Crowfall unveils a 10 event Hunger Dome PvP tournament, talks up new features in April ACE Q&A

    
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We’re still not quite sure when Crowfall will be making its official launch, but the fact that the game feels fit enough to showcase itself in a PvP tournament seems to suggest that it’s probably close. That’s right, ArtCraft’s throne war MMO will be hosting the 2021 Eternal Champions Series, a 10 event-long PvP tournament that will see 12 teams of 5 compete in the Hunger Dome game mode for a bevy of impressive prizes including $25K and gear from Alienware and Razer.

The tournament was first announced during a Razer Store Live broadcast by creative director J. Todd Coleman, who talked up the event and the game. The broadcast also announced a closed beta key giveaway for the game, granting players access to the game until May 9th as well as a Razer-branded Sigil that provides a bonus stat.

As for the Eternal Champions series, the tournament already has its schedule loaded, with six qualifying rounds, three wild card rounds, and one grand final all running through the month of May. Each event will be broadcast live on Twitch at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Furthermore, the event is an open invitation contest, with team sign-ups set to begin starting on April 13th.

Of course, if you’re not really interested in all this esports stuff, the April ACE Q&A broadcast also recently premiered, which talked up the tournament as well as the game’s recent publish, which re-introduces factories that lets players create copies of a template item (with some caveats like the template item taking a durability hit with each copy), and some import/export changes such as the addition of an equippables only rule and making export tokens a limited number guild reward.

sources: official site, Twitch (1, 2), Gleam.io via Twitter. Thanks, Leiloni!
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psytic

I dont see how it competes with Spellbreak. Its worse than the Black Desert Online Arena PVP spin off as well. This probably ends up in the pile with the arena test Ashes of Creation did. Really dont see this thing taking off at all.

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Dro Gul

Game is supposed to be a “Throne War simulator” focused on territory control and they are hyping some dumb PvP arena mode.

They have jumped the shark.

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Francis Baud

What if the new players attracted by Hunger Dome actually make it to campaigns? It may be because they want to try the full MMO experience (as you mentioned, the stronghold conquest, and also the crafting and large-scale PvP), or because they want to upgrade their characters to be more competitive in HD.

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Dro Gul

No. We didn’t back an Esport game and that’s what they are pushing now.

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Fisty

I just got a beta invite this weekend. There was little polish in the intro/tutorial, no real quests or story worth anything. Boooring. It is definitely not ready and not for me. A couple hours in and it was the easiest uninstall. Shame, as I really like the art.

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Francis Baud

The tutorial in God’s Reach may not be so exciting but when players get to the Infected or Dregs, the PvP can be pretty fun.

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Bruno Brito

I got a beta invite and player until level 18ish. I had little to no fun.

This game has one of the WORST tutorial experiences i’ve been a part of. The questing is subpar, get this, go there, talk to this, get that, go there now. After being done with the starter quest chain, i was lost so, i looked for leveling guides.

I found out that after the starter quest, your leveling process consists of grinding. Something that i kept asking myself all the time was: “What is the point?”

Like, why am i grinding mats that take a while to grind? Why does this game invested on a leveling experience and yet it feels so lackluster? Is this even a MMO? What’s the concept of this game?

It made sense when i finally realized it’s a seasonal PvP game? So everything consists on making contacts, farming mats to get gear and upgrades to PvP?

Anyway. It was a weird experience for sure. And not one i’m interested in repeating. It’s a pity.

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Francis Baud

They’ve created the Hunger Dome arena to let the players try the PvP a lot earlier than through the normal process (tutorial + leveling). The tutorial is there to learn the basics about the game (runes, mount, caravans, powers, combat, etc.) but it may not be fun enough to retain most of the players unfortunately. But I think it’s worth it to try the PvP in HD, and later maybe join a guild and play in a campaign.

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Bruno Brito

It’s not fun at all. It’s barebones and has a terrible NPE.

If you can’t implement a good NPE, implement none at all, because it’s better. Just go full Ultima Online/Everquest and let the world be our oyster.

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Francis Baud

I think nowadays players are used to get told exactly what to do and have little interest in reading between the lines.

A tutorial was needed because a lot of players had difficulties understanding the different systems.

I think they should work on this tutorial to make it more fun rather than removing it entirely. Maybe allowing players to get to get to the PvP earlier (that’s basically what they’re doing with HD but I believe they also should integrate PvP in the first 30 minutes of the tutorial).

