Cthulu-based horror MMO Yellow King has officially entered early access

    
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Who’s ready for a touch of far-reaching, dimension-shaking horror that’s so potent simply looking upon it will induce madness? Then you might be ready for The Yellow King, which bills itself as “a unique Lovecraft MMO rogue-lite with infinite dungeons, traps, puzzles and monsters” and went into early access this past Wednesday.

We took a peek at this game before when it had first announced a limited-time early access event last Halloween. According to the game’s Steam update history, it had rolled back early access to November 21st and then to January 23rd. This time, though, it’s really truly live.

Those who are eager to hop in to Yellow King should bear in mind that this is the very first phase of testing for an audience larger than an internal test group. Testing right now is focused on basic network performance, server stability, and other network-related matters. What is not the focus is “literally everything else,” meaning weapons, the UI, and animations are placeholders and the game’s magic system is not in place yet. The devs also warn that AI “is dumb and buggy” and 95% of the maps and AI are not live. That said, those updates are on the roadmap for March through May, and in the case of adding more maps and AI, those are on the roadmap for the “rest of life.”

If none of those things is a bother, you can hop in now for a 10% discount, which incidentally will also net you a lifetime subscription to the game. Full release is expected sometime in 2021 when the community feels the game is ready, and there’s still a fair bit of content on offer including 15+ weapons, thousands of character vanity options, and one infinite dungeon to explore with traps, bosses, and treasures. Just don’t expect much of that stuff to work terribly cleanly right now.


source: Steam via Reddit

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So you’r paying for a Dungeon Crawler labeled as a mmo at an Alpha Alpha state that apparently follows Lovecraft lore but is just bait to get you into it? Hmmm those are lots of red Flags.

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IronSalamander8 .

Lovecraftian automatically gets my attention. It is far too cutesy for the subject matter, but will keep an eye on it.

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SirPufnstuf

Right, the art style completely undermines any intention to be a “horror” game….

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Brown Jenkin

I’d love for this game to be great, its still in really nascent stages of development though. Cool that the review of the game was shared as well as the trailer. I seriously wish them well, its hard to imagine how far final launch is down the line though.

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Greaterdivinity

I saw the “Yellow King” and “Lovecraft” and instantly my mind went a very, very different direction.

Not quite sure what I’m seeing in these videos, but I’ll keep an eye on it. Seems surprisingly cutesy for a Lovecraft inspired title, I kinda dig it.

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Bruno Brito

I wonder, is this criticism aimed towards MOP or the game?

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Armsbend

Every white guy was racist at that time. I don’t care anyway – he is one of the greatest writers in any era. I am mature enough to separate a person from their art.

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IronSalamander8 .

Agreed. I love most of his stories and acknowledge that he was nasty in this aspect even for his time. I can enjoy the lore and the stories while also realizing his faults.

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Armsbend

His stories were incredibly dark and gave a dismal view towards life. Of course there is anger seething under HP’s skin. If there wasn’t – the stories probably never would have existed.

I recently purchased his complete collection in a delux edition. It’s really nice and shouldn’t be as inexpensive as it is.

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IronSalamander8 .

I’ve had several of his books for many years, going back to the 80s. Thanks to the collection I was able to get on my Kindle, I was able to grab the stories I was missing like the Mound which for some reason wasn’t in any of the books.

Some of his inheritors are good too. Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Howard, Ramsey Campbell, etc. all have some solid contributions to the mythos.

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kittiesnstars

As an author, there is nothing “mature” about separating art from artist. And in fact, it is a pretty immature position. That being said, you can get to the same place without ignoring Lovecraft’s bigotry. You have to just accept that it exists and it is a part of the conversation.

I promise this is easy! Lovecraft was a brilliant writer who brought us a NEW kind of horror which folks love. In fact, it is important to note that “Lovecraftian” fiction has often been a refuge of the marginalized. It also, you have to accept, is a SUPER-WHITE phenomena. None of this transfers sin from Lovecraft to a reader. You just have to accept it as part of the discussion.

I love Lovecraft, but I also do not shy away from his reprehensible beliefs. Those beliefs are front-and-center, often, in his work. So what can we do?

Well, what we have done! We’ve stolen Lovecraftian horror from a bigoted, awful dude who was also brilliantly minded—we’re doing better things with it that would make Lovecraft, himself, roll over in his grave. Was Lovecraft an awful bigot? Absolutely. Did he forge a new genre of horror that has only gained in popularity since? Absolutely.

Modern Lovecraftian horror that is successful mostly takes the xenophobic tropes used by H.P. in a really racist context and makes them not only different but also running counter to that bigoted aim of the author. That’s the revenge. That’s what you do. Someone like Lovecraft was an awful person. But he is dead and we take special care to point out his abhorrent views when we discuss him. Easy—Wash your hands; go play a game; have fun. Simple.

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Greaterdivinity

I dunno, do you have your speech ready? Or were you just here to pre-complain about something that hasn’t happened?

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MrEllis

What is it with people having to champion racism? He was racist, we’re over it, yet some people seem determine not to be but for the opposite reason. Are you fighting for a safe space for racism or what? Yeah, the victim card in defense of racism is a bit much. Maybe you should lay off the internet today?

P.S. Lovecraft wasn’t just old timey racist, he was a True Believer. Read the letters between him and Howard. Howard lectures him a bit on it here and there, and he was in the middle of Texas. So when some dude in Cross Plains is telling you to dial your shit back in depression era Texas…

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hurbster

He was xenophobic, not racist.

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Armsbend

I desperately need an “old timey racist” gif for times like these.

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hurbster

I imagine you are referring to that company behind the new Fate of Cthulu table RPG ?

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Mordyjuice

Looks pretty cheerful for Old Gods, Love Craft the Saturday morning Cartoon?

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Armsbend

The art style really doesn’t fit the lore at all.

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silverlock

Well except for all the people being tortured in the background. And whats with the character just ignoring them aren’t we supposed to be a hero or something?