Saga of Lucimia cuts together footage from its April alpha weekends in one video

    
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Saga of Lucimia cuts together footage from its April alpha weekends in one video

Just in case you didn’t get the memo, Saga of Lucimia was holding alpha tests every weekend in April for those who pre-ordered the MMORPG. If you’re the sort who would rather see where things stand before dropping money on a developing title, then perhaps this recently released sizzle reel will help you make up your mind.

The footage comes from the past stage three alpha weekends that ran all through April, with sweeping shots of vistas and some footage of parties running around doing party things while wearing robes or pajamas, all to the tune of a whole mess of string instruments. It’s part marketing video, part showcase, and it appears to be lacking in visual tricks or camera effects despite calling itself a sizzle reel, keeping the focus solely on where things currently stand.

Take a look below and judge for yourself. And make sure to share those judgements in the comments, especially if you’re among those who took part over the past month’s tests.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

As a solo player, I’ve zero interest in this game. Nothing I see here is the least bit tempting.

All the same, for those of us who really prefer required grouping, I hope this works for its intended audience.

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Munchmeat2

Wow, a bunch of Unity store assets. This guy making this game is a relic from another era. This game will never amount to anything sorry. If people wanted to play a game with forced grouping and terrible graphics they could just play EQ. There is a ton of content there too.

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I do not think the person who makes this game is a “relic”, he just looks like a very greedy and dishonest person. I believe he hides lack of finances and unwillingness to hire more developers behind false excuses like “we want to do old school game where a lot of mechanics and systems did not exist” or “graphics do not matter only gameplay does” (this is true for many people but at least many other games with dated graphics have other things to compensate that with). Even the lack of optional activities such as optional PvP shows this, or the lack of proper scaling so any PvE content would be possible to finish for solo players, perhaps with some AI companions (a player who prefers to do content solo will not play game if it forces that person to do it in groups, meaning it is a loss of a subscriber, and ability of such player to do all content solo will not interfere with other people who prefer to play in groups).

Even the refund policy reflects the greed. While the developers like Mark Jacobs allow most alpha and beta testers to get full refund no matter how much they played, the Saga of Lucimia developer does not want to give refunds for anything at any point, using false excuses like ” if you want to know how our game plays then use videos and blog posts” even though no video or blog post can tell a person how the game will perform on specific hardware configuration or how the game will feel to play in terms of character response or ability delays and none of their videos shows the whole ingame world or every gameplay mechanics or every quest. This is worse than even Roberts Space Industries policy who actually offer refunds for trying out Star Citizen https://support.robertsspaceindustries.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002466313-Refunds-FAQ

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Munchmeat2

The problem with this game is that currently it is not a game. All their footage is of the same starter area and this has been all they have shown for years. They basically just have a working tech demo at this point. This game is like 5 years away from actually being an alpha. The guy developing this game is a snake oil salesman and nothing more. He is tricking people into giving them money and stringing them a long either to live out this fantasy of being a game developer or stringing people along to give them money long enough so they can keep things afloat.

They have been super weird about their finances. Every time someone asks them about their investors they deflect. I wish Massively would actually investigate this game and expose it for the fraud it is.

Remember this game is supposed to release in late 2021. Do you think this looks like a game that is going to release next year?

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Random MMO fan

No, it definitely won’t release, but hey, they will just move the date again, I have seen the claims of initial release in 2017 which they also missed.

And yes, it would be interesting for anyone to investigate this game. Too bad MassivelyOP seem to support them in everything they do, even though the developer done things like calling people with different gameplay preferences “the entitled hipster generation of ADD players”. Funny how gaming journalism works nowadays.

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Relmharver

Forced grouping isn’t even a thing in EQ any more, unless you start on one of the progression servers. One of the things I loved about EQ was the socialization and friendships brought about by the mandatory grouping. There was time between pulls to chat with people, and you often grouped with the same players over and over on a daily basis. Still, I know that I’m viewing things with my nostalgia glasses on. When you couldn’t find a group, it really sucked, and you were stuck not being able to do much to progress. As you got higher in level, it also resulted in cliques that grouped together exclusively. If you weren’t in one of the cliques, even within a guild, you could really be stuck alone. I don’t know if I have the time or patience these days to put up with a forced grouping mechanic.

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Random MMO fan

make sure to share those judgements in the comments

It is very sad and also amusing to see this level of graphical fidelity and character animations in games in 2020. And yes, I know, “this game is alpha”, “this is small indie studio”, blah, blah, blah. And I know people still enjoy games like Minecraft, which is perfectly ok, I am just expressing my personal opinion since this is what Chris asked to do ;-)

P.S: I am actually curious as how awful the gameplay of this game is (not in terms of graphics but in terms of “bash dumb AI monsters repeatedly while slowly running inside small generic fantasy world with nothing else to do except forced grouping for bashing monsters with more HP points and higher DPS”) and I would gladly pay to satisfy my curiosity since none of the videos actually show everything and no streamers are allowed to do that, too bad the alpha test is currently over. Oh well, as soon as next alpha test will be on – I’ll buy it, see if I was right then just request a refund.

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Strykerx88

Something tells me a refund won’t be an option for a game like this.

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Random MMO fan

I can always ask my bank for a refund. I have done that in the past, my bank issued full refund, I am in very good standing with my bank and have high credit score with no late payments, they will most likely refund me again once I provide the evidence of seller refusing the refund and the evidence of flaws with the product preventing me from using it ;-) Did you know that there were people who successfully got a chargeback from their bank for Fallout 76 even though Bethesda refused to refund their purchase?

I am just joking about this part, though, I do not request refunds for stuff that I simply disliked.

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Relmharver

I may have missed it, but I don’t remember Renfail (the studio head who comments here ) mentioning anything about offering refunds.

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Random MMO fan

The bank can issue refunds even if seller will not want to.

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Relmharver

Yeah, but it’s shady to charge back on a game just because you don’t like it, even if it is in early access. I can see doing it if the developers were dishonest about things in the game, but not just because it isn’t to your liking.

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Relmharver

Doesn’t look bad for an alpha, and I’m interested in the grouping aspect. My days of early access funding are over, but I may buy in if and when they release a full and fun game.