Linkrealms announces winter beta, Steam early access in March

    
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Linkrealms developer Mythyn Interactive announced today that it’s planning a Steam early access launch in March 2016 and as well as a fresh round of beta testing in January.

From the 9th of January, all registered users with a Beta Key and all purchasers of a Founder Pack will be able to play Linkrealms continuously for at least 3 weeks.

The Ultima Online-inspired isometric MMORPG ran a summer test and an autumn test last year in addition to releasing founder packs. It first entered testing in 2011; in February, 2015, it rebooted as an open-PvP game. Most recently, it’s touted a new crafter contract system, support for multiple characters (five, to be exact), a new login interface, and a creature balancing pass.

Source: Press release
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Zycor
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spider3
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spider3

ScottRondeau  I agree with you on some aspects – the (very small) playerbase is composed mostly from UO veterans (pre-AoS) who are blasting and bashing whoever brings PvE ideas. I feel anyway a UO Veteran – i played 6 years, at the time Trammel and Felucca facet were created – but IMO the game was still great. For People PvE oriented, they could enjoy the most complex Sandbox ever created in peace. And if you wanted to get the valuable skills/stat scrolls, you HAD to go to Felucca and face the risk vs reward. Or grind forever to make enough Money to buy them from PvP Players. Everything was working perfectly and anyone could Play its style.

Anyway, the devs NEVER said this will be PvP game only. There WILL BE, and IMO probably on steam release, one PvP Server (the current one) and one PvE Server (where PvP will be still present but very limited to certain zones). So Keep the faith!
In the meantime, Shards Online is my second hope if LR will stick on PvP-centric game. We have enough PvP centric sandboxes right now. (Darkfall, Das Tal, Albion Onliline, Crowfall, Camelot Unchained).

ScottRondeau
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This game has always had great potential, but it’s never come close to meeting it.  There’s so many neat little features in this game, you have no idea.  It still could be a great PvE game, unfortunately the devs have sacrificed everything in a vain attempt to recreate the PvP hell from the glory days of UO.  All features which have nothing to do with PvP have been ignored for years and left half finished, rendering PvP pointless.  It just doesn’t work as a PvP game, but they keep trying anyways.  It’s the very definition of insanity.
The realm system is great, and you can create huge buildings up to 6 stories high.  It had the most amazing pet system, with breeding and genetic systems, but those were removed because they unbalanced PvP, and there’s no word when or if they’ll be put back in.  The rooster fighting tournaments were THE BEST!
I’ve seen no indication that they plan on changing direction.  The devs have shown no intention of addressing any noncombat related shortcomings in the game.  You’d think they would have to fix those systems eventually, but they never do.

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Hmm… they may have a great idea and concepts, but the graphics and the art style approach is not appealing for this gamer. I wish them luck, but I want more modern graphics when I play MMOs.

spider3
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LinkRealms is a great and promising game. It’s one of the only one, along Shards Online, bringing back the Ultima Online Feelings and i’m really looking to Play it again on steam release.

Blackomen
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Blackomen

Had a terrible experience in this game’s beta. Every other person was cheating/botting/exploiting, and when I mentioned it on their forums I was downright attacked by the entire community, not because they disagreed it was happening, but because they all wanted it to work that way. (Because half the community are cheaters/botters/exploiters.) Then I talked to a game moderator and he said thats the way the devs themselves want to the game to be.

I was utterly awestruck that a game development team can actively “encourage” cheating in their game. Needless to say a promptly deleted the game in disgust.

Consider this fair warning to those interested in this.

uohaloran
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uohaloran

>in February, 2015, it http://massivelyop.com/2015/02/24/linkrealms-reboots-as-an-open-pvp-server/. 

big surprise

maybe it’ll follow all of these other highly successful isometric open-PvP titles

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deekay_zero

> tfw  when old games use steam early access.