wurm online

Official Site: Wurm Online
Studio: Code Club AB
Launch Date: December 12, 2012
Genre: Fantasy sandbox
Business Model: F2P
Platform: PC/Browser

Survival sandbox Steam Hammer has already seen a major world balancing pass

We’d never heard of Big Way Games’ Steam Hammer before last week’s debut on Steam’s early access platform: It’s a multiplayer sandbox survival game (64 players to a shard) built around making steampunks fight dieselpunks. Reviewers thus far have likened it to Wurm Online and Life is Feudal, and several have complained about the lack of female characters, but surely that’s just a matter of time and patches. The most recent patches, in fact, have made some big balance and QOL changes already, including doubling gathering speed and increasing both spawns and gathering materials.

The game raised over $50,000 from crowdfunders last year, though it was in development a year or two before that. Possibly the most shocking thing about it is that it’s actually delivering on schedule — its Kickstarter promised a May 2017 alpha, and here we are.

The game is not to be confused with SteamHammerVR, a virtual reality game also in access on Steam. The full launch is expected at the end of 2017; early access will set you back $26.99 as of press time. Want to see it in action? We got an early look over the weekend!

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The MOP Up: Life is Feudal’s building sim (May 14, 2017)

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 MapleStoryHeroes of the StormIngressWurm OnlineDCUOHellionLife is FeudalSkyforgeOverwatchH1Z1Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: SMITE’s console mea culpa (May 7, 2017)

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 Skyforge, EVE Online, IngressWar ThunderWorld of TanksWakfuLeague of LegendsSMITEGTA OnlineElsword OnlineWurm OnlineDarkfall: Rise of AgonWorlds AdriftCounter-Strike, SEAL Online, and Warspear Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Perfect Ten: Exploring MMORPGs from the far corners of the world

Have you ever noticed that while there’s an entire world out there, most all of the MMORPGs we discuss and play tend to either be ones crafted in the USA or imports from China or Korea? We even have a shorthand for this: “western” and “eastern” MMOs. We’re usually not talking about entire hemispheres with these references, but rather about categorizing three countries that are big into the MMORPG business.

But what about the rest of the world? Are all of these other countries so uncaring about this genre that they’ve never tried their hand at making an MMO? Of course not; as I’m about to show you, there are plenty of online RPGs that have been made in countries other than China, the USA, and South Korea. It’s just that for various reasons, those three countries ended up fostering concentrations of video game developers who knew how to create these types of games.

So let’s take a tour around the world and see if we can’t give some credit to other countries for their contributions to the MMORPG genre past, present, and future. Before you click the link, see how many you can name off the top of your head!

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This player is rebuilding Ultima Online in Wurm Online

One of the best parts of Wurm Online’s Unlimited version is that players can run wild with their own custom servers, tailoring them to their every whim. That’s exactly what MMO gamer and Ubisoft artist Andrea “Malena” Fryer has done: She’s combined two of the best MMORPG sandboxes of all time into one by recreating the Ultima Online map in Wurm.

“The most nostalgic MMO players I know (myself included) are old Ultima Online players,” Malena began on the Wurm forums earlier in April. “So I’ve named the server accordingly and will do my very best to set it up, build and decorate just like good old UO. When the day comes that it’s ready to be made public, I hope you’ll share a little moistness in your eye, remembering back to the good old days in the lands of Sosaria!”

The project’s even won the admiration of former Ultima Online lead designer Raph “Designer Dragon” Koster.

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The MOP Up: Aion has spring fever (April 23, 2017)

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 EVE OnlineWurm OnlineGloria VictisBrawl of AgesTERAWorld of Warships, H1Z1Champions OnlinePortal KnightsFinal Fantasy XIAionWakfu, and The Black Death, all waiting for you after the break!

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Wurm Online patches in new housing, siege weaponry

Sandbox MMORPG Wurm Online has pushed out a meaty update today focused partly on new additions to its housing system. Players should anticipate a series of new building materials, pavement, wall textures, fences, all of which transform into multiple new styles of houses. Moreover, “Underground housing will now be enabled on PvP servers,” says Code AB, so get your basement-level evil lairs prepped!

PvP is indeed the subject of the second part of the update; the studio says it’s altered siege weapons. Catapults, trebuchets, archery towers, and magic turrets should now be much more potent, and they’ll be joined by brand-new battering rams, the better for you to wreck your enemies’ brand-new houses.

We’ve got images of all the new homes, plus the game’s new trailer below!

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Wurm Unlimited patches up to version 1.3 today

Good news for fans of Wurm Online, as the Wurm Unlimited version patches up to patch 1.3 today. That means both versions of the game are now up to the same iteration, complete with a variety of fixes to improve quality of life all around. Want to slap a saddle on a unicorn and ride it around? You can do that now. Need some larger entrances to a mine for entrance issues? You can do that now. Want to blast across the sky in a jet-powered wagon bristling with automatic weapons? You want to be playing a different game, then, that’s a terrible idea.

The patch also brings in cooking updates and new storage options, both of which will be welcome improvements to the quality of life in the game. Players are also encouraged to make use of the new bug report UI to identify any issues arising from the new patch or other long-standing bugs. So it’s a better game, and it’s a chance for players to more easily identify problems to make the game better in the future. Everybody wins! Ride a unicorn around town to celebrate.

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Massively OP’s Best of 2016 Awards: Best MMORPG Crafting of 2016

Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2016 awards continue today with our award for Best MMORPG Crafting of 2016, which is a new award for our staff this year and was proposed by readers strangesands and melissaheather.

Once again, we’ve opted to include pre-2016 MMOs, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year.

Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMORPG Crafting of 2016 is…

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Global Chat: Knights of the Eternal Throne debate

With the arrival of SWTOR: Knights of the Eternal Throne, the MMO blogosphere lit up in lively discussion about the expansion, its story, and its design. As expected, opinions were all over the place.

Xam Xam was glowing in praise for what it called a “wonderfully paced, intense, heartbreaking masterpiece.” Superior Realities was a bit more mixed but ultimately positive about the expansion: “Despite pursuing several plot threads at once, KotET is a very tight, very focused experience, and for the most part it’s an epic thrill-ride from beginning to end.”

As for the controversial galactic command system, Galactic Antics didn’t know what to think: “I don’t think I’ve come across a system such as this which has a direct negative counter to virtually every positive aspect about it before […] SWTOR has gone from a game which benefits both casuals and hardcore players to being a game which largely only benefits those who are willing and able to just grind.”

From RIFT to Elder Scrolls Online to disliked archetypes, we’ve got an interesting assortment of articles for you to peruse after the jump!

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Wurm Online serves up a tasty update

The long-awaited cooking overhaul is now live in Wurm Online, thanks to the 1.3 Update. There are literally hundreds of additional recipes as well as plenty of new veggies to plant on your in-game farm. It’s completely understandable if you’re feeling overwhelmed at it all, which is why it’s great that there’s a 23-page cooking guide to help walk you through the changes.

Update 1.3 is far more than cooking, of course. Some of the highlights include the removal of mailing item limits, the ability to create (and throw) snowballs, bee hives (complete with stinging insects!), and an in-game message board that can be used to leave notes for friends and villagers.

The patch also struck a blow for gender equality: “Gender specific sorcery spells can now be cast by both genders.” Oh what a time in which we live.

Source: Patch notes

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The MOP Up: Wurm Online cooks up a hearty Thanksgiving meal (November 20, 2016)

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 Wurm Online players will be celebrating the long-awaited arrival of the cooking update. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuestOverwatchEVE Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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