MMOs you’ve never heard of: Trulion, Morna Tales, Laplace M, Project BBQ, Genesis, Endless Battle, Achaea, Lord of Chains, Star Sonata

    
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We have a perilously tall pile of MMOs (and MUDs and MOBAs and such) that you’ve probably never heard of for today’s roundup. We’re gonna just jump right in!

Trulion Online

Trulion Online, shown in our header pic above, is a new open-world sandbox MMORPG that just hit beta on Android (via Droid Gamers). Yes, it’s a mobile title with retro graphics, but we suspect you’re going to look at it and think, Oh, it’s kinda like Stardew Valley. And it is! Except it’s an MMO. Here’s Exuberant Games’ pitch:

“Trulion is an open world sandbox MMORPG with a complex player guided economy where each individual’s actions shape the world around them, and you are limited by your own ambition. Want to corner the market on a certain product? Want to become a bandit? Bounty hunter? Animal tamer? Or maybe a caravan merchant, delivering trade goods to cities and helping to grow their economy? Or perhaps you will become a guild leader that manages to conquer the world? Maybe in the end, you just want to be a simple craftsman, and have your own shop in town. Anything is possible, in Trulion.”

Morna Tales

Digging the retro graphics look? Check out this tiny but free-to-play sandbox, which has apparently been live since 2016 in the spirit of games like Nexus The Kingdom of the Winds.

Do note the devs the devs have just moved to beta to accommodate the demand!

Laplace M

If you’re among those readers who like more flair to your isometric graphics and don’t mind mobile, take a peek at Laplace M, the mobile spin-off of the traditionally-Asia-only MMORPG Laplace. Closed beta for mobile is set for January 10th. (via Droid Gamers)

Project BBQ

The one cracks me up! According to MMO Culture, it’s a new 3-D action-combat project in the Dungeon & Fighter franchise by Nexon and Neople; expect multiple playable toons, a seamless world, and UE4 pizzazz.

Genesis and Endless Battle

There two aren’t MMORPGs but rather MOBAs. Netdragon’s Endless Battle is free-to-play on Steam, and while reviews so far are mixed, it’s damn gorgeous.

Genesis, on the other hand, is a sci-fi UE4 MOBA for both PC and console; it boast three-faction PvP and a PvE mode, with testing planned for March.

Achaea and Lord of Chains

Achaea is a MUD rather than a graphical MMORPG, but it’s close enough, and it’s one of the biggest and oldest still around, so it’s gratifying to know it’s laid out its plans for content in the new year – expansion of commodity systems, quest integration, “tools and lore to foster immersion and character development,” classleads, and events, including the Year 800 games.

Likewise, Lord of Chains is a “text-based massive online adventure game” on Android that landed in our inbox this past week. Intriguingly, it’s running with an Ancient Egyptian theme.

Star Sonata

Finally, we come to Star Sonata, which might just be the most fleshed-out graphical game on today’s list. The indie space sandbox MMO has outlined its goals for 2019, including plans for an expansion, healing and resistance changes, a mod rework, the new cargo system, better skill trees, and “sweeping gameplay improvements.”

Know of more MMOs we’ve never covered? Drop us a tip! We love to hear about them!

With thanks to Panagiotis, John, and Littlebugbear!
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Mewmew

I’m not sure the legality of people running private servers, but you may want to remove Morna Tales from your list. That *is* Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds. It wasn’t just inspired by it, that is it, it’s just someone running the game on a private server altering some stuff.

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socontrariwise

I was curious and installed Trulion. My cellphone is a year old, android 8.
Only a male character possible, only warrior class, only hair color can be changed. Log in. NPC with the name “TAP ME” standing there and a second one with a question mark above his head. I tap the former. Nothing happens. I tap the second. My char isn’t moving or such. Tap again. Nothing. Double tap? Walks over, grey giant box opens that covers half the screen. Tiny bar in it “quests”. Tap the bar. Nothing. Double tap? Nothing. Hold down? Finally another giant get box opens. Tiny bar “Gloop something”. I tap it, it opens, explains a simple kill quest. I tap the “accept” bar.
Nothing. Tap again. Nothing. Double tap? Nothing? Try to hold it? Not sure I even manage it is so tiny and so far down at the low border. Nothing.
Suddenly the box closes, message “you have died”. Huh??
Ah, player with red name running around killing newbies. I respawn, nothing to lose yet…
Tap the quest npc. Nothing. Lots of taps later I’m still at the spawn point, can’t move anywhere. I log out.
I mean… seriously??

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Trulion Online

Hey thanks for testing out the game. Currently the game is in Early alpha. Was categorized as beta though. There are still many things we are working on and several people testing and reporting bugs through the in game report system. Join the discord and you can chat with the developers and let them know your concerns so issues can be resolved. We will be locking pvp until level 30 in the next patch so that issue doesn’t happen again. Once again thanks for testing the game. We hope you stick around to watch it grow. :)

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Mewmew

Ah that’s too bad. I know it’s in “unreleased” state right now but they come in a lot of different states when listed as unreleased. This one seems a bit too early on for me at the moment. That’s not something I’m holding against it or anything, it simply means I need to give it some development time and check back on it again later.

