Welcome back to our intermittent series on MMOs and other multiplayer games you you’ve never heard of! Tonight we have four titles to highlight.
Remember NosTale? Yeah, we didn’t either, but it’s a super old anime MMO that Gameforge is resurrecting and plopping down on Steam, apparently at some point in September.
“Swordsmen, Archers and Mages – each class offers a unique flavour and the opportunity to create your own personalised character. Tame wild animals, train them and use them tactically in battle. Other players and partners can also join you on your adventures. Take some time out from adventuring in your very own Miniland, a place where you can build your own home, look after the garden and party with your friends.”
Cute! What else have we got here…
D’aww, another cutie, at least if you’re into pixel graphics. This one’s Aeon Rivals, a 2-D side-scrolly MMO. It’s free-to-play, so easy as pie to jump in, and maybe you should. “While Aeon Rivals is a 100% free 2D MMO, we have a strong stance against pay-to-win schemes,” say the devs. “All our extra features offered will never give players unfair gameplay advantages. Our goal is to keep the playing field as level as possible so it stays skill-based and enjoyable for everyone.”
War of Conquest
War of Conquest might be the most interesting MMO in our roundup today, and you’ll probably hear about it from us again, as it’s being built by some ex-Turbine developers who once worked on Asheron’s Call. Or perhaps I should say “rebuilt,” as in fact it already had a run in the early aughts. The team is calling it a “massively multiplayer nation-building strategy game set in a sci-fi/fantasy world,” and it’s launching on PC as well as mobile.
“What sets War of Conquest apart from other games is that all of the potentially thousands of nations in the game world will be located on a single huge map, and the game features an open world, meaning that nations may traverse the map and come into contact, and frequently conflict, with other nations that they meet. This is in contrast with the majority of massively multiplayer strategy games, which tend to isolate each player’s nation on its own mini-map, allowing nations to come into contact only under certain limited conditions.”
A modest $7000 Kickstarter is scheduled to launch next week, so stay tuned.
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr
What is it with Warhammer and these awful names? Guys, that’s just a string of numbers and words that don’t mean anything.
OK, so Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr isn’t a traditional MMO, but it is an OARPG, and it is in early access as of today; it’ll stay there, according to this latest batch of devs trying to defeat the Warhammer curse, for half a year. Dear god, it’s so grimdark my head hurts.
“The first Action-RPG set in the grim future of the 41st Millennium takes the genre to its next level: an open-world sandbox game with a persistent universe with a huge variety of missions, tactical, brutal combat encounters in destructible environments and a storyline influenced by the community of players. Use the cover system for tactical advantage, shoot off limbs and perform executions in epic boss battles and become a Protector of any solar systems with your glorious actions!”
Thanks, MMOBomb and Joseph!
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