addressed today in a new dev blog, which argues that the price is fine because it’s intended for large guilds.
“The price is high because when 100+ players work together to buy something, the total adds up quickly,” J. Todd Coleman and Gordon Walton jointly explain. “That last part is key. These strongholds are WAY, WAY overkill for use by a single player. Much like in real life, purchasing a giant Imperial Palace doesn’t make a lot of sense if you intend to live alone. The purpose of these larger strongholds is to support large player groups. They provide a mechanism to centralize buildings and exist so that guilds, streamer audiences, or even a loose-knit collection of merchants and crafters can work together, pool resources and create social spaces.”
Do you like numbers? It’s summer, you shouldn’t have to think about math! That’s OK, the Crowfall team will deal with that for you. In this week’s new dev video Q&A, Design Lead Thomas Blair and Senior Game Designer Mark Halash take on the recent “number squish” and how to display numbers that matter during combat and crafting.
Of course, it’s not only counting really high. The devs also talk about an overhaul to the character sheet, how resource drops works, the progression model, the difference between disciplines and classes, and how they are restructuring skill trees.
Check it out after the break!
Ah, character creation: the best part of so many MMORPGs. So how’s it working for Crowfall? A new dev blog out this week from ArtCraft explains that the archetype separation announced last spring has necessitated a change from the old system of archetype statues in-game. Now, UX Design Lead Billy Garretsen says, the system is much more like you’d expect from a traditional MMORPG: You’ll pick your race and class from lists and get a default vessel, then choose gender, hair style, face, and head shapes. The best part is the ads and disads system.
“Once the look is settled, it is time to alter the character’s stats and attributes through Advantages and Disadvantages. Every race and class combination will yield a pool of Creation Points that can be spent on Advantages to provide stat benefits in various categories. Alternatively, you can opt to apply Disadvantages that will decrease your stat values but grant you bonus Creation Points that can be applied on further Advantages. For example, Eagle Eye will grant increased accuracy with ranged weapons, while Dim Witted will lower Intellect, but grant points that can be spent to further increase Strength.”
One of Crowfall’s most important systems — if not the crux of the entire game — is its campaign system. This repeatable PvP experience will come in many varieties and feature a beginning, middle, and end. But its first beginning is coming soon… very soon.
ArtCraft announced on Tuesday that it is preparing to commence its first test of the campaign system on the test server. Campaigns have a lot to offer for players, including the fog of war, a cartography skill, a day and night cycle, forts, keeps, and resource points. The sides will play tug-o-war with a conquest slider, resulting in either a win for order, chaos, or balance.
The team took great pains to stress that this is “more test than playtest” and that bugs, performance problems, and a lack of real balance would be present. “When I say First Campaign Test, please don’t read that as our-first-fully-functional-campaign-that-we-can-all-play-and-it-will-be-like-a-released-game! … because it won’t be that,” the team said.
Dinos! Dinos! Dinos! Trove’s
anything-goes pop culture umbrella certainly has room enough for our prehistoric best friends, and today’s Megalithic update
brings plenty of them to the console.
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players can now join their PC
betters brothers in blasting dinosaurs while ordering a few about as the new Dino Tamer class in the Jurassic Jungle biome. The biggest game of all, of course, is the T-Rex. Take that down, and you might just become legend.
Trove is kicking off a two-week Dino Attack event to celebrate the occasion. The game also introduced more dragons and created a French and German translation for console players. High-level players will be happy to hear that it now takes less XP to level from 20 to 30.