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The Stream Team: Robbing banks and raiding campsites in Wild West Online’s early access launch

In her first run through Wild West Online’s Technical Alpha 1, Massively OP’s MJ mined herself some gold and successfully made it back to town to sell it. In fact, she succeeded in staying alive the whole time! Of course, chances for that happening again are slim as she sneaks back in for early access. There is new content to check out, including new quests and even a special bank robbery event. Then again, MJ also wants to prowl the countryside looking for campsites to plunder. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. and saunter into the old west with us.

What: Wild West Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 15th, 2017

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Yeehaw, Wild West Online’s early access alpha has begun

The Wild West Online early access alpha has officially begun, at least if you shelled out for the higher tiers of founder pack. According to 612 Games’ Facebook page, Pioneer ($50) and Collector ($80) edition players were welcomed in last night, while other buyers – that’d be those of you at the $30 Townie level – will hop in around 3 p.m. EST today.

We realize the founder pack page is a bit confusing as it says you’ll have access to closed alpha but not the early access, but it wouldn’t be the first time this game has muddied the waters of what test phase it’s in and whether or not it’s been delayed.

612 Games has previously touted this test round’s multiple quests, historical guns, public events, character progression and customization, and of course, female toons. The studio has also said the game will fully launch (on Steam) “later this year.” Make sure you take a peek at the latest patch notes, especially if you’re returning after time away! We’ll be streaming the game later this afternoon (yesterday’s run was botched by server downtime), so keep an eye out on OPTV!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 143: BlizzCon strikes back

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree dig into the exciting news from BlizzCon, mull over the troubles at Marvel Heroes, mourn the passing of a great studio, and cover a handful of MMO updates.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Wild West Online resets early access for November 15, still plans 2017 launch

Following all the delays and weirdness this past fall during which the game was declared “just not ready yet,” the team behind Wild West Online has now declared that its early access alpha is a go on November 15th, promising 100 quests, 20 historical guns, and two public events.

“Since going into Technical Server Test Alpha, the development team has used community feedback to make Wild West Online a cowboy’s dream will continue to use community feedback to shape the game. In this next phase, Early Access Alpha, the development team will continue building out the larger world, adding polish and integrating new content to create the best experience for players. In Early Access Alpha players will find a large game map filled with varied environments, NPCs and other players. They will hunt, mine for gold, embark on quests and missions given by NPCs and participate in server wide public PVP events. Players will progress their character, unlocking new abilities and access to new and better gear. They can customize their character, upgrade their guns and trusty stead. In the future players will embark on claiming land for themselves to create their own homestead.”

612 Games still says the “full release is planned for later this year.” We took a peek at the female toons yesterday!

Source: Press release

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Wild West Online continues to postpone persistent alpha, posts female character render

Wild West Online’s pattern of delays in its testing process continues. Back in August, the team behind this western MMO posted a schedule that included a persistent 24/7 alpha test that would run from October 10th through November 15th. The start of this test was delayed back in October — and in fact still hasn’t begun even now that we are in November.

“Right now we’re 100% focused on addressing all the issues that made us miss the deadline, and with a small team that sadly doesn’t leave a lot of room for other things,” the team said on October 17th. “We appreciate your enthusiasm and patience. We want to wait until we’re more certain about certain important bugs and features, before making any further announcements. It won’t be long now before we’re ready, but we don’t want to say exactly how ‘not long’ that will be and disappoint.”

On the positive side of things, Wild West Online did show off a work-in-progress render of a female character. Female toons had yet to be added to the game in previous alpha tests, but hopefully this is a good sign that they are coming soon.

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Wild West Online delays early access alpha: ‘It just ain’t ready yet’

A couple of weeks ago, MOP’s Justin and I expressed heavy skepticism that Wild West Online could ever be ready on schedule this fall. “No way, that’s just not gonna happen, that’s total fantasy,” I believe was our exact phrasing. Last spring, the studio told us it wasn’t running behind, but in September, 612 Games shut down the tech alpha early after just two weekends, saying it would still launch the early access in mid-October. Now it appears that 24-7 early access alpha is being delayed too and won’t begin tomorrow, although the team is still holding tight to October. Here’s the team’s statement from Facebook:

“Over the weekend and today we’ve done company wide playtesting of the build candidate for the early access alpha, and we’ve decided that it just ain’t ready yet. We want the next time you play to be a great time, and right now some critical elements are not up to those standards. What we learned from the community and by observing the activity of streamers and youtubers during Technical Alpha is that people want a game that’s better and more complete, not just early. So we’re not going to release with things that are really not there yet, and madly patch stuff in as it passes muster.”

The studio does say it’s going to take the extra time to “better perfect the new changes” and will reveal more details of the early access launch features “soon.”