I don’t enjoy playing male characters in online games, unless it’s like a male feline or something I can deal with that :P So dudes only right off is a negative for me.

I also am not that big into PvP most of the time. I don’t mind it sometimes, but only at my own discretion here and there. I won’t be playing another game that doesn’t have PvE servers and where it’s a big part of the world instead of in limited areas. If the game stays as having open world PvP, no matter what level it starts at, I won’t be playing it.

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Trulion Online

Awesome we definitely appreciate the feedback. You are correct we are very early stages for sure. By release time we will probably have several different servers. We will be sure to make one PvE only. We will definitely have male female characters as well those are in the process of being made as we speak. Thanks again for your feedback.

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Alyn

Korean Invasion 2019?

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MilitiaMasterV

Lies. I call lies! I’ve heard of Star Sonata. I used to play the original and still have photos in my old photobucket account!

First was me in my bulk transport eyeballing another capital ship I wanted. Second is me in the ship I did manage to acquire. Third was the capital ship I really really wanted…with me in my speed demon scout ship that could zip around without getting blown up.

I miss Star Sonata. It was fun for awhile. Problem with it was that they were doing all of this on a single shard server and the tech couldn’t handle it and the lag spikes were horrendous. Also, they kept ‘restarting’ the universe so it’d have different stuff and you’d have to start over again. After like the 2nd restart, I decided not to try and rebuild. Glad to see they made a ‘2’ after I played.

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PanagiotisLial1

I only played the Star Sonata 2 and looks better now. They also added something like speciazation talents in classes. As for the resets I am not a fan of them but most of the current community likes them. What they have to during resets now(cause I dont know what they did back when you played) is they got to pack their bases and store them. When new reset comes the first station they dock they get an option to transfer all their things there. Of course they have to re-explore the map too

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MilitiaMasterV

Yeah, that’s how the original was too. That bulk hauler I showed you in first picture was how I was lugging my stuff around. But having to pack it all up/unpack it all in a new shard was getting cumbersome after about the second full universe…especially with that bulk hauler’s slowwww speed. If I ever made any mistakes, and didn’t have backup around, I’d have lost a lot too. (Pretty much the intention there….then all your stuff floated away/people could grab it.)

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PanagiotisLial1

I see, people use bigger ones now to haul, some with funny shapes. There is also the Thatch that is flightworthy but can be had on a station as storage, a lot of storage

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Bruno Brito

That Mornatales seems like a more hi-def Tibia.

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PanagiotisLial1

Not quite sure cause tibia is to a big part a loot hunting and leveling game. Crafting in tibia is almost inexistent. That said tibia is an addictive game even today, especially after they got rid of the hordes of botters

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PanagiotisLial1

sorry for Star Sonata 2 I wanted to say thatch isnt flightworthy, you can only use tractor with it to move

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Mewmew

No, it’s Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds running on a private server. It’s something that shouldn’t have been posted as it’s own game, as it is someone who took Nexus: TK and just made a private server with it.

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PanagiotisLial1

Interesting, I had a brief look into Nexus TK and Dark Ages long ago and I didnt realise they had crafting too

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Oleg Chebeneev

Lmao at Mornatales trailer.

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PanagiotisLial1

Star Sonata draws a lot of inspiration from old Star Control series and you can use wingmen-like ships you equip normally like ships and place control bots on them, then you RTS-style control them along with your own ship. Also you can build your own bases to craft and vend items, store them etc. Its a fun little game and can play well on older PCs too

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Exuberant Games

Wow just want to say thank you for posting our game here. It’s amazing what has happened since this post. The amount of accounts that have been created is mind blowing! Thanks you! I do want to say though we are still in Alpha, however due to request of wanting to download from Google Play instead of the APK we released as beta on Google Play.We have a lot of optimizations to do for older devices still so if you have crash issues we are working hard to resolve those issues. We have a long way to go still and appreciate the post! Hope to see you all in our game testing it out and hope to see you all hanging out in our discord as well! Thanks again for sharing our game!

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Minimalistway

Thank you, i love reading about MMOs i never heard of, nice to see some 2D ones here … i hope to see Trulion Online ported to PC.

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Trulion Online

Just wanted to drop by and tell you TrulionOnline is already on PC. I apologize for not seeing this sooner. You can currently download the Alpha on https://exuberantgames.itch.io/truliononline

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François Verret

I’ll have to check out Archaea, although I’m afraid of ending up sacrificing all of my free time to the ASCII gods.

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PanagiotisLial1

Achaea is easier to get into like most of Iron Realms MUDs

Achaea is their most popular and longest running, having a balance of PVE, PVP, Politics, Crafting etc and being able a lot later to turn into dragon. Aetolia is dark themed(vampires etc) and less PVPish but very deep in lore. Lusternia is a steampunk themed one with airships, dimentions etc. Imperian is mostly PVP based, the easiest to get into as starter and fastest to train – not my favorite of their games but it was the one that helped me get back into the MUD playstyle after over a decade away. They also released Starmourn recently on open beta I believe – a space themed MUD.