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Bruno Brito

If they do or don’t, it’s irrelevant. Bad NPE is worse than no NPE, and Fallen Earth proved me that. It has a really chill non-linear questing progression that teached you everything. It was enough.

Games like CF either get a really sturdy tutorial or get nothing. In-between like this one does them no favours.

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P Jones

They realize the base game is a failure and have shifted their attention to making a battle arena game. Even the email they sent out headlines:
Crowfall Redefining MMO eSports from the Crow’s Nest
Defending this is just silly echo-chamber stuff. Their base game is incomplete and they are pushing a new E-Sports mode. Gee where have see seen that before. Total bullshit.

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traja

I don’t think that the tutorial is that bad. Probably a bit too much running but otherwise it’s fine.

For me the problem is the 18+ stage. All that the game tells you to do on the infested world is to grind mobs to level, and there aren’t even that many mobs. There are PvP objectives too but they are rarely open and when they are I don’t see anyone there doing any PvP.

Maybe all the fun is at the end game at level cap but man, the process to get there needs work.

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Bruno Brito

I don’t think that the tutorial is that bad. Probably a bit too much running but otherwise it’s fine.

I think it’s godawful. It doesn’t teach you nearly nothing, it has a lot of running around irrelevant places, which is disjointed from your experience later, and it makes you think you’re playing something else. It’s exactly what you don’t want from a NPE.

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Arktouros

Yawn, I still sleep. Wake me when they stop wasting everyone’s time and release the game.

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Jeremy Barnes

oh, look, a pvp centric MMO from an inexperienced team who’s tepid interest and dwindling numbers in “Early Access” are forcing it to pivot as the money starts to dry up. It must be a day of the week that ends in Y.

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Arktouros

I mean this is all pretty rote and boring but if you’re going to throw out insults at least get your info right. The big claim to Crowfall’s fame is they’re industry veterans from past games.

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Jeremy Barnes

“being an industry veteran” doesn’t mean much. You can be a waiter and have been in the restaurant industry for 30 years and it doesn’t mean you should run a restaurant.

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Arktouros

Except it’s incredibly easy to look up the work history of these guys and see that they aren’t inexperienced nor were they in some “waiter” like position at their various companies over the last 20+ years.

Like if the intent is just to poop all over their rainbow there’s lots of reasons to do so without having to lie about them. I mean hell just call them washed up industry veterans without a successful game under their belt or something. It’s not hard, don’t gotta make it up.

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Jeremy Barnes

I didn’t make up anything about them. I get you’re on a crusade, but if you’re going to complain about being accurate then please, enlighten on their cast experience in managing a company, financing and all the things required of people who have to run a company and not just make art or write code.

People have the idea to ‘start their own company’ all the time and that often means that people who want to start their own bakery aren’t just going to bake. It means they have to figure out how to collect money, make sure the paychecks go out, handle the employees and a million other things that zero to do with ‘baking’.

Most of the time, owning your own business, you’re doing things that are totally unrelated to your ‘experience’ in the industry and, hold on to your butt, when you do something you haven’t done much of before… you are inexperienced.

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Arktouros

You just misrepresented the scenario for what it is. Not lying at all. Just like you did again by implying I’m on a “crusade” when in fact all my actions (such as general current and past criticisms towards Crowfall) speak otherwise. As for “accuracy” simple google search will show Coleman for example has served in similar capacities as his current one at previous studios such as Wolfpack and involved in other various studios for many years.

You had it half right in that just because a person who wants to start their own bakery aren’t going to bake. What they will do is hire other people who are capable of taking care of things that they are incapable of doing. A person who opens a bakery and can’t bake would hire a baker. A baker who opens a bakery likely would hire an office assistant. This arbitrary criteria that you have to do it all and if they don’t they’re “inexperienced” is really weird.

Like I get it. You wanted to just throw out some glib commentary towards another PvP game company just weird you’re dying on this hill that they’re inexperienced when clearly they aren’t.

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Jeremy Barnes

I think we know your level of experience with running a business.

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Francis Baud

The founders, Gordon Walton: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Walton and J Todd Coleman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Todd_Coleman
In case you don’t want to read, they’re some of the most experienced creative director and executive producer in the MMO industry.

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Arktouros

Like it’s so easily found information.

Just such a weird, weird hill to die on.

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Solaris

Inexperienced? You need to do some homework son.