Source: Facebook

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Wild West Online shows off the old-timey guns coming with its beta

Here’s a grand surprise for you: Wild West Online will feature old-timey weapons. It will, in fact, involve a fair amount of shooting things. Animals, gankers, bottles, sure, but most likely the broad sides of barns. But seeing as how the name of the game implies a certain degree of fidelity to a period of history, it would look a bit weird if these cowpokes and bounty hunters pulled out futuristic ray guns and NERF rifles.

Thus, the designers of the game are dedicated to putting weapons in the game that match the historical era and what weapons were genuinely available at the time, with a helpful gallery on Facebook (replicated below). If you were wondering what sort of guns you could use while either working for or against the law, well, now you know that you’ll have several options. Some of them more successful in a real-world context than others, but hey, video games lets inefficient but cool weapons have another day in the sun.

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One Shots: Starlight, starbright

As someone very much on the outside of this whole Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire thing, my observations is that this is some sort of night sky simulator coupled with a public transportation PSA. It does look very pretty, though.

“I’ve been having an absolute blast with Path of Fire so far,” writes Xephyr. “The maps are HUGE and insanely detailed, there’s stuff to do everywhere! And mounts, omg, THE MOUNTS! Joy of movement indeed. Anyways, here’s me and my griffin bro doing some exploring.”

In Mother Russia, mount rides you to work!

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Wild West Online ends tech alpha early, adjusts bounty system for early access

It shouldn’t surprise anyone after those rough couple of Wild West Online tech alpha weekends, but alpha 3 has been “postponed” – actually, it appears that leg of the alpha has ended entirely.

“While we had full technical support from the engine development team, it’s the first time this team is making a game using the Nightshade engine, and as a result some things really were ‘trial and error’,” 612 Games wrote on Facebook. Consequently, the team writes, “We’ve made the decision to end Technical Alpha with this past weekend’s Technical Alpha Test 2, and not to extend it to this upcoming weekend. The reason for this is that we’ve received enough gameplay feedback and bug reports to move forward to next phase of development. As you may have noticed, functionality of the Technical Alpha version was rather limited in terms of both features and content, which was deliberate to allow us to limit the test scope and help us focus on identifying specific core system issues. Now that we believe those are all identified, we want our small team to spend extra time focusing on game balancing and integrating our backlog of expanded gameplay features, rather than supporting another Technical Alpha.”

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Red Dead Redemption 2 kicks the can on its ‘summer’ announcement

Rule lawyers, please advise: Is it fulfilling the terms of a verbal contract to have promised more details on a delayed game by the end of summer and then announce hours prior to the start of autumn that an announcement was coming? Does that count?

Because that’s exactly what Rockstar Games did with Red Dead Redemption 2. When the studio revealed back in May that it was delaying the multiplayer sequel to its hit western game to 2018, Rockstar promised more details by the end of summer. The details that we got just before the seasons passed the baton? An announcement of an upcoming September 28th announcement. Seems a little disingenuous from where we are sitting.

Rockstar previously said that RDR2 would contain an “online multiplayer experience” when it arrive on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but the studio’s been considerably more cagey about whether or not the rumored PC version will actually happen. Maybe we’ll find out more next week?

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Wild West Online begins its second tech alpha test today

The first technical alpha for Wild West Online was a success, at least in that lots of stuff broke. But when you’re running a technical alpha, you want things to break. So the game has gotten a round of fixes over the past week, and now the developers want the testing cadre to swing in and break all of those fixes with the start of the second technical alpha test today. You’ll have to work hard to break stuff, though; the developers say they’ve worked their tushes off on crashes and stability bugs.

If you’re not interested in just paying to play a game to get it to not work, you can also take part in some actual content, as this build adds in missions (chiefly for tutorial purposes) and new HUD graphics. There are also better systems in place to track discoveries and better maps, so you’ll have more to do just riding around. If you’re in the testing, get ready to mosey on back in and start breaking a whole new set of fixes.

We streamed the first alpha test last weekend; take a peek down below.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 136: Westward ho!

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree saddle up for discussion on Wild West Online’s alpha, Star Citizen’s back-backlash on schedules, the miserable state of Phantasy Star Online 2, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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The Stream Team: A first alpha look at Wild West Online

There are so few western MMOs, but Wild West Online is fixin’ to change that. And by golly, thanks to Alpha Test 1, Massively OP’s MJ has a chance to peek in and see how the game’s a-farin’. Now it’s just the beginnings of the first alpha test — basically a core mechanics shakedown — so there’ll be much more a-comin’ between now and release (and beyond). Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team rounds up a first look at…

What: Wild West Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 16th, 2017

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