Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore is a new ‘high risk-reward’ old-school MMORPG, now in alpha

    
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Let’s have a peek today at Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore (formerly Blocky Ages), which is listed on Steam as an early access alpha MMO, though the only way to get in right now appears through alpha. Three-person developer Gellyberry Studios says it’s inspired by old-school MMORPGs from the late ’90s, which pretty much means games like Ultima Online, for those keeping score at home.

The title is set to be a “high risk-reward driven game, where the player has a lot to lose, but also, much to win,” the Steam blurb says, further promising an incredibly ambitious list of features for an indie, including instanced dungeons, player housing, crafting, a main story, bounties, companions, and of course, extensive PvP.

“You can’t have a great MMORPG without a good pvp-system, where people can put their skills to the ultimate test against other players.We have plans to implement a number of different PVP-arenas. The first Alpha-release will offer a mode we call King of the Arena. King of the Arena Will be an open arena where players simply enters the Arena with their character, and tries to get as many kills as possible before dying. When you die, you are kicked out of the Arena and your total kill-count will be entered into a scoreboard. At the end of the day, the players with the highest kill-count will get points based on their standings. We plan on many more PvP modes, and will implement them one by one.”

The game is expected to launch into open beta at some point this year with a subscription, though it has a Patreon and alpha signups right now.

Source: Official site, Steam, Facebook. Thanks, Arn! We updated this piece after publication to note that the game has changed its name from Blocky Ages to Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore.
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Bojan Mihaljević

Hahahaha…. No.

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Richard de Leon III

pvp…pass for me, good luck tho.

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James Balmer

Why do people post this on every pvp game announcement? Like… why? You don’t like PvP, great, why announce it? I don’t go on every PVE game and say ‘Ahhhh PVE damnnnn, hard pass. bye.’ Why? Because no one cares.

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GellyberryS

Hi there!, developers of “The Blocky Ages” here, we recently had a big name change, the game is called “Ethyrial: Echoes Of Yore”. We want to address any confusion people may have about our game. We rebranded shortly after the video went on Youtube after the great feedback from the community. Any Questions you can let us know!

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Vinnie travi

Actually looks kind of fun. I do hate PvP, but if combat is slow it makes it more manageable. I will give it a try

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Reu Scherf

On Steam it has a different name?

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David Goodman

Is”a (main) story” really a significant feature? Shouldn’t our roleplaying games be expected to have that as a baseline? Hell, I expect every game to have a main story of some kind. DOOM has a main story. Leisure Suit Larry has a main story. Most of the puzzle games I play have a main story. (i’m pretty sure if I looked into it more, Bloons TD 6 has at least a backstory, and that’s a tower defence game where your towers are types of monkeys and you pop balloons)

Hope they don’t bump their head on that low bar.

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Leo

maybe there needs to be a weekly post putting together a news roundup about these indie ‘old-school MMORPG’ that so many seem to be making

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Vanquesse V

“You can’t have a great MMORPG without a good PVP system”
At least they’re upfront about their delusions.

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James Balmer

I mean, that statement isn’t wrong. All the ‘greats’ in the MMO sphere do have PvP.

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Fisty

They had me at build a house anywhere you want. I will always give that type of game a try. Weird the Steam page says Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore is the title though.